Missouri Department of Social Services

Furious lawmakers demand answers from Missouri DSS for undercount of abuse reports

(Missouri Independent) – Lawmakers slammed the Department of Social Services on Thursday for underreporting the number of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect at youth residential facilities during a previous legislative hearing. For nearly an hour-and-a-half on Thursday, the House Special Committee on Government Oversight pressed DSS officials on why the number of findings of […]

Child Abuse Graphic

Audio: Missouri House committee working to get to the bottom of boarding school abuse allegations falling through the cracks

A Missouri House committee is working to get to the bottom of abuse allegations surfacing about several faith-based boarding schools, but then falling through the cracks. State Representative Dottie Bailey of Eureka says there are too many Missouri Children’s Division managers and not enough frontline workers handling child abuse and neglect allegations. During an oversight […]

Private School

Audio: Lawmakers to question Missouri DSS chief about boarding school abuse investigations

The head of the Missouri Department of Social Services is scheduled to appear before a panel of lawmakers Wednesday about the agency’s handling of abuse investigations within boarding schools. The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight has called a Wednesday afternoon hearing to question the department’s acting director, Jennifer Tidball. The Kansas City Star has […]

Missouri House of Representatives

Bill that restricts controversial use of punishment in schools passes Missouri House

A bill soon headed to the state Senate restricts a controversial use of punishment in public schools.      The Missouri House has initially passed Eureka Republican Dottie Bailey’s bill to define and prohibit the use of “restraint” and “seclusion” of public school students.  The bill allows the use of seclusion rooms, and restraint is […]

Missouri State Board of Education website

Audio: Missouri resolution would let voters decide who sits on the state board of education

Missouri voters could decide who sits on the state board of education – not the governor. Eureka Republican Representative Dottie Bailey is proposing to let voters choose board members during each general election of a presidential election year. A House committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the measure.     St. Louis Democrat Ian […]

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website

CDC awards Missouri public water systems for fluoridation quality

Nineteen community water systems have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Missouri Highway Patrol reports 9 fatalities over Thanksgiving holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period–from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the following: 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Statistics Crashes ─ 587 Injuries ─ 108 Fatalities ─ 9 DWI ─ 86 Drug Arrests ─ 67 […]