State Water Patrol officials say this weekend is the busiest one of the year for them, as thousands of Missourians try to take advantage of some time off out on the lakes. Sergeant Ralph Bledsoe says the numbers of boats on the waters will be very high in the evenings, as many people go out on the water to watch fireworks displays. He says boaters should check their lights before heading out on the lake. Bledsoe also warns shooting fireworks off a boat is illegal. And he says boaters must not drink and drive, adding the Water Patrol will be watching.
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A decision by the US Supreme Court not to get involved in the case of two reporters threatened with jail time if they don’t disclose notes to a grand jury disappoints the Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Brant Houston, who also teaches journalism at the University of Missouri, says though he’s disappointed, he believes the inaction by the Court will only have a minor impact. The courts had threatened both Time Magazine and the New York Times with heavy fines, and their reporters with jail time, if they failed to hand over material to the grand jury. Time, over the objection of its reporter, has decided to comply with the court order and hand over the material.
It’s travel time once again as the Fourth of July weekend is upon us. The State Highway Patrol and local police forces will be trying to keep travel safe. The Patrol’s Captain Chris Ricks says the safe driving focus is aimed at reducing last year’s crash numbers – 15 killed and 667 injured in 1,455 traffic crashes in Missouri. Ricks says the big travel days will be late Friday when people are heading to their destinations and on Monday when a lot of people will be heading home.
A judge in Jefferson City has ruled on a request from the former administration of St. Louis County’s troubled Wellston School District that the newly appointed Special Administrative Board be prevented from assuming responsibilities. Attorney Chuck Ford, who represents the former administration, says the ruling is short and to the point. In essence, the request for a temporary restraining order is denied, but a request for an evidentiary hearing on an injunction request had been granted. It is scheduled for next Thursday morning in a Cole County courtroom. What this means is that while the State-appointed three-member Board takes over control of the District, members of the administration that was dissolved will be allowed to present their case in court next week. It’s a case in which the plaintiffs will claim the reasons used by the State Board of Education to dissolve the old Wellston District are not factual.
Four State Senators, the Lieutenant Governor, and a former Governor have been summoned to testify at the trial of a former Kansas City lobbyist who’s accused of lying to a grand jury. The trial of Bill Waris begins next Tuesday. Former Governor Bob Holden and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder are among summoned witnesses. A grand jury had investigated whether Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields offered a no-bid contract to fund-raiser Catherine Nugent, in return for which her husband would withdraw his application for membership on the Jackson County Sports Authority. Waris’ trial will be in Kansas City.
State Social Services Director Gary Sherman says Medicaid grew out of good intent, but he adds the state can no longer afford what it has grown into. Sherman tells the Medicaid Reform Commission that Medicaid has become a huge, complex health care program that threatens the state budget. And he tells lawmakers on the Commission that they cannot ignore the federal government as they consider state changes. The Commission has held two days of meetings at the Capitol, discussing its role and hearing testimony. The Commission is composed of both Senators and Representatives, Democrats and Republicans, and will make recommendations to change Medicaid for the Legislature to consider next year.
After missing five days with a herniated disc in his neck, Cardinals right fielder Larry Walker blasted two home runs in an 11-3 win for St. Louis. His two-run homer in the second inning tied the game at 2-2. In the third he hit another two-run shot to give the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage. He has nine home runs on the season.
Reggie Sanders hit a solo homer in the fifth and Jim Edmonds nailed a three-run shot in the sixth. Sanders has 17 long balls on the season and Edmonds has 15.
While the Cardinals were pounding out 11 runs off 12 hits, Matt Morris was taking care of business on the mound. Morris (9-1) lasted seven innings and surrendered two runs off six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. 71 of his 96 pitches were strikes. Cal Eldred and Carmen Cali pitched an inning of relief apiece to close out the game.
Reds starter Ramon Ortiz (3-6) completed just two innings and was tagged for six runs off four hits, but only four of those runs were earned as Cincinnati committed three errors on the night.
With the win the Cardinals move to 49-28 on the season and are 21 games over .500 for the second time in 2005.
The Royals got an early lead and held on to beat the Twins 3-1 and end an eight-game losing streak Wednesday afternoon. The win also prevented them from going 0-9 on their road trip, which ended yesterday.
Starting pitcher D.J. Carrasco (3-3) was handed a 2-0 lead before he even took his first inning warm-up pitches. Terrence long drove in David DeJesus with a ground–rule double and Matt Stairs singled in Long with a single.
DeJesus, who tied a career high with four base hits, pushed the Royals lead to 3-0 with a single to score Tony Graffanino in the fourth inning.
On the mound, Carrasco got two outs in the seventh inning before being replaced by Jimmy Gobble. The only run Carrasco gave up came in the seventh when Shannon Stewart drove in Jacque Jones with a sacrifice fly. He gave up five Minnesota base hits and walked three batters with five strikeouts.
Gobble gave up a walk in the seventh, but got out of the jam. He left the game with two outs in the eighth and Mike MacDougal entered the game and got the final out of the eighth. He allowed an infield single to Luis Rivas in the ninth inning, but was able to escape with his 9th save of the season.
The Springfield Cardinals topped the Corpus Christi Hooks 6-3 on Wednesday night as Jeremy Cummings excelled on the mound and at the plate. Cummings lasted seven innings and gave up no runs off four hits, three strikeouts and no walks. He helped guide the Cardinals to a 6-0 lead by the time he left the game.
Cummings also tripled to lead off the fifth inning, but was thrown out at home trying to score on a Papo Bolivar fly ball to right field.
Aaron Herr and Peter Zoccolillio both hit home runs for Springfield in the four inning. Herr finished with two RBI’s on the night.
Reliever Corey Doyne got into some trouble in the ninth inning and allowed two runs off a hit and a two walks, but still earned his fourth save of the season.
The Kansas City Wizards tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 at Arrowhead Stadium Wednesday night. The Crew took at 1-0 lead in the 69th minute with a goal from midfielder Mario Rodriguez, who scored after John Wolyniec’s shot bounced off the lower goalpost.
After Preki was knocked to the ground in the 75th minute, the Wizards were offered a free kick and Jose Burciaga made it 1-1.
The Wizards have 22 points and are seven behind second-place Chicago and nine points behind first place New England.