October 7, 2015

Royals down Twins, keep pace with Toronto for AL’s best record

Ben Zobrist \(photo/MLB)

Ben Zobrist \(photo/MLB)

Ben Zobrist hit the go-ahead RBI-double in the eighth inning to lift the Royals past the Twins, 3-1 at Target Field.  With the win, the Royals stayed in a tie for the best record in the American League with teh Toronto Blue Jays at 93-67.

Zobrist scored Alcides Escobar to break a one-all tie, and Mike Moustakas added an RBI-single to pad the lead.

Chris Young hurled six-and-a-third innings of one-run ball, with Louis Coleman earning the relief win.

Wade Davis picked up his 16th save.

Twins starter Ervin Santana gave up four hits over seven-plus to take the tough loss. Aaron Hicks plated the lone run for Minnesota.

Cardinals shutout in Atlanta, Wainwright gets an inning of work

Adam WainwrightJulio Teheran hurled six scoreless frames and the bullpen completed the shutout as the Braves blanked the Cardinals, 4-0 at Turner Field.

Teheran scattered five hits and fanned six to improve to 11-and-8. Daniel Castro homered, tripled, and scored twice to lead Atlanta.

Jaime Garcia gave up two runs over four frames to take the loss for St. Louis, which rested most of its regular starters.

Brandon Moss was 2-for-2 with two walks for the Cards.

Adam Wainwright tossed a three up, three down sixth inning out of the bullpen for St. Louis.

Missouri auditor reports improvements in St. Joseph School District

The St. Joseph School District has shown improvement in a follow-up audit report from the state.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway

In February the district earned a “poor” rating in an audit that was critical of the district’s practices in a number of areas, including compensation, payroll procedures record-keeping and policies, summer school funding, the district’s financial condition, bonds, procurement procedures and construction projects.

The follow-up report, which does not include an overall rating, highlights steps the district has taken to implement audit recommendations.

“St. Joseph School District officials have used the audit process to improve operations and transparency across the district,” State Auditor Nicole Galloway said. “Although additional work is necessary, the district has made clear improvements over the past six months and I expect the community will continue to hold the district accountable as it moves forward.”

In the St. Joseph School District follow-up report, 22 out of 40 recommendations were selected for evaluation. At the time of the follow-up review, 10 recommendations were implemented and 12 recommendations were in progress.

St. Joseph School District Director of Communication Joey Austin

St. Joseph School District Director of Communication Joey Austin

“We have worked very hard this last few months to address these issues,” said Joey Austin, St. Joseph School District Director of Communications. “There are other areas that are in process and will require time and diligence to fully complete but we are confident that will happen.”

The district has made progress toward implementing recommendations to increase transparency and oversight of district compensation, appropriate personal use of district vehicles, and accuracy of vacation leave and pay.

Austin said the board of education approved a priority checklist to tackle the list of concerns in the audit report.

“We appreciate the patience of the St. Joseph School District staff, students and the St. Joseph Community as we work and continue through this process to correct the policies and procedures of the district that will make the district stronger and better than before,” Austin said.

The follow-up report said the district has successfully implemented findings related to Missouri Sunshine Law compliance; computer data backup and recovery systems; summer school attendance reporting; board approval for contracts and large purchases; supervision and review of payroll and time sheet activities; and bond proceed and expenditure accounting.

Significant issues of stipends were also addressed in the initial audit report finding that $25 million in stipends were paid over the last eight years that were “either unapproved, unauthorized or improper.” The total is estimated to be in excess of $40 million dating back to 2001. The follow-up said the district is currently working on the state’s recommendation to conduct a compensation study.

“The study will be conducted between May and September 2015 and results presented to the Board in October 2015. In January 2015, the Board adopted a salary schedule for the 2015-2016 school year that incorporated all previous administrator stipends into the base salary amounts,” the report stated. “The only additional compensation now available for administrators is for graduate degrees. The district also developed administrator contracts rather than continuing to use teacher contracts for the various administrative positions. Additional compensation for teachers and other staff was included in salary schedules approved by the Board.”

Nadia Thacker, KFEQ


Eric Greitens officially enters crowded Missouri gubernatorial race

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has officially declared his candidacy for governor. The best-selling author and founder of the nonprofit group The Mission Continues announced his bid on Saturday at Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights.

Eric Greitens makes a long-anticipated announcement of his campaign for governor to a crowd of supporters in Maryland Heights, Missouri.  (photo; Audrey Schroeder)

Eric Greitens makes a long-anticipated announcement of his campaign for governor to a crowd of supporters in Maryland Heights, Missouri. (photo; Audrey Schroeder, Missourinet)

“I’m here because Missouri needs a conservative governor who’s willing to take on the career politicians and do what’s right to get Missouri moving forward again,” Greitens said to a crowd of supporters.

The candidate stressed his hands-on approach as a political outsider willing to get results, stating that once in office he would act as a “budget hawk” and hold each government agency accountable for money spent.

Greitens went on to declare himself pro-life, in favor of free enterprise and small government, and a “conservative warrior” for the protection of religious liberties.

Attendees waved signs and cheered enthusiastically as Greitens admitted to being new to the political scene.

“I promise you that as a first-time candidate, I’m not going to run a perfect campaign. I’m not a politician,” Greitens said. “What I can tell you is I will always tell you the truth and I’m not going to play any games.”

Though he has never before held office, Democrats tried unsuccessfully to recruit Greitens to run for a congressional seat in 2010.

The former Navy SEAL cited his experience in his four tours of duty as well as his humanitarian work with veterans as a source of motivation for his hands-on approach to government.

“This is not a campaign, it is a mission. It is a mission to turn Missouri around,” Greitens said.

The event in Maryland Heights kicks off a statewide tour of media appearances for Greitens.

The announcement puts Greitens into a shifting Republican race for the party’s 2016 nomination for governor. Former state representative Randy Asbury became on Friday the latest Republican to step out of that race, citing difficulty competing financially with better-connected candidates. Businessman and former Marine John Brunner is expected to next week follow Greitens in making his campaign official.

Former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway has been running for governor since February, 2014, and Peter Kinder, in his third term as Lieutenant Governor, announced his campaign in July.


Magic numbers for the Cardinals and Royals as of 9/23/15

A win over the Reds drops the magic number for the Cardinals down to 8. The Pirates won in Colorado which keeps the division lead still at four games.

CardsCardinals magic number to clinch the Central Division — 8

Cardinals 95-56
Pittsburgh 91-60


The Royals dropped the series opener with Seattle and the Twins won over Cleveland so the Royals magic number is unchanged.

RoyalsRoyals magic number to clinch the Central   Division — 3

Royals 87-63
Minnesota 77-73


The magic number is determined by taking 163 and subtracting the number of wins for the Cardinals (or Royals) and subtracting the number of losses for the Pirates (and Twins) respectively.