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COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri baseball (21-15, 5-13 SEC) aims to bounce back into the win column with a Tuesday visit to Missouri State (17-18, 3-6 MVC). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+ from Hammons Field in Springfield.

Fans can also catch Mizzou baseball on the airwaves all season long on KTGR and the Tiger Radio Network. Tex Little and Matt Michaels will have the call.

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PITCHING PROBABLES

Mizzou will send right-hander Austin Troesser to the hill on Tuesday night. Troesser owns a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings of work this season. The sophomore is 3-1 and will be making his first start after missing three weeks of action prior to returning to the bullpen last week.

Missouri State will start righty Ty Buckner. The redshirt senior, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, made his first appearance of the season last Tuesday against the Tigers. He struck out three while hitting a batter.

SERIES BUSINESS

  • Mizzou and Missouri State meet for the 63rd time in series history and the second time in as many weeks on Tuesday night.
  • The Tigers are looking to even the all-time series, which currently sits at 31-30 in favor of the Bears.
  • The black & gold captured last week’s meeting, 6-5, in Columbia. Luke Mann homered as part of a three RBI night while Tre Morris drove in a pair to help the Tigers edge the Bears.
  • Christian Wall earned the win with three scoreless innings to start the game for the Tigers.
  • Tuesday night will mark the first visit to Hammons Field for the Tigers since 2019. Mizzou took a 14-6 win in that matchup.

LAST TIME OUT

  • Missouri suffered a sweep at the hands of No. 22 LSU in Baton Rouge over the weekend. The Tiger bats fell cold in the series, hitting just .243 over the three games.
  • All three games were decided by two runs or less, but Mizzou was unable to find the key hits to earn a win.
  • The two Tigers battled into extra innings in Friday’s middle game of the series. Freshman Tony Neubeck produced his second-consecutive quality start with 6.0 IP and just three runs on the ledger.
  • Luke Mann launched his 10th homer of the season to tie Friday’s contest in the eighth inning. His 10 homers are a career best for the junior.

TIGERS TURNING TWO

  • Mizzou ranks second in the SEC and 20th nationally with 34 double plays on the season.
  • The Tigers are even better in per game stats, ranking 16th in the country and leading the SEC turning 0.92 double plays per game.
  • 18 of the Tigers’ twin killings have come in SEC play, a mark that leads the conference.
  • Nander De Sedas has taken part in 15-of-18 double plays in conference play and 26-of-34 on the season.
  • The Tigers turned four double plays over the weekend at LSU, tied for the most in a series this season.
  • Mizzou has turned two in four-straight games and has twice turned three double plays this season.

ONE TO WATCH

  • Trevor Austin continued his red-hot streak with a 5-for-12 series at LSU.
  • The outfielder launched a homer and produced a career-best four RBI in Saturday’s series finale.
  • The sophomore has hit in eight straight games and 12 of his last 13 played.
  • Over the Tigers’ last 10 games, Austin leads the club with a .382 average and an OPS of 1.141.

SCOUTING THE BEARS

  • Missouri State found its form over the weekend, sweeping Valparaiso on the road.
  • The Bears piled up 29 runs in 26 innings of baseball, using nine homers in the series to help power the offensive outbreak.
  • The three-game sweep brings the Bears to 17-18 on the season.
  • Mason Greer leads Mo State at the plate with a .368 average and 38 RBI. Dakota Kotowski ranks fourth nationally with 18 homers on the season.

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The Most Fully Accessible Amusement Park In The U.S. To Be Built In Missouri


Developers hope to break ground in 2023 on an amusement park outside St. Louis that they are calling the most innovative and fully accessible park in the world.

Spirit of Discovery Park will be located in Wentzville, Missouri, about 40 minutes west of St. Louis. It will join Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, as the only ultra-accessible amusement park in the world.

“When we came up with a vision, it was joy for everybody. And our mission is to build this amusement park for all abilities,” co-founder Jamie Vann told KMOV.

Developers are targeting a 2025 opening for a park specifically designed for everybody, including those with physical and mental disabilities.

“Many of us have fond memories of visiting theme parks as children, but not everyone can be so lucky,” said developers on the park’s website. “There are children and parents all across our world that have challenges that prevent them from enjoying theme parks and activities of many kinds.”

The park will be targeted to those with Downs syndrome, autism, PTSD, or anyone battling a life-threatening illness, as well as the hearing, visually, mentally, and physically impaired.

“Everyone at the park is going to have something that they can do and that they want to do, and all the needs of all of our communities will be taken care of, but we are focused on those with special needs,” Vann told Fox2Now. “They deserve it, they need it, our community needs it.”

The 60-acre park will feature rides, a playground, greenhouse, dog park, splash pads, arcade, and more.

“We always think about wheelchairs when we think about special needs,” said architect Rick Hill, who is helping design the park. “We’re talking about hospital beds. We’re talking about all disabilities, whether it’s autism, whether it’s epilepsy, we’re looking at all the different ones and trying to accommodate them here.”

As an example, the greenhouse will feature elevated gardens to allow those in wheelchairs to pick pumpkins and other vegetables right off the vine.

“It’s also about the grandparent who is in a wheelchair and has oxygen,” Vann said. “It’s about the parents who served in our military and came home that isn’t whole and wants to do something with their child.”

Vann said the idea for the park has been floating around for about a decade, after a friend with three children, including one with Downs syndrome, said they wouldn’t be going to Disney World. That sparked the thought in her mind that families with disabled loved ones deserve the same opportunity for fun.

Developers expect the cost of building the park to be about $100 million, and they are seeking donations to aid the effort. Once open, they don’t plan on charging anyone with a disability to enter the park, and only a nominal fee for those accompanying them.

Developers plan to raise funds through grants, fundraisers, and community outreach. They will appeal to corporations and philanthropists by delivering the message that everyone deserves a special place.

Local officials are thrilled with the idea, with Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione calling it an incredible opportunity for the community. 

“I think we’ll have people come from all over the world,” he said. “Wentzville will be a destination.”

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Missouri wants to stop out-of-state abortions. Other states could follow.


Republican state Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, who is pushing the Missouri policy as an amendment to multiple health bills, said it specifically targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Illinois just across the river from St. Louis that opened in 2019 with the explicit goal of serving Missouri patients.

“If you believe as I do that every person deserves dignity and respect and protection whether they’re born or unborn, then of course you want to protect your citizens, no matter where they are,” Coleman told POLITICO. “If a Missouri resident is hurt, even in Illinois, by a product that they bought in Illinois, there is still jurisdiction for them to sue in a Missouri court because that’s home for them … and this is extending that same kind of thought to abortion jurisprudence.”

Her effort puts Missouri at the vanguard of a new round of action in state capitals where conservatives are rushing to enact legislation ahead of an anticipated Supreme Court ruling that sharply limits or overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Missouri proposal is on the legislative calendar, meaning it could be voted on any time before the session ends in May. The legislation goes further than most abortion restrictions advancing across the country, and attempts to evade legal challenges by adopting the same private enforcement mechanism as Texas’ six-week abortion ban, which the Supreme Court has allowed to stay in place for the last six months. Both policies allow a judge to award at least $10,000 in damages if the suit is successful.

Legal scholars say the Missouri proposal opens a Pandora’s box that could force courts to contend with questions that date to the Fugitive Slave Act two centuries ago.

“There’s no clear precedent saying that states can’t try to regulate out-of-state conduct if it has some effect in-state or if it [involves] one of their citizens,” said David Cohen, a professor of law at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and co-author of a forthcoming paper in the Columbia Law Review on impending interstate conflicts in abortion law. “What these laws are doing is saying, ‘We have a different understanding of how America works, and that understanding is that if you live in this state, we control you everywhere you are.’”

Missouri’s move comes as a growing number of people seek abortions outside their home states, and as abortion-rights groups raise money to help low-income patients pay for travel and lodging. That trend, most evident in Texas, is expected to surge if the Supreme Court upholds a Mississippi law prohibiting abortion at 15 weeks. Should that happen, up to half of the states are expected to limit or ban abortion almost immediately, further fraying the current national patchwork of access.

Other states are likely to explore their own version of the Missouri amendment if it becomes law and withstands anticipated legal challenges.

Chelsey Youman, the state director and national legislative adviser for the anti-abortion–rights advocacy group Human Coalition Action in Texas, is working with the same lawmakers who drafted the state’s six-week ban to craft a Missouri-like bill that could be introduced when lawmakers return to Austin next year.

“We’ve had the benefit of seeing for six months now what an almost abortion-free state could look like,” she said. “But we know women are still going out of state, or worse, illegally obtaining medical abortion pills. The Missouri model would essentially close those loopholes.”

According to James Bopp Jr., the general counsel for National Right to Life, there is some legal precedent for such policies: several federal and state laws already prohibit the transportation of minors across state lines for an abortion without parental consent. But Missouri’s attempt to extend that to adults, he noted, is “completely novel.”

Abortion pills — which recently became the most popular method of terminating a pregnancy in the U.S. — are also a target of conservative lawmakers looking to police abortion across state lines.

Several states including Texas have moved to crack down on the practice of prescribing the drugs via telemedicine and sending them by mail to people’s homes. Many others are looking to implement similar bans in the wake of the Biden administration’s move earlier this year to loosen restrictions on the pills. Coleman’s proposal in Missouri also includes such a prohibition.

The anti-abortion-rights activists and elected officials favoring the policies argue they can’t achieve their goal of eliminating all abortion without deterring travel across state lines, and say they are responding to progressive advocates who are raising money to help people terminate a pregnancy in another state.

“You have a very aggressive industry working on helping people circumvent pro-life laws,” said Kristi Hamrick with Students for Life of America, which has chapters lobbying for restrictions in all 50 states. “So the conversation in Missouri and other locations is in direct response to that.”

These new policies, while perhaps difficult to enforce, create a chilling effect, said Andrew Beck, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

“It encourages people to spy on and rat out their neighbors and friends and family members,” he said.

The conservative effort has also led legislators in Democrat-controlled states to draft countermeasures aimed at protecting in-state physicians who provide abortions and those who help people cross state lines. These measures also provide legal protections to the pregnant person, though Coleman’s proposal doesn’t allow the patient to be sued.

In California, lawmakers have proposed a suite of bills, including one, which passed out of its first committee on Tuesday, that would protect Californians from the kinds of civil lawsuits contemplated by Missouri.

“We don’t believe that any other states should have the right or ability to reach into our state and enforce a judgment or control the actions of our citizens or physicians,” said Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, the bill’s sponsor.

A bill in Washington state awaiting Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature aims to legally shield anyone — including out-of-state residents — who has an abortion or helps someone obtain one. And lawmakers in Oregon just approved $15 million in their budget to cover abortion fees, travel and lodging expenses for state residents and travelers alike, and expand the number of abortion providers in the state.

These moves come as many expect a wave of patients from Idaho, which this week became the first state to follow Texas’ lead in passing a ban on abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Progressive advocates also want the Biden administration to put out guidance explicitly stating that the right to interstate travel is protected by the Constitution, and they want federal health agencies to strengthen HIPAA protections so people’s medical records can’t be seized and used as evidence in a lawsuit.

Abortion-rights supporters stress, however, that even these kinds of state and federal protections would only be a partial solution should more states follow Missouri’s lead.

“Not everyone can fly to California or travel across state lines,” Beck said. “It doesn’t help a whole slew of people in Missouri who need this care: people of color, people who are undocumented, people who are young, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities.”



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Mississippi State beats travel-weary Missouri 68-49


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tolu Smith scored 16 points, Iverson Molinar added 13 points and Mississippi State beat Missouri 68-49 on Friday night in a game delayed 2 hours, 30 minutes due to travel issues for the Tigers.

Mississippi State took its first lead of the game during a 10-0 run in the opening 10 minutes and led the rest of the way. Missouri didn’t make a field goal in the final five minutes of the first half and trailed 34-23.

Andersson Garcia’s three-point play with 13:28 left in the second half put Mississippi State ahead by double-figures for good. Smith scored 11 points in the second half, and Molinar had nine in the opening 20 minutes.

D.J. Jeffries had 12 points for Mississippi State (15-11, 6-7 SEC), which snapped a four-game losing streak. Garrison Brooks had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Ronnie DeGray III scored 13 points and Javon Pickett added 11 for Missouri (10-16, 4-9). The Tigers were held to 31% shooting, going 16 of 51 from the field.

Missouri was scheduled to fly on Thursday, but wasn’t able to leave for another 24 hours due to flight delays caused by the weather.

The teams are set to play each other again on Sunday in a rescheduled game from Jan. 5.

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AAA Missouri offers tips to protect your house and vehicles during this latest winter storm


Winter weather, including snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures is expected to impact travel this week, according to the National Weather Service. AAA reminds drivers to make sure their vehicles are ready to hit the snowy streets, should they need to travel. Preventive maintenance is essential for safe driving and greatly decreases the chances of being stranded in the cold. However, if you do break down in the cold you will want to have a winter emergency kit, which approximately 40% of American drivers do not carry, according to a recent AAA survey.

AAA reminders homeowners and renters that preparing for inclement weather is essential to avoiding winter accidents. Prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on a home’s heating system, plumbing, and exterior features.

Nick Chabarria joined Show Me Today to share some of these winter tips.




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Winter storm threatens travel in Missouri | News


Major winter weather is forecast for much of the state beginning overnight Tuesday and continuing through the end of the week. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges people to stay off the roads if at all possible during the periods of ice and snow.

If you must travel this week, use extra caution, anticipate slower travel times and consult the Traveler Information Map for road conditions, states a MoDOT release.

“This is a potentially severe winter storm that will play out over several days and dump a mixed bag of freezing precipitation on most of the state,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “Up to 12 inches or more of snow has been forecast for portions of Missouri and other areas may receive freezing rain, ice and sleet in advance of the snowfall.”

All available crews will be out across the state working 12-hour shifts throughout the day and night, but staffing is still short across the state due to turnover and sickness.

“It may take crews longer to return roads to a mostly clear status after the storm ends later this week,” McKenna said.

Rain is forecast to precede the winter event, making it difficult to treat roads ahead of the storm. To make matters worse, bitter temperatures following the snow and ice will limit the effectiveness of chemicals used to clear covered roads.

“This winter storm has the potential to create extremely hazardous driving conditions for most of the state,” said McKenna. “We urge all drivers to plan to get to their destinations ahead of the storm and be prepared to stay there. If you can, stay home and give us room to work. Remember, every stranded car slows down the snow plow’s ability to clear the roads and prevents emergency vehicles from reaching their destinations.”

Should you be involved in a minor crash or slide off the road, remain in your vehicle with the seat belt buckled, states MoDOT.

“Equip your vehicle with a winter weather emergency kit before you travel in winter weather. Include any necessary medications, a phone charger, a blanket, bottled water, nonperishable foods and a flashlight,” states the release.

For more items to include in a winter weather emergency kit, visit modot.org/winter.

Check current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at modot.org or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also find road conditions and warnings by following MoDOT on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.



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MoDot: Multi-state winter storm threatens travel in Missouri | News


(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) The Missouri Department of Transportation urges people to stay off the roads during periods of ice and snow ahead of winter weather in the forecast.

MoDot said in press release that all available crews will be out across the state working 12-hour shifts, but staffing is still short due to turnover and illness. 

“It may take crews longer to return roads to a mostly clear status after the storm ends later this week,” said MoDot Director Patrick McKenna.

The department says that if you are involved in a minor crash or slide off the road, remain in your vehicle with your seat belt buckled. They also advise drivers to keep a winter weather emergency kit in your vehicle.

However, if you must travel, MoDot says to use extra caution, anticipate slower travel times and check the Traveler Information Map for road conditions.



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Buc-ee’s travel center coming to Springfield, Missouri


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On Monday, January 10, the Springfield, Missouri City Council heard the first reading on a proposal that would bring Buc-ee’s travel center to Springfield.

The 53,000-square-foot travel center would be located at I-44 and Mulroy Road. The ordinance would establish a plan to reimburse the Buc-ee’s company for about $4 million of the estimated $8.5 million in improvements the company would have to complete to make the location suitable for development, according to the proposed ordinance. Those improvements include a new public road and more utilities in the area.

What’s Buc-ee’s

Buc-ee’s is a corporation that operates more than 40 such travel centers in multiple states, mostly in Texas and the southeast United States, according to its website. At a Springfield city council meeting, a representative for the Texas-based chain called it the “Bass Pro of the convenience store world.” Buc-ee’s has been in operation since 1982.

Why should Buc-ee’s come to Springfield?

This project is going to take a serious amount of money to make it a reality. So, what are the benefits of Buc-ee’s coming to Springfield?

  • New sales tax generation  
  • Good wages  
  • Open additional land for development  

According to Sarah Kerner, director of economic development, Buc-ee’s has an estimated 6 million customers annually and 88% of customers travel more than 20 miles away to visit Buc-ee’s.  The store also has an estimated annual taxable sale of $30 million.  

The travel center is estimated to employ 175 to 225 full-time employees and Buc-ee’s minimum wage starts at $15-$17.  

“We have raised the bar,” said Stan Beard Buc-ee’s Director of Real Estate. “We are not a pull-in and a buy one thing store. We are a pull-in and ‘Oh my god, I just spent $150 at Buc-ee’s’ store.  We are family-oriented and family-friendly. And because of that… people come from far away to shop at Buc-ee’s.”

According to City Manager Jason Gage, Buc-ee’s is known for its large stores, specialized merchandise, and clean bathrooms. Buc-ee’s will become a tourist attraction for Springfield.

“The reason we’re successful is we pay more. The reason we are successful is we know that our employees are the face of Buc-ee’s. So when you walk into a Buc-ee’s, you hear ‘good morning, welcome to Buc-ee’s.’ And it’s not somebody on their phone behind the counter. It’s somebody who’s interested in you being there,” Beard said.

Beard also stated that Buc-ee’s will “sell your town” and will have collectible items only available in Springfield.

“It won’t just be Buc-ee’s,” said Beard. “It’s going to be the Springfield Buc-ee’s. And we’ll have shirts that say it. We’re going to bring a whole lot of folks into our doors.

If the council approves the incentive at their Jan. 24 meeting, Buc-ee’s will seek another $4.4 million of reimbursement through a special sales tax placed on the geographic area in and around the store. Beard said the chain hopes to break ground sometime this year and finish construction 12 to 15 months after that.



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How to watch Mississippi State basketball vs Missouri: TV, live stream


The Mississippi State Bulldogs men’s basketball team will travel to Columbia, Missouri to play the Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 5. 

The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. CT. 

The Bulldogs (10-3) are on a four-game winning streak and most recently beat Arkansas 81-68 on Dec. 29. 

The Tigers (6-7) recently lost to Kentucky 83-56 on Dec. 29.

How to watch Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Missouri basketball

Game time: Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. CT

Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri

TV: SEC Network

On DirecTV, SECN is channel 611. On Dish, SECN is channel 404 or 408, depending on the receiver.

Live Stream: ESPN.com/watch

Listen online: Hail State Radio or Mizzou Network Video Zone

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Ben Howland is the head coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Cuonzo Martin is the head coach for Missouri. 



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Road Stretch Continues Thursday at Missouri


DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team heads to Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 18, to face the Missouri Tigers in the opening game of the Jacksonville Classic by Fabletics. Tip against Missouri is slated for 7 p.m. and will be available on SEC Network+ and ESPN+. 

NIU takes a 1-1 record to Columbia, Mo., after falling at Indiana (Nov. 12) following its season-opening victory at Washington (Nov. 9). Keshawn Williams (Chicago Heights, Ill./Tulsa) netted a career-high 21 points against the Hoosiers, including 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. 

Williams is one of two Huskies scoring in double figures, with Trendon Hankerson (Novi, Mich./Novi) leading the way at 15.5 points per game and Williams adding 13.5 points per contest. Anthony Crump (Inkster, Mich./Middle Tennessee) is adding 8.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. 

The Tigers bring a 1-1 overall record into Thursday’s contest following an 80-66 setback against Kansas City on Monday night (Nov. 15). Four players are scoring in double figures for the Tigers through two games, led by 15.0 points per game from Kobe Brown. Javon Pickett and Ronnie DeGray III are both averaging 13.5 points per game and Jarron Coleman, a transfer from Ball State, is adding 10.0 points per contest.

Thursday’s matchup will be the third all-time between NIU and Missouri. The Tigers have won each of the first two meetings, both played in Columbia.

Following Thursday’s contest, NIU will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the “Jax Bracket” at the Jacksonville Classic by Fabletics. The Huskies will face Boston University on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. CT, and then will meet either Little Rock or Sam Houston State on Monday, Nov. 22.

Season tickets for the 2021-22 basketball season are on sale now beginning at just $80 for Huskieland general admission tickets in sections 115-118 (minimum of four tickets required to purchase). Reserved season tickets for Huskie men’s basketball are available for $120. Season tickets can be purchased online at NIUHuskies.com/MyHuskies or by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-753-PACK (7225). Courtside and Nelson Club premium ticket options are also available through the Huskie Athletic Fund or by calling, 815-753-1923. NIU will host Eastern Illinois in its regular season home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

 



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