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Royals seek to salvage bad season

KANSAS CITY — The playoff aspirations are gone. The pitching rotation is still a mess. A triple-digit loss column is not out of the question.

The Kansas City Royals, though, can still play some decent baseball — every once in a while. By doing that, or at least trying to, they could manage to salvage a little self-respect from a promising year gone wrong.

K.C. approves increased fees for new arena

Kansas City voters on Tuesday supported fee increases to fund an arena that city leaders say will help spark revitalization of the city’s downtown.

With 74 percent of the precincts reporting, 58 percent of the voters approved a proposal to increase hotel fees by up to $1.50 a day and car rental fees by up to $4 a day. Those fees would allow the city to issue $170 million in bonds to pay for the $225 million to $250 million arena.

Dems dump Holden

KANSAS CITY — Democrats dumped embattled Gov. Bob Holden from their ticket Tuesday in favor of State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who held herself out as the best hope to swing Missouri — and the White House — to Democrats in November.

Holden, derisively dubbed “One-Term Bob” by opponents from the beginning of his term, became the first Missouri governor ever to lose in a primary and the first nationally in 10 years.

Voters favor Carey

Dwayne Carey won the Democratic nomination for Boone County sheriff on Tuesday, earning 60 percent of the vote in a field of three candidates, all of whom have current or former employment ties with the sheriff’s department.

Carey will face Republican Mick Covington in the November general election. Maj. O.J. Stone, chief deputy of the sheriff’s department, came in second, followed by former sheriff’s narcotics officer Ken Kreigh.

Senate race goes to Graham

In a tight race, Chuck Graham edged out Tim Harlan for the 19th District state Senate nomination in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Graham will now face Republican Mike Ditmore in the general election Nov. 2.

Graham was all smiles at his post-election party at Boone Tavern. He said he looks forward to unifying the Democratic Party and getting ready for the November election.

Ban on gay marriage passes in a landslide

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters were headed toward easy passage of an amendment Tuesday that would add a ban on gay marriage to the Missouri Constitution.

Amendment 2 had garnered 69.9 percent of the vote, with 91 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

Primary results

Statewide election results from 94% of precincts were available at press time. For final numbers, go to www.sos.mo.gov .

Hendren to focus on her work with clients

Discussing her career goals, Boone County public administrator Connie Hendren often adheres to a cliché — what’s not broken, there is no need to fix.

As she prepares to face Republican challenger John Sullivan in November’s general election, Hendren’s campaign platform will focus on her ability to continue to work with clients the same way she has for the past 12 years.

Field is set across Missouri

Former Secretary of State Bekki Cook won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and will square off against Republican Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder in the general election. Libertarian Mike Ferguson will also appear on the November ballot.

“I’m excited about where we are at this point,” said Cook, who won the race over 19th District state Sen. Ken Jacob of Columbia. “Now, it’s going to be about getting ready for November.”

Baker clinches 25th District Dem vote

Democrat Judy Baker emerged the winner in the highly contested Democratic five-way primary for the 25th District Missouri House seat on Tuesday. She will face Republican Joel Jeffries in the November general election. Meanwhile, Democrat Travis Ballenger and Republican Ed Robb will vie for the 24th District seat.

The primary primary race for the 25th District House Democratic primary seat proved a challenge to voters in distinguishing like-minded candidates.

Rockaway Beach casino sunk

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Hopes for a casino slipped away Tuesday as voters across the state rejected an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would have allowed a casino in Rockaway Beach.

The amendment’s supporters said allowing the casino on Rockaway Beach’s downtown waterfront would breathe new life into a fading tourist town, and they pledged to funnel the resulting state revenue toward teacher salaries and struggling schools.

Farmer, Bond look forward to campaign

KANSAS CITY — Republican Sen. Kit Bond and his likely challenger, Democratic state Treasurer Nancy Farmer, weren’t worried about Tuesday’s primary opposition — they were focusing on each other and on the November general election.

Bond won the U.S. Senate nomination with 90 percent of the GOP vote, with 5 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Farmer was leading with an overwhelming 78 percent of the Democratic vote.

Liquor license appeal begins

JEFFERSON CITY — The hearing for Mike Cooper — owner of Cooper’s Landing — before the Administrative Hearing Commission began Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City. The appeal will continue Friday morning.

The Administrative Hearing Commission is a neutral, independent administrative court that decides disputes between state agencies and another party.

MU athletic program responds to allegations

So far, MU’s athletic department has found no basis for allegations made in a national magazine by a former Tiger Hostess who said coaches ignored her complaints of sexual harassment.

The woman, identified only as “Emily” in an article in Seventeen’s September issue, described incidents in which she was asked by fellow Tiger Hostesses and players to go out to bars and strip clubs with recruits.

Police teach businesses to stay safe

Members of the Columbia Police Department’s community services unit will meet with business representatives Thursday in the second of three sessions to discuss crime prevention.

“We basically decided that it would be something valuable for the Columbia community, based on programs that other cities are offering and requests that we’ve had for specific programs,” officer Tim Thomason said.

Byrd, Steelman, Abel win primary races

Kansas City lawyer Chris Byrd won the Republican nomination for attorney general Tuesday, carrying about 80 percent of the statewide vote and defeating Columbia candidate Dewey Crepeau.

Byrd said he expected a large victory but didn’t anticipate how large it would be.

Flowing chocolate

Just when you thought that chocolate could not get any better, here comes the newest craze in the entertainment and catering business — chocolate fountains. This delicious idea has swept the nation and is taking the place of ice sculptures and centerpieces at social gatherings.

This chocolate fantasy hit Columbia in January when Rose and Frank LaMantia opened LaMantia’s Chocolate Fountain, 1406 N. Countryshire Drive.

Cooking contests abound at State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is approaching quickly. Opening in Sedalia on Aug. 12 and running through Aug. 22, the State Fair is not only about rides, live entertainment and eating good food — it’s about cooking, too!

Grab your skillets and oven mitts because there are plenty of opportunities for cooks to show off their skills at the fair. Some lucky cooks could even win some money for their culinary skills. National contest coordinator Cyndi Harles describes these contests as a positive experience for everyone to enjoy.

Ballots brim with big decisions

KANSAS CITY — An incumbent governor in a fight for his political life and a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage are expected to bring national attention and a relatively high number of voters to Tuesday’s primary elections in Missouri.

Missouri also will nominate candidates to run for Rep. Dick Gephardt’s seat. Gephardt, a 14-term Democratic House leader from St. Louis, is retiring after his failed presidential bid.

Voting 101: A guide for the polling place

Timely advice for voters in Missouri’s primary elections today:

Double-check where you are supposed to vote.

Bring proper identification.

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