Ten people have pleaded not guilty to charges that they sold drugs while working at the Claycomo Ford plant. They’re accused of selling cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and a prescription drugs. The prosecutor says they seem to have been independent operators, not part of a ring.
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The state has filed suit to force the cleanup of a million-tire dump in Cass County. It’s described in the lawsuit as the biggest tire dump left in the state. But, one of the targets of the suit, Harlan Limpus, says the Attorney General is suing the wrong guy. Limpus says he and his brother leased the land for quarrying and mining purposes only and had nothing to do with the tires. The lawsuit also implicates a Kansas City waste-tire hauling company. The suit does not name the owner of the land. Limpus says any tire dumping was an arrangement between the landowner and the hauling company.
The Blues extended their lead in the Central Division to two points on Thursday. St. Louis came away with 2-1overtime win against the Sabres. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Dallas Drake scored on a goal assisted by Doug Weight and Cory Stillman. It was Weights 44th helper of the season. He’s second in the league behind Mario Lemieux. In overtime, Keith Tkachuk scored his team leading 20th goal, to end the game. Brent Johnson made 16 saves for the win. Combined with Detroit’s 2-2 tie with Florida, the Blues took a two-point advantage in the Central Division race. The Blues have 66 points, the Red Wings have 64.
Southeast Missouri State got 32 points from Tim Scheer as the Indians took advantage of Tennessee State 87-67 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Scheer was deadly from the outside, hitting five of six shots from behind the three-point line. With the win, SEMO improved to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the Ohio Valley.
UMKC won their third game of the season with an amazing performance. Their 78-71 win over Western Illinois was fueled by a sizzling 59 percent from the floor. The ‘Roos shot 66 percent in the second half. Michael Watson led all scorers with 26 points. Watson’s fourth in the nation in scoring. UMKC’s 3-16 and 2-4 in the Mid Con Conference. Oddly enough, they’re 2-1 on the road in conference play and 0-3 at home.
The SMS Lady Bears ripped through Wichita State 80-48 in Wichita. Both teams were 5-3 in the Missouri Valley conference coming into the contest. The Lady Bears upped their overall mark to 10-8. Kari Koch had a career night, scoring a game-high 25 points. Jenni Lingor wasn’t going to be ignored, scoring 20 points for the Lady Bears.
If ever there were a fan favorite to win the Daytona 500, it’s St. Louis native Rusty Wallace. The NASCAR driver’s sponsor, who is a beer company, will give every fan of legal drinking age at the race, a free six-pack if he wins. Wallace has never taken the checkered flag at Daytona. This year’s race is February 16th.
Mike Martz’s power won’t change despite the Ram’s 7-9 record this past season. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has decided to leave Martz with all the control he had coming into the disappointing 2002 campaign. Odds from Las Vegas have the rams with the second best odds to win Super Bowl XXXVII at 6:1. Philadelphia is 5:1. The Chiefs are 25:1 picks.
Reports that a father claims he called the state’s child abuse hotline 40 times before his children were taken away from their mother and her boyfriend prompt State Auditor Claire McCaskill to examine hot line operations for the second time in three years. The man, from Jackson County, says he thinks the mother and boyfriend were abusing his two daughters. McCaskill says she’s frustrated that the system is not making the major improvements it needs to make.
It could be the middle of next week before we know whether the Missouri House will take up Governor Holden’s tobacco bond proposal. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway still wants clarification on the type of bonds would be issued and the risk the state faces. And, Hanaway doesn’t think much of Holden’s challenge that Republicans should come up with an alternative if they don’t like his plan. She says he made the same challenge last session when Republicans blocked use of the Rainy Day Fund and she says not only did they give Holden alternatives, state revenue came in better than expected. Holden has challenged legislators: either support turning national tobacco settlement funds into bonds to fill a $350-Million shortfall or he will cut deeply into education. Hanaway says Republicans have suggested using only a portion of the $350-Million this fiscal year and holding some in reserve for next year – an alternative that she says the Governor has refused to consider.