The head of Missouri’s higher education department says the legislature’s failure to move toward merger of higher eduction with elementary and secondary education should not get in the way of education reform. Doctor Robert Stein, in the last month of his career as Commissioner of Higher Education,says the legislature’s failure to send a constitutional amendment to the people is no reason educators from pre-school through post-graduate education cannot work to create a system that better serves teachers, students, employers. [Read more…]
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Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is finally completely re-opened, more than four years after it was devastated by more than a billion gallons of water from the breach of the upper Reservoir at Ameren UE’s Taum Sauk Hydroelectric plant. Jeff Ayres, the park’s superintendent, gave the Missourinet a tour of the virtually brand-new park.
Ayres says there’s very little about the park that is recognizable from the park as it was in 2005, aside from the shut-ins themselves. They didn’t sustain much damage. The huge scour in the side of the mountain left behind by the rushing waters is still distinct, and it left scores of huge boulders in what used to be the campground. [Read more…]
Albert Pujols clubbed three home runs and Adam Wainwright hurled seven solid innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Chicago Cubs, 9-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Pujols circled the bases in the first, fifth and ninth innings, giving him 12 home runs on the season. He also walked twice, once intentionally, and scored four times.
Matt Holliday collected four hits and knocked in a run for St. Louis, while David Freese went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the victory. Wainwright (7-3) gave up one run on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. All nine St. Louis runs were scored with two outs.
Chicago starter Ryan Dempster (3-5) absorbed the loss after he was tagged for six runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. He finished with seven strikeouts.
Jon Lester rolled to his sixth straight win behind seven innings of one-run ball and David Ortiz continued to surge with a two-run homer and three RBI, as Boston managed to split a four-game series with the Royals by taking the finale at Fenway Park, 8-1.
Lester (6-2) moved to 6-0 over his last eight starts, scattered four hits, walked four, struck out five and lowered his earned-run average to 2.97. The lefty held a lofty 8.44 ERA and 0-2 mark three starts into the season. Marco Scutaro went 3- for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in, while Mike Cameron also clubbed two doubles, scored three times and knocked in two for the Red Sox, who have won seven of nine overall. Kansas City’s Bruce Chen went four innings in the start, limiting Boston to a run on two hits with five strikeouts. Brad Thompson (0-4) came on in relief and was blitzed for six runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 frames.
Another outstanding performance by
Kristin Nottelmann, backed by a seven-run offensive outburst led the No. 9 seeded Missouri Tigers past the Oregon Ducks for the second straight day, leading Mizzou to their second consecutive Women’s College World Series.
The Tigers have clinched a spot in the WCWS for the fifth time in their history. Sunday’s win was the 51st for Missouri this season, breaking last season’s record-setting mark of 50.
Nottelmann went the distance for the fourth straight game, giving up two runs – one earned, and eight hits while striking out four and allowing zero walks. Nottelmann’s record improves to 24-7 on the season.
Ashley Fleming led the offensive with three hits in three at bats today, as she doubled twice and brought in two. Nicole Hudson went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, while Lisa Simmons was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, also adding a home run.
After picking up just one unearned run off Oregon’s Jessica Moore on Saturday, the Tiger offense plated two runs right off the bat on Sunday to take an early 2-0 lead. With one out, Hudson ripped a single off the center field wall. Jenna Marston followed by reaching on a fielder’s choice, putting two runners on with just one out. Marston hit a ground ball to the shortstop, but Hudson was able to hustle down the line and beat the throw. Fleming followed with a single back up the middle, plating Hudson and advancing Marston to third. Marston came home to score on passed ball, giving Mizzou the early 2-0 lead.
An unearned run in the bottom half of the first cut the Missouri lead in half. Oregon’s Allie Burger singled up the middle, while a single by Neena Bryant put runners on second and third with nobody out. After a force out at second put runners on the corner with one out, Nottelmann was able to get a line drive out, however, when Gina Schneider attempted to double up the runner off of first, her throw went wide of the bag and allowed the runner at third to come home and score.
Missouri had a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the top of the second, but Moore was able to work out of the jam to keep the Ducks within a run. Simmons picked up her first hit of the day with a single back up the chute to start things off. From there, Megan Christopher laid down a sacrifice bunt, and reached base safely on a throwing error by the catcher that allowed Simmons to move to third. Moore settled down from there, though, and got Schneider to pop out on a bunt. Rhea Taylor came up and laid down a bunt as well, but Simmons was thrown out at the plate on the play. Moore then got Hudson to foul out, ending the inning.
The teams exchanged scoreless innings until the top of the fourth, when Simmons blasted her second home run of the season and second of her career to lead off the inning, giving Missouri the 3-1 lead. The blast chased Moore, who allowed three runs in three innings.
The Ducks added their second run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Burger. Carlyn Re started the inning with a double to the left-center field wall, and Shelley Deadmond, pinch running for Re, would be moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt. After falling behind 0-2, Burger worked the count back to 2-2 before flying out to center field and bringing home Deadmond to get within a run of the Tigers.
The Tigers, however, weren’t done scoring. With two outs and nobody on in the top of the sixth, Hudson blasted her 10th home run of the season over the right field wall. Hudson’s home run marks the sixth straight season that the Tigers have had at least one player hit 10 or more home runs in a single season. Hudson also becomes the first true freshman with 10 blasts in a season since Jen Bruck accomplished the feat in 2005. Following the home run, Marston kept the two-out rally going with a single down the right field line, and she’d come around and score on Fleming’s second double of the game. A wild pitch moved Fleming to third, and Catherine Lee would head to first on a walk. On the next pitch, Lee and Fleming would double steal, with Lee swiping second and Fleming getting under the tag at home to make it 6-2 Tigers. Kathryn Poet then reached via a fielding error on the first baseman, allowing Lee to come around and score the fourth run of the inning.
Nottelmann worked a scoreless six and seventh inning, getting Oregon Sam Pappas to strike out looking to end the game and send the Tigers back to the World Series.
The Tigers will take on No. 16 seed Hawaii on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hawaii upset No. 1 seed Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional, getting a two-run walk-off home run in the decisive game three to advance. Game time has yet to be announced, so stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information as it becomes available.
It’s taken seven years for the legislature to let Missourians declare their home a house after the wheels have been taken off.
Today they’re called manufactured homes. Years ago they were known as house trailers. Today they’re so big that they’re hauled one side at a time down the road to the foundation where they are premanently anchored. But under present law they are still considered a motor vehicle–personal property. That causes property tax problems and insurance problems, especially with title insurance. [Read more…]
State lawmakers worry that a $25 million study being conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers on how best to use the Missouri River will bring change, unwanted change in Missouri.
State legislators have little say in management of the Missouri River. Still, they don’t mind expressing their opinion.
Rep. Tom Loehner (R-Koeltztown) can’t understand why navigation on the Missouri River has been allowed to decrease.
“What’s ironic to me is that we have a corridor between St. Louis and Kansas City all across our state; one of the greatest advantages to economic development is sitting right outside our door and not even being used,” Loehner says.
Economic and environmental pressures have subtly, but significantly changed the use of the Missouri River. Upstream states have gained power, helping to keep more river water behind the six upstream dams, aiding the recreation industry on reservoirs upstream. Concern about endangered species, such as the piping plover and pallid sturgeon, have given the US Fish and Wildlife Service more authority in how the river is used. The Service is charged with protecting the habitat of endangered species.
Missouri officials fear use of the river is shifting, from navigation downstream to recreation upstream. Loehner sees the Missouri River as an economic resource.
“I’m just thinking from my agricultural background of all the agricultural products and inputs that can be brought up and down this river and save us tons and tons of money on our inputs that we can provide cheaper food to our consumers,” according to Loehner.
This new study examines use of the river in an effort to decide whether the law passed by Congress in 1944 should change. The Corps of Engineers is holding public meetings on future management of the Missouri River at the following dates and locations.
June 1st, 2010: Hearing at Capitol Plaza Hotel; 415 West McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
June 2nd 2010: Hearing at Marriott Country Club Plaza; 4445 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
June 3rd, 2010: Hearing at Ramada Inn; 4016 Frederick Blvd, St. Joseph, MO 64506
July 9th, 2010: Hearing at Doubletree Hotel at Westport; 1973 Craigshire Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146
All hearings are scheduled for 5:00pm-8:00pm; The first two hours will contain presentations and a question and answer session with Corps of Engineers Study Team members. The final hour is an ‘open mic’ session, to simply hear input from attendees.
Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) points out that law gave preference to navigation.
“We just don’t want them to change the priorities that’s been put in in 1944 and in 2004 in the river Master Manual,” Munzlinger says.
Some state officials say revisions approved in 2004 already ceded some power from the downstream states to those upstream.
After an offensive onslaught the day before, there be no runs for the Kansas City Royals as they took on the Boston Red Sox last night at Fenway Park. The BoSox would shut out the Royals 1-0 and end their three game winning streak. [Read more…]
One day after getting all the runs they would need in the first inning, the St. Louis Cardinals could not get one run. Chicago’s Carlos Silva kept the Cardinal bats quiet all day as they shut out the Cardinals 1-0. [Read more…]
The Mizzou Tiger softball team is one win away from advancing to their second consecutive College World Series after they beat the Oregon Ducks in the first of in a best of three series yesterday at University Field in Columbia. The Tigers beat the Ducks 1-0. [Read more…]