Missouri Southern State University has started an exchange program with a university in Beijing. It’s a three year agreement that will let Missouri Southern students attend lectures and classes at Beijing Broadcasting University. Students from China will be able to study in Joplin, Missouri. Students will pay tuition for their own university and pick up the costs of their flights.
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A campaign has been started to make a Catholic priest educated in Missouri a saint. He’s Father Emil Kapaun. The effort is being led by the Wichita, Kansas Catholic Diocese. He was a Kansas native who was educated at Conception High School and College in Conception, Missouri. He was with the Army in Korea and was captured when he refused to leave wounded members of his unit. He died in a North Korean prison camp.
A child playing with a cigarette lighter is the listed cause of an apartment fire in Carthage that has left three families homeless. The fire left four units of a 12-unit apartment building uninhabitable. One woman suffered a back injury when she jumped out of a second-story window. The Red Cross has helped three families find temporary quarters.
Shopping malls and stores in Missouri are filling up today in the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. David Overfelt with the Missouri Retailers Association says this Christmas season, electronic games should be popular. Overfelt says what is standing out this year is sales projections. He expects sales, fueled by a stronger economy, could be up nearly six percent from a year ago. That would make this Christmas the brightest for retailers since 1999.
The Kansas City Royals are off to a good start this holiday season. The Royals resigned three free agents yesterday, bringing back third baseman Joe Randa, starter Brian Anderson and and reliever Curtis Leskanic back to Kansas City next year. Anderson signed a two-year deal. Randa received a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2005. Leskanic signed a one-year contract with a club option for ’05. Randa hit .291 last year and led all MLB third baseman in fielding percentage, Anderson and Leskanic were both mid-season pickups. Anderson went 5-1 with KC with an ERA of 3.99. Leskanic made 27 relief appearances for the Royals, posting an ERA of 1.73.
The St. Louis U. soccer team is still alive in the NCAA Tournament. The Billikens slipped past Binghamton 1-0 in overtime on Wednesday in a second-round match. SLU outshot the Bearcats 19-2, but failed to score until overtime. Vedad Ibisevic scored 6 minutes into the extra period to send the Billikens to the third round. The loss ended Binghamton’s 14-match unbeaten streak. SLU will host Washington in a third-round match Sunday at 1:00.
Missouri’s Senior RX Program, which offers discounts on prescription drugs for senior citizens, will remain – even though the federal Medicare drug prescription drug benefit has been approved. Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell, the state’s advocate for the elderly, says when the Senior RX Program was created, plans called for it to remain in place once a federal program came along. The Legislature will be asked to approve a proposal to have the Senior RX Program fill the so-called donut hole which sees senior citizens with drug bills between $2,250 and $5,000 left covering their own costs. Governor Bob Holden says start up administrative costs to put the federal and state programs together should come to about $30-Million.
Robert Courtney’s insurance company has agreed to pay his victims $35-Million. Courtney is the former Kansas City druggist who watered down cancer-fighting medications. Courtney’s victims had sued Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, which had argued its coverage did not include criminal conduct. The company says it still holds that position, although it’s agreeing to the settlement instead of facing the uncertainty of a long legal fight. Courtney is in prison.
It was another thrilling win for the Blues on Tuesday. Keith Tkachuk scored the game-tying goal with just 28 seconds to go in regulation. Chris Osgood made a spectacular save in OT, which led to Doug Weight’s winner with just 41 seconds left in the extra period. Quite a finish in a 4-3 overtime win over Boston. Pavol Demitra had a big night, with a goal and two assists. Mark Rycroft also scored for the Blues, recording his first goal of the season. Osgood stopped 24 of Boston’s 27 shots. The Blues play at Tampa Bay on Friday.
Southwest Missouri State took home third place in the Guardians Classic. The Bears beat the University of San Francisco 72-51 in the consolation game. A total of 10 Bears scored in the game. Anthony Shavies and Monwell Randle each had 10 points to lead SMS. The Bears shot 48 percent from the field and made 8 of 11 three-point attempts.