It’s the first time in state history that educators don’t agree with the Governor’s choice in the newest leader of state education… Governor Matt Blunt’s appointee Donayle Whitmore-Smith is already at work attending state board meetings, but spokesman Brent Gahn with the School Boards’ Association says the state’s largest education organizations don’t want her. Gahn says Whitmore-Smith’s support of vouchers and tuition tax credits undermines public education because that would be diverting public funding away from public schools and toward private institutions. But Governor Blunt’s spokesman Brian Hauswirth says Whitmore-Smith is more than qualified to serve on the Education Board and points out she has worked with children and has even established and arts and science academy. He says Blunt’s disappointed state educators aren’t giving his appointee a chance before they criticize her.
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Missouri’s Senator-elect says she would consider voting for a proposal to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq – if such a proposal comes up for a vote in the new session of Congress that begins in January. Claire McCaskill says the U.S. does not have many options regarding the situation in Iraq, and those that exist are not good. McCaskill says her support for this possible proposal would depend on the timetable for withdrawal, what military commanders say in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee – of which McCaskill is a member – and what the recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton Commission are.
Missouri fans had to be kicking themselves in the rear end last night as they watched Tyler Hansbrough lead North Carolina to an upset win over Ohio State. Hansbrough, a former prep hoopster from Poplar Bluff, MO, led the No. 7 Tar Heels over the top-ranked Ohio State 98-89. The sophomore All-American center recorded a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Hansbrough is Carolina’s only other non-freshman starter.
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt remains in a Dallas area hospital a week after being admitted. Hunt, who has been battling cancer since 1998, is battling a partially collapsed lung. He’s already missed three games this season because of hospital stays, but he doesn’t want to miss any more.
Chiefs President/General Manager Carl Peterson says Hunt’s health struggles are a combination of things.
“People can appreciate when you have as much treatment as he’s had that sometimes… it erodes your immune system,” Peterson said. “He’s in good medical hands, but he’s not there yet to be excused and allowed to go home.”
The Chiefs travel to Cleveland this week. Kansas City trails San Diego in the AFC West by two games.
Saint Louis University volleyball received its first berth to the NCAA Tournament in school history. SLU earned an automatic bid by winning the Atlantic-10 Tournament behind tournament MVP freshman Whitney Roth. Fellow freshman Whitney Behrens and senior Tatyana Menshikova were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Billikens travel to 14th-seeded Purdue for the first-round tonight. The winner will play the winner of the Kentucky-Ohio match.
“I’m very, very excited about going to Purdue. It’s a great place to play, they got big crowds, and they’re a huge physical team. It’ll be a challenge for us and that’s when we’re our best,” said head coach Anne Kordes.
Purdue finished the regular season 21-10, 11-9 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are ranked 22nd in the nation, but is going into the NCAA’s losers in six of its last eight matches. This is the third straight appearance for Purdue. They made it all the way to the Sweet 16 last year.
The Tigers (17-12) are hoping this year’s first round is as good as the last two. Mizzou has won consecutive opening round matches. It’s their seventh straight appearance overall, only Nebraska in the Big 12 has been more times in a row. Last year, Missouri made it to the Elite Eight before bowing out. This year’s first round opponent is Santa Clara (20-7). The Broncos beat Mizzou in four games earlier this year. The game is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CST).
The Bears open first round play Friday against Arkansas. MSU (26-8) earned an at-large bid after losing in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Arkansas and Missouri State have met at least once in the last five years, with Arkansas winning three times. In 2003, Arkansas eliminated the Bears in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior center Ian Vouyoukas scored 14 points, but none bigger than the two free throws he hit with five seconds to play as Saint Louis University beat Loyola (Ill) 67-64.
The Billikens trailed 30-36 at halftime but was able to rebound for the come-from-behind victory. Kevin Lisch scored a team-high 15 points and dished out five assists. Vouyoukas recorded his second consecutive double-double grabbing 12 rebounds. SLU had four players score in double figures.
SLU returns to the court Sat., Dec. 2, at Southern Illinois.
What a difference a day makes. Weather throughout Missouri has been turned on its head as we went from unseasonably warm and mild to full-force winter. The wintry blast hit Kansas City last night and left ice and power outages in its wake. At Kansas City International Airport it’s cloudy and 21. In St. Joseph, it’s a degree colder at 20. Springfield has freezing rain this morning with the temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. In Joplin, it’s 28 with freezing rain. Central Missouri has much the same weather. Columbia reports freezing rain and 29 while its 31 with freezing rain in the Jefferson City. St. Louis reports light rain and 36 this morning with parts of southeast Missouri hanging on to relatively warm temperatures, though the rain has moved in and the temperatures are dropping. The National Weather Service has cancelled the ice storm warning for Kansas City and much of the western half of the state, but says a heavy snow warning begins at Noon today and will run through Friday morning. Accumulations are expected to vary with the heaviest snowfall predicted to fall south of Interstate 70, as much as eight to 14 inches, perhaps more. Anywhere from four to nine inches is expected to fall north of I-70.
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It’s official as the Missouri Mental Health Task Force issues its final report to the governor. The report contains 25 recommendations to correct the abuse and neglect of mental health patients. Governor Blunt formed the task force after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a series of articles detailing the abuse of mental patients under the care of the state, patients in both state facilities and community centers with state contracts. The articles concentrated on the years 2000 to 2004, a period in which the State Auditor also investigated the Department of Mental Health. Some of the abuse during that period turned fatal. The reports linked 21 deaths to abuse and neglect at both private and public facilities. Mental Health Department Interim Director Ron Dittemore says the department has already implemented some recommendations, many of them having to do with the sensitivity of its staff. Dittemore says staff complacency about reported abuse will not be tolerated. Dittemore co-chaired the task force along with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder who emphasizes the report calls for more transparency in how the department investigates cases. Kinder says the legislature found a few years ago when reviewing juvenile and foster care issues that secrecy is an invitation to abuse. Among the recommendations: more money to attract quality mental health staff, better staff training, increased penalties for failure to report abuse and neglect and accreditation of all state habilitation centers.
The final count is finally in from an election bogged with voter I-D confusion and ballot shortages in some districts. A signature from the Secretary of State Robin Carnahan certified the tally of all votes from Election Day and from absentee and provisional ballots cast after the election… except for Jackson County. Carnahan says she’s not sure why, but officials still haven’t submitted the provisional ballots from that county. She says only one recount of votes is likely in the works. Totals for the 124th district’s state representative race came in under the one percent margin. Carnahan says Democratic challenger Luke Scavuzzo topped Republican incumbent Rex Rectorwith by just 22 votes and she does expect a request for a recount. Her office would have about a month to process the second tally of votes. One thing Carnahan didn’t sign off on was the state’s voting procedures. The Secretary of State suggests advanced voting, more educted poll workers and more polling stations to help streamline the voting process.
A University of Missouri-St. Louis student has been killed in a fire in a fraternity house. Police say the victim is 25-year-old Brian Schlittler. Authorities say the fire began early this morning and was noticed when one of three students living in the frat house returned home to find a couch on fire. He awoke his two house mates. One got out, but Schlittler didn’t make it. The cause of the fire is under investigation.