The Democratic presidential debate, tentatively scheduled for Monday night in St. Louis, has been cancelled. The Democrats have released a statement saying conflicting schedules, abbreviated preparation time, and the possibility of more winter weather have led to the decision to cancel the event. The idea for the debate was put forward by the State Democratic Party following the withdrawal of St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt from the race for the White House. The candidates had all but conceded Missouri’s delegates to Gephardt, but his decision to pull out put the state in play. Earlier, a proposal to hold a town hall forum on Saturday at Penn Valley Community College near Kansas City was scrapped because of a lack of organizing time.
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A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Jefferson City manufacturing plant in which three workers were shot to death last year. The judge says the federal court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the workplace death of Modine employee Terry Wilson. The part of the lawsuit filed against the security firm at the plant has been allowed to stand. A Modine employee shot three co-workers to death last July, before turning the gun on himself.
The St. Louis Blues winless streak has reached five games. The Blues dropped a 4-2 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Vancouver scored all four of its goals in the third period. Magnus Arvedson scored twice for the Canucks. Marcus Nasland and Daniel Sedin also scored for Vancouver. Mark Rycroft and Keith Tkachuk tallied for St. Louis. The Blues are just 5-11-5 in their last 21 games, and have fallen nine points behind Detroit in the Central Division. The Blues host the defending Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
Former State Senator Harry Wiggins of Kansas City has announced he is being treated for cancer. Wiggins says doctors diagnosed the disease when he sought treatment for a broken leg he suffered on the 16th. Wiggins says he couldn’t understand how he had broken his leg, because he hadn’t fallen. Wiggins spent 28 years in the Missouri Senate.
A rough season just got worse for the Missouri Tigers. Freshman Linus Kleiza could miss up to two weeks after suffering a separated right shoulder late in Wednesday night’s loss to Colorado. Kleiza currently leads Mizzou in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game, and is third on the team is scoring (11.1 ppg). Mizzou puts its 8-8 record on the line Saturday night against Kansas State. Tip off is set for 6:00 at the Hearnes Center.
The SMS Lady Bears continue to roll. Their winning streak reached 15 games with a 73-47 win over Indiana State on Thursday. Kari Koch scored 17 points to lead SMS, while Jenni Lingor contributed 11 points. The Lady Bears’ 15-game win streak puts them six wins short of the school’s all-time record, set during the 1991-92 season. The Lady Bears are now 17-1 on the season, 8-0 in Missouri Valley play. SMS goes for its 16th straight win Saturday night against Illinois State.
In the time leading up to the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, voters in those two states saw a ton of political ads for the various presidential hopefuls.But with just a few days to go to the Missouri primary, there seem to be few radio and television ads for any of the remaining Deomcratic candidates. Don Hicks, Presidentand CEO of the Missouri Broadcasters Association says the other contests were different animals than Missouri’s primary. But Hicks believes with Missouri’s delegate richprimary, 88 delegates up for grabs, and native son St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt out of the race, the other candidates might be missing the boat. He adds since there are several other state primaries going on the same day as Missouri’s, he would have thought the candidates would use the mass media a lot more to reach out to voters.
Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell, who pulled out of a re-election race because of his wife’s health, says she’s healthy enough for him to hit the campaign trail – but not for himself. Maxwell pulled out of a re-election bid last year, announcing his wife was suffering from a painful, undagnosed illness and it was more important to be with her than run for another term. But now, after a week at the Mayo Clinic, doctors know what she has – a viral infection that infects some nerves – and she’s under treatment. That’s why he has decided to spend a few days campaigning for Presidential Candidate John Edwards. Maxwell thinks next Tuesday’s primaries will force some contenders to make some choices about narrowing the field. He says some might decide it’s not useful to go on and others might decide that it’s not good to have continued divisiveness within the party. But he says there’s no guarantee anybody will bow out. He says a person can keep runnig as long as he wants.
The Missouri Health Department wins praise from a national magazine for use of the Internet. A report put out by “Governing” magazine, a Washington-based policy and management publication, shows this state’s health department is wisely using the Internet to inform Missourians about local public health issues. MicheleMariani, co-author of the report, says the Missouri Health Department is the best of all state health departments in using the Internet to inform. Mariani says that while the websites of most state health departments offer information, Missouri’s is easy to access.
A plan to keep corporations from making money in Missouri and shipping it to other states to avoid paying taxes here – the so-called Geoffrey Loopphole – passes the House, though there remains a dispute about whether it will really accomplish anything. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway sticks to her insistence that the bill, approved along party-lines, will resolve the issue raised by Governor Bob Holden, who says a loophole in the Missouri corporate tax structure allows businesses to avoid state taxes by paying huge franchise fees to headquarters in other states. Republican legislative leaders have hesitated to predict their fix would bring in any additional revenue to the state – a stance Hanaway maintains after the vote was taken. The Holden Administration opposes the plan. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the Governor hopes to amend the proposal when it reaches the Senate. She says, as is, the bill would cost the state, claiming it would broaden the loophole, making more companies eligible.