Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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SIU takes steps to save bucks
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
CARBONDALE - SIU officials are aiming for more bang for the taxpayers’ bucks with a credit card for small ticket items and a panel to study the share service center idea.
“It is important that we eliminate unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy to bring more resources and
focus to our essential missions: the education of students, vital research, and the improvement of the communities and regions in which our institutions are located,” SIU President Ted Sanders said at a news conference Thursday on the Carbondale campus.
The new measures will be implemented by David Werner, chancellor of the Edwardsville campus, and
John Jackson, chancellor of the Carbondale campus.
Sanders has authorized a wider use of the P-Card, a university-issued credit card that allows employees to make relatively small purchases’ without subjecting merchants to paperwork that adds to their costs and delays payments.
“In the nine months since
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McKinley Bridge gets rescue team
Task force is formed to save troubled span j
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
VENICE — A task force to save the McKinley Bridge over the Mississippi River was announced Thursday at the eastern approach along j Illinois Route 3 to the troubled 89-year-old structure.
“At stake is $12 million in much-needed repairs to the west half of the bridge,” said Rudy Papa, chairman of the Madison County Board and the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council.
“Unless a long-term solution can be reached to solve the financial problems of the bridge, it won’t matter who owns it, because it will be closed for safety reasons.”
Venice Mayor Tyrone Echols will serve on the task force with other community leaders and state and regional agency representatives. Illinois Gov. George Ryan and Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan will lead the task force.
Papa called the news conference because he said a recent announcement by officials from the city of St. Louis disturbed him. They announced plans for a tax auction of the Missouri portion of the bridge.
The city of Venice, which
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... plus one
Big Mac wallops two homers to surpass career milestone
By WARREN MAYES
Telegraph sports editor
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire crashed the door and trotted into the 500-home run club in style with two mammoth shots Thursday night.
McGwire hit six home runs in the seven game homestand to reach the coveted milestone.
“What can I say?” McGwire asked in a postgame ceremony at home plate after San Diego scored a 10-3 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. “Last year, I hit (No.) 62 in the last game before a road trip. I was driving to the game today and I thought I wanted to hit (No.) 500 for you.”
He didn’t disappoint.
McGwire showed his flair for the dramatic and left no doubt about No. 500. He swung at a 1-1 belt-high fastball from San Diego starter Alan Ashby that majestically floated over the center field fence, 451 feet from home plate.
And what was McGwire thinking as he went around the bases.?
“Total relief,” he said. “I did it. It’s an individual achievement, and I reached it.”
The two-out, bases-empty
Fan snags lucky ball
bomb made McGwire just the 16th player to reach 500 homers in a career. .
Then, for good measure, McGwire smacked No. 501 in the eighth inning. That homer hit halfway up the scoreboard above the left-field bleachers and fell into the seats. It trav-
ii I was driving to the game today and I thought I wanted to hit (No.) 500 for you.”
eled 479 feet from home plate — the longest homer this season in Busch Stadium.
“He’s maintained intense concentration for six months,”
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “That’s hard to do unless you’re Superman.”
The Cardinals ownership group presented McGwire with a bronze statue of him hitting a home run.
“Tbat’s pretty cool,” McGwire said. “I was checking out the goatee on it. It’s a pretty cool thing.”
The game was the fifth multi-homer game this season for McGwire and the 58th of his career. McGwire, traded here in July 31, 1997, now has 138 homers in 510 games as a Cardinal.
The last player to hit two homers on the same day he reached 500 was Minnesota’s Harmon Killebrew on Aug. IO, 1971.
McGwire just missed his date,with destiny in the first inning when his fly ball was caught just in front of the 402-foot sign in center field by Erie Owens.
He left no doubt in the third inning when all Owens could do was turn and watch it land.
The milestone homer plopped in the grass to the right of the left-field bleachers. The third-inning homer,
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House OKs steel loan bill
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — The U.S. House has passed a $1 billion steel loan bill that may help save Laclede Steel Co. from bankruptcy and keep 600 jobs in the Alton plant.
Laclede officials and Steelworkers union leaders said the bill passed Wednesday night could revitalize the Alton plant and make it a major competitor in U.S. steel markets.
“The federal loans will be a giant step forward to help Laclede come out of bankruptcy and keep the Alton plant viable and operating into the next century,” said Terry Wooden, president of United Steelworkers Local 3643.
Laclede filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30 in a move to reorganize its ailing finances and keep the Alton plant and five others open.
The guaranteed federal loans would help Laclede make $40 million in improvements at the 84-year-old Alton plant, said Michael Lane, executive vice president and chief financial offi-
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Planned Improvements at Laclede Steel Co. include a $30 million project to improve the 14-inch steel bar mill, to replace its reheating furnace and install new finishing equipment.SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836
i State Barnes i Event has I business j booming in i area
The outlook Partly cloudy and mild. High near 86, l ow near 71
Family business was worth the‘risk’
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Mark McGwire wallops the 500th home run of his career Thursday night in the third inning of the