DALLAS - Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan is expected to decide this week when the state will ask voters to authorize issuing $250 million of bonds to expand state prisons and to build and renovate higher education facilities, a state official said yesterday.

Mark Ward, Missouri's director of budget and planning, said the governor could announce today or tomorrow whether the general obligation bond issue will go before voters in a special election Aug. 2 or the regular election Nov. 8.

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