Workers at three St. Louis area grocery store chains have ended their walkout, voting overwhelmingly to accept a new contract. 82 percent of the workers casting ballots voted to end the work action they started October 7th and return to their jobs at Schnuck’s, Dierbergs, and Shop ‘n’ Save. They’ve approved a 47 month contract. Few details have been released, but both sides say the contract includes several sweeteners over the offer that was rejected earlier.
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U.S. Senators Christopher Bond and Jim Talent are praising Senate passage of the healthy forests initiative, which was approved in the chamber as deadly wildfires continue to rage through parts of California. In a speech on the Senate floor, Bond raised concerns about the dead limbs and debris plaguing forests in Missouri and throughout the country. Those forest fuels, according to Bond, increase the dangers of wildfires. Senator Talent says the legislation is much needed because it will streamline excessive bureaucratic procedures so federal land managers can begin thinning up to 20 million acres in high-risk areas. Environmental groups have been successful in their attempts to prevent any such activity in the forests. Similar forest management legislation has passed the U.S. House. The two versions must be reconciled before a bill can be sent to President Bush. Talent hopes that will happen by year’s end.
Lack of money is forcing Missouri’s most populous county to look at closing its alcohol and drug treatment program for jail inmates and suspend its program for supervising violent juveniles. St. Louis County budget officials say as many as 200 jobs might be eliminated.
Ford will become the first car manufacturer to make a hybrid-powered SUV. And, the gas-electric version of the Escape will be made only at the Claycomo plant north of Kansas City. Tests are being run now. Construction will start next summer and it will be marketed as a 2005 model. The electric motor will kick in at low speeds and at stops. Ford thinks the hybrid Escape will get 35 to 40 miles per gallon.
Today marks the deadline for delinquent taxpayers to take advantage of the Missouri Tax Amnesty Program. Delinquent taxpayers – individuals and businesses – owe the state about $400-Million in back taxes. And, for the second straight year, the Department of Revenue has an Amnesty Program in effect. The Department’s Todd Iveson says the Program is on target to collect its goal of $10-Million. That’s only a fraction of the $400-Million owed. But, the Department is happy to see at least some delinquent taxpayers coming forward to get straight with the State. Iveson insists the state will not give up on going after delinquents. Back taxes can be paid, without interest and without penalties, through the end of business today.
The Chairman of the State Highway Commission has offered his opinion about the wording of an independent panel’s report on the Transportation Department’s accountability and credibility, and it appears that panel took the suggestion to heart. In a letter dated October 9th, Barry Orscheln complained to the panel chair about the use of the word “abandon” when referring to the Highway Commission’s actions in November, 1998, regarding the 15-year highway plan. He says “abandon” was not accurate for characterizing what happened with the plan. He says deviate is probably better. In the end, the panel did change the word “abandon” to “suspend.” Orscheln says, despite his letter to the panel being on Highway Commission letterhead and signed as the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, it was a personal letter from him on the issue.
Investigators continue to comb the murder scene at the Jefferson City prison as two inmates suspected of killing a third are held away from the general prison population. Cole County Sheriff John Hemeyer says that even though this investigation is being conducted within the walls of a prison, it still involves the solid police work needed in any murder investigation, which means gathering physical evidence and interviewing people. Guards found the body of Toby Viles in the prison ice house. The two suspected of killing him, inmates Chris Sims and Shannon Phillips, were found four days later hiding in a hole covered by a peg board.
The Missouri men’s basketball team begins the year in the top 10. The Tigers are ranked 6th in the first coaches poll of the year. The Tigers are ranked behind UConn, Duke, Michigan State, Arizona and Big 12 rival Kansas. The No. 6 ranking is the highest preseason ranking in school history. Last week, Big 12 coaches picked Mizzou as the favorite to win the conference. The Tigers open the regular season on the road against Oakland University on November 29.
Former Cardinal slugger Jack Clark has been hired as the new manager of the Frontier League’s Mid-Missouri Mavericks. Clark spent three years with the Redbirds. He led the team to World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987. Clark led the N.L. in walks and slugging percentage in 1987, while hitting 35 home runs with 106 RBIs. He’s perhaps most known for his dramatic three-run home run off Tom Niedenfuer that lifted the Cards to a victory in game six of the 1985 National League Championship Series. Clark spent the past year-and-a-half as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. This will be Clark’s second stint in the Frontier League. He was the first manager of the River City Rascals.
Royals lefty Darrell May started the season winless in 14 starts. He was 0-4 with 10 no decisions. Thanks to a furious finish, May was selected as the team’s pitcher of the year by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. May turned his season around with a June 27 win over St. Louis. He went 10-4 over the season’s final three months. May ended the year 10-8 with a 3.77 ERA. He led the Royals in wins (10), starts (32), and innings pitched (210). May also threw two complete games and recorded one shutout.