Israel is commenting on the controversy surrounding the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s detention of nmore than two dozen Israeli citizens in Missouri. There have been reports that over the last month, the detainees were held without bond for lengthy periods of time for questionable reasons. David Roat, Israel’s Deputy Consul General for the Midwest, says that’s not exactly the case. He says all teh Israeli nationals who were held were detained for visa violations. Some over-extended their stays, while others were working illegally. Roat says there was nothing sinister about the detentions, and that they were carried out in accordance with the laws regarding immigration and naturalization. He says Israel fully supports the moves the U.S. must make in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
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Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ann Wagner, the Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee, is being mentioned as a possible replacement for outgoing R.N.C. Chairman Jim Gilmore, who has announced he is stepping down in mid-January. Republican Party officials in Missouri say Wagner would be a fine replacement for Gilmore, because of her experience as Co-Chairman of the national party and Chairman of the state party. Wagner is one of several Republicans rumored to be on the list of possible replacements – a list that includes former Montana Governor Marc Racicot and Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has filed documents in the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City seeking an appellate review of Tuesday’s Cole County Circuit Court order granting a stay to Missouri Gas Energy and Atmos Energy Corporation. The stay allows the natural gas companies to avoid implementing the Commission’s emergency amendment to the Cold Weather Rule – a rule designed to help get customers who are currently disconnected for nonpayment to be reconnected.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has eliminated four public affairs positions at MoDOT’s headquarters in Jefferson City. MoDOT says the move will save about $230,000 a year in salaries and benefits. Those positions are currently vacant. In addition to the position cuts, MoDOT is scrapping a proposed review of the Department’s communication efforts, which would have come with a price tag of $100,000.
Missouri junior wide receiver Justin gage has been named a first team All Big 12 selection by the Associated Press. In ten games this season, Gage has caught 68 passes for 883 yards. With eight catches tommorrow against Michigan State, Gage can set the Missouri single season reception record. Being named all-conference this season is nothing new for Gage. He has also been selected a first-teamer by the Dallas Morning News and the Big 12 coaches.
Pavol Demitra scored twice and the St. Louis Blues played styfling defense – put them together and you get a 3-1 win in Columbus. The victory snaps a five-game road losing sreak for St. Louis and extends their overall winning streak to three games. Brent Johnson faced only 15 shots in the win, turning away 14 of them. Scott Young scored the Blues other goal, it iced the game in the third period.
It was a rout at the Hearnes Center last night as #3 Missouri hammered Jackson State 106-68 to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Tigers shot 57 percent from the field in the win and they outrebounded the visitors 54-26. The Tigers put this game away in the second half, outscoring Jackson State 58-33 over the final twenty minutes. Kareem Rush led all scorers last night with 24 points for Mizzou. The Tigers will return to the court tommorrow afternoon when they host Grambling.
Donovan McNabb threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns and the Philadelphia defense forced three turnovers as the Eagles beat the Kansas City Chiefs 23-10 at Arrowhead Stadium last night. The Chiefs fall to 3-8 with the defeat, the NFC East-leading Eagles are now 7-4. McNabb was brilliant last night for the Birds, completing 18 of his 26 throws. He also rushed for 41 yards on nine carries. Priest Holmes was a one-man gang once again for the Chiefs, rushing for 76 yards while catching eight passes for another 100 yards. After the game, head coach Dick Vermeil talked about another defeat.
At the end of the day, Friday, the ballots will have been cast, with counting to begin Monday. The Service Employees International Union appears confident it will be representing some state workers soon. Ballots were mailed the middle of this month to nearly 2,000 state workers and must be returned by 5 o’clock this Friday evening. About 1,200 probation and parole workers are deciding whether the union will represent them. Also, 350 workers from Employment Security and 335 from Workforce Development have been mailed ballots. In late June, Governor Bob Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to many state workers.
Officials in Missouri’s Department of Economic Development say the state is officially in a recession. They see four factors indicating the recession: unemployment increases the same as recessions in 1982 and 1990-1991, lower than the national average national growth in personal income, a drop in the vitality of the manufacturing sector in the state, and a drop in retail trade and taxable sales. Department Director Joe Driskill sys the downturn started in March and could last for at least the next six months.