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American Coalition for Ethanol says EPA’s proposed ethanol rule is a tough pill to swallow

A proposed biofuels rule from the EPA is getting criticism from ethanol supporters. The part of the rule ethanol supporters like would address E-15 labeling and infrastructure requirements and not act on 66 petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions. Growth Energy’s Chris Bliley tells Brownfield EPA’s proposed rule is in the middle between good and bad.  […]

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Missouri National Guard heading to Washington, D.C. to assist with safety efforts

Governor Mike Parson is sending members of the Missouri National Guard to Washington, D.C. to help with potential safety problems in the run-up to the presidential inauguration.  The Missouri National Guard will help with security, medical evacuation, and logistics in the run-up to the presidential inauguration. The Guard tells Missourinet the current authorization allows them […]

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Audio: Missouri Congressman Jason Smith on House floor last Wednesday; woman shot 25-yards from him

A southern Missouri congressman who serves as the GOP Conference Secretary was one of the last six members to leave the U.S. House floor last Wednesday, before the deadly Capitol riot. Salem Congressman Jason Smith tells Missourinet a woman who was shot to death was 25 yards from him.     Smith says he had […]

Josh Hawley stands his ground despite Missouri officials calling for his resignation and donors pulling support

Calls for the resignation of Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley continue to trickle in, along with some Republican allies and corporate donors pulling their support for him. The political backfire follows his efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory and the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol that followed last week. “I will never […]

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Audio: Monday’s inauguration in Jefferson City starts celebration of 200 years of Missouri history

About 2,000 people are expected to attend Monday’s inauguration ceremonies at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. The festivities will help kick off the historic celebration of 200 years of Missouri history. State Rep. Ron Hicks, R-Defiance, plans to bring his children to the 2021 Bicentennial inauguration ceremony.     “That’s one of the exciting […]

Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans

Audio: Former Missouri GOP Party director says disturbing messages from Trump supporters led to her resignation

Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans says she resigned a few weeks early. Her term expired this month. Evans tells Missourinet she made the decision after getting troubling messages from Trump supporters trying to keep him in the White House. “The calls were becoming increasingly angry and demanding and threatening – never to […]

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Audio: New Missouri House Speaker focusing on education, foster care and adoption

The Missouri House on Wednesday elected the first Speaker in state history from eastern Missouri’s Arnold. House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, was elected Speaker on his 44th birthday, with his wife Amanda and their five children in the chamber in Jefferson City. Education was a primary theme during Vescovo’s address to the House. He says he was […]

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Audio: Missouri Congresswoman Bush to introduce legislation to remove Trump and some GOP allies

Newly-elected Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush wants President Trump and some of his GOP allies removed from office.      Congresswoman Bush says Trump and some Republican members inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol by working to overturn election results must be expelled from Congress. She tells MSNBC the “coup attempt in Washington is white […]

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Audio: Missouri Director of Agriculture says supporting small processors a priority in 2021

Missouri’s Director of Agriculture says funding for small meat processors will continue to be a priority in 2021. Chris Chinn tells Brownfield roughly $20 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for the state went towards improving existing small and medium processors and building new ones. “We could also see, approximately, maybe […]

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Audio: K-12 Education Commissioner says boosting teacher pay remains a top priority

Missouri’s average teacher salary is roughly $42,000 – ranking it about 42nd in the nation. The state’s starting teacher pay of $25,000 has not been changed in 15 years. State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven (van-DEE-ven) tells Missourinet boosting pay for K-12 educators remains a top priority for her department.     Vandeven says her agency […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]

Audio: Beef check-off encourages consumption and drives demand

Under the Beef Check-off program, producers and beef importers pay a $1-per-head assessment on animals they market and equivalent on beef they import. Missouri retains half of each dollar collected for marketing and research in state as identified by the Council’s board. On this episode of Driving Demand, a content partnership with Missouri Beef Industry […]