Last September’s sudden, big, jumps in gasoline prices at some stations has led to a tough anti-price gouging proposal in the Legislature. State Senator Patrick Dougherty wants to let the Attorney General take action if a retailer suddenly jumps prices more than ten percent during a declared state of emergency. The Attorney General did prosecute a few gas stations last year under the unfair merchandising practices act, but Assistant Attorney General Brett Barry says that standard is not good enough. Most of the opposition comes from the petroleum industry, which says – among other things – that the bill is un-American. Dougherty says he doesn’t want to go after retailers who have to pass along price-gouging from the wholesale level.
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Governor Bob Holden has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for west-central and northern Missouri, including Kansas City, because of a winter storm packing ice and heavy snow. The storm left tens of thousands of people without electricity. Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency has been working with local emergency management agency personnel in the counties affected.
A delegation of Missouri lawmakers and officials meets with Ford Motor Company executives Friday morning in Dearborn, Michigan, to discuss the company’s decision to close the Hazelwood plant. Governor Holden leads thedelegation. He says Missouri is willing to come up with an offer to have Ford keep the plant open, but this state’s officials must first learn more about the decision that was made. Among those joining the Governor on the trip are Senator Carnahan, St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt, and Economic Development Director Joe Driskill.
With spring training just a couple of weeks away, a couple of Kansas City Royals visited the Capitol in Jefferson City today to drum up support for the upcoming season. LHP Chris George and RHP Dan Reichert spent the day signing autographs and talking baseball with fans. Both pitchers are hopeful to be a part of the 2002 Royals starting rotation. Matt Leon had the chance to talk with both hurlers about the off-season as well as the upcoming campaign.
Spring training is just a couple of weeks away for the Kansas City Royals. To help get the public excited for the 2002 season, Royalspitchers Chris George and Dan Reichert visited the State Capitol to meet with fans and talk baseball. Both pitchers are hopeful to be a part of the starting rotation in 2002 in K.C. Matt Leon had the chance to talk with both hurlers on Thursday about the offseason and their hopes for the upcoming season.
Spring Training is just a couple of weeks away and to get Kansas City Royals fans revved up for the 2002 campaign, pitchers Chris George and Dan Reichert visited the Capitol today as guests of Senator Harry Wiggins. The visit was part of the 25th annual “Royals Day” festivities. Matt Leon had the chance to talk with both George and Reichert about the offseason and their hopes for 2002.
The State Gaming Commission has refused to let the new casino at Boonville hire a woman from Liberty as its financial controller. A Commission investigator says Elizabeth McDaniel lost more than $91,000 at Kansas City-area casinos in 1999 and 2000 … and that at one time she was delinqent on sales tax obligations and seekingextensions of her federal income tax deadline. McDaniel has paid all of her taxes. She has been a provisionalemployee at the casino and has been praised by her boss as “exemplary.”
The winter weather that has hit parts of the state seems to have taken quite a toll in the town of Harrisonville, near Kansas City. City Clerk Cheri Middaugh says sleet and ice have led to power lines coming down. Electricity is out in most areas of the town. Fire departments and other emergency operations from various cities and towns in southwest Missouri are sending people and equipment to Harrisonville to help out.
The Missouri women’s basketball team got walloped up in Ames by #16 Iowa State on wednesday 87-61. Natalie Bright led Mizzou with 15 points in the loss. The Tigers really fell apart in the second half, hitting on just 10 of 37 shots from the field. Missouri falls to 12-7 with the defeat. They are 3-5 in the Big 12.
Southwest Missouri State lost at Creighton in mens action last night 80-74 despite 23 points each from Scott Brakebill and Terrance McGee. SMS actually trailed this one by 20 points but they rallied in the second half only to fall short. Bears played without senior guard Robert Yanders in this one. He was suspended for the game by head coach Barry Hinson for disciplinary reasons. SMS falls to 10-12 on the season. They are now 5-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Creighton improves to 14-5 and 9-1.