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Charlie Brennan: Cutting the Blind, Marijuana, Sue Shear, Mike Shannon & John Smoltz

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New St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Smoltz (C) walks in from the bullpen with catcher Yadier Molina (L) and pitching coach Dave Duncan before a game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 28, 2009.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

New St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Smoltz (C) walks in from the bullpen with catcher Yadier Molina (L) and pitching coach Dave Duncan before a game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 28, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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Revisiting a topic from the Monday, May 7 show, Charlie Brennan talks with Missouri State Senator Tim Green about a conference committee organizing the state budget that may cut health care benefits for the blind.

As Charlie would ask during the interview, ‘are you okay with people going to the local pharmacy to pick up medical marijuana?’ While the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation did not get enough ballot signatures to make any legislative changes this year, Campaign Director John Payne vows they will return in 2014. From the other side of the issue, Dan Duncan from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse also joined the conversation. Then, to end the segment, Charlie takes a few calls from his attentive listeners.

For 16 years, the Sue Shear Institute at the University of Missouri-St. Louis has been trying to increase the number of women in governmental, civic and policy-making roles. Early this week, the institute’s budget came into question by government leaders when the House debated an amendment to bar the university from operating the program. Executive Director Vivian Eveloff joined the broadcast to address the potentially troubling issue.

The Redbirds slugged their way to a series victory on Tuesday night out in the desert against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The ‘voice of the Cardinals’ Mike Shannon was there for all the action and joined Charlie to discuss the first-place Redbirds plus give his opinion of what could be wrong with Albert Pujols.

Future Hall of Fame starting and closing pitcher John Smoltz spent 21 seasons as a player in Major League Baseball. Briefly with the Cardinals in 2009 after 20 seasons with the Atlanta Braves and half a season with the Boston Red Sox before retiring, the 1996 NL Cy Young Award winner mentions his time with St. Louis in his new book Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith, and One More Year. He joined Charlie Brennan to discuss the book plus his illustrious career. Saturday, May 12, Smoltz will be at Left Bank Books in downtown St. Louis at 3:00pm.

Johnny Londoff Jr., President of Johnny Londoff Chevrolet, is partnering with the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club. He joined Charlie to talk about the cause, plus some big contest items, that will improve the recreation center into what Charlie dubbed ‘a baseball mecca’. Call Mathews-Dickey at (314) 382-5952 to get more information.

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