Governor Bob Holden has signed an Executive Order giving most state employees the right to bargain collectively. It’s an idea which has been fought in the past by the State Legislature. It’s unclear whether the Legislature would stand by and allow such a move to go into effect this time. Unionizing state government workers would mean millions of dollars in dues to unions representing the employees.
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Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Byron “Bam” Morris has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and drug money laundering. Prosecutors say in February 1999, Morris and two other men conspired to distribute the marijuana in the Kansas City area to help a Chiefs teammate, Tamarick Vanover, satisfy nearly 100 thousand dollars in debt to the IRS. Vanover received a lighter sentence, two months in prison and a ten-thousand dollar fine, in exchange for turning state’s evidence.
After being selected in the second round of Wednesday night’s NBA Draft, St. Louis University product Maurice Jeffers is preparing to dig in with his new team. Jeffers told Missourinet Sports on Thursday that he expectes to travel to California early next week to prepare for the Kings Summer League season. Jeffers says that his defense is the part of his game that is the most NBA ready and that his shooting needs the most work. The 6’4″ shooting guard averaged 16 points a game as a senior last season. he is the first Billikn to be drafted into the NBA since Larry Hughes was chosen in the first round by Philadelphia back in 1998.
As if losing four straight games while being outscored 14-1 wasn’t bad enough, the Kansas City Wizards lost their starting goaltender for 6-7 weeks yesterday. Tony Meola underwent surgery to repair a slight tear of his abdomen, an injury which had already kept him out the last 3 1/2 games. Meola is expected to make a full recovery. Kansas City hosts Tampa Bay tommorrow night.
After a 7-5 homestand and a day off on Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals visit San Francisco today for the opener of a three-game series with the Giants. The Cardinals are 40-37 on the season and they currently sit five games out of first in the National League Central behind the Chicago Cubs who lost to Cincinnati 5-2 last night. The Cardinals will start Darryl Kile tonight while the Giants go with Kirk Reuter.
Chad Durbin (6-6) allowed just one earned run on nine hits over 7 2/3 innings of work on Thursday, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 win over Detroit. With the win, the Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Mike Sweeney and Donnie Sadler each had three hits in the win. Sweeney’s day included a home run and three runs batted in, Sadler’s three runs scored. It’s just the third time this season that the Royals have swept a three game series, all three instances have come at Kauffman Stadium.
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ray Price will soon become just another of the seven Supreme Court judges. Sunday is his last day as the Court’s top judge as the Court changes Chief Justices every two years. Price points to the development of drug courts as an accomplishment during his time as Chief Justice. Also, the legal aide system, which helps the poor, has been reorganized to make sure it gets national funding. The Court gets its new Chief Justice, Stephen Limbaugh, on Monday.
The federal government has awarded more than $13-million in grants to 24 states to improve their ability to track and report crime. Missouri’s share amounts to more than $840,000. The State Highway Patrol says the money will be used to start up the mandatory uniform crime reporting program, which will record crime figures from communities throughout the state. But the Highway Patrol points out the crime statistics are not intended to be used in a vacuum, tather, in conjunction with other facts and figures to present an overall view of any Missouri community. Missouri’s share of the grant comes as a result of a joint request to the Justice Department in Washington from the Highway Patrol and the police departments of St. Louis and Kansas City.
Discrepancies in the University of Missouri’s early retirement system have prompted an audit by state officials. State Auditor Clarie McCaskill has found the system favored some administrators over educators when rehiring early retirees, particularly at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition, some retirees received dual incentives, cash buyouts, and early retirement payments. McCaskill stresses the school’s Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program did work to encourage retirements that would free up money for reinvestment throughout the system.
Governor Bob Holden has signed legislation aimed at protecting Missouri’s farmland and strengthening laws related to farming and animal disease. Legislation creating the Farmland Protection Act makes it a crime to intentionally spread contagious, communicable, or infectious livestock diseases, and establishes an incentive program allowing school districts to enter contracts with new generation cooperatives to supply biodiesel fuel.