More members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve are being deployed for possible action in the war against Iraq. Members of the 442nd Fighter Wing are going through final processing today in preparation for departure, tomorrow, from Whiteman Air Force Base in west central Missouri. The Air Force won’t say, specifically, where the reservists are headed. It will only say they are being deployed to locations as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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History goes on the auction block Friday in Boonville when the assets of Kemper Military School are sold. The school is now owned by the Citizens Bank and Trust in Boonville. The campus has been divided into parcels to be sold piecemeal if no acceptable bid for the whole thing is received. Other items, from sabres to cannons to Bibles, uniforms and even the bell from the administration building are to be sold individually.
Some federal money might help Missouri build a new State Health Lab. The State Health Department has announced it has received two federal grants: $9.5-Million for private hospitals and more than $16-Million for public health facilities. The money is intended to go to efforts to protect Missourians during a public health emergency or terrorist attack. Pam Walker, Director of the Health Department’s Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism, says some of the public money is being set aside for the state health lab. Walker says most of the grant money will pay for equipment and staff inside the lab. She believes the actual building will be paid for with state building funds. Some estimates say a new lab will cost nearly $30-Million.
The St. Louis Blues enter the last week of the regular season in 5th place in the Western Coference, two points behind Colorado. The Blues take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight in St. Louis. A division title is likely out of reach for the Blues, who will now concentrate on moving up to 4th in the West, thus earning home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues are 2-1 against the Oilers this year.
People who support the Historic Preservation Tax Credit are lobbying state lawmakers to keep the credit intact and to steer clear of taking steps to eliminate it. Carrie Gartner, President of the Missouri Downtown Association, says during these tough budget times there are efforts by quite a few legislators to do away with the credit. Gartner points to studies showing $1.70 is returned to state and local economies for every dollar spent on tax credits. To be eligible for the Credit, 50-percent of the purchase price of an historic building must be spent on renovations and rehabilitation.
Winter is officially over. The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals both open their 2003 seasons today.The Cardinals will host the Milwaukee Brewers at 3:10. Matt Morris takes the hill for St. Louis, Ben Sheets will be on the mound for Milwaukee. The Redbirds will be looking to make their fourth straight postseason appearance, something that has never happened in the history of the franchise.The Royals, meanwhile, are coming off their first 100-loss season. They’ll host the Chicago White Sox at 2:05. A young Kansas City rotation brings just 21 career wins into this season. Runelvys Hernandez gets the call for the Royals, 19-game winner Mark Buehrle will start for Chicago.
The Holden Administration has announced the creation of the Grow Missouri Fund – a low interest revolving loan program for small businesses in the Southeast and South central regions of the state. It’s a partnership involving the State Department of Economic Development, the City of Cape Girardeau, 29 Missouri counties designated as part of the federal Delta Regional Authority, regional planning commissions in the area, and the National Development Council. The program will be funded with Community Development Block Grant money designated by the state and will make use of the not-for-profit loan guaranty license held by the National Development Council.
Convicted killer John E. Robinson has agreed to come to Missouri to face murder charges in Cass County. He faces a death sentence in Kansas for killing two women whose bodies were found stuffed into barrels on his property in Kansas. He’s charged with murdering three other women and leaving their bodies in barrels in a storage locker in Raymore.
The state of Missouri is charging a diet supplement company with fraudulent advertising and failing to disclose the health risks of the supplement. The lawsuit against MuscleTech, which makes the supplement called “Hydroxycut,” says the company does not tell users about the dangers of ephedra, one of the ingredients. The lawsuit also charges the company has misled consumers with some before-and-after pictures in its ads. It says the company does not disclose that a woman in a “before” picture had just had a baby. The Attorney General’s office says the lawsuit is the first of many that will be coming agaisnt supplements.
The Blues certainly have a flair for the dramatic. St. Louis came away with a 2-1 win over the Panthers thanks to Doug Weight’s power play goal with :02 to go in the game. With just under a minute to go, Florida was penalized for having too many men on the ice, giving St. Louis their only man-advantage of the evening. Cory Stillman and Scott Mellanby assisted on the goal. Eric Boguniecki scored the first goal of the game at the 10:58 mark of the third period. Brent Johnson got the start in goal and was almost impenetrable, kicking away 27 Panther shots on goal. 17 of them came in the third period alone. The victory allowed the Blues to hold on to a share of fourth place in the Western Conference. Tomorrow they face the Red Wings in St. Louis.