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A two day seminar, “Management Intensive Grazing School”, will be held at the University of Missouri Wurdack Farm on June 21st and 22nd. This even is being sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension, the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The cost is $75 per person or $120 per farm couple. This fee includes the cost of the Resource Books and other handout materials pertinent to the course and also includes two meals. On the 21st, State Grassland Specialist Mark Kennedy will be talking about basic grazing concepts and terminology, plant growth and fence systems, while Regional Ag Business Specialist Jim Thompson will discuss MiG Economics and Regional Livestock Specialist Ted Cunningham will address livestock nutrition and forage quality as well as assist with a tour of the Wurdack farm. On Friday, June 22nd, three presentations will be made starting at 8:00 followed by a field study at 10:45 at the Pogue farm where the group can see a fence system and a water system development for planned grazing. For more information or a brochure, please contact Ted Cunningham at the Dent County Extension Office at (573) 729-3196.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will chip seal Route 49 between Cherryville, and Viburnum in Crawford County, June 14th, 15th and 19th. Weather permitting, tentative work hours are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day. MoDOT performs chip-seal resurfacing on roads that are in generally fair to better condition.  The benefits include crack sealing, increased skid resistance and correction of minor rutting, which extends the life of the pavement in a cost effective way. Motorists should plan ahead and allow extra time due to a one-lane restriction. Work zone signs, flag persons and a pilot vehicle will be used during this operation. MoDOT urges motorists to proceed slowly through the work zone, especially while driving on the fresh-laid surface. For additional information regarding this project or other transportation-related issues, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

In May, The Doe Run Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) signed an agreement outlining measures for improving how lead ore; lead concentrates and lead-bearing material are transported in Missouri. The revised Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) goes into effect upon Doe Run’s receipt of the fully executed document. It includes measures at all Doe Run-owned or operated smelters, mines, mills and concentrators in Missouri and covers record keeping and traffic flow, loading techniques and cleaning methods, many of which have been in use by Doe Run for years. Two adjustments were made to the AOC following the public comment period; one specified an alternative method for analyzing tire samples and another formalized the requirement to wash all vehicles that may come into contact with lead-bearing material while on Doe Run property, a practice already being employed at the Herculaneum smelter. The AOC, originally signed by Doe Run on Feb. 15, 2007, expands on the June 2002 EPA-approved Transportation and Materials Handling Plan that was originally developed under the AOC of 2001. Environmental engineers, transportation industry experts and metallurgists researched and observed best practices used in the transportation of concentrates by other industry leaders across the globe. While many of the best practices observed were already in place at Doe Run, new concepts that exceed industry standards are also included in the AOC. Focus areas in the revised AOC include: new and revised guidelines for loading, transporting and unloading lead concentrate being hauled in trucks; two new street sweepers with improved cleaning technology; the addition of at least six vehicle wash stations at various mine, mill and smelter facilities; confirmation sampling of concentrate trucks exiting Doe Run vehicle wash facilities; and designated personnel at each Doe Run facility for monitoring the effectiveness of truck and road cleaning measures.

Sports   [TOP]

Brian Bannister pitched seven scoreless innings and Esteban German drove in three runs, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-1, in the opener of a three-game intra- state interleague series at Kauffman Stadium. Bannister (3-3) allowed seven hits and struck out six batters for the Royals, who have won three of their last four games. Mark Teahen and Jason LaRue both added two RBI in the win. Ryan Ludwick hit a pinch-hit home run for St. Louis, which has lost four of its last five games and fell to 1-6 in interleague play this season. Brad Thompson (4-2) suffered the loss after he allowed eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. Thompson did not record a strikeout and issued four walks. The Royals outhit the Cards, 13-9. It was Ludwick's second pinch-hit home run of the season. Gordon, German and Teahen all ended with three hits. David Eckstein notched two hits in the loss while Scott Rolen notched his 1,500th career hit. The Cards and Royals play again tonight at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Preston Wilson underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his right knee. Dr. Richard Steadman performed the surgery and Wilson is expected to need six to nine months to recover. Wilson, who has been hampered by the knee pain for much of the season, batted just .219 with one home run and five RBI.

Justin Verlander etched his name in Detroit Tigers history, throwing the team's first no-hitter in 23 years while striking out a career-high 12 batters in Detroit's 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Verlander (7-2) walked four batters, with three of them coming to Bill Hall. The 24-year-old right-hander also got the benefit of two great fielding plays from Magglio Ordonez and Neifi Perez to toss Detroit's first no-hitter since Jack Morris turned the trick, April 7, 1984 against the White Sox in Chicago.

LeBron James missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds, as the Spurs edged Cleveland, 75-72, to move to the verge of a sweep in the NBA Finals and solidifying their franchise as a dynasty. Tony Parker had 17 points to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan, who was held scoreless in the middle two quarters, had 14 points and nine boards for San Antonio, which is ahead 3-0 in the series, and a victory away from winning the title for a fourth time in nine years.

 Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Elizabeth Morrow of St. James, age 80, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Hallie Mae Whitson of Rolla, age 89, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Robert L. Elgin of St. James, age 93, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James.  Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00.  Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery with Special Military Services.  Memorials are suggested to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and muggy, high of 89.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 62.
Thursday and Thursday night..Partly cloudy, high near 90, low of 67.
Friday and Friday night..Partly cloudy, high of 88, low of 66.
Saturday and Saturday night..Partly cloudy, high of 89, low near 65.

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