Governor Bob Holden has asked President Bush to declare 19 Missouri counties federal disaster areas following the recent tornadoes and severe storms that killed a 12-year-old boy, injured several other people, caused millions of dollars in damages, and knocked out power to more than 6,000 Missourians. Holden wants the 19 counties to be declared eligible for Individual Assistance. An Individual Assistance Disaster Declaration could make low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration loans available to individual citizens and businesses that suffered losses from the storm.
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Senator Bond wants the federal Health and Human Services Department to investigate the case of Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney. Bond wants to know if there are some problems with pharmacy regulations that allowedCourtney to spend years watering down medications. Bond says it’s clear from the Courtney case that present pharmacyregulations do not adequately protect patients. The department assured Bond last summer that its regulations areadequate.
Two public opinion polls – one showing incumbent Senator Jean Carnahan with a lead, the other putting former St. Louis area Congressman Jim Talent in front – indicate Missouri’s U.S. Senate race remains very tight. An American Viewpoint survey, conducted for Talent and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gives the Republican challenger a 48 percent to 44 percent lead over Carnahan among those polled. Another poll, conducted by Zogby International for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV Television in St. Louis, gives the incumbent Democrat a slight lead among likely voters surveyed – 49.6 percent to 43.9 percent. The survey also shows Carnahan leads by almost 11 percentage points among women, while Carnahan and Talent are running neck-and-neck among men.
A $50-Million gap exists between the House and Senate versions of a bill expected to fully fund the state public education formula. The House has approved a bill calling for an additional $175-Million to fully fund the formula. The Senate version calls for $125-Million. House Speaker Jim Kreider has refused to allow the House to negotiateany budget bills until the formula is settled and the education budget completed. Kreider says the two chambers can move to the rest of the budget after deciding the education issue. He remains confident the budget process will be completed by the May 10th deadline.
Missouri’s Public Service Commission is warning less drilling for gas and hot weather this summer could force natural gas supplies lower at the end of this summer. And, that could end up pushing prices higher going into the winter. PSC Chairman Kelvin Simmons says the Commission is putting out the concerns about the higher prices to encourage companies to buy gas in advance to get it before it goes up. In addition, Simmons wants to see consumers weatherize their homes now and look at getting on a payment plan to keep their monthly bills more consistent.
Missouri business is expressing its displeasure with a bill making its way through the Legislature. The legislation, which cleared the Senate and was sent to the House, would remove a discount given to employers filing withholding taxes on time. Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan says employers are being asked to pay for the state’s budget shortfalls. Mehan says this could cost Missouri employers at least $28-Million in increased taxes. And, he says small employers would be hit the hardest. The current discount also helps offset the cost incurred by employers for collecting delinquent child support and other wage garnishments.
State senators have a new stadium bill to consider. But they don’t know when they’ll get to consider it. Senator Peter Kinder says he has removed from the bill a propsal for state aid to redevelop downtown Kansas City. He’s put in state aid for development of the Savvis Center in St.Louis – but only if owners also renovate the Kiel Opera House and bring a National Basketball Association team to town. Kinder remains confident he can get his bill passed, based on the numbers he forecast a couple of weeks ago. Less than three weeks are left to get the bill passed in this session.
After almost five seasons of losing, the Royals fired manager Tony Muser late last night. The team’s 8-15 record this season was not good enough for Muser to keep his job. He took over for fired Bob Boone after the All-Star Break in 1997. In that time Muser compiled a record of 317-431, setting a franchise record for losses by a manager. Kansas City failed to achieve a winning record in that time. In fact, in ’99 and ’01 the Royals lost 97 games, also a franchise record. Most frustrating to Royals fans had to be the teams record in close affairs. Kansas City was 69-115 in one-run games under Muser. He became the fourth manager to be axed this April, setting a Major League record. The Royals haven’t announced Muser’s replacement, though many believe it will be Bucky Dent, who’s currently managing their Triple-A team in Omaha…….Before Tony Muser was fired, he was kicked out. Muser was ejected in the Royals 4-0 win over the Tigers. Jeff Suppan pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout. The game was scoreless until Carlos Febles scored on Jeff Weaver’s wild pitch in the eighth inning. Febles, Joe Randa, and Donnie Sadler all drove in runs in the ninth.
Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden is a candidate for the AD job at Clemson University, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. MU says Clemson hasn’t talked to them about it yet. The Athletic Department’s Director of Media Relations, Chad Moller doesn’t believe Alden and Clemson have spoken about the opening.
The Blues learned their second round fate last night. With the Avalanche’s win over the Kings in the first round, all four of the top seeds in the Western Conference adavanced which means the 4th seeded Blues will face the top seeded Red Wings in round two. Game one is expected to be on Thursday in Detroit. St. Louis and Detroit have met six times in the playoffs. The Blues have won just two of those series…..Yesterday right winger Dallas Drake practiced for the first time since his concussion against the Blackhawks one week ago. The team hopes he’ll be ready for game one.