A St. Louis-based national sports publication is going through some tough times, laying off employees. The Sporting News has slashed its editorial staff by eight full-time people in recent weeks. In addition, two other staffers who recently left are not being replaced. The job cuts are part of an effort to reduce costs by more than half-a-million dollars over the rest of the year. In addition to the job cuts in St. Louis, The Sporting News has dropped its entire roster of baseball correspondents in each Major League city and it’s reduced the pay of its pro football correspondents in half.
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A lawyer who sold a Frontenac home to two nuns without telling them about water damage problems and foundation cracks must pay the nuns $23,000 to make up for the repairs. The sisters of Loretto sued Andrew Beeny after he sold them the house in June of 2001 for $155,000. A St. Charles County jury rejected Beeny’s claim that he thought he had fixed the water problem by installing a retaining wall in 1993.
St. Louis Public Schools will try a new approach to achieving academic excellence – turning over control of the troubled district to a private management company. William Roberti – a retired Army Reserve colonel who became a clothing executive – will become the interim superintendent of St. Louis Schools on Monday. He’s a managing director of a so-called “turnaround” corporation whose services have been sought by troubled companies around the globe. The district currently lacks full state accreditation. The firm’s plan calls for authorization of a restructuring plan to be approved by the School Board by mid-July.
Attorney General Jay Nixon has released a report showing black motorists in Missouri were more likely than drivers of other races to be pulled over for traffic stops. According to Nixon, the rate of traffic stops for blacks grew slightly last year, but the overall racial breakdowns of drivers who are stopped, searched, and arrested remained consistent from 2001 to last year. The report finds black drivers were 40-percent more likely than whites to be pulled over last year. The 2001 report said blacks were 35-percent more likely to be pulled over. Nixon can’t explain the increase or say whether it means anything, but he does say the continuing confirmation of what some have called “Driving While Black” is of deep concern.
House Speaker Catherine Hanaway of Warson Woods says the Legislature will do all it can to complete its work quickly during the upcoming special session of the General Assembly, but she’s uncertain as to the chances for success. Governor Bob Holden is insisting that a proposal for tax increases be sent to Missouri voters. But, Hanaway says there doesn’t appear to be much support for that idea. She says that while there might be some tinkering with the four budget bills vetoed by the Governor, it’s likely the bills he gets back will be very similar to those he rejected. The special session begins at noon on Monday.
Governor Bob Holden has formally called for a special session of the Legislature, to begin at non on Monday, June 2nd. The announcement came during a news conference at the Governor’s Capitol Office. At that time, the Governor vetoed the budget bills funding Social Services, Health and Mental Health, Higher Education, and Elementary and Secondary Education. He did sign budget bills funding such departments and agencies as Agriculture, Corrections, and Public Safety. Holden will address a joint session of the General Assembly next week to outline his proposals for raising revenues he says are needed to balance the budget without further harmful cuts.
More than half-a-million Missourians who claimed the Child Tax Credit on their 2002 income tax returns will soon be receiving checks from Uncle Sam. 512,000 Missourians are eligible for the advance payment checks that are part of the economic stimulus package signed by President Bush. Bill Barksdale with the Internal Revenue Service in St. Louis says filers will receive up to $400 per eligible child, bringing to $1,000 the maximum credit. And, they won’t have to do any paperwork to get those checks. Checks will be sent out starting in July. Principal mailing dates are July 25th, August 1st, and August 8th.
A veteran Democrat says he hopes Republicans in the House will relent and consider a revenue package to avoid budget cuts. Representative Bill Ransdall of Waynesville is the House Assistant Minority Floor Leader. He says Republicans, who hold the majority in the House, should consider at least parts of Governor Bob Holden’s revenue package, such as tax increases on the gambling boats, the elimination of certain business tax breaks, and an elimination of tax breaks for luxury items such as yachts. Ransdall says those items would sell, especially if cuts on the state level put pressure for increased taxes on the local level. Ransdall complains that Democrats have been shut out of the House budget process by Republican leaders who aren’t interested in full debate on the budget. The special legislative session begins Monday.
The Cardinals let another win slip through their fingers in a 7-4 loss to the Astros. In the seventh inning Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria and J.D. Drew drove in runs to take a 4-3 lead. But the Astros scored twice in the seventh inning thanks to a throwing error and a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4 Houston. Jeff Kent doubled in a pair of runs to make it 7-4. Matt Morris wasn’t stuck with the loss, but he allowed four runs as the Cardinals and Astros split the two-game series and they’re tied for second place in the National League Central. Both teams trail the first-place Cubs by two games. The Cardinals and Reds open up a series at Busch Stadium tonight.
The Royals were no match for Mark Mulder. The A’s starter gave up eight hits, but only one run as Oakland topped Kansas City 6-1 at Kauffman Stadium. The A’s scored four runs off Royals starter Kyle Snyder in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Kansas City’s only run came off the bat of Angel Berroa who drove in Ken Harvey with a double in the seventh inning. The Royals have now lost four in a row and are just a game above .500 with a 26-25 record. They’ve gone 10-22 since starting the season with an improbable 16-3 start. The only good news for the team yesterday was that the Twins also lost, keeping the Royals four and a half game back in the American League Central race.