Long-time supporters of a crackdown on drunk driving in Missouri are pleased with the success in getting .08 legislation through the House and Senate during the recently-completed session. They’re now awaiting Governor Holden’s signature. Senator Morris Westfall of Halfway and Representative Craig Hosmer of Springfield have toiled for years to lower the intoxication level from .10 to .08, and are pleased with their accomplishment after years of failure.
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Heading into the hot summer months, Missouri business leaders are hoping the supply of energy is sufficient to meet the state’s demands. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Bush Administration’s energy plan, saying steps must be taken to deal with energy problems before a crisis develops. The Chamber says all suggestions must be considered, including those calling for increased use of nuclear power.
Thousands of Missourians have taken a special boating safety course since this time a year ago, but the State Water Patrol says thousands more should be taking that course. Thirty-three states have boating safety programs and most make it mandatory. Missouri is not among the mandatory states. The State Water Patrol started offering the safety program last year, put it on the Internet during the off-season, then taught the course to thousands of school children during the winter and spring. After a winter of teaching teenagers, the Water Patrol says there are far more Missouri teenagers who know about safe boating than there are adults who know about it.
Poor reading test scores by Missouri students concern state lawmakers, yet one legislator believes the proposed solution might be misplaced. Representative Charlie Shields of St. Joseph says he has some strong feelings about why many children cannot read. He says it’s too easy to blame it on the educational system. He says that while schools need to do a better job of teaching reading, parents must be willing to make reading important in the home.
Senator Christopher Bond has introduced legislation that would create an outside panel to examine the current state of U.S. military readiness. It would also study the effectiveness of the Pentagon’s current readiness reporting system. Senator Bond, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, says in addition to the review, more money must be put aside for America’s military men and women.
Governor Bob Holden has admitted he spent too much on his January inauguration. The bill topped the $1-million mark – $125,000 of that in taxpayer money. In addition, Holden is still $200,000 in debt from the festivities. The Governor pledged to erase the debt in the next sixty days through private donations.
Missouri’s highways are expected to be jam-packed over the next few days as holiday travelers take advantage of the Memorial Day weekend. The traditional start of summer is also the traditional start of the summer driving season and the Missouri Highway Patrol is doing what it can to keep the roads safe. The Highway Patrol will be out in force this weekend with six-hundred to seven-hundred officers – everyone except those on vacation – patrolling the roads.
A bill sent to Governor Holden would protect farmers against assessments that could drive them off their land. It’s called the Farmland Protection Act and it aims to protect what Representative Luann Ridgeway of Smithville calls real farmers – not gentleman farmers. The act would prevent developers from charging farmers assessments for water and sewer lines that cross their land, but they never use. The bill also would force cities to hold public hearings before moving to take farms under eminent domain.
The State Water Patrol is ready for the first big boating weekend of the summer season. The boating season actually has been underway long enough for some accidents, injuries, deaths, and drunken boating arrests for people using drugs while boating. Missouri already is ahead of last year’s pace in drunken boating and drug arrests on the waterways. As far as accidents go, they’re down. But the Water Patrol fears some boaters have gotten a little rusty over the winter … and so have their boats.
Former SMS standout Jackie Stiles scored 13 points for the Portalnd on Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Fire lost in WNBA exhibition action 74-67 to Utah. The WNBA regular season begins on Monday.