Saturday, January 30, 2010

Missouri High School Association 2010-2011 Division Assignments

 The enrollment breaks for the new classification cycleare as follows:

21 schools


64 schools


64 schools


64 schools


64 schools


51 schools


32 schools


Friday, January 29, 2010

USDA Missouri Report - State livestock takes an inventory downtick

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Missouri Agriculture Report
Missouri Goat Inventory Down 2 Percent

(Columbia, MO) -  “After several years of rapid growth, the goat industry seems to have leveled off and  is even down slightly from last year,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.

Missouri goat inventory totaled 95,000 head on January 1, 2010, down from 97,000 head on hand a year earlier. Meat goat inventory totaled 84,600 head, a decrease from the 2009 level of 86,500. Milk goats, at 9,000 head, are unchanged from a year earlier, while Angora goats decreased by 100 head from last year to 1,400 head.

United States Goat and Kid Inventory Down 1 Percent
All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2010, totaled 3.04 million head, down 1 percent from 2009.  Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.53 million head, down 1 percent from 2009. Does one year old and older, at 1.87 million head, were 1 percent below last year’s number.  Market goats and kids totaled 518,000 head, down 2 percent from a year ago.  Kid crop for 2009 totaled 1.94 million head for all goats, down 1 percent from 2008.   Meat and all other goats totaled 2.54 million head on January 1, 2010, down slightly from 2009. Milk goat inventory increased to 355,000 head, 6 percent above January 1, 2009, while Angora goats were down 19 percent, totaling 150,000 head.

        Mohair production in the United States during 2009 was 1.01 million pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 160,500 head. Average weight per clip was 6.3 pounds. Mohair price was $2.66 per pound with a value of 2.69 million dollars.        

Missouri Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 5 Percent

(Columbia, MO) -  “Similar to goats, after years of steady growth in the Missouri’s sheep industry, sheep industry has declined from last year,” said Gene Danekas, Director of USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.

The January 1, 2010 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Missouri was 79,000 head, down 4,000 head, or 5 percent, from a year earlier.  The number of breeding sheep and lambs decreased 4 percent to 71,000 head, 3,000 head under last year, and market sheep and lambs fell by 1,000 head to an inventory of 8,000 head. Of the breeding sheep, there were 55,000 ewes one year old and older, down 4,000 head, or 5 percent, from 2009.  There were 12,000 replacement lambs and 4,000 rams one year old and older, both unchanged from last year. All market sheep and lambs comprised 1,000 market sheep, 3,500 market lambs under 65 pounds, 1,500 lambs between 65 and 84 pounds, 1,500 lambs between 85 and 105 pounds, and 500 lambs over 105 pounds.  The 2009 lamb crop, at 68,000 head, was down 3 percent from the 2008 lamb crop. The lambing rate dropped to 117 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2009 compared with the 2008 lambing rate of 123 lambs per 100 ewes on hand January 1, 2008. Wool production in Missouri during 2009 totaled 380,000 pounds from 55,000 sheep and lambs shorn. Wool production declined from 2008 primarily due to 14,000 fewer sheep and lambs being shorn. The average price paid for wool, down $0.17, was $0.40 per pound from last year generated a total value of 152 thousand dollars, down 36 percent from 2008.

United States Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 3 Percent
All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2010, totaled 5.63 million head, down 2 percent from 2009.  Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 4.19 million head on January 1, 2010, down 1 percent from 4.25 million head on January 1, 2009. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.34 million head, were 2 percent below last year.  Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2010, totaled 1.44 million head, down 4 percent from January 1, 2009. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total marketings. Twenty-five percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 12 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 19 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 38 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total marketings.

The 2009 lamb crop of 3.69 million head, was down 1 percent from 2008. The 2009 lambing rate was 108 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2009, up 3 percent from 2008.
Shorn wool production in the United States during 2009 was 30.9 million pounds, down 6 percent from 2008. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 4.20 million head, down 5 percent from 2008. The average price paid for wool sold in 2009 was $0.79 per pound for a total value of 24.4 million dollars, down 25 percent from 32.5 million dollars in 2008.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Carnahan uses Supreme Court Ruling to Court Money for Senate Campaign (Video)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan published the above video on her campaign site today. The commentary cites the recent United States Supreme court ruling Citizens United Vs. Federal Election commission (FEC) by which campaign limits were deemed unconstitutional.
The ruling upheld corporations have the right to freedom of speech which is impeded by campaign limits.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kansas City Royals Coming to Branson

Being a Kansas City Royals fan is a tough ride. It's not as difficult as being a Kansas City Chiefs fan. The Royals have had several great years but the Chiefs have only occasionally rose above mediocrity.

Unfortunately, Cardinals fans outnumber Royal fans in Branson Missouri 2 score to 1.
But if you happen to be one of the few Royal fans in Southern Missouri you might be interested to know the location and dates for this weekends Royals road tour.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kansas City 2008 Legislative Agenda


Establishing State legislative priorities and positions of support for matters before the 2010 Session of the General Assembly.  

WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene at noon on January 6, 2010; and 

WHEREAS, the City has engaged in a process by which it has identified major priorities on matters before the General Assembly and has identified additional priorities and matters for support or opposition; NOW, THEREFORE,   


Section 1. Major Priorities. That the following legislative priorities, listed in alphabetical order, are established for the 2010 Session of the Missouri General Assembly:  

  • Economic Development - Child Care. Maintain current state general revenue funding for child care assistance eligibility while using available federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to improve the affordability and quality of child care programs and assure that income guidelines for child care assistance keep pace with changes in the federal poverty level.
  • Economic Development New Incentives. Support new economic incentives to allow Western Missouri to compete on a level playing field with bordering states for new development and business.
  • Economic Development Port Authority Act. Support modifying the Port Authority Act to allow establishment of Port Authority Environmental Districts so Port Authorities can generate their own revenues to fund environmental and conservation projects.


  • Economic Development Preserve Chapter 99. Oppose any efforts that restrict the tools in Chapter 99 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
  • Economic Development State Economic Development Programs. Support continuing tax credit programs (such as Historic Preservation Tax Credits), special economic districts such as Community Improvement Districts and other appropriate sales tax relief and business development financing mechanisms as economic development tools.  
  • Economic Development / Tourism State Assistance for a Convention Hotel. Support currently available programs or incentives that could provide necessary state assistance for construction of a convention hotel with approximately 1,000 rooms.
  • Economic Development Vine Street District. Support creating a mechanism, such as a sales tax exemption, to allow the Vine Street District and similar districts throughout the State to thrive.
  • Governance Local Control. Oppose any efforts to erode local control of Kansas City issues.
  • Taxation Earnings Tax and Shared Data. Support maintaining the current system of earnings tax collection in Kansas City and create more opportunities for the State and City to share tax information.
  • Transportation Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Support budgeting a minimum of $5 million for the operations of the Kansas City ATA.

Section 2. Capital Improvement Projects. That the City will continue to seek State funding for major public capital improvement projects and other important City projects and programs. This includes advocating for funding for those projects which were in the top quartile of the report issued by the Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight.

Section 3. Additional Priorities and Positions. That the City adopts the following additional important priorities and positions on matters that may come before the Missouri General Assembly during its 2010 Session: 

1. Economic Development 

Eminent Domain. Oppose any efforts that restrict the Citys use of eminent domain which would impede the Citys ability to provide core services to its citizens or limit the ability of the City to protect and build revenue through economic development or redevelopment. 

Missouri Coalition for Data Centers. Support the proposal of the Coalition to encourage development of data centers in Missouri.

Job Training and Retraining. Support providing sufficient funding for job retraining and new job training programs to allow expansion of such programs including expansion of the Quality Jobs program by lowering the threshold for eligible job retention projects. 

Life Sciences. Oppose all legislation that would restrict the development of the life sciences in Missouri, including proposals to limit Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer research, aimed at developing more effective therapies and cures for disease and disability.

Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act. Support passage of MOSIRA.

2. Education

School Foundation Formula. Support fully funding the States foundation formula for distributing state aid to public education and revising the formula to provide adequate and equitable funding for Kansas City-area schools and state mandated programs.

A+ Schools Program. Support continuation and expansion of the program.

School Bonds. Support submission to State voters of a Constitutional Amendment to enable local voters to authorize the sale of bonds for their local school district up to 20% of that districts assessed valuation.

3. Funding for Kansas City Projects 

Continuation of State Funding. Support continued and increased ongoing funding for programs traditionally and appropriately supported by the State including all current local State TIF and MODESA line items, Bartle Hall convention facilities, the Jackson County Sports Complex, higher education, health services, mental health services, the life sciences and the Missouri Arts Council. 

4. Health Care/Public Health

Level funding of Public Health programs. Support level funding of core public health programs that would prevent Missouri from falling further behind neighboring states.

Childrens Health Insurance Program. Support the policy of Express Lane Eligibility so that children who are eligible for the CHIP program can more easily be enrolled in the program.

5. Neighborhood / Environmental Issues 

Land Bank. Support establishing a mechanism to create land banks to foster redevelopment of vacant, blighted and foreclosed property.

Short Term Loan Industry. Support effective regulation of Missouris short-term loan industry to protect citizens and local communities from unscrupulous lending practices and artificially high interest rates, including the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

Used Tires. Support a fee for not leaving used tires with tire sellers to discourage consumers from illegally dumping old tires.

6. Public Safety

Debt Set Off. Support the ambulance service industrys efforts to obtain the same authority given a state agency in Section 143.783, of the Missouri Revised Statutes, to request a set-off of a tax refund against a debt owed an ambulance service by the taxpayer-debtor.


9-1-1 Funding. Support a state surcharge on wireless communication services to adequately fund 9-1-1 services, as is the case in the other 49 states.

Public Safety Sales Tax. Support exempting tax revenues from the Public Safety Sales Tax from allocation under TIF.

Public Access AED Usage. Support legislation to facilitate the publics use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by providing protection from liability for members of the public who utilize AEDs to render emergency care.

7. Transportation/Public Transit 

Metro Green Regional Funding. Support authorizing the public to vote on the creation of a metropolitan park district which could fund a regional system of greenways and trails.

Katy Trail. Support connecting the Katy Trail to the Kansas City trails system.

Complete Streets. Support for requiring the Department of Transportation to provide full consideration for bicyclists, pedestrians, disabled persons, and transit users in its plans, programs, and projects.

Primary Seat Belt Law. Support a primary seat belt law. 

Public Transit Operators. Support classifying an assault upon a public transit vehicle operator as a felony.

Transportation Development Districts. Support modifying the Missouri Transportation Development District Act to exempt sales taxes imposed thereunder from allocation under TIF.

8. Water 

Collection of Bills. Oppose any efforts to impede the Citys ability to collect amounts owed for water and sewer services.  

Continued Funding. Support continued revolving loan programs; grants; and funding for improving and replacing combined sewers, sanitary sewers and storm sewers to achieve a cleaner, safer environment. 

9. Miscellaneous 

Advance Voting. Support authorizing advance voting in Missouri and facilitating ease of voting. 

Sovereign Immunity. Support amending Chapter 537, of the Missouri Revised Statutes, to limit the Citys liability under the Sovereign Immunity exemptions to prevent holding the City liable for tortious actions and inactions of the Kansas City Police Department.

Towing. Oppose any efforts to restrict the ability of cities to regulate towing activities.

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KSMU - Local Agencies, Institutions Launch Citizen Website

Branson Rolls Out Spring 2010 Marketing Plan

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Ozark Mountain Spring Unveils "See The World In Branson"

Courtesy KRZK Sally Kaucher

The events of Ozark Mountain Spring 2010 were unveiled today in a community presentation at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. Lynn Berry of the Branson-Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce says the theme for visitors this spring is "See The World In Branson"...


Ozark Mountain Spring also kicks off the 50th Birthday of Silver Dollar City, with special events at the park all year long, and the 50th anniversary of Shepherd of the Hills.  The second annual Ozark Mountain Spring will be celebrated from March through May.

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Gov. Nixon Declares January Birth Defects Prevention and Awarenewss Month

Governor declares January as Missouri Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness Month
State health officials emphasize the importance of folic acid

The rate of birth defects in Missouri remains stable despite some indicators that suggest birth defects might be on the rise nationwide.

State health officials say efforts to improve women’s health are a key to keeping the state’s birth defect rate from increasing beyond the current 6 percent. Those efforts include teaching women about the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy.

Gov. Jay Nixon has issued a proclamation declaring January as Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness Month in Missouri.

“Children are a precious resource, and we should give them every advantage we can, including a healthy start in life,” said Margaret Donnelly, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “Women who are pregnant or could become pregnant should make sure they are as healthy as possible to improve their chances of having a healthy baby.”

Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, health officials say. When taken prior to conception and during the early weeks of pregnancy, folic acid can prevent 50 to 70 percent of neural tube defects such as the brain disorder known as anencephaly and spina bifida, the most common disabling birth defect in the United States.

A recent study shows that less than one-third – 32.9 percent – of Missouri women take a multivitamin the recommended minimum of four times a week during the month prior to becoming pregnant.

“Friends and family members can play an important role by encouraging the women in their lives to take control of their health and make healthy choices, including taking folic acid, to prepare for pregnancy,” Donnelly said.

The folic acid message is especially important for Hispanic women, who are up to twice as likely to have a baby born with a birth defect due to a lack of folic acid in their diet, Donnelly said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Latinas consume the least amount of folic acid among all racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

In addition to taking folic acid, other steps women can take for a healthy pregnancy and baby include:

* Have a medical checkup from a health care provider prior to becoming pregnant;
* Learn about your family medical history;
* Manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and seizure disorders;
* Abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use;
* Prevent infections by washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoiding people who have an infection;
* Talk to your doctor about immunizations you might need.

These steps can help prevent premature birth, which increases the chance of birth defects. Babies born too early often have more health problems, both at birth and later in life, than babies born full term (40 weeks). In Missouri, birth defects are associated with 11.4 percent of premature births.

More information is available on the health department’s Web site at,, and

Monday, January 11, 2010

United States Media Consumption in Zetabytes

Jerico Controversy by Cartoonist John Logan 2 of 2

Jerico Controversy by Cartoonist John Logan 1 of 2

Missouri protection order requests are no longer posted online

JEFFERSON CITY — People searching Missouri’s online court records system no longer can view requests for orders of protection until a judge has granted a full order.

Until the new year began, all applications for protection orders had been posted on the Casenet Internet site, along with court-issued ex-parte, or temporary, orders that are in effect only until a hearing is held to determine if a full order should be granted.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the change late last year after a recommendation from the state’s Judicial Records Committee.
“I think it’s an excellent change,” Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan said. “Anybody can ask for one.

“(But) the percentage of orders of protection that actually are issued, versus those that are requested, is pretty low ... which means that a lot of requests are either dropped or are groundless,” Callahan said.

State law says an order can be issued to “any adult who has been subject to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member, or who has been the victim of stalking,” and a judge is required to hold a hearing on those allegations before a full order can be issued.

Catherine Zacharias, the state courts administrator’s legal counsel, said the change was not triggered by any specific case. But she said the state had received complaints from some people named as respondents in cases in which no full order of protection ever was issued.

“They say their employers looked it up and other things,” Zacharias said. “Casenet’s not the official case record, but people treat it as one anyway.

“And, as we know, there are valid orders of protection and there are ones that people may file without a valid reason,” she said.

Lawyers have noted that protection orders sometimes are sought in divorce cases by one party or the other to keep the divorcing parties from clashing, even though that reason isn’t covered by the state law that allows the orders.

Another issue with the Casenet listing is that a respondent’s names was listed, but the person requesting the order was not named on the Internet, although both names still were shown on the original documents filed with the court.


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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Taney County August 3rd 2009

The most entertaining government body gathering of the year. In this audio recording of the Taney County Commission, The Strahan brothers openly battle with Ozark Mountain Newspapers.

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Taney County August 3rd 2009

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Chad Livengood interview by MissouriNet

Chad Livengood, Springfield News-Leader from Steve Mays on Vimeo.

Chad Livengood covered the Missouri Legislature providing some of the best coverage of state politics. Livengood currently works for Gannett in Springfield, MO.