Special needs of women in prison will be watched over by a special program established by the Legislature. It’s a program born from a conference in Washington a few years ago – a conference attended by the deputy director of women’s health in the Department of Corrections and some women legislators. Out of that conference comes a law specifying a top department official will oversee special programs for women’s needs. The bill is awaiting the signature of Governor Holden before it becomes law.
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The Pentagon has announced it will reduce the number of U.S. troops in Bosnia to 3,000. Though no timeframe has been given for the drawdown, Central Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, is generally pleased with the decision to reduce the number of troops. Skelton says the U.S. military operation in the region has been a success. He says he is now concerned with another hotspot in the Balkans – Kosovo.
The Department of Economic Development has begun awarding state tax credits to organizations helping low-income Missourians. The Family Development Account Program has awarded $2-million in credits, so far, and more is on the way. The $2-million is shared by a St. Louis non-profit organization and another non-profit group in Jefferson City. Under the program, up to $4-million in tax credits could be served up each year to the groups. The organizations will then use the credits as incentives to potential donors who would provide funding to the organizations to help the needy pay for homes or to pay for schooling.
Former Missouri Tiger basketball player Jeff Hafer has accepted a graduate assistant position on the Pittsburg State coaching staff. He will serve under head coach Gene Iba. Hafer completed his four year run as a player at Mizzou in 2000. He averaged six points and nearly four rebounds a game during his senior season.
The Legislature has patted itself on the back for passing a new drunk driving bill that will lower the blood alcohol limit to .08, a move that will bring the state an extra $3-million in road building money. But Senate Transportation Chairman Morris Westfall says the state has already lost more than $5-million in this fiscal year because of legislative refusal to require ignition interlocks on cars of repeat drunk drivers and to ban open containers in vehicles. Senator Westfall blames it on what he calls legislative stubbornness.
Missouri product Amanda Lassiter made her WNBA debut on Memorial Day, starting at forward for the Houston Comets in their season opener. Lassiter played 23 minutes and finished with thre points and three rebounds in the Comets 66-63 loss to Los Angeles. Lassiter shot 1-7 from the field.
The Seattle Mariners pounded out 17 hits en route to an easy 13-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday. With the victory, Seattle completes a four-game sweep of the Royals. John Olerud led the way for the M’s with four hits, Carlos Guillen added three knocks for the winners. All this offense made Paul Abbott’s job easy, the Mariners starter improved to 3-3 on the season with his first career complete game. Chad Durbin allowed six of the Seattle runs on eight hits in three plus innings of work to take the loss. The righthander is now 3-3 on the season. The Royals fall to 18-32 on the season. They open a three-game series in Texas tonight.
Mark McGwire returned from the disabled list in a big way, hammering his second home run of the season to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Monday. McGwire singled and scored the first run of the game in the fourth and then he jacked a Paul Rigdon offering deep to left in the sixth for a solo shot. Albert Pujols added two home runs and three runs batted in in the victory which goes to Matt Morris on the mound. The righthander pitched six shutout innings to improve to 7-3 on the season. Jason Christiansen pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth to earn his 1st save of the season. The Cardinals remain in a tie for first with the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central with the win.
Missouri’s five-year transportation plan is now available for public review. State Transportation Department officials have put the plan on the Internet and at eleven district offices throughout the state.Comments will be collected and analyzed, then presented to the Transportation Commission at its July meeting.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are talking up the findings of studies they’ve been conducting on strokes. And, it turns out there is a link between stroke and women who have undergone heart surgery. A woman is more likely than a man to suffer a stroke after having had heart surgery. Despite the finding, doctors are unable to say why the link exists.