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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 23 items )  

A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Hosts 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
KIRKSVILLE, Missouri, May 25 -- A.T. Still University issued the following news: A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) hosted a virtual commencement for its 14th graduating class Friday, May 8, 2020. The class of 2020 included 73 graduates who received their doctor of dental medicine degrees. Among the graduates, 14 also received their master of public health degrees, and two will be joining the U.S. military. Gary M. Wiltz, MD, served as commencement spe  more

A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies Hosts 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
KIRKSVILLE, Missouri, May 30 -- A.T. Still University issued the following news: A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies (ASTU-CGHS) held its commencement on Friday, May 29, 2020 virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The class of 2020 included 322 graduates who earned their master of health administration, master of public health (MPH), master of science in kinesiology, doctor of education in health professions, doctor of health education, doctor of health administration, or  more

Ameren: More Solar Energy Planned for Missouri
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 29 -- Ameren, a provider of electric power services, issued the following news release on May 28: Customers across Missouri may soon have greater access to clean, affordable solar energy. Ameren Missouri announced the expansion of its popular Community Solar program, which was just approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC). Interested customers are encouraged to sign up now to reserve their chance to participate in a second Ameren Missouri Community Solar  more

Kansas Corporation Commission Issues Order Involving BullsEye Telecom and United Telephone of Eastern Kansas
TOPEKA, Kansas, May 19 -- The Kansas Corporation Commission issued the following order (No. 08-UTDT-837-IAT): In the Matter of the Application for Approval of an Interconnection, Collocation and Resale Agreement Between BullsEye Telecom Inc. And United Telephone of Eastern Kansas, d/b/a Embarq, United Telephone Company of Kansas, d/b/a Embarq, United Telephone Company of Southcentral Kansas, d/b/a Embarq, and Embarq Missouri, Inc., d/b/a Embarq Pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. OR  more

MDC Considers Regulation Changes Regarding Coyote Hunting and Invasive Species Control
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control. MDC is considering the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment or artificial light to hunt coyotes and from landowners to allow their authorized represent  more

MDC Promotes Reva Dow as Manager of Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
WINONA, Missouri, May 27 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has promoted Reva Dow to be the new manager of Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. Reva has a long standing connection to the nature center, having volunteered since it opened and then working as a naturalist at the center beginning in 2017. "Reva has a passion for education and conservation," said AJ Hendershott, MDC's Education Regional Su  more

Missouri PSC Approves Spire Missouri Request
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by Spire Missouri, Inc., on behalf of its Spire Missouri West operating unit, seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate and maintain a natural gas distribution system providing natural gas service to poultry operations near Pierce City and Verona in Lawrence County. This C  more

Missouri PSC Permits Implementation of Evergy COVID-19 Related Programs
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has issued an order which permits Evergy Metro, Inc. d/b/a Evergy Missouri Metro and Evergy Missouri West d/b/a Evergy Missouri West (Evergy) to implement various COVID-19 related programs effective June 1, 2020. These programs address disconnection for non-payment of arrearages, the application of late fees, and offers of extended payment plans.   more

Missouri PSC: Natural Gas Rates to Change for Ameren Missouri Customers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri natural gas customers will see rates decrease under a filing that will take effect on June 1, 2020. Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.40 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will drop to approximately $0.35 per Ccf, a  more

Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft Certifies Petition 2020-063 for Ballot
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 26 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release on May 22: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified initiative petition 2020-063 (https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/2020-063.pdf) regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot. Pursuant to Section 116.120, RSMo., the secretary of state performed the approval of petition signatures by congressional district. Per state law, "the secretary of state   more

Missouri University of Science & Technology Names Bayless Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
ROLLA, Missouri, May 27 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Dr. David Bayless returns to Missouri S&T on Jan. 1, 2021, as the new chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. A 1987 Missouri S&T mechanical engineering graduate, Bayless is the graduate chair of mechanical engineering and Gerald Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. "Dr. Bayless is a dynamic leader with strong ties to Rolla," says Dr. Richa  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Office Releases Annual Vehicle Stops Report
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 30 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: The Missouri Attorney General's Office released the annual vehicle stops report, an aggregation of data covering all vehicle stops in the state of Missouri in 2019. The Missouri Attorney General's Office is statutorily required to produce a report on the state's vehicle stops per SB 1053, enacted in 2000. The report can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/public-safet  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: SAFE Kits Shipped From Cass County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release on May 28: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that a shipping event for the SAFE Kit Initiative was held in Cass County yesterday. In total, 40 kits were gathered from neighboring agencies and shipped to the lab from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. "Ensuring that untested sexual assault kits continue to be shipped and tested throughout this pandemic is a top priority of   more

Mo. Gov. Parson Extends Phase 1 of 'Show Me Strong Recovery' Plan Through June 15
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 29 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 28: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state's "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June 15, 2020. "We are very pleased with how well Phase 1 has gone so far," Governor Parson said. "Businesses, communities, and Missourians across the state have done a great job of implementing hea  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Signs Proclamation Placing Medicaid Expansion on August Primary Ballot
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 27 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 26: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that Medicaid expansion will be placed on a ballot at the August 4, 2020, primary election. Citizens of Missouri filed an initiative petition with the Secretary of State to place Medicaid expansion on the ballot. Following the Secretary of State's certification of the petition, Governor Parson today signed a proclamat  more

Mo. Health & Senior Services Department Issues Statement on Memorial Day
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 26 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following statement by Director Randall Williams: "We want to remind everyone to be safe during this Memorial Day. Wearing your seatbelt and driving responsibly and wearing life jackets and taking other water safety measures is extremely important as it is each year during this holiday weekend. "This Memorial Day, we caution that COVID-19 is still here, and social distancing needs to continue t  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Reminds Missouri Voters of Municipal Election, Applauds Local Election Authorities for Preparation
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 30 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft reminded Missourians that their municipal elections, originally to be held on April 7, will occur on June 2 as a result of Gov. Michael Parson's March 13, 2020, executive order. Local election authorities have been hard at work readying their offices and polling locations to help ensure the health and safety of voters and poll workers. Over a two-w  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Recognizes 529 Day
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 30 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick recognized National 529 Day, commonly celebrated on May 29 (5/29). The day is used to raise awareness about 529 plans and the importance of saving for education. "The Federal Reserve reports that 60% of young people pursuing Bachelor's Degrees will take out debt to pay for it--that's double the rate 30 years ago. These numbers are alarming  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: $13.7 Million to Further Adolescent Brain Development Study
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 27 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Washington University scientists are using advanced brain imaging techniques, structured interviews and behavioral testing to tease out how life experiences, along with a child's changing biology, affect brain development. The image shows the functional organization of a 9- to 10-year old brain, averaged across more than 1,100 individuals. Each color represents a distinct set  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Experts Urge Caution in Interpreting COVID-19 Antibody Tests
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 27 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: As stay-at-home orders are lifted around the country and public life begins to return, health experts continue to emphasize the importance of testing for COVID-19 to prevent a second - and potentially worse - wave of infections. There are two kinds of COVID-19 tests, and both are critical to controlling this pandemic. Molecular diagnostic tests, first developed in January, d  more

Two Missouri School of Journalism Graduate Students Receive 'Best Paper' at International Conference
COLUMBIA, Missouri, May 30 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: Two Missouri School of Journalism graduate students, Courtney Boman and Erika Schneider, were awarded Best Paper on the 23rd IPRRC Theme Award: Connecting Theory and Research with Public Relations Practice at the International Public Relations Research Conference. Their paper is titled "Increasing Sincerity and Credibility through CCS to Stabilize Crisis Outcomes." This research p  more

University of Missouri: Designing a Flexible Material to Protect Buildings, Military Personnel
COLUMBIA, Missouri, May 27 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Shake, rattle and roll. Even though they are miles from the epicenter of an earthquake, buildings can collapse due to how an earthquake's energy makes the ground shake and rattle. Now, a team of engineers led by Guoliang Huang, a James C. Dowell Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, has designed a flexible material that can  more

University of Missouri: Pandemic, Technology Force Salespeople to Adjust Negotiation Tactics
COLUMBIA, Missouri, May 29 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Due to the rise of COVID-19, people have become hesitant to meet face-to-face. Many rely on online meetings to get their work done. Business transactions are facing the same challenges, putting salespeople in uncharted territory. According to the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, 85% of all negotiations between businesses take place over email instead of in person. That w  more