A prohibition of powdered alcohol has cleared one chamber in the Missouri Legislature.
Alisa Nelson reports.
A prohibition of powdered alcohol has cleared one chamber in the Missouri Legislature.
Alisa Nelson reports.
A bill has been passed in the Senate that would increase the Secretary of State’s authority regarding election offenses. Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), who is running for Secretary of State, wants to give the state’s chief election officer the power to investigate suspected election violations.
“There’s a report that was done by the Center of Public Integrity and it actually rated Missouri 42nd and gave us an F for the ability for the chief election authority to actually investigate voter fraud. It cites the fact that they have no authority to sanction anyone,” said Kraus.
Jill Schupp (D- Creve Couer) opposes the measure.
“My concern is why we are, what appears to me, to be giving the role of the Attorney General’s office to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Schupp.
“They’re the expert when it comes to election law,” said Kraus. “They’re the ones dealing with it day to day. They’re the ones that have the resources to look at the voter files and see if the person is voting in multiple jurisdictions.”
The bill would also allow the Secretary of State to be a special prosecutor in a suspected case of election fraud if a local prosecutor can’t handle the case.
Kraus said funding and staffing would not have to be increased to prosecute such cases.
The measure is headed to the House.
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The state House has voted to make powdered alcohol illegal in Missouri.
The bill would make the possession or sale of powdered alcohol a misdemeanor punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $750. Sponsor Patricia Pike (R-Adrian) said the product could add to problems with youth abusing alcohol, such as in drinking and driving. She argued it is marketed to youth.
“To flood the market with more products that are very, very appealing to young people is to me adding to some very serious statistics for our state,” said Pike.
Representative Justin Alferman (R-Hermann) said the product takes the natural product of fermentation and makes it a synthetic substance.
“This body has already set the precedent that synthesized substances, like K-2 and K-3 that are synthesized and synthetic marijuana, and products like that, we have already put a prohibition on that for the State of Missouri,” said Alferman.
Opponents like Representative Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) said the proposal is unnecessary and would be redundant with existing laws on alcohol.
“Let the free market work this out. Let law enforcement do its job. Alcohol is already illegal for young people. If we would put some money behind actually enforcing alcohol laws that we already have, maybe we wouldn’t have as much of a problem with teenaged and underage drinking,” said McCreery.
Representative Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) Paul Curtman said it’s not the government’s job to protect people from themselves, and argued things go wrong when it tries.
“Whether it’s outright prohibition of all alcohol or if we’re just trying to eliminate or eradicate a small powdered substance, whenever the state government moves beyond its natural authority, and that’s to protect people’s liberty … the whole governmental project begins to wobble out of orbit and we begin to lose our way,” said Curtman.
The proposal has been sent to the Senate, which held a hearing this week on its own version.
Chaminade basketball star Jayson Tatum was named the 2016 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Thursday. Tatum, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward, signed with Duke in November.
A three-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year honoree, Tatum averaged 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior at Chaminade. He led the school to the 2016 Class 5 state championship, scoring 40 points in the title game against Kickapoo High School.
A gas tax increase to pay for Missouri’s roads is being discussed at the Capitol. Bill Wise reports.
The St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Star are not only sitting at the top of the Central Division in the National Hockey League with 101 points, but with only five games to play, the winner of the division grabs the top seed in the Western Conference, which would give that team home ice advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Usually something a team would strive for. This year, that’s not the best case scenario for the Blues.
I said at the beginning of the season, this was a make or break season for head coach Ken Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong. Management could not take another first round exit from the playoffs and expect to keep their jobs. I’m not even sure what the expectations are, or what the results need to be in this Stanley Cup playoff run, but the team needs to make a deep run if Hitch and Army want to stick around.
The way to do that is to let Dallas take first place. Yes, tank the final five games. Do just enough to come up short.
State House legislators want to make sure students, teachers and coaches know more about brain injuries in sports. Bill Wise reports.
Saint Louis University has named Travis Ford their new head coach of the Billikens’ men’s basketball program. SLU Director of Athletics Chris May announced the hiring Wednesday night. Coach Ford will be introduced at a press conference at Chaifetz Arena on Thursday, March 31, at noon (CT).
“We are thrilled to welcome Travis and his family into the program,” May said. “Our vision for Billiken basketball is to be nationally competitive, and Travis shares in that vision. He has had success everywhere he has coached. Travis is an accomplished recruiter and program-builder and is highly respected throughout college basketball. We are excited about the future of our program with Travis as our head men’s basketball coach.”
“First and foremost, my family and I are excited to be a part of the Billiken program,” Ford said. “I look forward to working with Chris May and Dr. Pestello in making this one of the top programs in America. We are going to deliver a brand of basketball that is fun, exciting, aggressive and up-tempo – one that recruits will love playing and fans will love watching.
In 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Ford has a 345-257 record. He has had head-coaching stints at Oklahoma State (eight years, 2008-16), Massachusetts (three years, 2005-08), Eastern Kentucky (five years, 2000-05) and Campbellsville University. Ford has led his team to the NCAA Tournament six times. He has coached six players who have gone on to play in the NBA and five who have been named conference player of the year.
Ford spent eight seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State University and led the Cowboys to a 155-111 record and five NCAA Tournament appearances, including three in the last four years. Ford is familiar with the Atlantic 10 Conference, having spent three years as head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He also coach at Eastern Kentucky and Campbellsville University, an NAIA school in Kentucky.
Ford played at Kentucky, for three seasons (1992, 1993, 1994) after he transferred from Missouri in 1990.
Ford, 46, is a native of Madisonville, Ky. He and his wife, Heather, have three children: Brooks, Kyleigh and Shane. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Kentucky in 1994.
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Before you laugh or snicker at the thought of bowling…ugly rental shoes, an old person’s sport, consider this. We have a college program here in the state of Missouri that is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to the sport. In mid-April, the Central Missouri Bowling team will be rolling for a national title.
The Jennies were selected for the NCAA Tournament, set to take place April 14-16 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. The Jennies are the No. 7 seed of eight. The Jennies have made every NCAA Tournament since its inception in 2004. They are one of only two teams (Nebraska) to accomplish the feat. UCM has been ranked in the top 10 of every NTCA National Poll this season.
The Jennies are led by coach Ron Holmes. Since the program’s birth in the fall of 2001, Holmes’ teams have also earned nine top-5 finishes, including three national runners-up (2004, 2005, 2009). UCM has won 36 tournament titles and its players have earned 39 regular All-American awards during his tenure.
The Jennies have seven top-five tournament finishes this season and one tournament title. They were runner-up at the UCM Invitational last week in their final tune-up before the NCAA Championships.
The state House is considering legislation meant to teach more youth athletes and their parents, coaches, and officials about brain injuries, but some think the bill goes too far.
A 2011 Missouri law requires public school student athletes in grades seven through 12 be given information on brain injuries. Representative Paul Fitzwater’s (R-Potosi) bill would extend that requirement to sports that charge a participation fee and are organized by municipalities, businesses, or nonprofits.
It would also require that coaches, umpires, referees, and other youth sports officials complete brain injury training on-line or in-person and receive updated training at least once every three years thereafter.
Fitzwater says the 2011 law leaves out a lot of children.
“There are thousands and thousands more who participate in organized sports not affiliated with a school, and or younger than grade seven,” said Fitzwater.
Fitzwater referees youth sports and said he wanted to file the bill based on some of what he’s seen.
“I see these little first, second, and third graders in full-contact football and I have my own opinion about that but I guess they are going to play it, and we need to educate our coaches and officials on how to identify maybe a potential concussion with these youths,” said Fitzwater. “I’ve seen hits in football games when an individual goes to the sideline and he’s dazed, he’s rung his bell, and next thing you know he’s right back in there.”
Some lawmakers think the bill overreaches. Representative Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) offered an amendment to limit its proposed requirements to sports played on public school facilities.
“I don’t think it is appropriate for us to be regulating municipalities or nonprofits or other organizations in a chapter of law that is focused solely for public education,” said Bahr.
Representative Kevin Engler wondered whether the bill’s requirements could hurt youth sports.
“You’re going to make baseball coaches, when you can’t get coaches to volunteer now, take a 15-minute course on traumatic head injuries in baseball,” said Engler.
Others including Representative Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis) agreed with Fitzwater, that Bahr’s amendment would water the bill down.
“This is an amendment that just undermines the intent of the bill,” said Montecillo. “We should be protecting all students’ brains.”
The House on Wednesday halted debate of the bill and the amendment without a vote.