The Missouri Supreme Court has handed down several decisions. Among them, one in which the judges unanimously agreed that most provisions of Missouri’s Megan’s Law – the law requiring sex offenders to register with law enforcement – are constitutional. However, the Court did rule those convicted of or pleading guilty to sexual crimes before the January 1st, 1995 implementation date don’t have to register. The Court also ordered a new penalty phase trial in the capital murder case of Terrance Anderson, convicted of executing Stephen and Debbie Rainwater of Poplar Bluff with a .357 handgun in 1997. The Court ruled unanimously that Anderson’s counsel was ineffective during the penalty phase.
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The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for privately-hired security screeners at Kansas City International Airport to unionize. The company that employs them had argued they should not be able to unionize because their federal counterparts are not allowed to join unions. But the NLRB says Congress has not prohibited private screeners from unionizing – just federally-paid ones. KCI is one of six airports using privately-hired screeners.
The popular ones from big schools still haven’t signed yet. No Thomas Gardner, Jimmy McKinney, or any other Missouri College basketball player for that matter. Well, there is one so far. Southwest Baptist’s 7-foot-2 center, Frans Steyn, signed a free agent contract to play with the San Antonio Spurs.
He’ll begin his tryout with the team playing in next month’s NBA Summer League. Steyn received calls from the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat before deciding on San Antonio as being the best choice.
The Oklahoma State transfer only played one season at SBU. Steyn has a pretty decent chance of making the club. The Spurs need a center after trading Rasho Nesterovic to Toronto and Nazr Mohammed could leave the team as a free agent.
The summer league games will be held July 14-21 as part of the Rocky Mountain Review in Salt Lake City.
St. Louis native, Cory Spinks will return to the boxing ring, July 8, in a junior-middleweight title fight against champion Roman Karmazin of Russia. The 12-round main event, being held at the Savvis Center, is being tabbed by promoter Don King as the “Gateway to Glory.”
Several other Missouri-born fighters will be on the undercard. Devon Alexander, St. Louis, will go for the WBC youth welterweight championship against Tyler Ziolkowski of St. Joseph, MO.
Park Hill, MO native, Matt Greer, will step into the ring against Mario Preskar in a six round heavyweight bout.
Middleweight Andy Utterback, Hannibal, MO, is scheduled for a four round fight with Louis Turner of Chicago.
The St. Louis Blues retained two of its veteran players, re-signing forward Ryan Johnson and defenseman Matt Walker.
Johnson played in 65 last season, scored three goals and six assist.
Walker appeared in 54 games and tallied a pair of assists.
Related web sites:
St. Louis Blues Official Website
The Major League baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint. During the last nine games, the Cardinals have looked like a team that has “hit the wall” and needs a second wind.
St. Louis went 1-8 against three of the top four teams in the American League Central. They were swept by the White Sox and Tigers and barely pulled out the final game of the series with the Indians. The eight game losing streak the Cardinals went through was the longest for the team since 1988.
It all started with a 20-6 blowout loss to the White Sox on June 20. Not all the games were as lopsided as that one. Rookie starter Anthony Reyes pitched a one-hitter in game three of the ChiSox series. The only problem was St. Louis didn’t score any runs and the one hit given up was a solo homer by Jim Thome. The Redbirds had several other chances to end the skid. Half of the losses were by three runs or less.
If the Cardinals want to look at the glass as half-full, they can take solace in the fact that they still have the lead in the National League Central. The lead was five when the streak started. It has dwindled a bit, but they still enjoy a one-game lead over the Reds. Cincinnati had a hard time making a major dent in the lead because they were playing the same AL Central teams St. Louis was struggling with. In Interleague play this year, the AL is 25-51 against the NL Central.
The Royals had a chance to make June a very positive month. A win over the Reds Thursday would’ve given them a chance for a winning month for the first time since 2003, would’ve given them four straight series wins, and removed them from being the worst team in the Majors.
The Royals can start planning for July because none of those things happened; Kansas City fell to the Reds 6-5 Thursday, ending all chances of accomplishing those feats this month.
The Royals had every opportunity to win the game. They fell behind 5-2 after four innings but tied the game at five with three runs in the eighth. Mark Grudzielanek drove in a run with a single right after David DeJesus led off with a double to center field. Emil Brown’s single chased reliever David Weathers from the game. New pitcher Todd Coffey immediately gave up a single to pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders. The rally continued on back-to-back RBIs by Tony Graffanino and Paul Bako that tied the game.
Adam Dunn made sure the game didn’t stay tied for very long, lining a 0-2 slider past right fielder Reggie Sanders for an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth.
Coffey pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the game and give the Reds a 2-1 series win.
With the Cardinals having the night off, Cincinnati was able to pick up a half game, and now trails St. Louis in the NL Central by just one game.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend is practically upon us, and with hot weather in the forecast, the State Water Patrol expects big crowds on the lakes and rivers this weekend. Sergeant Ralph Bledsoe says the biggest danger will be the number of drunk boaters out on the water. Last Fourth of July weekend, 50 people were arrested for boating-while-intoxicated. Bledsoe expects there will be even more arrests this year because the Water Patrol will have even more officers watching.
The Fourth of July holiday kicks off Friday afternoon – at least for some Missourians. And, the State Highway Patrol will be out in force. The Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday makes this the longest holiday counting period of the year for the State Highway Patrol, which keeps track of accidents and fatalaties on the state’s roads. The period begins at 6 pm Friday and runs through midnight on July 4th. The Patrol’s Captain Chris Ricks expects to see a lot of traffic this weekend, but thinks most Missourians will probably stay closer to home on the holiday, itself. There were seven deaths on Missouri’s highways during last year’s Fourth of July weekend, which lasted three days.
A special task force has begun to review how the state responds to allegations of abuse in public and private mental health facilities. Governor Matt Blunt formed the Mental Health Task Force in the wake of a series by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that alleged that the state fails to properly monitor its mental patients and fails to properly investigate injuries and deaths. A co-chairman of the task force, Interim Mental Health Director Ron Dittemore, says a cultural change is needed in the department – one that has the Department of Mental Health existing to provide quality service to Missourians. Dittemore says it does no good for the department to ignore the problem. He says short-term solutions are underway. Long-term solutions will follow.