Cape Girardeau is bracing for record-breaking river levels. Alisa Nelson reports.
Cape Girardeau is bracing for record-breaking river levels. Alisa Nelson reports.
The chairman of the Senate Committee that investigated Planned Parenthood during the summer wants contempt proceedings brough against the Organization’s St. Louis President and CEO, and the owner of the third-party company that examines fetal remains after abortions.
Senator Kurt Schaefer says Planned Parenthood St. Louis President and CEO Mary Kogut and Dr. James Miller of Pathology Services, Inc, were issued subpoenas to testify before the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life but neither appeared before the committee, nor did they produce documentation the committee requested.
Miller testified to the House Committees jointly investigating Planned Parenthood, in October.
An attorney for Planned Parenthood has questioned the validity of the Senate’s committee on Planned Parenthood, whether it has the power to issue subpoenas, and whether its request for information from Planned Parenthood was clear enough. Planned Parenthood also maintains that supplying the documents requested, regarding incidents in which women left Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis Clinic in an ambulance, among other things, could violate patient confidentiality law.
In addition to recommending contempt proceedings, the report says the committee should continue meeting through the end of the 2016 session.
“Because the committee was unable to hear testimony from Planned Parenthood … and Dr. James Miller … many question remain unanswered,” the report says. “In order for the committee to carry out its charge to investigate Planned Parenthood, the disposal of fetal remains, and other related issues, members must be able to ask more questions.”
The report is signed by all of the Republican senators that sit on the committee, but not by the two Democrats – Senator Jill Schupp and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
The Senate committee held four hearings after a series of videos began to emerge alleging Planned Parenthood had illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood has dismissed the committee and its hearings as political grandstanding, noting that Schaefer is running for Attorney General.
I guarantee one of the top five sports stories for 2016 is going to be whether we refer to them as the St. Louis or Los Angeles Rams. A vote is coming from NFL owners in January. That story did not make our top five, but we have a good list, according to our Missourinet staff, contributors and data from Missourinet.com.
Read our list. What did we leave out? Anything else stick out to you? Comment below and Happy New Year.
5: Mike Alden resigns as A.D. as Mizzou.
Mike Alden, who had been the Director of Athletics at Missouri since 1998 abruptly stepped down. A staff meeting was held at the University on January 29. On the 30th, Alden held a press conference at the Reynolds Alumni Center in an emotional farewell speech. His final day on the job was August 31st.
4: Mizzou football players threaten to boycott the BYU game.
This grabbed national headlines. Eventually, the team went back to practice and then played the game in Kansas City. At first it appeared the players were boycotting until president Tim Wolfe was fired or resigned, but the message changed that they players were not participating until hunger striker Jonathan Butler ate again.
Going along with that story was the news that Gary Pinkel would resign after the season due to health reasons. Word had leaked the day before that BYU game and Pinkel had to drop that bomb on his players just days after the protests.
3: Northwest Missouri State football won their fifth Division-II national title.
The Bearcats were making their ninth title game appearance and they capped off their perfect 15-0 season after beating Shepard University, West Virginia, 34-7 in Kansas City, KS. The first year the championship game was being played away from Florence, AL.
2: Columbia College’s Bob Burchard honored by having the basketball court named after him.
This just happened this week. Bob Burchard, gets the Columbia College basketball court named in his honor. He just won his 703rd game with the Cougars on Wednesday to make him second in the state in total victories. Columbia has averaged more than 25 victories a season under his guidance and has appeared at the NAIA National Championships 19 times.
When a coach wins 700+ games, it’s a big story.
1: Kansas City Royals-World Series Champions
We were hoping for another I-70 Series, but that ended when the Cardinals got bumped by Chicago. It looked like the Royals were done for in Game 4 of the ALDS in Houston. Down 2-1 in the series and 6-2 in the eighth inning, the Royals scored five runs in the top half of the inning. They won the game, won that series and then proceeded to handle Toronto and New York with relative ease.
According to our website stats, the following stories received the most amount of web hits for one single story.
Jefferson City native Justin Smith retires from the NFL
Fulton boys’ basketball coach dies
Mizzou wrestling loses out on national title
Friday night fiasco. A high school football cheap shot and how MSHSAA stays prepared
Finally, this is perhaps my favorite story of the year!
Mizzou and Missouri State softball get into an email spat over sunflower seeds
Iowa National Guard soldiers are being deployed to Missouri to help with the flood fight.
The 45 Iowa Guard soldiers, plus 20 vehicles, are going to east-central Missouri’s High Ridge to help purify water for drinking because residents have lost drinking water service. The water treatment plant that serves about 6500 customers in High Ridge and Murphy was contaminated with flood water.
The Iowa Guard soldiers are taking 15 state-of-the-art water purification units that they call “Hippos”. The units can produce 1500 gallons of portable water per hour.
Flooding in areas of Missouri is worse than it was during the historic flood of 1993.
The Iowa National Guard soldiers who are on their way to Missouri come from units based in Cedar Rapids, Oelwein and at Camp Dodge.
O.Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa contributed to this report.
Some Missouri farmers are rushing to move their grain from flooded areas. Bill Wise reports.
University of Missouri Head Football Coach Barry Odom has recruited Rohrk Cutchlow (pronounced ROAR-k) to join his new staff at Mizzou in the vital role of Director of Athletic Performance, as announced today. In his new position, Cutchlow will oversee all aspects of the Mizzou Football strength and conditioning program. His start date in January is to be determined.
Cutchlow is a 17-year veteran of the athletic performance industry, and he’s regarded as one of the top coaches in the trade. For the past 12 years, he’s directed athletic performance for football programs, including the last four at his alma mater Memphis, where he’s played a big role in Memphis developing into one of the top programs in the American Conference. The Tigers won the AAC and finished 10-3 overall in 2014, and followed up with another strong 9-4 season in 2015, spending much of the season ranked in the top-25. During his time with Memphis, Cutchlow aided in the development of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and projected first-round NFL draft pick.
“I’m very excited to have Rohrk be part of our program at Mizzou,” said Odom. “He’s a guy who is highly sought after and has had several other opportunities. He made a big impression on me in my time at Memphis, so our relationship goes back through a rebuilding project there that allowed his influence to make a huge difference in our program. He’s very well-respected nationally, and he instills great toughness and leadership with his teams. Rohrk will be a great asset to our coaching staff, in the way that he touches our players every day, as well as the results he will get. He will be very challenging and demanding of our players, but they will respond and appreciate his approach and his ability to get them into the best physical and mental condition that they can be,” he said.
Flooding is closing more major roads in Missouri. Bill Wise reports
New Miami football coach Mark Richt added four new coaches to his staff including former Mizzou defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.
Coach Kul , worked with 22 first- and second-team all-conference players, two consensus All-Americans and SEC defensive players of the year, Michael Sam and Shane Ray, and 12 NFL draft picks, including four first-rounders in Ziggy Hood, Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson and Ray.
Kuligowski spent 15 years with the Tigers, which was the longest tenure of any coach in the SEC.
Over the span of 28 seasons, Bob Burchard not only turned the men’s basketball program at Columbia College into a national powerhouse, but he has spearheaded the charge for the entire athletic department. After winning his 700th game earlier this month, the longtime Athletic Director and coach was honored on Wednesday.
The Southwell Complex arena court is now named, “Bob Burchard Court.”
Following the recognition of the court naming that afternoon, the Cougars took down Philander Smith College 97-90, giving Burchard his 703rd win against just 237 losses.
Columbia has averaged more than 25 victories a season under his guidance and has appeared at the NAIA National Championships 19 times. His total victories make him second in the state of Missouri for career wins. He also ranks third among all active NAIA men’s basketball coaches in wins and has done it in fewer years than anyone else. His players have been honored as all-conference, Scholar-Athletes and all-American too many times to mention.
He is a three-time Hall of Famer, an NABC Guardians of the Game Leadership Pillar Award winner, the NAIA Coach of the Year in 2009 and a nine-time AMC Coach of the year. He has also been crowned the AMC Athletic Director of the year seven times.
To illustrate the character and personality of Coach Burchard, I need to share a personal experience.
I have to go back 15 years when I worked in local radio in the Columbia market. Our radio stations were forming a relationship with Columbia College Athletics and we were hosting a live radio event at one of the department’s fund raisers. That was the first time I met Bob. We conducted a couple of live interviews that evening and that was the extent of our relationship. Shortly thereafter I left the market and my connections to Columbia College ended.
Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to interview him over the phone for Missourinet, but never brought up our initial introduction until I had a chance to personally see Bob at a press conference in Jefferson City just a couple of years ago when Coach was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
I re-introduced myself. Told him how our paths had crossed over a decade ago and he recognized my face and remembered where were held our radio event. I was stunned that he remembered.
He was and always has been generous with his time. It nice to see Coach Burchard honored for what he has been able to achieve Columbia.
Stats and figures-courtesy of ColumbiaCougars.com