McGwire dethroned as highway hero in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Barry Bonds bested his home run record. Now Mark McGwire is poised to lose his highway fame to Mark Twain.

Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would rename the "Mark McGwire Highway" in St. Louis for the Missouri author known as Mark Twain. The bill needs only the signature of Gov. Jay Nixon to become law.

Missouri named a stretch of Interstate 70 in St. Louis for McGwire in 1999, one year after the Cardinals slugger hit 70 home runs. Bonds broke McGwire's single-season home run record in 2001.

McGwire currently is the hitting coach for the Cardinals. A movement to strip his name from the highway had been simmering for several years, but it gained momentum after McGwire recently admitted he used steroids as a player.

The bill also names nine other Missouri highways, including a stretch of U.S. 24 in Independence for former President Harry Truman.

Highway bill is HB1643.

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