Mike Robertson hit his 10th homer of the season, leading River City over the Springfield Capitals 9-3. The Rascals scored four runs in the first inning and cruised from there. River City is 14 games over .500.
Archives for July 2000
Looking behind the unemployment figures tells us some things about what’s happening in the Missouri job market. The highest unemployment rates in the state are in Wayne, Iron, and Washington Counties, all near or at 6% unemployed. State Labor Analyst Noel Blythe says those areas have few other industries to absorb workers left idle during the summer months with no school. Tourism areas like Branson and the Lake of the Ozarks had the lowest unemployment.
The Springfield Lasers closed out the TeamTennis season by beating the St. Louis Aces 22-13. The Lasers finished 7-7, the 4th-best record in the nine-team league. The Aces ended the year with a 4-10 record. The Kansas City Explorers won their finale, beating Idaho 20-18 to finish 6-8. Delaware and Sacramento will play for the TeamTennis championship.
Kindergartners will be the first students to be required to wear uniforms in Kansas City schools this fall. It’s the first step in a dress code for all students. District spokesman David Smith says the move reduces stress on everyone. He says for children, its competition over the clothes the wear and for parents, a money headache. The school board is hoping the dress code will demonstrate the district is serious about returning to the basics of education. Students must wear tan, khaki, or blue pants, skirts, or shirt, and white or navy blue collared or turtleneck shirts.
Raw sewage is still pouring into two creeks in Springfield. A sewer main going into the Southwest Treatment Plant in Springfield broke early Saturday morning. The rupture is pouring millions of gallons of raw sewage into the South and Wilson’s creeks. Assistant Public Works Director Bob Schaefer estimates it will cost anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000 dollars to fix the break. He figures it could take up to two weeks to repair. Meanwhile, millions of gallons of sewage continue seeping out.
Controversy erupts in a lawsuit about a wrestler’s death in Kansas City. Defendants in the case of wrestler Owen Hart, who died in a fall from the rafters of Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, accuse the family’s Kansas City lawyers of trying to buy-out witnesses by agreeing to share the proceeds of any recovery with them. Jerry and Anita Robb strongly deny any wrongdoing.
Before the republican convention gets into high gear later today, democrats are piping-up about who they’d like to see on their ticket. Kansas City-area Congresswoman Karen McCarthy suggests former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin would be a great choice. She says having Rubin on the ticket would be a good signal to the voters that Gore wants to continue the strong economy. McCarthy isn’t sure if Rubin would return to politics after retiring to private life.
Crime is taking a hit in Kansas City. The number of crimes reported have taken quite a dip since January. That’s when the city started to show a 16% decrease in the number of homicides, 18% fewer burglaries. Several other categories like rape, assault, and car theft are also down. It’s part of a nationwide trend of plummeting crime figures for the last two years.
Figures from the U.S. Justice Department show the number of people on parole or probation nationally reached a record 4.5 million in 1999. However, Missouri’s numbers are going the other way. Tim Kniest of the state Department of Corrections says probation numbers dropped from 49,721 in January 1999 to 48,457 this January. The number of people on parole is also down. Kniest doesn’t have a ready explanation for the probation numbers, since those inmates come from the court system.
Missouri delegates to the republican convention get to participate in history this week. State republican party chair Ann Wagner found out today Missouri wouldn’t be casting its presidential ballot in the usual, alphabetical order. The delegation will “pass” on its Tuesday vote and instead announce its support on Thursday. The high visibility vote means Missouri will be one of nine states to put the Bush-Cheney ticket “over the top.” Senator Kit Bond will do the honors.