Attorney General Jay Nixon has gone to court, filing suit against a Columbia-based ticket broker that has managed to scoop up 2,863 St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff tickets and is selling the tickets for well above face value. Nixon says this is against Missouri law which only allows ticket brokers to re-sell sporting event tickets for face value plus service or handling fees. He says in this case he has learned that $19 bleacher tickets are being sold for $70. Nixon is asking for a temporary restraining order against Show-Me Tickets and is asking the court to order the company to pay restitution and penalties.
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More than a dozen police agencies in Missouri are awaiting a check that won’t come unless they send in they complete their assignment. Most of the 700-plus police agencies in the state have already submitted their crime statistics to the State Highway Patrol and their report on racial profiling to the Attorney General’s office. But 16 haven’t. State Public Safety Director Charles Jackson says it shouldn’t be hard to get the racial profiling stats in. Until they do, Jackson is withholding the remaining $500 they should receive for equipment and training. It’s not a lot of money, basically a token by the state to let agencies know they need to get their paperwork done and submit it to Jefferson City. And, Jackson says they have little excuse, because state officials are willing to help. Compliance is improving. Last year, more than 40 agencies failed to file the reports.
Missourians are being warned to be on the alert for a new form of identity theft. It’s a voter registration phone scam. The scammers call Missourians, informing them that “corrections” are needed to voter registration rolls. The callers then offer to make the “corrections” over the phone, saying a bit of personal information such as a Social Security number is all that’s needed. Terri Durdoller with the Secretary of State’s Office says anyone receiving one of these calls should get in touch with authorities. Voters in five counties – Laclede, Taney, Boone, Cole, and Jackson – have been contacted by individuals trying to steal identities. No one from any government agency will call to request personal information to make any “corrections” to voter rolls.
Kansas City Police are investigating the shooting of a Cleveland Indians pitcher after last night’s game at Kauffman Stadium. Indians’ pitcher Kyle Denney was shot in the right calf while riding on the team’s chartered bus as it was traveling to KCI Airport. According to players, the shot was fired into the side of one of the Indians’ two buses while it was on a ramp between 435 and I-70, grazing outfielder Ryan Ludwick before lodging into Denney’s leg. The bullet did not go very deep and was immediately removed by Indian’ trainers on the bus. The injury is not considered serious, but it could have been. Denney, who is a rookie, was wearing a wig, cheerleader outfit and go-go boots as a part of an initiation ritual. The bullet was slowed when it hit the boot and police say it prevented the injury from being more serious. The right-handed pitcher was treated at a hospital and spent the night in an area hospital. He’s expected to rejoin the team later today in Minnesota… Denney started the game and pitched four innings as the Indians topped the Royals 5-2. It was Kansas City’s 101st loss of the season, which set a team record for defeats in one season. The Royals wasted a 10-hit performance by stranding 11 runners on base. Mike Wood got the loss by allowing all five Cleveland runs and dropped to 3-8.
The Cardinals suffered their third sweep of the season by losing to the Astros 6-4 on Wednesday night. Interestingly enough, two of those sweeps came from Houston. St. Louis took the lead in the fourth inning when Roger Cedeno doubled in So Taguchi, then scored on a throwing error by Jose Vizcaino to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Mike Ensberg’s two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning of Jeff Suppan made it 3-2, Houston and Jeff Bagwell’s RBI double in the fifth made it 4-2. In the sixth inning Scott Rolen hit his 34th homer of the year to tie it up at 4-4. RBI’s from Bagwell and Lance Burkman off Suppan made it 6-4 Houston. The put the Astros a half-game in front of the Giants and Cubs in the National League Wild Card spot… Reliever Steve Kline pitched 2/3 of an inning in the eighth and faced three batters, walking one. He hasn’t thrown since Aug. 27 with a groin injury and then a torn tendon in his finger.
Aeneas Williams’ trip back to cornerback lasted just one game. Williams, who went to seven Pro-Bowls as a cornerback, switched to safety last season but moved back to CB last week. Cornerback DeJuan Groce has recovered from an injured knee and is expected to play Sunday, which will allow Williams to go back to safety.
Police in Kansas City are investigating the shooting of a Cleveland Indians player following the Indians-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland pitcher Kyle Denney was shot in the right calf while riding on the team’s chartered bus to Kansas City International Airport. According to players, the shot was fired into the side of the bus as it approached Interstate 70. The bullet grazed outfielder Ryan Ludwick before it lodged in Denney’s leg. The bullet didn’t go very deep and was removed by the team’s trainer on the bus. Denney spent the night at a Kansas City area hospital and is expected to rejoin his teammates later today in Minneapolis.
A State Representative has been officially charged with drunk driving in an accident that left his pick-up stranded on a railroad tie barrier in the backyard of a home in Manchester. Representative Charles Portwood of Ballwin has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a felony, and drunken driving, a misdemeanor. Police say blood alcohol tests indicate Portwood’s BAC was more than double the legal limit. Portwood is unopposed in his bid for his third term. He is Republican House Caucus Chairman.
More than a dozen police departments across Missouri didn’t get their usual officer training check from the state this month, because they failed to file crime and racial profiling statistics. It will cost the departments only about $500 each, but officials say the withholding is the only tool lawmakers gave the Department of Public Safety to punish those who don’t comply.
A communications professor expects a lot of people to tune in to the presidential debate Thursday evening, but worries that the format will keep them from getting much from it. President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry debate on the campus of the University of Miami. University of Missouri Assistant Communications Professor Mitchell McKinney notes the two campaigns agreed to very strict time limits for answers and rebuttal. McKinney says the arguments between the two campaigns about time-limits, accomodations, questions, inter-action with panelists and citizens even prior approval to the pen and pad used to take notes during the debates are just the latest in a series of developments over the years campaigns use to reduce the risks to their candidates. The second will be held next Friday at Washington University in St. Louis. The final debate will be held in Arizona.