Private jails would come under state regulations if a bill moving through the House becomes law. Missouri has four private jails and more could be on the way. Not one of those jails has to comply with state standards. But a bill receiving preliminary approval in the House would subject those facilities to the same rules regarding public ones. They would be liable for problems arising from their inmate populations. Critics contend private jails and prisons are wrong and should not exist in the state.
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Supporters of .08 drinking and driving legislation are pushing hard to get their bill passed in the General Assembly. They held a news conference at the State Capitol to introduce a woman who was left paralyzed as a result of an accident with a driver whose blood alcohol content registered .08. The victim was hit head on and barely lived to tell about it. She told reporters the most painful part of her experience is knowing that the driver was never prosecuted as a drunk driver.
A key Missouri term limits provision has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court has ruled unanimously that states can no longer use election ballots to brand congressional candidates as opponents of term limits. The ruling takes aim at Missouri’s labelling provision, which instituted a practice known as “scarlet lettering.” It would have made voters aware of candidates who oppose term limits. The Supreme Court justices voted to toss out the law, which was approved by voters in 1996, claiming it falls outside the power the Constitution gives the states to regulate elections. The provision was challenged and then defended by then-Secretary of State Bekki Cook. Current Secretary of State Matt Blunt says he supports voter-backed initiatives and would have defended the provision in the courts. But he concedes the Supreme Court ruling is the final word on the matter – short of a Constitutional amendment.
Missouri’s senior U.S. Senator is weighing in on the controversies surrounding next week’s mayoral primary in the city of St. Louis. Some groups in the city are planning a lawsuit over the inactive-voter list. The St. Louis Election Board says those on the inactive list should not be allowed to cast ballots in Tuesday’s voting. Senator Christopher Bond agrees with the Board, saying allowing those on the inactive list to vote could lead to fraud and abuse.
The Missouri Valley Conference has announced its men’s basketball postseason awards and the Southwest Missouri State Bears are well represented. Mike Wallace and Scott Brakebill were each named Honorable Mention All-Conference while Wallace also garnered the Newcomer of the Year nod as well as the Sixth-Man Award. Wallace, Brakebill and the rest of the Bears battle Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the MVC Tournament.
There’s been a drop in the crime rate in Missouri’s largest city. Figures for last year show crime in Kansas City was down eight percent in the year 2000, compared to figures for 1999. The only increase was in the area of auto theft and attempted auto theft. That category saw a seven percent increase over the previous year. Police think many cars and trucks were stolen as people left their vehicles running and unattended in an effort to warm them up during cold weather.
Supporters of American Airlines’ proposal to buy St. Louis-based Trans World Airlines are concerned with efforts in Washington to slap a one-year moratorium on airline mergers. Legislation aimed at freezing all mergers and acquisitions of major airlines for one year is being considered by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. This could threaten American’s effort to buy TWA’s assets. Today is the deadline for submission of bids to purchase those assets.
Good news from Kansas City Royals spring training camp. Lefthander Jose Rosado pitched to hitters yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last year. Rosado threw thirty pitches during the two inning simulated game. It was the first time he faced hitters since June of last season.
For the first time since last year’s playoffs, St. Louis Cardinals lefthander Rick Ankiel faced hitters. Ankiel threw batting practice during spring training workouts Tuesday morning without incident.The 21-year old lefthander is trying to regain the control which dissapeared during a disasterous series of outings last year during the playoffs.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Pronger underwent successful surgery on his left forearm on Tuesday. Doctors inserted a metal plate to protect the broken bone he suffered in Monday’s win against San Jose.Pronger is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, but the Blues are hopeful that the NHL’s reigning MVP will return in time for the playoffs. St. Louis begins a four game road trip tonight in Edmonton.