Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says she plans to keep coming to the office as she receives treatment to battle breast cancer. Carnahan says chemotherapy should begin this week, with surgery and radiation treatment scheduled for this summer. Carnahan wants to keep up with the work in her office. Carnahan says her doctors have given her an excellent chance for recovery, because she caught it early and she is in good shape. Carnahan says she hopes her battle will sound a warning for other women. Carnahan says she discovered a lump in her breast, which prompted a visit to the doctor and led to the diagnosis. She says the lump didn’t even show up on a mamogram, but was revealed through an ultrasound. Carnahan says she hopes the publicity surrounding her struggle will prompt women to conduct their own self-examinations.
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Federal Agrculture Department officials say crop insurance won’t cover any losses that could be caused by the Army Corps of Engineers’ planned manmade flood on the Missouri River this May. During a Congressional field hearing in Jefferson City, West Central Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton debated with USDA’s Risk Management Agency Administrator Eldon Gould that it is within the federal Agriculture Department’s discretion to accept this flood as a natural event. Gould believes discretion only applies to further definition of natural causes, which would not be applicable in this case. Skelton promises to keep on the USDA to get the policy changed.
A challenge to Missouri’s informed consent abortion law is rejected as the State Supreme Court rules the law, which was signed in 2003, is constitutionally sound. A challenge had been launched by Planned Parenthood, which claimed the language was vague and that the 24-hour waiting period for an elective abortion violated liberty and privacy rights under the Missouri Constitution. Peter Brownlee of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri accepts the informed consent provision, but has a problem with the waiting period. Brownlee says Planned Parenthood will consider its legal options, but he concedes the 24-hour waiting period is the law of the land.
The State Supreme Court has ruled on a challenge to an abortion law creating an informed consent requirement, including a 24-hour waiting period before elective abortions can be performed. Planned Parenthood had argued the statute was unconstitutionally vague and that its 24-hour waiting provision violated rights of liberty and privacy under the state constitution. The Court holds that the wording is not vague and that the 24-hour waiting period does not violate the Constitution. Furthermore, the Court notes the statute imposes no further duty on physicians than previously existed. This case concerns only Planned Parenthood’s claims under the State Constitution. All federal claims must still be resolved in federal court.
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Royals are still mum on why pitcher Zack Greinke left camp over the weekend. He was excused from spring training in Surprise Arizona on Saturday to deal with undisclosed personal issues. Royals GM Allard Baird said it had nothing to do with disciplinary issues or injury.
Reliever Ricardo Rincon has finally reported to camp 11 days after pitchers and catchers reported to Cardinals’ camp in Jupiter Florida after battling visa problems in Mexico. Rincon threw to live pitching on Monday and is expected to stay for a few days before joining the Mexican team at the World Baseball Classic.
Evangel College (Springfield) earned it’s first trip to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament since 2002 with a last second, 68-66 win over William Jewell in the Heart Of America Conference Tournament Finals Monday.
EC’s Jackson Capel made good on a 15-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds to go to break a 66-66 tie and give the fourth-seeded Crusaders the win over the top-seeded Cardinals in Liberty. Evangel, which is ranked 20th in the latest NAIA Division II poll, improved to 22-10 and will be one of 32 teams at the national tournament on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri next week.
William Jewell, ranked 12th in the latest poll, dropped to 26-7 and will likely receive an at-large bid. There are currently two other Missouri schools in the poll: College of the Ozarks, which is ranked fourth and Lindenwood University, which is ranked sixth.
C. of O. will again enjoy home-court advantage at the tournament, after winning the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 74-73 over York College (Nebraska) in the championship game on Saturday. College of the Ozarks is 22-5.
Lindenwood, which is 23-9, lost to Evangel at the HAAC Tournament this weekend.
The NCAA released the brackets for the Men and Women’s Division III Basketball Tournaments and the Show-Me State will be represented in both tourneys.
For only the second time in school history, Maryville University (St. Louis) will have both the men and women in the tournament in the same season. The men earned their spot in the tournament by topping Westminster (Fulton) 90-65 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Saturday. The Saints are 18-8 and will hit the road to face Mississippi College, which is 27-1 on either Thursday of Friday.
The Maryville women are 22-4 overall and completed a perfect run in the SLIAC by topping Fontbonne Univeristy 74-64 in the conference tournament finals on Saturday. Maryville is 23-4. They will face Lakeland (Wisconsin) in Wheaton, Illinois on Friday.
Washington University (St. Louis) has advanced to the women’s tournament for the 17th straight time and will host one of the regionals. The third-ranked Bears, which are 23-2, will face Manchester College (Indiana) on Friday. Calvin College (Michigan) and Carroll College (Wisconsin) will play in the other first-round game. WU won four straight national championships from 1998-2001.
More than 200 farmers from throughout the state descended on the State Capitol in Jefferson City to show their support for the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard which would require a ten percent ethanol blend in all gasoline sold by 2008. Ryland Utlaut, President of Mid-Missouri Energy – an ethanol plant in Malta Bend – says Missouri and the rest of the country have an opportunity to end dependence on foreign sources of energy, and they can help farmers at the same time. Governor Matt Blunt’s ten percent ethanol initiative is currently making its way through the Legislature.
In 1847 a small army of Missourians struggled toward the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, through deserts of blowing sand. There was little water. The horses died. The men suffered. They were Doniphan’s First Missouri Volunteers who filled the pages of history with their battles and played a major role in the Mexican War. When the Mexican War broke out, Governor Edwards called for Missouri volunteers to help other American forces take Sake Santa Fe. About 1,200 Missourians volunteered and marched with General Stephen Kearney. They captured Santa Fe without firing a shot. The Missourians then elected Colonel Alexander Doniphan their commander.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan hopes her struggle with breast cancer prompts other women to have breast cancer screenings. Carnahan was diagnosed after discovering a lump in her breast. Chemotherapy treatment will begin soon, followed by surgery and radiation. Carnahan spokesman Stacie Temple says Carnahan’s prognosis is excellent, primarily because she caught the cancer early. She hopes the publicity generated by her diagnosis spurs other women to go to the doctor. Carnahan won her first run for political office when she won the Secretary of State’s race in 2004. She is the daughter of the late Governor Mel Carnahan and former US Senator Jean Carnahan. Her brother is St. Louis area Congressman Russ Carnahan.