A couple of positive economic indicators are reported by the State Economic Development Department. The number of businesses in Missouri is at an all-time high – 156,000, up about 2,300 from 2001. And, the average pesonal income in Missouri has gone up two-and-a-half percent, almost a percentage point more than the national average. The average annual wages in Missouri are $33,260.
Archives for August 2003
For almost 40 years, canoeists in Missouri have relied on Oz Hawksley’s guidebook – “Missouri Ozark Waterways.” Now, the Conservation Department has published a new guide. It adds about 20 new streams, many in north Missouri. Editor Joan McKee says she does not want the book to be justt for canoeists, either. The book is called “A paddler’s Guide to Missouri.” McKee admits she has missed a few things – but the book includes a form at the back that invites readers to suggest additions, corrections, and improvements.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s deadly Labor Day weekend when 10 people died on Missouri’s roads and nearly 600 more were injured. Lieutenant Tim Hull they expect plenty of drivers out this weekend. Hull says driver inattention is still the biggest cause of accidents. He says pay attention to your driving, buckle up, and of course don’t drink and drive.
The mission doesn’t change, but the place within the structure of state bureaucracy does for the Division of Highway Safety, now the Office of Highway Safety. State Highway Safety Director Joyce Shaul says little will change within her office now that it is moving from the Department of Public Safety to the Missouri Department of Transportation. She says the mission stays the same: changing driver behavior. Shaul says the office likely does make a better fit in MoDOT. The change comes as a result of the executive order by Governor Bob Holden. The Office of Highway Safety uses millions of federal dollars to pay for its programs.
Governor Bob Holden has started the wheels in motion to come up with a litigation reform package for the General Assembly to consider during a September session of the Legislature. But the effort is not without controversy. Governor Holden vetoed the litigation reform bill sent to him by the General Assembly – a bill that would have given doctors and the business community relief from trial attorneys. The Governor has brought medical practitioners and trial lawyers together to try to come up with a reform package that could be presented to the Legislature in September. Representative Richard Byrd of Kirkwood, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says the Governor is trying to divide the doctors and the business community by just focusing on medicine because the problems affecting doctors are easier to explain. Byrd says doctors realize, however, that their interests in this regard are tied to those of business and the divide and conquer approach is wrong. This exercise becomes moot if the Legislature can muster the votes to override the Governor’s veto.
With most of the top players sitting out, the Chiefs took home their second straight Governor’s Cup, beating the Rams 22-6 in St. Louis. Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk sat out for St. Louis, while Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez did not play for the Chiefs. K.C. quarterback Johnathan Quinn was 15-21 for 231 yards and a touchdown. Running back Derrick Blaylock picked up 64 yards on five carries. Marc Bulger saw most of the action at quarterback for St. Louis. He was 15-28 for 158 yards and threw two interceptions. The Chiefs finished the preseason with a 2-3 mark, the Rams finished 1-3.
Kerry Robinson’s first home run of the season couldn’t have come at a better time. Robinson led off the 9th inning with a solo blast, lifting the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Cubs. It was also Robinson’s first career walkoff home run. The Cardinals once again beat the Cubs bullpen, which gave up eight runs in three innings in the series. Cubs starters gave up just two earned runs over 22 innings. Scott Rolen also went deep for the Cards, who moved into a first-place tie with Houston in the National League Central. Mike DeJean pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, earning his first win as a Cardinal.
Mike Sweeney thought he had been hit on the hand in the 8th inning. Instead, he was called out on strikes. Thankfully for the Royals, Sweeney kept his cool. Three innings later, Sweeney’s RBI single gave the Royals a 6-5 win over Texas, and moved Kansas City back into a first-place tie with Chicago. Paul Abbott threw six shutout innings, but was taken out after a rain delay of one hour, 42 minutes. Texas scored four runs in the 8th, and tied the game in the 9th when Alex Rodriguez smashed his second home run of the night. But Sweeney’s single in the 11th scored Joe Randa, giving the Royals the win.
For seven innings Kerry Wood frustrated the Cardinals. Wood gave up four hits, four walks, no runs and struck out eleven batters. When he left, the Cardinals trailed the Cubs 2-0. The game took a dramatic turn in the eighth inning when St. Louis scored four runs off Antonio Alfonseca, Mark Guthrie, Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Remlinger and Joe Borowski and eventually won 4-2. Tino Martinez took advantage of a bases-loaded situation with a two-run single to tie it. Moments later, Farnsworth bounced a pitch that caromed off Damien Miller’s mask and scored Scott Rolen for the go-ahead run. Eduardo Perez hit a fielder’s choice to score Miguel Cairo for the final tally of the evening. Jason Isringhausen gave up a base hit, but worked his way out of the jam to earn his 15th save of the season. Steve Kline got the final out in the top of the eighth to get the win. Woody Williams, who hasn’t had a win since July 26th, got another no decision, despite allowing one run off five hits. St. Louis kept pace with Houston, who topped L.A. The Astros lead the Cardinals by one game while the Cubs dropped to third place and trail by a game and a half.
Rondell White made his presence known on Wednesday. The newly acquired Royal went 2-3 with four RBI’s in his debut as Kansas City topped Texas 9-0. White’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning capped a four-run rally. In the second, the Royals went bat-crazy again with another four-run rally. And again Rondell White drove in the last run, but he was also trying to score the last run. White tried turning a triple into an inside-the-par home run but was gunned down. None-the-less, the Royals had an 8-0 lead after two. White drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly to score Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning. On the mound Darrell May pitched the best game of his career, earning a five-hit, complete-game shut out. May struck out three and walked one to improved to 8-6 on the season. Mike Sweeney had another solid game, going 2-4 with an RBI and two runs. Kansas City kept pace with the White Sox who beat the Yankees for the second straight night. The Royals trail by a game, while the Twins dropped to two and a half games back.