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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 38 items )  

Arkansas State University Names Williams as Interim Vice Chancellor Diversity and Community Relations
JONESBORO, Arkansas, June 20 -- Arkansas State University issued the following news: Dr. Lonnie Williams was appointed as the interim vice chancellor for diversity and community relations at Arkansas State University as Dr. Maurice Gipson announces his departure to accept a similar position at the University of Missouri, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced Friday. Williams most recently served as a special assistant to the Chancellor, and will replace Gipson next month. As Williams steps in   more

Board Approves New Degree, Degree Options, Certificates for Missouri State University's West Plains
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, June 20 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release: Members of the Missouri State University Board of Governors Thursday approved new academic programs for Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) during their regular board meeting in Springfield. They approved a new Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Science degree for students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science. They also approved a new Huma  more

Department of Revenue to Automatically Renew Permanent Disabled Placards for Eligible Individuals Due to COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 20 -- The Missouri Department of Revenue issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Revenue announced that starting July 31 it is automatically renewing and mailing Permanent Disabled Placards for eligible individuals due to COVID-19. To be eligible, a person must already have a Permanent Disabled Placard on file with the Department and their placard must be up for renewal in 2020. First-time recipients of a placard must still apply in-person at  more

Kansas Gov. Kelly Celebrates 50 Years of I-70 in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kansas, June 18 -- Gov. Laura Kelly, D-Kansas, issued the following news on June 17: Governor Laura Kelly marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of I-70 in Kansas. The 424-mile stretch of I-70 was the longest continuous segment of Interstate highway to be completed by any state in the United States. At the time, Kansas, Missouri and Pennsylvania were the only states to have a multi-lane I-70 from border to border. "Kansas's highways exemplify President Eisenhower's vision to imp  more

Many Voices, One Columbia College: A Message From the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 16 -- Columbia College issued the following statement: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Columbia College denounces racism and oppression of any form. The recent events of civil injustice around the country remind us that we are facing a continued epidemic of oppression against the Black community and people of color, both through systems and through individuals. At Columbia College, our mission is to improve lives. How can we improve our lives and the l  more

Missouri Department of Labor Announces Additional Benefit for Businesses Participating in the Shared Work Program
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued the following news release: To encourage participation in Missouri's Shared Work Unemployment Compensation program and to lessen the burden on businesses struggling to reopen, the Missouri Department of Labor's (DOLIR's) Division of Employment Security (DES) announced that through December 26, 2020, the unemployment accounts for businesses participating in the Shared Work program will not be ch  more

Missouri Department of Revenue to Begin Issuing New Missouri Driver License June 22
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 16 -- The Missouri Department of Revenue issued the following news release: The Department of Revenue will begin issuing the newly redesigned Missouri driver license, statewide, on June 22. The new design was chosen in honor of Missouri's upcoming bicentennial and will also be reflected on the Missouri nondriver identification card and instruction permit. "Along with an updated design, the new Missouri driver license includes enhanced security features that will   more

Missouri PSC Grants Liberty Water Request to Acquire Water, Sewer Systems
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 19 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by Liberty Utilities LLC (Liberty Water) which authorizes Liberty Water to acquire the water and sewer franchises and assets of the Lakeland Heights Water Company, the Oakbrier Water Company, R.D. Sewer Company LLC and the Whispering Hills Water System (Selling Utilities). Liberty Water proposes to continue to us  more

Missouri PSC to Hold Virtual Local Public Hearing in Elm Hills Utility Operating Company Rate Cases
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 19 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a virtual local public hearing (via WebEx) starting at 6:00 p.m. on July 14, 2020, to give customers of Elm Hills Utility Operating Company, Inc. an opportunity to comment on water and sewer rate increase cases filed by the company. The local public hearing will also be streamed on the Commission's website at www.psc.mo.gov. The Commissi  more

Missouri PSC to Hold Virtual Local Public Hearing in Raytown Water Company Rate Case
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 19 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a virtual local public hearing (via WebEx) starting at 12:15 p.m. on July 9, 2020, to give customers of the Raytown Water Company an opportunity to comment on a water rate increase case filed by the company. The local public hearing will also be streamed on the Commission's website at www.psc.mo.gov. The Commission is holding this local   more

Missouri PSC: Fuel Adjustment Charge to Change for Empire-Liberty Electric Customers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 20 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an interim tariff filed by The Empire District Electric Company, a Liberty Utilities Company (Empire-Liberty), to change the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) on the monthly bills of its electric customers. The interim change reflects Empire-Liberty's fuel and purchased power costs for the six month period of September 2019 through Februa  more

Missouri PSC: Infrastructure Surcharge to Change for St. Louis County Customers of Missouri-American Water Company
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by the Missouri-American Water Company (MAWC) to change the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its St. Louis County customers. MAWC first established an ISRS on customer bills in St. Louis County in December 2003. The ISRS adjustment reflects infrastructure replacement investments made   more

Missouri Secretary of State to Speak at Hannibal-LaGrange University Commencement
HANNIBAL, Missouri, June 19 -- Hannibal-LaGrange University issued the following news release: Hannibal-LaGrange University will hold it's 2020 commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 15 at 10 am, in the Parker Theatre, located in the Roland Fine Arts building. This year's commencement address will be given by Secretary John R. (Jay) Ashcroft, Missouri's 40th Secretary of State. Ashcroft was elected in 2016 and brings a unique perspective, and set of skills, to office through his experience  more

Missouri State University Libraries Go Live With FOLIO Using EBSCO FOLIO Services
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, June 17 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: Missouri State University (MSU) Libraries are now live with the FOLIO Library Services Platform, making MSU the first academic institution in the United States to fully implement FOLIO. Missouri State University Libraries implemented FOLIO by working with the EBSCO FOLIO migration team and are us  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology Department Chair Honored for Leadership
ROLLA, Missouri, June 16 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Dr. Suzanna Long, chair of engineering management and systems engineering (EMSE) at Missouri S&T, has been selected as a fellow by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), an honor granted to only 0.1% of the organization's members in any given year. According to IISE, the fellow award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationall  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology Professor Honored With Three International Awards From the Association for Information Systems
ROLLA, Missouri, June 16 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Dr. Keng Siau, chair and professor of business and information technology at Missouri S&T, has received three awards from the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in recognition of his contributions to the field of information systems. Across nearly 100 countries, the more than 4,800-member AIS serves society through the advancement of knowledge and promotion of excellence in the pr  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology to Offer New Computer Programming Boot Camps for Engineers
ROLLA, Missouri, June 16 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Non-computer science engineers can join other professionals online to learn problem-solving concepts in new pilot programs that offer computing experience at Missouri S&T. The Computer Science Boot Camps are designed help catapult an engineer's personal skill set to the next level. The program consists of two eight-week boot camps provided in a synchronous delivery format with assignmen  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology: Becoming a Scientist
ROLLA, Missouri, June 17 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: In one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests, Lilly Germeroth, a 2020 Missouri S&T graduate in biological sciences, says she experienced a eureka moment while conducting research last summer. "My research experience in Malaysian Borneo helped me realize my passion for studying ecosystems and largely defined my scientific career," says Germeroth. "And engaging in research that invol  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Over 1,000 Untested Sexual Assault Kits Sent to Lab for Testing Since Late 2019
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 17 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release on June 16: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, through the SAFE Kit Initiative, reached an important milestone in the effort to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri - since late December of 2019, over 1,000 untested sexual assault kits from across the state have been gathered and sent to a private lab to be tested. "Since being sw  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services Launches Investigation Into Fraudulent Medical Marijuana Certifications
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 20 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: Based on findings during a recent and ongoing investigation, the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation within the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has determined that approximately 600 patient licenses have been issued to applicants who submitted physician certification forms with an unauthorized physician signature. At this time, there is no evidence t  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: First Medical Marijuana Facilities in Missouri Complete Commencement Inspections
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: Two state-licensed medical marijuana facilities have successfully completed commencement inspections with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the agency tasked with regulating the state's new program. Both facilities, which have received authority from DHSS to operate, are cultivation facilities and will be among 60 total facilities in Missour  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Guidance for Visitations Transitions at Missouri Long-term Care Facilities
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 16 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: As the State of Missouri reopens on June 16, long-term care facilities are an important piece of this process for many Missourians. When COVID-19 first knowingly entered the United States in January, long-term care facilities quickly became one of the more vulnerable environments disease spread. In late March, health officials began seeing Missouri long-term care facilit  more

Mo. Department of Higher Education: New Report Shows Online Rapid Response of Postsecondary Institutions During COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- The Missouri Department of Higher Education issued the following news release on June 17: Colleges and universities across the country were forced to quickly close campuses and move learning online due to COVID-19. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has collected data on how the state's colleges and universities responded to the health crisis, specifically focusing on their online rapid response. More than 75 public and priv  more

Mo. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations: As Missouri Reopens, Unemployment Requirements Return
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 16 -- The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued the following news release: As Missouri continues to reopen under the Show Me Strong Recovery effort and businesses resume operation, the Missouri Department of Labor's (DOLIR's) Division of Employment Security (DES) announces the return of unemployment requirements. Work Search Activities Resume Beginning with the week of July 5, 2020, individuals wishing to continue to receive unemployment   more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Seeks Public Comment on Draft Hazardous Waste Permit for MCI Maintenance & Engineering Base
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 17 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites the public to review and offer written comments on a draft hazardous waste permit for MCI Maintenance & Engineering Base until July 31, 2020. During the public comment period, anyone can also request a public meeting or public hearing about the draft permit. MCI Maintenance & Engineering Base (MCI), located at 9200 NW 112th St  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for 19 Missouri Counties Due to May Severe Storms
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson has requested that President Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to a total of 19 counties in response to severe storms and tornadoes that swept across the state on May 3 and 4, resulting in widespread destruction. "Our local, state, and federal assessment teams have documented extensive damage to electric power systems   more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Holds Conference Call With Missouri's Local Governments and U.S. Treasury Department
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 20 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release on June 19: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick held a conference call with more than 170 Missouri county government leaders and the U.S. Treasury Department to provide guidance and best practices to local governments to effectively use their CARES Act funding. Office of Administration Director of Accounting Stacy Neal and Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Saves Missourians Millions of Dollars in MOST 529 Education Plan Fees
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 18 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release on June 17: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced changes to the MOST 529 program which will save Missourians millions of dollars in program management fees. At this afternoon's MOST 529 Board Meeting, members voted to approve a contract amendment with program manager Ascensus. The contract amendment extends the contract period while guaranteeing program management f  more

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Names Gossen as Dean of Technical Agriculture in Curtis
CURTIS, Nebraska, June 19 -- The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture issued the following news release: This week we welcome Dr. Larry Gossen as the new dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Dean Gossen and his wife, Fay, moved to the NCTA campus over the weekend. They have relocated from Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Gossen has dedicated 24 years to education in Kansas as an FFA advisor, agricultural education teacher, and mentor to many youth. He also worked wit  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: COVID-19 Antibody Tests Evaluated as Diagnostic Test in Low-Resource Settings
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 19 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: With Brazil leading the world in newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, Latin America has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, outbreaks continue to escalate in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Public health authorities worldwide desperately need to expand testing so they can track the spread of the infection, but molecular diagnostic tests used in  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Oral Antibiotics Work, Shorten Hospital Stays for IV Drug Users With Infections
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 17 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: People who inject illicit drugs can develop potentially deadly infections of the heart, blood, joints and soft tissues. Typically, such infections require weeks of hospitalization to treat effectively. But a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that drug users who, while in the hospital, started IV antibiotics for serious in  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Previously Undetected Brain Pulses May Help Circuits Survive Disuse, Injury
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 17 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: A neuroscientist's neon pink arm cast led him and fellow researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to discover previously undetected neuronal pulses in the human brain that activate after an immobilizing illness or injury. The pulses appeared on MRI scans used to measure brain activity of the neuroscientist and, later, two additional adults whose   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Siteman Cancer Center Earns Highest Federal Rating
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 19 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has been recognized once again as a top U.S. cancer institution, based on a review of its research programs. This evaluation resulted in a nearly perfect score, earning Siteman the highest possible rating -- exceptional -- by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Stroke Survival Rates Worse in Rural Areas, Study Says
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 19 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: A major U.S. study reveals large gaps between urban and rural patients in quality of care received after a stroke and rates of survival. In more rural areas, the ability of hospitals to deliver advanced stroke care is lower and mortality rates substantially higher, the research shows. The analysis, involving nearly 800,000 patients, was led by researchers at Washington Univ  more

University of Missouri Advances Chemotherapy-Free Treatment for Cancer in Animals and Humans
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 19 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Osteosarcoma, a common bone cancer in dogs, affects more than 10,000 dogs in the U.S. each year. While chemotherapy is generally effective at killing some of the cancer cells, the numerous side effects can be painful and often a subset of cancer cells exists that are resistant to chemotherapy. To offer an alternative, Jeffrey Bryan, a professor at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medi  more

University of Missouri Names Gipson as Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement
COLUMBIA, Missouri, June 20 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: UM System President and University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Mun Choi announced that Maurice Gipson, vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, has been named vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at MU. "I am quite excited about the opportunity to come to Mizzou where there is an infrastructure already in place for advancing inc  more

University of Missouri System Names Three S&T Faculty Presidential Engagement Fellows
ROLLA, Missouri, June 19 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Three Missouri S&T faculty will serve as University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellows during the 2020-21 academic year. The faculty members will serve as ambassadors in the region and speak to local organizations and communities about their areas of research and expertise. There is no cost for an organization or individual to host a speaker. Dr. J. David Rogers is the K  more

Western Washington University Professor Carolyn Nielsen's Book 'Reporting on Race in a Digital Era' Published
BELLINGHAM, Washington, June 20 -- Western Washington University issued the following news release on June 19: A book titled "Reporting on Race in a Digital Era" by Carolyn Nielsen, Western Washington University professor of Journalism, has been published by Palgrave MacMillan. Nielsen, a professor in Western's Department of Journalism and a former journalist, analyzed years' worth of news coverage of contemporary racial inflection points beginning with the election of President Barack Obama,   more