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Senator attempts to halt highway dedication to Mark McGwire

Monday, February 22, 2010 | 10:02 a.m. CST; updated 10:43 a.m. CST, Monday, February 22, 2010

ST. LOUIS — The stretch of Interstate 70 that runs through St. Louis could lose its designation as "Mark McGwire Highway" if a Missouri lawmaker has his way.

KMOX Radio reports that state Sen. Ryan McKenna of Crystal City, the same man who pushed for the five miles of roadway to be named in honor of the former Cardinals slugger after his then-record 70 homers in 1998, now wants McGwire's name removed.

The effort comes after McGwire admitted he used steroids. McKenna says it is inappropriate to honor someone who "left a black mark" on baseball.

The measure is attached to a broader bill that has received approval from the Transportation Committee.

 


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