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PRESS.NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. News This Week THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009 - PAGE 2 Delivery: Baby born in ambulance before Christmas (Continued from page 1) Lewistown." He was told to meet the ambulance at the United State Bank parking lot in Ewing. Ewing-Maywood first responders were called to assist. First on the scene were John Waterman and Kent Richmond. Stephen Malone and William Fountain EMT's with Medic II, Lewis Coun- ty Ambulance District on call, arrived in Ewing, mo- ments later Waterman drove the rig to the hospital. With snow covered roads and windy conditions the weather slowed down the trip. Richmond, Malone and Fountain were in the back with Simmons who knew she was about to give birth, even though she told the crew, "I don't want to have the baby in the ambu- lance." Marion County Ambu- lance was also dispatched for assistance from a para- medic. The two ambulanc- es met near Grant's Auto on Highway 6, West of Taylor, So. Marshall Miller from Hannibal joined the crew. The Lewis County team said almost in unison, "She's crowning." as Mill- er entered the ambulance. PNI File photo BOND WON'T RUN - U.S. Senator Kit Bond, shown in a 2006 visit to Culver- Stockton. College, said last week he won't seek re-election in 2010. told he Missouori House of Representatives Jan. 8, he won't run for re-election in 2010. Bond also served two non-consecutive terms as Missouri governor. Miller said, "I'm sure this wasn't what you had planned." Two minutes later, at 2:53 a.m. December 23, Adison Bren Strong entered the world. A healthy eight pound'six ounce girl, with lots of dark hair had made her appearance. Mom and baby were fine. When Adison was born Waterman called the dis- patcher and told them they had an extra passenger on board. Strong followed the ambulance in his vehicle. He said, "I kinda knew she had the baby in the ambu- lance. There was all sorts As vice chairman of the Senate Select Ifitelligence Committee and a member of the Senate Appropria- tions Committee, Bond was an influential voice in Missouri's Congressional delegation. The state's other U.S. Senator, Democrat Claire McCaskill, said in a news release Jan. 8, despite party differences, she has "im- mense respect" for Bond. "There will be few peo- ple who will serve Missouri longer than he has or 'with such distinction," McCas- kill said. With Bond leaving, speculation swirled regard- lng potential candidates who might fill Bond's va- cant Senate seat. Top Democrats seem- ed to coalesce around Secretary of State Robin Carnahan as their party's candidate. "Robin would be a strong candidate and a great Senator and Democrats across the state, hope she'll run," state Democratic Par- ty Chairman Craig Hosmer said in a statement issued just hours after Bond's an- Capitol of commotion in the back of the ambulance and all of sudden it looked like the EMT's and first responder sat down and went whew (wiping his brow)." Fountain said, "This was a pretty good way to end the year." At the Saturday gath- ering, January 10 for the picture, each one compli- mented each other for all the teamwork involved, and were grateful of the happy ending. It has been over 20 years, since a baby was born in a Lewis County Ambulance. of people who are thinking about it," Bond said. "We'll see who has the fire to do it, has the commitment and right ideas." Incoming House Speaker Ron Richard an- nounced Jan. 7 his support to repeal the voter-approv- ed provision restricting utilities from charging rate payers for electric plant construction costs before a plant becomes operational. Supporters of repeal say the restriction, approv- ed in 1976, would prevent AmerenUE from building a second nuclear power plant because of the huge cost of the project and the amount of money the company would need to borrow. Under current law, the company can include inte- rest costs in electric rates only after the plant be- comes operational. "We must work to make the new nuclear plant in Callaway County a reality," Richard said in his opening address to the House. During the 1976 debate on the "construction work in process" rate restriction, utility critics said it was unfair to charge an elderly customer the,finance costs, of a plant that might not be- (Capitol Report is pro- duced by the State Govern- ment Reporting Program of the Missouri School of Journalism.) The 95th Missouri General Assembly conven- ed Wednesday, January 7, for its first regular session amid a struggling state eco- nomy and a strongly Dem- ocratic executive branch in Jefferson City. Republicans hold a 23- 11 advantage in the Senate - a'e,o-prisf majority - and outrank Democrats 89-74 in the House of Representa- tives. Republican lawma- kers must contend with Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, who succeeded Matt Blunt Monday, Jan. 12. )t buzzword going into the legislative session was "bipartisanship." That mes- sage was echoed Wednes- day. He told state represent- nouncement. Aflcrthe, PledgeofAlle= -atives, "In 1973, I became . University of Missouri, glance; and.. Star-Spangled_ Missouri'syoullgestgo'ver- political science professor Banner," led by his sons nor. I do not aspire to be- Peverill Squire projected PNJ File photo DURING '07 VISIT - Jay PROUD BROTHER - Dil- Nixon is shown during lan Strong holds his an August '07 campaign sister, Adison, who was born in a Lewis County ' visit to LaGrange. Ambulance. come operational until after the customer's death. Newly elected Senate President Pro Tem Shields spoke about the higher edu- cation system being "disor- ganized" in his speech to the Missouri Senate. Shields said he would support uniting all universi- ties under one governing body instead of the individ- ual governing body system now in place. Columbia Rep. Chris Kelly supports this but said universities will fight it Nixon takes oath of office for Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon became Missouri's 55th governor Monday, January 12. Nixon, who had most recently served as Attorney General, took the oath of office outside the Capitol building in Jefferson City. He had campaigned in Lewis County no less than three times in the 18 months prior to the election. STARK BRO. Berries, Grapes, Fruit and Nut Trees Taking Orders until January 50, 2009 5.00 deposit per i'r, em ordered Available for pickup April 1, 2009 For information,or to place and order , Contac, t Don Collop in Coio:hy; M0!,. al; 660-454,-6519or 660-665-5097 Bryce and Brandt Shields, Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, was elected Sen- ate president pro tem. He outlined a bipartisan need to increase Missourians' median income, grow the state's college graduation rate and improve its health care system. Speaking of the state and nation's current econo- mic crisis, Shields quoted David Holl, a Fortune 500 CEO, saying, "Never let a good financial crisis go to waste. Use it to make the difficult decisions that you refused to make when times were good." In the Missouri House, Speaker Ron Richard, R- Joplin, highlighted his pro- posed "family recovery plan" and its emphasis on job creation, health care and tax relief in his open- ing address. He asked representa- tives to work for and dem- onstrate a strong work eth- ic and spirit of bipartisan cooperation. "Just as I asked the members who have served on my committee to put aside their differences for the common good, I will ask the same of you as a legislative body," Richard said. "We pride ourselves on being the House of the people. This year, we will make that much more than a convenient piece of po- litical jargon." House Democratic Floor Leader Paul LeVota, D-Independence, and Sen- ate Minority Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, emphasized the need to put political differences aside in the economic uncertain- ty. "Given the seriousness of the economic environ- ment, I don't think the vo- ters are going to have a lot of patience for partisan tag," Callahan said. The legislative session continues until 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Longtime U.S. Sena- tor/Republican stalwart Christopher "Kit" Bond come Missouri's oldest senator." Two months ago, Bond publicly expressed interest in running for re-election in 2010. But he told reporters Thursday it was during hol- iday discussions with his family, he decided to step aside. "I've seen some people who've gone for half a cen- tury, and I'd like to retire while I'm still at .the top of my game," he said. U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R- Springfield, and Carnahan would be strong contend- ers on the Republican and Democratic sides, respec- tively. Other names mention- ed include Democratic Missouri Attorney Gen- eral-elect Chris Koster and former U.S. Sen. Jim Tal- ent, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as Republican hopefuls. 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