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Audio: New Missouri law aims to shrink the number of offenders being locked up

A new Missouri law aims to reduce the number of offenders being locked up in local jails and state prisons. State Parole Board member Brian Munzlinger of northeast Missouri’s Williamstown says the law ditches mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent crimes.     Munzlinger tells Missourinet the law also requires the parole board to evaluate […]

Audio: Businesswoman from Shelbina among nine incoming state senators in January

Cindy O’Laughlin is one of nine new State Senators who’ll join the next Missouri legislature in January. She’s one of five Republican newcomers to receive at least 70% of the vote in GOP dominated mostly rural districts. O’Laughlin said campaigning became a fulltime job for her.     The businesswoman from Shelbina says the time […]

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Audio: Nine new faces will be present in the next Missouri State Senate after last weeks primary

(Missourinet) – The Missouri Senate will have nine new faces in the next legislative session in January. One will be in Northern Missouri’s 18th District where Shelbina businesswoman Cindy O’Laughlin beat three state Republican House members in last week’s primary. One of them, Lindell Shumake of Canton says the outcome wasn’t a shock.     […]

Hype Academy 2018

Missouri’s top 30 FFA members attend HYPE Academy

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fourth annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 26-28, in Columbia The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage in pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council has sponsored and facilitated the academy in […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture launches strategic initiatives for agriculture, rural communities

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s MORE strategic vision has always lived and breathed agriculture and rural Missouri. Today, the Department announced 16 individual initiatives that will take the MORE vision and put it into action. The Department will be targeting workforce development, youth in agriculture, food insecurity, agriculture business, broadband availability, emergency response, the Missouri […]

Industrial Hemp

Audio: Missouri Senate Ag Committee Chair optimistic about industrial hemp legislation

The Missouri House Agriculture Policy Committee has approved Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger’s legislation that would create an industrial hemp pilot program in Missouri. Tuesday’s bipartisan vote was 11-2, and the Williamstown Republican tells Missourinet he’s optimistic.     Munzlinger is referring to World War II. Both chambers have already approved industrial hemp bills, […]