A federal prosecutor in Kansas City is calling on a judge to get really tough with a man who is accused of kidnapping his own children and who will not tell where they are. Daniel Porter is charged with kidnapping his two kids after he picked them up from his estranged wife last June. Porter has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun. In a sentencing memo filed in that case, an Assistant U.S. Attorney asks the judge to send Porter to prison for the maximum sentence of ten years. The whereabouts of the children are still unknown.
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Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino is launching a new promotion to attract gamblers. On Mondays and Tuesdays in May, even losers will win something. 10-percent of every tracked player’s daily losses will be rebated. For instance, a player who loses $100 playing blackjack or trying to win at the slot machines will get an additional $10 mailed to him or her in the form of cash vouchers. And, it’s not just losers who get bonuses. Anyone ending the day in the black will receive a voucher worth 10-percent of that player’s winnings. Mondays and Tuesdays are typically slow days at the casinos.
About 200,000 people were waiting that day in St. Louis when the president, in Washington, pressed an electric key. When he did, 10,000 flags unfurled, waterfalls began to flow in Forest Park, bands began to play, and machinery began to run. For the next eight months, St. Louis would be the site of the great Louisana Purchase Exposition, the 1904 World’s Fair. It went far beyond the expectations of those who originally planned an event to celebrate the centennial of the Louisana Purchase.
It looks as though residents of the Bellfontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis County will be able to continue to call the facilty home. Legislative budget negotiators have rejected Governor Matt Blunt’s proposal to shut down the state-run mental health center and are proposing they continue to fund it. The shut down had been criticized by friends and relatives of the patients. They claimed the patients would be forced into homes that might not have had the best interests of the mentally retarded and physically disabled residents at heart. The thirteen budget bills will return to the House and Senate next week for their approval. A budget must be in place by next Friday.
The man who has been serving on an interim basis as Missouri’s Fire Marshal has been appointed to the job outright. Governor Matt Blunt has appointed Randy Cole to the post. Cole has served as interim Fire Marshal since the resignation of Bill Farr, who had been Fire Marshal since 1996. Cole is a former Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy who has worked with the State Department of Public Safety since 1986. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
Former Speaker of the Missouri House Catherine Hanaway has been nominated by President Bush to be the new federal prosecutor in St. Louis. Hanaway is a Republican from Warson Woods, credited with helping the party capture the majority in the House for the first time in nearly 50 years. She lost her attempt at statewide office when she lost to Democrat Robin Carnahan in the race for Secretary of State last year. The loss prompted widespread discussion of her future, with many political observers pointing to the US Attorney for Eastern Missouri position. Former US Attorney Ray Gruender left the post to become a judge on the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals. James Martin has been serving in the post on an interim basis. Hanaway must be confirmed by the Senate.
The State Education Department is investigating reports that some schools have cheated on the state MAP tests – the annual achievement tests. A Department spokesman says it’s investigating seven allegations. One of the schools being checked is a charter school in St. Louis, where a principal is accused of taking test booklets that had not been completed by students, and returning them to teachers to have students fill in the rest of the pages. But some of the MAP tests are timed tests and cannot be completed once the time is up.
This year’s wild turkey harvest in the state is down by about 10 percent from a year ago. The Conservation Department’s Jeff Beringer says cool, wet springs the last few years might have the bird numbers down a bit and less-than-ideal hunting weather for part of this year’s season might be keeping hunters out of the woods. Beringer says that’s understandable, but hunters shouldn’t hang it up quite yet. Beringer says there’s plenty of time to bag a gobbler between now and the end of the season on May 8th.
Tickets for MU’s first game in Kansas City sixty years went on sale this morning. The Tigers will face Arkansas St. on Saturday, September 3 at 11AM. Tickets are as cheap as $20 and as expensive as $35.
The game was originally scheduled to be a road game for MU, but Arkansas St. agreed to have the game moved from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Kansas City, which will likely give them a much bigger payday after the gate money has been collected. Missouri was interested in playing at Arrowhead as long as they didn’t have to give up a home game.
MU Director of Media Relations said, “We don’t want to (give up) any of our home games. We make a good portion of our operating budget from home game ticket sales, concessions, novelties, parking, that type of thing. We’d hate to take a game away from that and our local business operators.”
No one involved would have any problem with a sell out crowd of over 79,000, but the less-than marquee match up on Labor Day weekend might not produce a packed house. How many size crowd do officials expect?
Moller wasn’t sure, “I don’t know that there’s a hard number that we’re focusing on. We’re just hopeful that everyone will be excited about the start of the season and we get a great crowd out there.”
The last time Missouri played in Kansas City, they came away with a 33-12 win over 16th ranked Kansas on November 24, 1945.
The Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday with a 4-3 loss to the Brewers at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds never led in the game, as Russell Branyan got things going for Milwaukee with a solo home run off St. Louis starter Jason Marquis in the second inning.
Geoff Jenkins made it 2-0 Brewers with an RBI single in the third inning. In the fourth Reggie Sanders hit his fifth home run of the season to get the Cardinals within one. But in the top of the fifth, Brady Clark belted a two-run double and Milwaukee took a 4-1 advantage.
St. Louis came close thanks to Roger Cedeno’s infield single, which scored Hector Luna in the seventh inning. In the eighth, Luna reached on a fielder’s choice and Scott Rolen scored to make it 4-3. In the ninth, Albert Pujols had the tying run on first, but flied out to center to end the game.
Jason Marquis suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs off five hits and two walks in seven innings of work.