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Missouri to provide credit monitoring for teachers after reporter found security flaw

(Missouri Independent) – Nearly a month after a reporter identified a security flaw in a state website that exposed teachers’ social security numbers, the state announced Wednesday it was offering a year of credit monitoring services to hundreds of thousands of teachers whose personal information was put at risk According to the Department of Elementary […]

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Audio: Missouri works to get statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground

Missouri is working to get its statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground. The Legislature passed and Governor Parson signed a bill into law this year, making Missouri the last state in the country to put a program on the books that keeps track of prescription drugs. Greg Gilmore, owner of Grand Pharmacy in […]

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Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

(Missouri Independent) – On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and […]

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New bill by Hawley to allow parents to sue big tech, like social media, for harm to children

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced new legislation to make social media companies liable for bodily or mental harm their products cause to children. Senator Hawley’s bill would close the Section 230 loophole protecting these companies and allow parents to sue and obtain damages from social media companies wholly or partly responsible for harm to users under […]

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Video: Hawley grills Facebook Vice President about safety of platforms like Facebook and Instagram

During Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee hearing, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) grilled Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s Vice President of Privacy & Public Policy, about the safety of platforms like Instagram and Facebook for teenage users. Satterfield repeatedly declined to provide clarity on internal research from Facebook showing the negative effects their services have on users. When Senator […]

Audio: Be careful downloading “free” software and movies

Before you get tempted to pirate software or download file-sharing software on your computer, be sure you know what you’re getting into. Consumer protection specialist Lara Sutherlin says having up-to-date malware protection and firewalls on your PC or tablet is a good first start to keeping yourself safe.     Many websites that claim to […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to vehicle fire on Grandview Street

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 408 Grandview Street on September 8, 2021. Captain and Emergency Medical Technician Tracy Bradley says the caller reporting the fire did not believe anyone was in the vehicle. A Chillicothe Police officer on the scene said the fire was in the engine compartment. Upon arrival, […]

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Representative of Green Hills Women’s Shelter to testify at task force hearing on support and treatment of sexual assault victims

A representative of Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton is listed among those planning to give testimony when a task force has a hearing Wednesday afternoon, August 25. The task force is reviewing the treatment and support of sexual assault victims in Missouri. The first of four scheduled hearings are from 1 to 3 o’clock […]

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Audio: Missouri doctor says some patients disguising themselves to get vaccinated in secret

A southern Missouri doctor says some patients are disguising their appearance to get vaccinated in secret.     Dr. Priscilla Frase, of Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, says the patients want to avoid backlash from their family and friends. On CNN, she says if a patient asks for privacy to get vaccinated, the hospital tries […]

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Audio: St. Louis Man charged with 15 felonies, for allegedly installing cameras in camp bathrooms and shower rooms

A St. Louis Boy Scout chaperone will appear in court Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Farmington, after being charged with 15 felonies for allegedly installing cameras in the bathroom and shower rooms at Camp Gamble, at the S bar F Ranch, a southeast Missouri camp. David Lee Nelson, 39, was charged by St. Francois County […]

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State task force invites Missourians to complete survey on rights of sexual assault victims and survivors

A new state task force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to strengthen protections and services for Missouri sexual assault victims. Comments and suggestions are being gathered through an online survey at this link. The survey closes on September 30, 2021. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

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Senator Hawley introduces legislative agenda to hire 100,000 new police officers

Ahead of President Biden’s Wednesday address on the spiking crime throughout America, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) rolled out his own legislative agenda to hire 100,000 new police officers, boost police morale, and keep American families safe. As violent crime continues to plague the country, communities and law enforcement officers are under siege. Homicides are dramatically increasing across American cities, and violent […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Governor to sign prescription drug monitoring program on Capitol lawn in Jefferson City

The governor will sign prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) legislation into law Monday (today)  in Jefferson City, making Missouri the 50th and final state to have the PDMP program. Governor Mike Parson (R) plans to sign bipartisan PDMP legislation from State Sen. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) and State Rep. Travis Smith (R-Dora) Monday afternoon, on the Missouri Capitol lawn […]