Governor Bob Holden has addressed the National Ethanol Conference, meeting in San Diego, California, calling upon states to support renewable fuel production as a way to safeguard against international instability and to protect the environment. Holden told his audience the terrorist attacks of September 11th were a grim reminder of the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and a wake-up call to place more emphasis on researching and developing alternative fuels, such as corn-based ethanol and biodiesel made from soybeans.
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Senator Jean Carnahan is asking the Bush Administration to restore highway fund cuts that are proposed in the current budget. At issue is a proposed cut of nearly $9-Billion in funding for highways. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri could lose an estimated $203-Million in federal highway funding. Carnahan says the impact would be devastating for state and local transportation programs and to the economy.
A proposal to have the Legislature tell the Transportation Department what roads to build under a new construction system has been rejected by the State Senate. The idea would have made road-building a matter of political pull, not – presumably – a professionally-made decision based on various studies. The Senate had been asked to approve three specific pilot projects to test a new way of constructing roads called design-build, a system that has the Transportation Department hire one company to design and also built the road. Sedalia Senator Jim Mathewson says design-build is okay, but the Legislature should keep its hands off. The Senate decides to let the Transportation Department try some design-build pilot projects, to see if they save money and provide qualityroads, but the decision on which roads to build will be by the Department, not the politicians.
The State Senate is considering legislation that would make it a felony for anyone to knowingly install a phony air bag in any vehicle. The legislation focuses on repair shops that fail to replace air bags following accidents, and don’t bother to inform the owners of the crashed cars. Senator John Loudon of Ballwin, the sponsor, says theprofit motive drives these people. Loudon would like to see those responsible for this crime facing a $5,000 fine, a year in prison, or both. Loudon says there are no known cases of fake air bag installation in Missouri, but in California, 1 in 25 cars needing repairs will get bogusair bags.
Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt appears to have a lock on the number three job in the House of Representatives. He’ll become the Majority Whip, succeeding Congressman Tom DeLay of Texas. The whip rounds up votes within the party, helps keep the voting commitments, and plays a role in the majority party’s agenda-shaping.
It’s a “lion” beginning for March in Missouri. A winter storm watch has been posted for tomorrow and tomorrow night for northwest Missouri. The National Weather Service says northwest Missouri will start seeingsnow today. The rest of north Missouri should get it tomorrow and there might be significant accumulations. And late tomorrow night, snow should filter into southeast Missouri.
Cornerback Eric Warfield has agreed to terms to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs. Today’s Kansas City Star reports that Warfield signed a seven-year contract with the Chiefs worth about $4 million a season. Warfield will also receive a $5 million dollar bonus. Had he not agreed to terms, Warfield would have become an unrestricted free agent at 11:00 p.m. tonight.
When the #1 Kansas Jayhawks visit the Hearnes Center on Sunday they will be trying to complete a perfect 16-0 Big 12 season. That would make them the first team to run the table in the conference since the 1993-94 Tigers went 14-0 in the Big 8. Kansas improved to 15-0 in the Big 12 with a 103-68 undressing of Kansas State last night. Kansas hammered Missouri in their first meeting this season, 105-73 in Lawrence.
The St. Louis Cardinals will play their Grapefruit League opener this afternoon against the New York Mets. The Redbirds will give the ball to righthander Andy Benes in this one. Benes is expected to fight for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He is scheduled to throw 50 pitches this afternoon.
The St. Louis Blues will be in Calgary tonight to play the Flames. The Blues are coming off a come from ahead tie in Vancouver and they continue to sit in third place in the Central Division. The Blues will not have forward Keith Tkachuk for the remainder of this road trip. He’s in Tucson, Arizona getting treatment for a thigh bruise and a groin pull. This road trip will conclude on Saturday in Edmonton.