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Missouri State Auditor finds a lack of transparency in how Jackson County spent taxpayer dollars

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of Jackson County government that found a lack of transparency in how the county spent millions of taxpayer dollars on legal, lobbying, and other professional services. The audit identified $2.7 million in contracts that were not competitively bid and another $1.3 million in contracts that went years […]

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City of St. Joseph issues emergency order requiring masks or face coverings at all indoor public places

The city of St. Joseph has issued an emergency order requiring individuals to wear masks or face coverings at all indoor public places. The order began today and will be in place for 30 days. St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray says the number of COVID-19 patients at Mosaic Life Care is what prompted the expansion of the […]

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Jay Ashcroft and Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly to promote voting options for November 3 election

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly will join other local officials at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020, at 11:00 am to promote the safety of in-person voting and the new 2020 absentee and mail-in voting options. The public is encouraged to attend the event on the front steps of City […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation offering hunter education certification online

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds Missourians ages 16 and older they may obtain their hunter-education certification through an all-online format. The online option allows Missourians ages 16 and older to complete their certification at their convenience at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The all-online format is available at https://www.hunter-ed.com/missouri/. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person […]

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Chillicothe City Council denies request to repeal ordinance regarding zoning

The Chillicothe City Council did not accept a request the night of Monday, August 31st to repeal an ordinance regarding rezoning. City Administrator Darin Chappell reports 420 Martin Street was rezoned from R-3 to MU-1 about three weeks ago, and neighbors the night of Monday, August 31st night asked for the zoning to be reverted […]

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Several new laws go into effect in Missouri today

Several bills become law today that the Missouri Legislature passed during the second regular session of the 100th General Assembly. Here is a snapshot of the top bills approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mike Parson: Partial motorcycle helmet law repeal House Bill 1963 is a sweeping transportation bill allowing motorcycle drivers 26 years and […]

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Missouri Attorney General settles lawsuit with City of Marshfield over alleged ticket quota

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office announced that the Office has reached a settlement with the City of Marshfield after the Office sued the city for allegedly enforcing a traffic ticket quota. The consent judgment, which provides strong injunctive relief, was signed and entered by the judge Thursday afternoon. “As a State Senator, I helped pass […]

Medical Marijuana

DHSS seeks guidance regarding confidential medical marijuana information

On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters passed Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, establishing a medical marijuana program in Missouri. Article XIV requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to protect the trade secrets of medical marijuana businesses as well as patients’ information by keeping that information confidential. Article XIV Section 1.3.(5) of the […]

Education and Teachers

Missouri panel to request temporary removal of districts serving as MOCAP gatekeeper

The Missouri Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education is drafting a letter to send to Gov. Mike Parson to request temporary removal of school districts serving as the gatekeeper of Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, or MOCAP. Due to COVID-19, more families are choosing to move their kids to virtual learning. During a committee […]

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Dr. Williams urges younger Missourians to wear masks and to maintain social distancing

Missouri’s health director says it’s important to target younger residents with a specific message of the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams told Capitol reporters on Tuesday that he had a discussion with White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, […]

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Judge strikes down Cleaner Missouri ballot summary; state moves quickly to seek appeal

Cole County Judge Pat Joyce has ordered the ballot summary in a Cleaner Missouri legislative redistricting plan must change. In a judgment issued Monday, Joyce says the Amendment 3 ballot description is “misleading, unfair, and insufficient” and therefore in violation of state law. The Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature passed the proposed Constitutional amendment, SJR38, this year, […]