Missouri voters could get the last word on a planned “spring rise” on the Big Muddy. Senator Kit Bond says he’s dropped his fight with the White House, clearing the way for higher Missouri River levels in 2001. Bond needed nine senators to switch votes and oppose the spring rise. Bond says with Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota pulling the other way, he wasn’t going to find the votes. Now Bond says it is up to Missouri voters to keep the spring rise from happening. He says Al Gore will pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow through with the plan unless he’s defeated.