Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Princess Diana Exhibit Tour

Monday, December 27, 2010

Missouri Hog and Pig Inventory Decrease 2 Percent From September - Missouri Crop Report USDA

(COLUMBIA, Mo.)  - The December 1, 2010 inventory of Missouri hogs and pigs is estimated at 2.90 million head according to the USDA’s Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.  “Although the breeding herds are trending downward slightly, litter rates continue to be well above average,” says Gene Danekas, Director.  “Current inventory levels are 50,000 head below September and 100,000 head below last December.”  Breeding hogs are estimated at 355,000 head, 3 percent above the previous quarter but 1 percent below last year.  Market hogs are estimated at 2.55 million head, 2 percent below September 1, 2010 and 7 percent below a year earlier.

The September-November pig crop was estimated at 1.75 million head, down 7 percent from the same period a year earlier and down 6 percent from the June-August quarter. Sows farrowed, at 175,000 sows, were down 15,000 from the previous quarter and last year.  Pigs saved per litter, at 10.0 pigs, rose 2 percent from the 9.8 pigs saved in the last quarter and 1 percent from the 9.9 pigs saved the same quarter a year earlier.

Missouri hog producers intend to farrow 180,000 sows during December-February, 15,000 head fewer than were actually farrowed during the same period a year earlier.  During December-February, hog producers expect to farrow 185,000 sows, similar to the actual farrowings in the comparable period a year earlier.

United States Hog Inventory down 1 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2010 was 64.3 million head. This was down 1 percent from December 1, 2009, and down 2 percent from September 1, 2010.  

Breeding inventory, at 5.78 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, but up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 58.5 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2010 pig crop, at 28.2 million head, was down slightly from 2009. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.85 million head, down 2 percent from 2009. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 9.89 for the September-November 2010 period, compared to 9.70 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.00 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Missouri Secretary of State Unveils Property Taxation Ballot Initiative

 From: Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's Office
Jefferson City, Missouri - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that an initiative petition relating to property taxation met state standards for circulation.
The ballot title for the petition reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to limit the authority of the General Assembly and political subdivisions to generate revenue by removing their ability to tax tangible personal property and both real and personal property used exclusively for religious worship, schools, colleges, agricultural and horticultural societies, veterans' organizations, or purely charitable purposes?
Prohibiting the levy of tangible personal property taxes by local governments would eliminate or reduce funding for local governmental services, including public schools. State governmental services to the blind could lose funding. The estimated revenue reduction to state and local governmental entities could exceed $1.1 billion annually.
The petition, which would amend Article X of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Richard A. LaViolette, Team 2012, LLC; 2007 Mark Anthony Drive, Fenton, Mo. 63026; 314-596-6883.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the Secretary of State's office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

MIssouri Loses House Seat - Moves from 9 to 8 Congressional Reps - Chris Blank AP Report

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri's loss of one congressional seat will give the state its smallest delegation since the 1850 census and provide Republicans who control the state Legislature with an opportunity to redraw districts to solidify their party's power.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday that Missouri's delegation will shrink from nine to eight seats as its population grows more slowly than the nation's as a whole. Missouri's population grew by 7 percent, but entire country's population grew by 9.7 percent, the bureau said. Every 10 years, the 435 seats in the U.S. House are redistributed among the states based on population.
The loss of the seat means one of Missouri's federal lawmakers likely will be forced out of a job, and with its voice in Washington reduced, the state is likely to get less federal money for local projects. It also will lose a seat in the Electoral College, reducing its influence in presidential elections.
Missouri's congressional delegation peaked at 16 from 1900 to 1920. The state most recently lost a seat after the 1980 census cut the number of districts from 10 to nine. That consolidation helped cost Republican Wendell Bailey his seat in Congress. He lost in the 1982 election to Democrat Ike Skelton.
Some have speculated the loss of another seat this year could similarly force out Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan in two years. Carnahan won re-election to his St. Louis-area seat this year in a tight contest against Republican challenger Ed Martin. Carnahan's district extends south from St. Louis into Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve counties along the Mississippi River.
Missouri's other Democratic federal lawmakers are Lacy Clay, whose district includes St. Louis city and St. Louis County, and Emanuel Cleaver, who represents a Kansas City-area district.
Political scientist George Connor said he expects state Republicans to be cautious about redrawing districts to force out Missouri's three Democratic congressmen, but Carnahan seemed most vulnerable.

"If they're going to re-draw the map, and if they're going to try to target an existing predominantly Democratic seat, it is going to be the Carnahan seat," said Connor, the head of the political science department at Missouri State University. "This is particularly true because he was pressed pretty hard by Ed Martin."
Carnahan said previously that will work to ensure new congressional districts are fair and allow for strong representation in his region.
Missouri Democrats, meanwhile, said dividing the St. Louis-region into fewer than the existing three congressional districts could prove difficult.
The Census Bureau population estimates released Tuesday were focused on the entire state. More detailed information about populations in specific regions will be released this spring.
Missouri's loss of a congressional district follows a national trend of states in the Midwest and the northeast losing seats to those in the south and west as the population shifts.
In past years, redistricting has proven highly contentious for some states as political parties sought electoral advantages.
Missouri Republicans said they want congressional districts that ensure everyone has equitable representation.
"At the end of the day, the redistricting process will need to be fair and fully represent the people of the great state of Missouri," said state Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith, who has gone through redistricting several times.
The Missouri Legislature will create the new congressional districts as a bill — just like any legislation. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon could veto an objectionable proposal, which would force lawmakers to decide whether to override with a two-thirds vote. Republicans control more than two-thirds of the Senate and are just shy of that in the House.
If the Legislature cannot agree to a plan, the federal courts could draw the new congressional boundaries.

Steelman’s funds reportedly not all ‘terror-free’ - KansasCity.com

Steelman’s funds reportedly not all ‘terror-free’ - KansasCity.com

Friday, December 17, 2010

Branson Police Department Arrest Summary 12-10-10 through 12-17-2010

Branson Police Report  in new format, December 10th 2010 - December 17th 2010 confirmed by Darin Codon

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