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Fri August 19, 2005

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Kansas City, MO – University of Missouri at Columbia has tightened athletics director Mike Alden's control of its men's basketball program. The report to the NCAA, obtained by AP through Missouri's public records law, cites numerous changes since the school was placed on probation for recruiting violations including mandatory approval of all expenses by Alden, written records of all telephone calls to prospective players and biweekly coaches meetings on compliance issues.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will begin a five-city tour promoting free gun locks in Kansas City on Saturday. Kinder says the aim is to curtail child deaths due to firearms accidents.

The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled today that the owners of golf courses are not responsible when people playing golf get struck by lightning. The suit involved a man who was injured at Smiley's in Overland Park.

The former Libertarian candidate for governor of Kansas will seek the Republican nomination next year. Dennis Hawver of Ozawkie says the Republican party has strayed by focusing on social issues such as abortion rather than shrinking government. He says he advocates cutting government spending by half and lowering taxes accordingly, and lowering the beer-drinking age to 18.