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Jim Kavanaugh expands on plans for MLS expansion bid

SC STL made the announcement Thursday about plans for Major League Soccer expansion that would include a new stadium on the west-side of Downtown St. Louis.

Group Vice Chairman Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology plus Saint Louis FC, gave more details on “The McGraw Show” about the proposal.

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Arch Madness to Stay at Scottrade Thru 2020

ST. LOUIS — The State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament will remain in St. Louis through at least 2020, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin has announced.  The existing agreement with the building is through 2018 with a two-year option, which the league is exercising today.

Notably, the MVC will conduct its 30th-straight men’s basketball tournament — known as Arch Madness — in St. Louis in 2020, having staged the event in Kiel Auditorium (1991), the Saint Louis Arena (1992-94) and Scottrade Center (1995-present).

“We’re elated to have had the opportunity to keep our basketball tournament here for such a long run,” said Commissioner Doug Elgin.  “We owe the St. Louis Blues ownership a great debt by carving five consecutive dates out of the heart of the NHL schedule every March. Our State Farm MVC Tournament has established very deep roots in St. Louis, and this would never have been possible without the construction of Scottrade Center.  And that has paid big dividends for the regional economy – our tournament has been a catalyst in providing the opportunity for The Valley and its local partners to make St. Louis a regular stop on the NCAA Tournament trail.“

“Scottrade Center has been the home for our men’s basketball tournament since 1995, and we look forward to an enhanced experience for our fans at the building in 2018,” said Jack R. Watkins, MVC Associate Commissioner and Arch Madness Tournament Director.  “A new state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard plus an updated sound system and lighting within the bowl are just some of the cornerstone improvements.

“This 2020 vision – not only for the 30th chapter of Arch Madness but our NCAA host opportunity in the same year – cannot be emphasized enough.  With new buildings opening in the Midwest and the NCAA returning to other cities in the central corridor, we are grateful for the commitment shown to keep St. Louis at the forefront as a postseason college basketball site.”

Only the Big East Conference has had a longer, continuously-running men’s basketball event at the same neutral site than has the Missouri Valley with its Arch Madness, which has built a strong tradition with the men’s basketball championship in St. Louis.  The Big East has played its tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City every year since 1981 (38th consecutive year in 2018).

Before moving to the new American Airlines Center in Dallas for the 2003 tournament, the Big 12/Big 8 event had been staged at Kemper Arena in Kansas City since 1977 prior to moving to the Texas site (a string of 26-straight in Kansas City).  The Missouri Valley Conference celebrated its 27th year in St. Louis during the 2017 tournament, surpassing that streak.

A total of 1,354,898 fans have attended the MVC Tournament in its 27-year history in St. Louis.  The 2017 State Farm MVC Tournament Championship game attendance of 11,744 was the eighth-best in the 27 years in St. Louis.  The league holds the Scottrade Center record for a basketball game (22,612 for the semifinals and final in 2007).  Notably, in the past 15 seasons (15 State Farm MVC Tournaments since 2003), 11 teams, including five in the past four seasons, have entered the State Farm MVC Tournament ranked in the Top 25.

In addition, the city of St. Louis has staged five NCAA basketball events at Scottrade Center, including Women’s Final Fours (2001, 2009) and three preliminary men’s events (1998, 2014, 2016).  The NCAA is back again in 2020, as the MVC and the city will host a 1st/2nd Round in the building on March 19 and 21.

Washington, MO, Gears Up for Eclipse

WASHINGTON, MO (KTRS) The rural Missouri town of Washington is gearing up for the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

Washington is hosting a three day festival to celebrate this rare event. Tessie Steffens, a project assistant for the town’s Chamber of Commerce, says thousands of visitors are expected to attend this celebration. The festivities are set to kick off on Saturday. More information about the festival is available online at visitwashmo.com.

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Custody of Rally Cat Sparks Catfight between Cardinals and Feral Cat Outreach

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Something of a catfight may be brewing between the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach over future custody of Rally Cat, the feline that gained instant fame when he scampered onto the field at Busch Stadium during a ballgame.

Wednesday, the Cards’ communications vice president, Ron Watermon, issued a statement that said the outreach center had assured the team it will be returning Rally Cat to the Cards after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. But today, the center posted on Twitter that such a deal was never made, that the Cards’ statement was totally false and that no decisions have been made regarding Rally Cat’s long-term placement. In fact, the Feral Cat Outreach Center accuses the Cards of bullying tactics in assuming the rally cat would be given to the Cardinals, though it says it welcomes the chance to meet with the team to discuss the situation.

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MO Democratic Leaders Want Lawmaker’s Resignation Over Trump Post; Secret Service Investigates

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) A Missouri lawmaker says she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination. Missouri Democratic Party leaders, including U-S Senator Claire McCaskill are now calling for her to resign from the legislature, and the U.SSecret Service is looking into her comment.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she didn’t mean what she posted Thursday, but that she was frustrated with the president’s reaction to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA.

Chappelle-Nadal says she was reacting to concerns expressed by her constituents about Trump’s response to a white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town.

In addition to Senator McCaskill, other Democratic leaders calling for her resignation are state Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber, who says her the comments were “indefensible” and the party wouldn’t tolerate calls for the assassination of a president. Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay says Chappelle-Nadal “has repeatedly demeaned her office and she is an embarrassment to the state,” and that calling for the president’s assassination “is a federal crime.” Other state Democratic leaders calling for Chappelle-Nadal to step down include House Democratic Caucus Chair Gina Walsh and State Representative Josh Peters.

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McGraw recounts epic Grand Canyon trip

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Ride-Sharing Services Likely Available at Lambert Airport By End of August

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) St. Louis city leaders hope ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft will begin offering service at Lambert airport by the end of this month.

Mayor Lyda Krewson, Comptroller Darlene Green and and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed signed off on a deal which approves $3 pick-up and drop-off fees. Their approval follows the green light previously given to the ride-share companies by the city’s airport commission.

With yesterday’s approval by the city leaders, the ride-share companies can begin application processes. Lyft has expressed agreement to the fees and other costs but Uber issued a statement saying they are reviewing their position before filling out any paperwork with the city. Ride-sharing companies will have to pay $3 for every Lambert pick-up or drop-off along with a $15,000 permit fee payable to the airport commission every two years. A new law approved this year in Jefferson City exempts ride-share companies from local regulations imposed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission. The new law paved the way for Lambert to charge the fees and issue permits, beginning August 28th, to ride-share companies.

 

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Ladue High Grad Among Charlottesville Alt-Right Marchers

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Part of the fallout from the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, has come from video of marchers identified as members of the alt-right, or white supremacists and neo-Nazis … and one participant is a Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate.

Officials with Ladue School District confirm one of the marchers in a video who is seen holding a torch and chanting is Clark Canepa, a 2014 graduate of Ladue High. In a post to its Facebook page, the Ladue School District said, “We stand behind the rights of individuals to calmly, peacefully, respectfully and productively share their views and opinions. We do not condone or support violence or hatred in any form and stand, as allies, with those who denounce the racist actions and hate-filled rhetoric that were displayed in Charlottesville.”

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ILL House Votes Next Week on Veto of State School Funding Plan

SPRINGFIELD (AP) Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding plan. Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, says the House will meet Aug. 23 to consider an override.

House Democrats called a vote Wednesday on legislation that incorporates the changes Gov. Rauner wants made on a new formula for financing public schools. Democrats said they wanted to gauge support for the governor’s ideas.

The legislation failed with no “yes” votes, 60 against and 33 members voting “present.” Republicans complained it was a sham procedure to hide the fact that Democrats don’t have enough votes for an override. Madigan criticized GOP members for not supporting their own governor’s proposal.

The Senate voted to override on Sunday.

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Webster Groves Police Ask Public’s Help in Bank Robbery

WEBSTER GROVES (KTRS) Webster Groves Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning,
Aug. 16, at Arsenal Credit Union on Watson Road. Police say an unidentified black male subject approximately 25 years old, 5’11” to 6’0” tall and having light facial hair, a thin face and wearing a black and white t-shirt with horizontal
stripes under a yellow “safety” style vest, a grey baseball-style cap, light colored pants and black shoes entered the credit union and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the customer service counter.

There was no indication that the subject was in possession of a weapon, however a private school in close proximity was temporarily placed on lock-down as a precautionary measure. The subject was last seen on foot running west from the credit union.

Any person with information about this incident should contact the Webster Groves
Police Department at (314) 645-3000.

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STL Post-Dispatch: Will the renovations at the Scottrade Center be approved?