Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt has been discharged from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Doctors removed Blunt’s left kidney, which had a suspicious cystic mass on it. Doctors have told Blunt they completely removed a renal cell tumorwithout evidence of spread. They say no additional treatment is necessary. Blunt plans to return to southwest Missouri for his annual agriculture tour next week.
Archives for July 2002
Larry Johnson is back home in St. Louis after serving 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. New DNA evidence has cleared him. The evidence wasn’t available when he was sentenced. He says he never gave up hope that he would be found innocent. He was doing life plus 30 years. His release ends a seven-year effort by the Innocence Project, an organization that pushes for DNA testing.
Chiefs president Carl Peterson had a long talk with Tony Gonzalez yesterday. It doesn’t look like the two sides got any closer to settling their contract dispute, in fact Peterson put his foot down. He told Gonzalez that the team won’t offer him a long-term contract or a signing bonus if he doesn’t end his quest to play in the NBA. He played two games in the Miami Heat’s summer league games this year. Gonzalez was a letter-winner in both football and basketball at the University of California.
Missouri Planned Parenthood officials are siding with fellow Planned Parenthood members in Iowa who are refusing to turn over some information to law enforcement authorities. A county sheriff is investigating the death ofa newborn found at a recycling center and had requested pregnancy test results from the last year from every clinic in the county. Planned Parenthood denied that request. Peter Brownlie with Planned Parenthood in Missouri says he would do the same thing if the request came in to a Missouri clinic. Brownlie says he would turn over records on a specific person if that came up. Planned Parenthood in Iowa has been ordered by a judge to turn over therecords. The group is fighting that ruling.
An investigation is on-going at the Department of Corrections into the theft of between 100 and 200 state license plate tabs from its Jefferson City facility. Police in Kansas City have arrested two people with 30 stolen tabs. Investigators there believe others are involved and many more tabs taken. Corrections Department Spokesman Tim Kniest says security has been tightened afterthe incident came to light. Kniest says it’s not known whether the tabs were stolen at the warehouse or during shipment to license offices. He says it’s unlikelyinmates who work at the factory or in the warehouse stole the tabs, because they are searched before the leave each day.
Scott Rolen’s first game as a Cardinal resulted in an 8th inning RBI-triple and a run as the Brids topped the Marlins 5-0. But Rolen wasn’t the only offensive story. Edgar Renteria hit two home runs, Tino Martinez hit a solo homer and drove in a run with a double. Starting pitcher Andy Benes got his first win in almost a year, going 6 1/3 for the victory. The Cardinals are now a season-high 15 games over .500. They lead the Reds by five games in the National League Central race.
Raul Ibanez’s first inning home run brought some excitement. Besides giving the Royals the lead, there was also an emergency. The fireworks that are blasted after every Kansas City home run started a fire. When Carlos Beltran went deep in the 3rd, no fireworks were used. The 3-2 lead the Royals gained as a result, proved to be their last hurrah of the evening. The Blue Jays came away with a 13-4 win. Ibanez’s blast gave him 31 RBI’s for the month. He’s just one shy of the team record.
The safety of our food in the face of terrorist threats has been addressed at a conference in Omaha. Governor Bob Holden attended the gathering, saying he returns from the Conference on Agroterrorism confident our food supply is safer than it was two years ago. But, he says there still is much to do to make sure it remains that way, and that the nation is ready to deal with an incident if one happens. Holden says he wanted assurances the federal government is changing its culture in how it works with state and local governments, and with privateinterests, to protect the food supply and the economy on which it is based. He says he got those assurances, but he’ll believe them when he sees evidence. Holden says the idea of a terrorist attack is only part of the concern. It also goes into all types of contaminants that could disrupt the system and exert widespread economic damage, not just the deaths of some animals or damage to some crops in any particular area.
The world’s largest brewer could be teaming up with China’s largest brewer. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch has announced a plan to form a strategic alliance with Tsingtao Brewery Company. Anheuser-Busch officials say China is strategically important to the global beer market. Tsingtaohas 11 percent of the beer market in China.
The Department of Economic Development is out with its own study of the impact of the transportation measure on the August 6th ballot. On the heels of numerous studies on the transportation measure – Proposition B – comes one from the Department of Economic Development. Director Joe Driskill calls it an objective study, showing both ups anddowns. On the positive side, Driskill says research indicates the net impact will be the generation of more than 7,000 new jobs and $404-Million of new personal income each year during the life of Proposition B. On the negative side, the tax increase would hurt economic activity in the short term. The study was requested by and prepared for MoDOT – the Missouri Department of Transportation.