A study of Missouri’s 34 higher education institutions shows deteriorating facilities that can mean deteriorating opportunities. Sixty percent of those institutions have special missions—and special problems. [Read more…]
Archives for December 2009
Stunning. That is the only word I can use to describe the clinic Navy put on with their triple option offense as they kept the Tigers’ defense off balance all day to defeat Missouri 35-13 in the Texas Bowl. However, I think plenty of blame needs to be handed out for the playcalling of Missouri’s offense.
The Missouri Ethics Commission not only requires comprehensive information filing of politicians, campaigns, and committees – lobbyists are expected to file information, as well. Executive Director Julie Allen says a set of tutorials is now available on the Commission’s website.
“It gives some comprehensive information about lobbyists, their reporting requirements, the available online Commission resources and searches, and navigating the lobbyists’ online filing system,” said Allen in an interview with the Missourinet. [Read more…]
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton has told President Obama that key federal security agencies need to get their acts together.
Skelton, Missouri’s senior congressman, has sent a letter to the President saying the attempted terrorist bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day represented “failures across the government and the international community.” He says he pointed out interagency communication problems within the Defense Department in 1997 and 1998. But he says those problems appear to have extended to other agencies. “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” he says. Skelton says there is no excuse for that situation.
And you’ll have to wait almost another 20 to see the next one.
However, there’s some controversy as to what exactly a blue moon is.
A blue moon is rare, but even more rare for one to fall on New Year’s Eve. The last time that happened was in 1990. The next won’t be until 2028. But what exactly is a blue moon?
However, Missouri S & T physics professor John Schmitt says that’s not entirely accurate.
While it’s always been thought that a blue moon was the second full moon in any given month, researchers now believe it’s an extra full moon in any given season. That means there could be a blue moon that is the first and only in a month. Either way, it’s still a rare occurrence.
Whichever is correct is still being debated, but one thing’s for sure, a true blue moon … when the moon actually looks blue … comes from dust particulates or pollution in the atmosphere.
The next regular blue moon we see in the night sky will be in November, and then again in 2012 … there won’t be one next year.
Audio report by Jessica Machetta
Interview with Professor Schmitt (6 min)
After two weeks of voting the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, champions of Division II football, were picked by readers of Missourinet.com as the top Missouri sports story of 2009. Many are crying voter fraud…I say it’s a pretty compelling story.
Workers Compensation insurance costs could ease a little more next year. The National Council on Compensation Insurance recommends rates drop almost two percent in Missouri. But the state insurance department recommends cuts that are four times that–more than eight percent. [Read more…]
As we head into 2010, there are a couple of things to watch for this weekend for St. Louis pro teams. First, the Blues are a miserable 6-13-2 in games at the Scott and they have two more this weekend starting tonight with the Vancouver Canucks. Then on Saturday, the Blues will host division leading Chicago.
Former Missouri Tiger running back Tony Temple was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend and breaking her $4,000 television set. According to court reports, Temple allegedly grabbed her throat and hair, hit her ankle in a door and dug his fingernails into her after getting angry asking where she had been the night before.
New Year’s Eve brings with it a good deal of socializing. And the Missouri State Highway Patrol says far too many people who socialize on New Year’s Eve end up drinking and driving.
“Certainly there are a lot of people going out and celebrating and alcohol is a part of a lot of those celebrations,” said Highway Patrol Lieutenant John Hotz in an interview with the Missourinet. “We do encourage people, if they are going to have alcohol in their plans to celebrate, that they make their decision before they start going out to their parties about how they’re going to get home or where they’re going to stay that night.” [Read more…]