Handcuffs on Money

Law enforcement seized $7 million in property under Missouri’s Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act in 2017

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a compilation of property seizures made under Missouri’s Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act (CAFA) in 2017. The Auditor’s report shows law enforcement officials seized an estimated $7.05 million worth of property in 658 seizures. Those were increases from 2016 when law enforcement officials seized approximately $6.3 million worth of property […]

Unemployment

Audio: Proposal approved in Missouri House would slash unemployment benefits by 7 weeks

A proposal approved in the Missouri House would have an immediate impact on unemployed workers if it becomes law.     The availability of their unemployment payments would be slashed by seven weeks, effectively ranking Missouri third among states offering the least amount of time to collect the benefits. Missouri now offers 20 weeks of […]

Marriage

Audio: Missouri House passes bill that would ban marriage of kids 14 and younger

The Missouri House has passed a proposal that would ban children under 15 years old from getting married.     The 95-to-50 vote sends the measure to the state Senate.  The bill from Republican Representative Jean Evans of Manchester received unanimous bipartisan support in committee hearings with no one speaking against it. Opposition on the […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Audio: Missouri Corrections Department trying to change culture after prison scandal

A Missouri House committee is tracking progress after a scandal revealed a dysfunctional workplace environment at state prisons last year. Matt Briesacher is the Director of the newly created Office of Professional Standards. He told the committee his office, which follows up on complaints about conduct, has seen a dramatic improvement in prison wardens engaging […]

Summer Food Program for Kids

State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk […]

Vehicle Safety Inspection

Proposal in Missouri legislature would do away with mandatory vehicle safety inspections

A proposal in the Missouri legislature would do away with mandatory vehicle safety inspections. Currently, state law requires mechanical inspections every other year once a vehicle is five-years-old, with certain exceptions. They’re also necessary in order to renew a motor vehicle license. During a hearing of the House Transportation Committee in Jefferson City, Republican Representative […]

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway

Audio: Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway testifies before House committee

Missouri’s State Auditor says her office’s workload has increased because of the growing number of initiative petitions being filed. Auditor Nicole Galloway testifies her office has already received 350 requests for fiscal notes involving initiative petitions filed for the 2018 cycle.     Galloway, a Democrat, echoes what GOP Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said […]

House member wants sex education in Missouri schools to go a step further

In this revolution of high-profile sexual misconduct scandals, a state House member wants sex education in Missouri schools to go a step further. Alisa Nelson reports.     A House committee will consider this evening whether to require Missouri school districts teaching sex education to include curriculum about sexual harassment, violence, and consent. Sikeston Republican […]