State lawmakers have taken a step toward helping immigrants to Missouri move into the state’s mainstream. A Multicultural Resource Center would be established in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, and an executive director would be hired to run it with a 24-member committee formed to advise it. The bill, costing $100,000, has won preliminary approval in the House. It is estimated that in St. Louis 12 percent of the population has a primary language that is something other than English.
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After eleven seasons in the NFL, Tim Grunhard called it a career on Sunday by announcing his retirement. Grunhard played 169 games in the NFL, starting 164, all with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a second-round draft choice of the Chiefs out of Notre Dame in 1990.
Darryl Kile baffled the New York Mets with eight innings of six hit ball and he added a two-run double as the St. Louis Cardinals bombed the New York Mets 12-1 on Sunday. Kile improved to 4-2 with his performance, which included five strikeouts. At the plate, Mike Matheny led the way with three runs batted in. The Cards were also sharp with the gloves as well. St. Louis turned four double plays in the win.
Joe Randa cranked a three-run home run in the 11th inning to give the Kansas City Royals an 11-8 win over the Boston Red Sox. Royals take two out of three over the weekend at Fenway. Jermaine Dye set the stage for Randa’s heroics by tying the game in the 9th with a solo dinger. Jose Santiago (1-0) twirled a scoreless inning in relief to pick up the win. Roberto Hernandez earned his fifth save.
Marty Reasoner and Scott Young scored first-period goals and goalie Roman Turek made them stand up as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Sunday, taking a two-games to none lead in the best-of-seven Western conference semifinal series. Turek made 28 saves between the pipes and he kept the Stars off the scoreboard until the final minute of the third period when Joe Nieuwendyk beat him. The Blues held Dallas to an 0-5 performance on the power-play. St. Louis has now killed off all 34 power plays opportunities its opponents have enjoyed during the playoffs.Game #3 is tommorrow night in St. Louis.
Schools that have called off a lot of classes because of last fall’s heat and last winter’s snow might not have to make up many of those days. Missouri schools are required to have 174 days of classes each school year. But bad weather sometimes forces cancellation of classes so many times that the school year would run well into June if all the lost time is to be made up. Legislation has been introduced in the State Senate to ease the requirement this year because of the high number of days lost to the weather. Supporters say one reason the special action needs to be taken is so teachers can finish their teaching in time to enroll in summer school, to take more education courses.
Only three weeks remain in the legislative session and time for passage of some pieces of legislation is running out. Two bills that have yet to be brought up for debate in the House and Senate would require vision examinations for children under the age of six. Nicki Patton of the Kentucky Early Childhood Development Authority has visited Jefferson City lawmakers to ask them to get this legislation passed. She points out legislation to this effect already exists in Kentucky, where it was learned almost one in five children under the age of six needing glasses does not have them. She says Kentucky’s numbers mirror those in Missouri and elsewhere throughout the nation. Patton says legislators must be aware there is a link between children seeing clearly and the kids doing well in school.
The defending IBL champion St. Louis Swarm wrap-up the regular season with games tonight and tommorrow at the Family Arena. St. Louis is 41-7 on the season and they have already clinched a first-round playoff bye. Tonight the Swarm welcome Sioux Falls to town, tommorrow night it’s Connecticut paying the Swarm a visit.
It’s Game #1 between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues tonight at 6:00 p.m. The Blues handled San Jose in Round #1 in six games, the Stars did the same with Edmonton. These two teams met three times during the regular season with the Blues winning one and the other two ending in ties. Back in 1999, St. Louis and Dallas met in the Western Conference Semifinals with the Stars advancing in six games on their way to the Stanley Cup.
On the eve of their first mini-cmp of the spring, the Kansas City Chiefs inked six rookie free agents to contracts. They are CB Dyshod Carter from Kansas State, QB Ryan Helming of Northern Iowa, Northeastern WR Dave Klemic, WR J.J. Moses from Iowa State, Rutgers LB Wes Robinson and Troy State kicker Lawrence Tynes. The Chiefs first mini-camp will conclude on Sunday.