Republican tactics used in pushing a 240-billion dollar tax bill through the House have been attacked by the leader of House democrats. St. Louis congressman Richard Gephardt says Republican efforts are going to turn to nothing eventually. Democrats complain the Republicans threw a 960-page bill on the desks of House members just a few hours before pushing it through to passage. Gephardt says the Congress will just have to keep passing continuing resolutions to keep financing government operations on an interim basis until an agreeable package can be worked out.
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The University of Missouri-Columbia is now guaranteed the $30 million in federal funding it will need to build a new life sciences building. Congress has appropriated the second half of the money needed for the project. Columbia campus chancellor Richard Wallace says the money will help fulfill many dreams. The new building will have dozens of labs doing for research on small animals, insects, and plants. The timetable calls for it to be ready to go in early 2004.
The state gaming commission claims the decision to allow open boarding has paid off in the last year. The commission says continuous boarding has increased admission fees for the state and for communities with casinos by about $20 million. And commission executive director Mel Fisher says none of the negative things forecast by gambling critics has come about. Gambling opponents also oppose eliminating the $500 dollar loss limit. The state gaming commission says the loss limits hampers the competitive balance between Missouri casinos and those in other states. Changing the limit has to be done by the legislature.
A wintertime worry for gas suppliers–high prices and little money to help the less fortunate. Many utilities offer a donation program where you can contribute a dollar or more to help the less fortunate. Many credit counselors also recommend the flat budget option, where bills are evened-out throughout the year. Wholesale prices are up from just a year ago by 50%, and Paul Snyder with Missouri Gas Energy expects people will need more help this year.
Kansas City schools are thrilled. The district picked-up some much-needed computers last week. President Clinton issued an order to give surplus computers to schools. Kansas City will get fifty of them. The head of the Office of Personnel Management was in town this week to officially donate the computers. David Smith, with the Kansas City school district, says the schools are ready for the new technology, and have been wired for years in anticipation.
Layoffs in the tourism and construction industries are credited with the slight increase in unemployment in Missouri last month. The September figure is 2.9%, up .1% from August, but the same as September of 1999. Analyst Holly Harber with the department of economic development says the percentages are not the only story. Linn County’s 9% unemployment rate in September was the highest for any county. Nodaway County’s rate of 8/10% of one percent was the lowest.
A Smithville man who tried to promote kiddy porn on the internet to middle school students in Massachusetts has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. There is a possibility Christian Hunold could be put on probation after four months. He had pleaded guilty last month to three counts of trying to promote child pornography and one count of harassment for threatening the students. The state of Massachusetts still has charges pending against him.
It is great to see the Chiefs willing to use the weapons they have on offense. Elvis Grbac is playing the best football of his career, and taking advantage of his Pro Bowl tight end, Tony Gonzalez, and emerging receivers Derrick Alexander and Sylvester Morris. Marty ball is gone. The Chiefs are throwing the ball all over the lot. It’s a heckuva lot of fun, BUT…. we are seeing one very disturbing trend. The Chiefs are not merely CHOOSING not to run the football. They CAN’T run the football. In the second half yesterday, the Chiefs wanted to chew up the clock with a nice long drive and tried to run the ball. And they couldn’t. Everybody wants to have an offense like the Rams these days, but keep in mind, the Rams have shown they can pound the ball with Marshall Faulk. The Chiefs’ missing running game is especially disturbing considering where they play. One of these Sundays is going to be a cold, blustery Arrowhead day, the kind of day on which the Chiefs usually thrive. But if they can’t run the ball, Arrowhead may not be such a home field advantage.
Elvis Grbac fired three first half touchdown passes, and the Chiefs held on to beat Seattle 24-19. Grbac hit Derrick Alexander for long scoring strikes of 59 and 50 yards, and hooked up with Kevin Lockett for a 34 yard TD as the Chiefs took a 21-10 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Chiefs managed only Todd Peterson’s field goal with 42 seconds left. The Chief defense made some big plays, notably: James Hasty’s interception in the end zone in the final minute of the first half, and Derrick Ranson’s tackle of Ricky Watters for a five yard loss on third and goal from the one in the third quarter. Seattle settled for a field goal. Grbac completed 22 of 35 for 342 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. The Chiefs managed just 76 yards rushing. They are 5-3, still two games behind Oakland, which beat San Diego 15-13 on five field goals.
The defense was better, Trent Green overcame a slow start, and the Rams swept the season series from San Francisco for the second straight year, beating the 49ers 34-24. Marshall Faulk scored all four Ram touchdowns, as St. Louis wiped out a 24-17 deficit with 17 unanswered points in the final quarter and a half. After completing just 8 of 17 in the first half of his first start as a Ram, Green finished with 310 yards passing and two TD’s. Faulk had 144 yards rushing and receiving, Isaac Bruce had 8 catches for 129 yards, and the Rams went over 30 points for the 14th straight game, easily an NFL record. Former Chief Pete Stoyanovich kicked a pair of field goals for the Rams. At 7-1, the Rams are tied once again for the best record in the league, because Minnesota lost to Tampa Bay yesterday.