The Missouri Department of Health is advising anyone interested in reducing the risk of getting the flu to get a shot. And, the Department is making it clear there is plenty of vaccine available for anyone who wants it. Flu season got a late start, in part because of the relatively warm temperatures in November and December. People were spending more time outdoors and away from crowded offices and rooms where germs are likely to be found. The Department says those in “at risk” categories should consider getting vaccinated. They include the elderly, those who are at least three months pregnant during the flu season, those with chronic health problems, and health care workers.
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The Securities Division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office has issued a cease and desist order against three Florida businesses and their representatives for offering unregistered securities in Missouri. The businesses listed in the order are: 3001 AD, Beta Zone Partnership, and Dibney Corporation. None of the individuals listed in the order are licensed to sell securities in Missouri.
Two divisions with in the Department of Economic Development are entegrating a portion of their work forces in a move the Department claims is aimed at providing more efficient customer service. Staff from the Division of Workforce Development and the Business Expansion & Attraction group are undergoing an extensive cross-training process to help increase business access to economic development and workforce programs. The training is expected to last about six months.
Terrance McGee led five Southwest Missouri State Bears in double figures with 23 points as SMS took care of Evansville 93-82 on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams. Mike Wallace added a double-double to the Bears cause, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds. With the win, SMS improves to 5-7 on the season.
It was a mismatch at Savvis Center last night as the St. Louis Blues throttled Nashville 7-2. Everyone got in on the scoring act for St. Louis as 13 different players finished with at least a point. Pavol Demitra and Scott Young each scored twice to lead the onslaught. All the offense made life easy for goalie Fred Brathwaite who made 17 saves to pick up the win.
Maybe Tony Gonzalez should consider playing in the NBA more often. Just weeks after he made public that he was considering giving pro basketball a shot, Gonzalez had one of his best games of the season catching eight passes for 78 yards and touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs won their third straight game 30-26 over Jacksonville. RB Priest Holmes also had a fine game, finishing with 144 yards of total offense and a score. The game ended with Jacksonville inside the Chiefs 20. A final pass fell incomplete in the end zone. The Chiefs have now won three in a row to improve to 6-9.
The St. Louis Rams had the ball five times in the first half yesterday against the Indianapolis Colts. They scored five touchdowns with each drive covering at least 52 yards. It was academic from there as the Rams pick up a 42-17 win over the Colts, improving to 13-2 and clinching the NFC West in the process. Running back Marshall Faulk scored four touchdowns in the win and finished with 165 yards of total offense. QB Kurt Warner was 23 of 30 throwing the football for 359 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once. His fabvorite target was Torry Holt. The wide receiver caught seven balls for 203 yards and two scores. After the game, head coach Mike Martz talked about the win. [Photo by Bill Greenblatt, UPI]
Missouri recorded its largest decennial population growth of the 20th Century between 1990 and 2000 – an increase of 9.3 percent resulting primarily from migration. State Demographer Ryan Burson estimates 286,000 people moved into Missouri during the decade of the 1990s, compared to a net gain of 210,000 due to births and deaths. The co-called millennium boom exceeds the growth that was seen during the Baby Boom decade of the 1950s, which saw 9.2 percent statewide growth.
Missourians’ donations to the American Red Cross for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks will go to actual relief. Officials with the Red Cross say a total of $667-Million has been raised to help victims of the terrorism. The organization ran into some controversy earlier this year when it was announced some of the donations might be held back for other purposes. But that policy was reversed, and now officials say all the money will go to the September 11th relief efforts. Missourians raised more than $14-Million for the cause.
A new national study claims Missouri has the third worst roads in the country. The Road Information Program says 59 percent of our roads are in mediocre to poor condition. California and Massachusetts are the only states in the survey with worse roads than ours. The Road Information Program is a research group based in Washington, D.C.