The Associated Press is reporting Governor Bob Holden wants to seek another term in 2004. While not making an official announcement, Holden tells the AP he will run because he likes being Governor. He sepcifically ruled out a run against Senator Christopher Bond in 2004. Holden’s administration has had some bumps in the road in the nearly two years he has been Governor, including a million dollar inauguration party, a controversial executive order on collective bargaining for state workers, and Democrats losing control of the Missouri House for the first time in nearly 50 years. Some Democrats publicly grumbled the Governor’s policies cost them their seats. Fellow Democrat Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell has ruled out running against Holden, and before the November 5th election, State Auditor Claire McCaskill said she wouldn’t run for Governor in 2004. Now, she says she won’t talk about it.
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Thirteen landowners along Missouri’s Katy Trail have been awarded a total of $410,000 in a property rights dispute. That ruling could pave the way for another 285 property owners along the 225-mile trail to get awards. A lawyer for the landowners says lawyers will seek damage awards by the end of next year for the other Katy Trail landowners who have filed claims against the state. Those awards could total up to $10-Million. The awards will be paid by the federal government because the state moved forward with the land acquisition under the federal “Rails to Trails” program – a program allowing for abandoned rail lines to be turned into hiking and biking trails.
A federal ban on caviar imports from the former Soviet Union could end up endangering pallid sturgeons in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Shovelnose sturgeons are legal for amateur and commercial fishermen to take, but the pallid is endangered. Commercial anglers say they can tell the difference, and they throw the pallid sturgeons back. Biologists say amateurs might have more trouble and could end keeping the endangered one. A belly full of roe could net and angler $200 worth of caviar.
Three state football titles will be decided at the Dome in St. Louis this afternoon. The first game will feature Centralia and St. Pius X in the Class 2 championship. Centralia enters the game with a perfect 13-0 record. They’ve never won the state title. St Pius X, which started the season with three losses, won championships in 1981, 1988 and 2000. Kickoff’s at noon. At 3:15, the Class 4 championship will get underway. It features Eureka and Kearney. Both teams are 12-1 on the season. Neither team has ever been to the title game before. Kearney provided the biggest upset in Class 4, by beating two-time defending state champ, Webb City in the semi-finals. Tonight, in the state’s first Class six championship, undefeated Rockhurst will try to win its seventh state championship as they face Lindbergh. Until last season, Lindbergh had never been to the post season. Classes 1,3 and 5 will play tomorrow.
In yesterday’s 87th Turkey Day game between Kirkwood beat Webster Groves High Schools, Kirkwood came away with a 28-14 win. Since Webster Groves is in the Class 5 title against Ray-Pec tomorrow, only freshmen and sophomores were used in the game. Webster Groves still has the advantage in the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi in America. They have 46 wins, Kirkwood has 36, and there have been 5 ties.
The news is better for Marshall Faulk. The Rams running back was back in pads for the first time since his November 10th foot injury. There is a chance that he may play against the Eagles on Sunday, but nothing is certain. Kurt Warner will start at quarterback despite a bruised and swollen throwing hand.
While many of us were stuffing our face with turkey, dressing and other nap-inducing edibles, the Southeast Missouri State basketball team was sweating. They crushed Wisconsin-Milwaukee 89-75 at the University Hoops Classic in New Orleans. Derek Winans led four Indians in double digits with 25 points. Tim Scheer had 23. SEMO upped it’s record to 2-1. They’ll face Indiana State today.
The Blues and Avalanche skated to a draw last night. Final score from Denver was 4-4. The Blues blew a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period and a 4-3 lead in the 3rd. Fred Brathwaite was in goal, making 27 saves on 31 shots. Keith Tkachuk netted his first goal since returning from a broken foot. The tie drops them two points behind 1st place Detroit in the Central Division. The Red Wings topped the Devils 3-2.
Jake Jewsbury scored the only goal Saint Louis University needed. He put one in the net at the 18th minute as the Billikens topped New Mexico 1-0 in the NCAA soccer tournament last night. The Bills allowed just one shot in the second half. SLU is now in the field of 16 and will face 2nd seeded Maryland on the road Sunday afternoon. The Bills are 15-3-2 on the season.
The 19th ranked Mizzou volleyball team was no match for the juggernaut that is the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The fifth ranked ‘Huskers made quick work of the Tigers, beating them in three games. MU dropped to 24-7 overall, while NU improved to 27-1. Nebraska is 19-0 in Big 12 play. The SMS West Plains lost in the national JUCO volleyball championship yesterday falling to Miami Dade.