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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 46 items )  

Ameren Missouri Donates 100 Air Conditioners and LED Light Bulbs to Central Missouri Agencies
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 13 -- Ameren, a provider of electric power services, issued the following news release: Ameren Missouri and Cooldownmissouri.org donated 100 energy efficient air conditioners and packages of LED light bulbs to the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City and the Hope House of Miller County in Lake Ozark. Every summer brings the challenge of staying cool as temperatures rise, especially for seniors, the physically disabled and low-income families. That's why Ameren Miss  more

Ameren Missouri Launches New Economic Development Grant Program to Help Communities Prosper by Attracting Bew Businesses
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 11 -- Ameren, a provider of electric power services, issued the following news release: Up to 10 communities in Missouri could benefit from a new program from Ameren Missouri designed to make it easier to attract new businesses across Ameren Missouri's service area. Communities looking for help to offset the costs of preparing shovel-ready industrial sites for new business can now apply for a matching grant up to $15,000 from Ameren Missouri. The Site Readiness Planni  more

Fall Classes at Missouri S&T to Begin Aug. 24 as Planned
ROLLA, Missouri, June 12 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: The fall semester at Missouri S&T will begin Monday, Aug. 24, with new practices in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. "We are taking extra precautions to provide a safe living and learning environment for our students this fall," says Dr. Mo Dehghani, Missouri S&T's chancellor. "We are putting measures in place to encourage new practices for personal monitoring and hea  more

Hannibal-LaGrange University Names Dennis as Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of Faculty
HANNIBAL, Missouri, June 11 -- Hannibal-LaGrange University issued the following news release: HLGU's president, Dr. Anthony W. Allen is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Larinee Dennis as vice president for academic administration and dean of faculty. Dr. Dennis has served at Hannibal-LaGrange University since 2008 in multiple roles as professor of education, chair of the education division, and as assistant dean of academic administration. Most recently, she has served as interim vic  more

Kansas Corporation Commission Issues Order Involving CenturyLink
TOPEKA, Kansas, June 10 -- The Kansas Corporation Commission issued the following order (No. 20-UTDT-498-IAT): In the Matter of the Application for Approval of an Interconnection Agreement Between Embarq Missouri, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink, United Telephone Company of Kansas d/b/a Century Link, United Telephone Company of Southcentral Kansas d/b/a CenturyLink, and United Telephone Company of Eastern Kansas d/b/a CenturyLink and South Central Wireless, Inc. d/b/a SCTelecom Pursuant to the Telecommun  more

Learning From History to Fight Against COVID-19: University of Missouri
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 10 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: What can the 1918 flu pandemic teach people about the current COVID-19 pandemic? That's what a group of researchers at the University of Missouri hope to uncover with the help of a recent COVID-19 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation. Over the course of a year, the grant allows researchers to study the 1918 flu pandemic in Missouri for any similarities and differences to the current COVID-1  more

Missour PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Case Filed by Ameren Missouri, Three Rivers Electric Cooperative
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 12 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative have filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission in which Ameren Missouri seeks to sell a portion of its electric system to Three Rivers Electric Cooperative. Ameren Missouri also seeks Commission authority to transfer approximately 258 of its current customers to Three Rivers Elect  more

Missouri Department of Conservation Invites Everyone to Celebrate National Trails Day on a St. Louis Region Hiking Trail
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 4 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds you that this Saturday, June 6 is National Trails Day. Hiking is an ideal way to get outdoors to discover the beauty of nature and enjoy numerous health benefits. That's even more appropriate right now, since taking to the trail is a form of recreation that aligns perfectly with social distancing guidelines. Hiking can be as challe  more

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Awards $48, 864 Grant to Huntsville
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $44,864 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Huntsville to evaluate the city's wastewater system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The city will use the grant to identify system   more

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Awards $48,000 Grant to Lamar
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $48,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Lamar to evaluate the city's wastewater collection system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The city will use the grant to identify w  more

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Awards $50,000 Grant to Holts Summit
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $50,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Holts Summit to evaluate its wastewater treatment system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The city will use the grant to identify sy  more

Missouri State University's West Plains: Cooley Named Residence Life Director
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, June 13 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release: Missouri State University-West Plains has become very familiar territory for Douglas Cooley II. That's one of the reasons the former student feels he will be able to relate to current students living in the campus' residence halls. The Plato native has been hired as the campus' new director of residence life. He began his duties June 1. "I like to think I bring a sense of relata  more

Missouri State University-West Plains Names Lancaster as Interim Chancellor
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, June 11 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release on June 10: Dr. Shirley Lawler is stepping down as chancellor of Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) on June 30, 2020, to focus on health issues. Missouri State University President Clif Smart and Lawler made the announcement today, June 10, to MSU-WP faculty and staff in a virtual town hall meeting. "I have had health issues that I have been dealing with for over a ye  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology Professor Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Materials
ROLLA, Missouri, June 13 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Dr. John J. Myers, deputy director of the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation and professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T, has been elected as a fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) in recognition of his research in materials science, engineering and technology. "John has been a true leader in the field of advanced material developme  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology Researchers Study Factors Affecting Renewable Energy Adoption
ROLLA, Missouri, June 10 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Researchers at Missouri S&T have received $250,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how utility customers use electricity, how utility companies distribute power, and how consumer acceptance levels and economic factors affect the adoption of renewable energy, specifically solar power. "We want to understand the factors that affect electricity use and adoption of solar  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology to Prepare Middle School Teachers to Fill Teacher Shortages
ROLLA, Missouri, June 8 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Missouri S&T will offer teacher certification in middle school math, science, English language arts and social studies this fall after earning approval for the subjects this spring. "There's a growing need for middle school teachers," says Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche, Missouri S&T's chair of teacher education and certification. Data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary E  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Joins Coalition Filing 3rd Complaint in Ongoing Antitrust Price-Fixing Investigation Into Generic Drug Industry
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a coalition of 51 states, districts, and territories led by Connecticut, filing the third lawsuit stemming from the ongoing antitrust investigation into a widespread conspiracy by generic drug manufacturers to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for generic drugs sold across the United Stat  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt, State AGs File Suit Against Texas Companies Behind Billions of Illegal Robocalls
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release on June 9: Attorney General Schmitt joined six other states in filing suit against a pair of Texas businesses accused of blasting billions of illegal robocalls over the past two years. Between January 1, 2019, and May 14, 2019, 14 million robocalls were made to residents of Missouri. Similarly, between January 1, 2019, and April 1, 2019, defendants initiated 5,193,698 robocalls to tele  more

Mo. Department of Agriculture Follows EPA Guidance on Dicamba
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- The Missouri Department of Agriculture issued the following news: Missouri certified private and commercial applicators may continue to use existing stocks of the three dicamba herbicides Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax through July 31, 2020, according to the formal Cancellation Order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on June 8. Any of these three products purchased after June 3, 2020, should be returned to the registrants for proper disposal  more

Mo. Department of Agriculture Photo Contest Enters Final Week
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 9 -- The Missouri Department of Agriculture issued the following news: The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reminding amateur photographers across the state to enter the 2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. The contest is an opportunity for photographers to submit their best images of life on the farm to help tell the story of Missouri agriculture. That image may take shape through a breathtaking farm landscape, an a  more

Mo. Department of Conservation Announces Addition to Wah'kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has added a 320-acre grassland tract to the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area in St. Clair County. This filled a gap between existing area tracts and provides the opportunity to manage contiguous native grassland on the northern boundary. MDC manages Wah'Kon-Tah for native prairie plant and wildlife species in partnership with area cat  more

Mo. Department of Conservation Begins Online Education Programs in St. Louis Region This June
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: With concerns about COVID-19 continuing, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will begin new online educational programs in June. These will enable those who want to learn about nature or outdoor recreational pursuits to do so while practicing social distancing guidelines. "The goal of our virtual educational programs is to reach those seeking nature and outdoor-based learni  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Awards $50,000 Grant to Rich Hill
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $50,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Rich Hill to evaluate the city's wastewater treatment system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The city will use the grant to identif  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Reminds Missourians to Be Aware of Potential Harmful Algae Blooms in Waterways This Summer
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: As people head out to enjoy the outdoors this summer, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources wants everyone to stay safe by being aware of possible harmful algae blooms in Missouri waterways. It is important to know what harmful algae blooms are, how to identify them and understand the potential health risks both to people and their pets. Harmful algae blooms are clusters  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site Hosts Sadie Hawkins Day String Band June 20
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site will launch its 2020 Backyard Concert Series at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 20, with the Sadie Hawkins Day String Band. The St. Louis based band brings traditional instrumental melodies and homegrown vocal harmonies to old folk ballads, banjo songs, country standards and more. This is a bring-your-own-chair event. Gather your family, lawn chairs  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Meramec State Park Welcomes World Bird Sanctuary for Raptor Basics Program June 13
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 12 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Meramec State Park invites the public to "Raptor Basics," a special program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Come out to learn why these birds are so special, what you can do to help ensure their survival and what role they play in our environment. Although none of the birds will fly, the birds will be on the gloves of a World Bird Sanctua  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks Hosts Summer Learn2 Paddle Kayaking Instruction
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 12 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Missouri State Parks invites the public to attend a Learn2 Paddle kayaking program this summer. This program is for those who want to experience kayaking but are not sure where to start and for those who want to get out on the water but don't own a kayak. Missouri State Parks offers kayaking instruction on how to paddle and have a safe enjoyable time on the water. This summer, p  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Roaring River State Park Hosts Bluegrass Concert Series All Summer
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Roaring River State Park invites the public to come out to the park this summer for evening concerts as the Summer Bluegrass Music Concert Series continues. The free shows, featuring local bluegrass bands, take place 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday evening throughout the summer in the park amphitheater. The schedule includes: * June 12 - Flyin' Buzzards * June 19 - Sugar Mountain Ban  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Missouri Will Fully Reopen, Enter Phase 2 of Recovery Plan on June 16
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 12 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on June 11: Pending expiration of Phase 1 on June 15, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. "It is truly incredible to think about how far Missouri has come since March. At that time, no one knew what to expect. There was a lot of uncertainty, worry, and concern," Governor Parson said  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Appoints Joshua C. Devine as Circuit Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 13 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson appointed Joshua C. Devine as Circuit Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Jodie Capshaw-Asel. Mr. Devine, of Columbia, is currently an attorney with Rogers, Ehrhardt, Weber & Howard. He also previously served as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Devine hold  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Appoints Robert L. Rice as Associate Circuit Judge for the 4th Judicial Circuit
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 13 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson appointed Robert (Bob) L. Rice as Associate Circuit Judge for the 4th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Doug Thomson to Appellate Judge of the Western District Court of Appeals. Mr. Rice, of Maryville, currently serves as the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Scien  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Makes Five Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 13 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions. Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, of Columbia, was appointed to the State Board of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Coughenour is the Medical Director of MU Air Medical Service and Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center with University of Missouri Health Care. He is also an Associate Medical Director for the Trauma   more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Warns of Increased Investment Fraud Risks From Pandemic
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 12 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft warns Missourians that heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect storm for senior financial exploitation. "Social isolation has long been one of the leading factors contributing to the financial exploitation of older investors and the unprec  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft: Securities Division Bars Fraudulent Adviser From Operating in Missouri, Secures Repayment for Investors
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's Securities Division issued a consent order against Joseph Drake Ritchie and his company Drake Investment Options LLC after he defrauded investors. From at least August 2017 to August 2019, Ritchie defrauded St. Louis area investors, as well as investors from Texas and Maryland. Ritchie, an Ellisville, Missouri, resident, claimed his firm provide  more

Online School Bus Driver Re-Certification Offered by the LearningForce
SEDALIA, Missouri, June 11 -- State Fair Community College issued the following news: State Fair Community College's The LearningForce will offer an online eight-hour School Bus Driver Training re-certification from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 21 and July 22. Cost is $25 per person. The training is for licensed school bus drivers who need to obtain the eight-hour state mandated re-certification required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Topics may include Active Shooter; It  more

St. Louis Community College Offers New Degree in Business Administration
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 12 -- St. Louis Community College issued the following news: St. Louis Community College has a new degree program for fall 2020 - Associate in Arts in business administration. The program provides a direct pathway that leads to bachelor degree programs in related fields of study. STLCC's business administration degree: * Prepares students to transfer into a four-year college or university. * Includes 61-credit hours: 42 credit hours of targeted general education st  more

St. Louis Community College, Covenant House Missouri Receive DOL Grant
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 11 -- St. Louis Community College issued the following news: St. Louis Community College has received a three-year grant totaling $1.16 million from the U.S. Department of Labor for a collaboration with Covenant House Missouri to diminish the barriers underserved individuals face in accessing education, training and employment. The grant is one of 20 totaling nearly $24 million awarded as part of the Job Corps Scholars program, a national demonstration project aimed   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: COVID-19 Mouse Model Will Speed Search for Drugs, Vaccines
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 11 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: The global effort to quickly develop drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 has been hampered by limited numbers of laboratory mice that are susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report they have developed a mouse model of COVID-19 that replicates the illness in people. Fur  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Patients With COVID-19 Donate Specimens to Advance Research Efforts
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 12 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: In the weeks before the St. Louis region saw its first patients with COVID-19, physician-scientists at Washington University School of Medicine began planning and preparing how best to collect blood and other biological samples from such patients so specimens could be quickly disseminated to researchers seeking strategies to treat, prevent and contain the novel coronavirus.   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Scientists Generate Early Stem Cells That Form Human Placenta
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 10 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Despite researchers' efforts to understand pregnancy -- both healthy and high-risk -- the human placenta remains something of a mystery. Tissue samples are nearly impossible to obtain until after birth, making it difficult to study the placenta's role in pregnancy complications. Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a way to  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Scientists Map How Human Retinal Cells Relay Information to Brain
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 13 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: To understand how we see the world and how diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma impair vision, scientists need to understand how the retina communicates vision signals to the brain. Previously, researchers have worked primarily with retinal cells from animals. But a new study from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis   more

University of Missouri Announces $1 Million Gift From Alumnus to College of Veterinary Medicine
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 13 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: MU alumnus Reuben Merideth has pledged a $1 million contribution to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift, designated for the Dean's Fund for Excellence, will allow the college to direct financial resources to meet any of the college's needs. "Dr. Merideth is not only a respected leader in his profession of animal ophthalmology, but also a special friend here at Mizzou and in this college," s  more

University of Missouri Classes Set to Begin on Aug. 24
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 11 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Following discussions with faculty leadership and the Board of Curators, University of Missouri System President and Interim MU Chancellor Mun Choi announced that classes at MU would start the fall semester as previously scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24. "We are all looking forward to opening for in-person classes this fall," Choi said. "I'm incredibly grateful to the large team of people that have been wo  more

University of Missouri-School of Journalism: Killer Vaccines? Social Media Messages Influence Parents About HPV
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 11 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: Social media keeps us connected to one another, but it also influences our beliefs. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri finds that social media use can lead parents to incorrectly believe the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could be lethal in their children. "The influence of social media messaging on parents' decisions to get their children the HPV vaccine is not  more

University of Missouri: Boys' Poor Reading Skills Might Help Explain Higher Education Gender Gap
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 9 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Essex in the United Kingdom found boys' poor reading skills in adolescence, combined with the social attitudes about women attending college, can help explain why fewer men than women enroll in higher education or other types of post-high school education. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  more

University of Missouri: Killer Vaccines? Social Media Messages Influence Parents About HPV
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 11 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Social media keeps us connected to one another, but it also influences our beliefs. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri finds that social media use can lead parents to incorrectly believe the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could be lethal in their children. "The influence of social media messaging on parents' decisions to get their children the HPV vaccine is not well studied," said Mo  more