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Poverty edges downward in Missouri, but progress is in jeopardy

Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy.  That’s the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri’s poverty rate stood at 14 percent in 2016, down from 14.6 […]

USDA invests nearly $119 million in Missouri rural electric infrastructure

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. Of these investments, nearly $119 million was invested in Missouri. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities […]

Minimum Wage

Audio: Missouri State Representative Ellington wants to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour

A Missouri lawmaker says the average person who works a minimum wage job is living in poverty. Brian Hauswirth from the MissouriNet has the story.     The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the state minimum wage for 2017 is $7.70 per hour. Ellington filed similar legislation in January. His bill was […]

Baby Crime

St. Joseph teen sentenced to probation in baby’s death

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph teenager whose infant died after she fell asleep with the child has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Eighteen-year-old Kyla Watson was sentenced Tuesday for endangering the welfare of a child. The St. Joseph News-Press reports Watson admitted in September that on June 1 she used Xanax […]

Missouri Attorney General expands opioid investigation to include three distributors

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his fight against the ongoing opioid crisis announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to three major opioid distributors. These investigative demands, the equivalent of a subpoena, require the distributors to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation into the pharmaceutical industry’s […]

Hypodermic Needles

Audio: Missouri Legislature will be asked to legalize needle exchange programs

State Rep. Holly Rehder wants to make it legal for organizations to provide clean needles and syringes to drug users. She is proposing again next year to create so-called needle exchange programs that would make the organizations exempt from drug paraphernalia laws.     One argument raised is that addicts could be more likely to […]

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway

Missouri State Auditor releases monthly reports on local government and special district financial information

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of local governments and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. One report includes cities, towns, and villages while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection and taxing districts.  These entities are required to file annual financial reports with the State […]