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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 32 items )  

Ameren Missouri Launches New COVID-19 Relief Fund to Help Small Businesses
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 9 -- Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren, issued the following news release: Ameren Missouri announced a new $500,000 energy assistance program for Missouri's small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to small businesses and nonprofit customers with 50 or fewer employees who meet other eligibility requirements. "We understand the hardship that many of our small businesses are facing today to keep their doo  more

Brian Weimer Named Interim Chief of University of Missouri Police Department
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 7 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward announced that Brian Weimer, major of operations with the MU Police Department, has been named interim chief of MUPD. He replaces Chief Doug Schwandt, who is retiring after 20 years of service to the department, effective Aug. 3. "I am excited to continue MUPD's work of maintaining our strong relationships with students, staff and faculty a  more

Democratic Governors Association: Nicole Galloway Tops Week of Momentum With Endorsement From Sen. Elizabeth Warren
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Auditor Nicole Galloway is picking up steam in her bid to unseat Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. While Parson continues to receive negative reviews for his handling of the pandemic, Galloway capped off a stellar week of campaigning with a high-profile, national endorsement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Warren endorsed Galloway for governor this morning, saying, Galloway  more

Democratic Governors Association: U.S. News & World Report Shifts Rankings to Make Missouri Governor's Race More Competitive
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: U.S. News & World Report downgraded the GOP advantage in the Missouri gubernatorial race and ranked it as more competitive. The report attributes the shift to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's "middling support among independents" and Democratic candidate Nicole Galloway's impressive credentials and "strong fundraising quarters." This is the latest in a pattern of troubling news for Parson. Recent polling shows Gal  more

Jacqueline Lewis Named Vice Chancellor for Advancement at University of Missouri
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 7 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: UM System President and University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Mun Choi announced that Jackie Lewis, vice president of university relations at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been named vice chancellor for advancement at MU. "I am passionate about higher education because I am passionate about changing lives -- and that is what Mizzou is all about," Lewis said. "Whether through educatio  more

Missouri Department of Conservation Plants Sunflowers at Columbia Bottom for Viewing and Photo Opportunities
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: Sunflower fans should have the opportunity again this summer to view and photograph spectacular sunflower displays at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in North St. Louis County. Due to popular demand, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff have planted additional sunflower plots again this year. MDC staff were unable to plant last year because flood waters lingered on the ar  more

Missouri Department of Conservation Says Watch Cavities in Trees to Spot Wildlife
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, July 9 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: A freshly chipped, round hole in the tree limb's outer bark led to a newly excavated cavity, revealing a woodpecker's handiwork. The woodpecker chipped inside the dead locust tree limb this spring and created a cavity, possibly for a nest site. But a thunderstorm snapped the limb from the tree. The limb broke apart at the hollow spot when it hit the ground, a loss to the woodpecker but a   more

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: Ronald L. Roberts Appointed to Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 8 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following news release: The Missouri State Board of Education appointed Ronald L. Roberts to the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, which serves nearly 3,300 students. His term begins immediately and runs through June 30, 2023. Roberts will be replacing Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, who was appointed to the State Board of Education in January 2020.   more

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Awards $50,000 Grant to Brush Creek Sewer District
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- 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 Brush Creek Sewer District in Franklin County to evaluate the district'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 di  more

Missouri State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Recognizes Signing of S.B. 599
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick recognized the signing of SB 599 which increases the total amount the Office may invest in Missouri FIRST, the state's linked deposit program, from $720 million to $800 million. This increase gives the program greater flexibility and ensures that Missouri's small business and agriculture communities can continue to benefit from this program  more

Missouri State University's West Plains: Additional Educational Programs Now Eligible for Fast Track Funding
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, July 11 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release: Several programs offered by Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) have been added to the list of those eligible for funding through Missouri's Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. The financial aid program ensures, when combined with other government resources, that tuition and fees are fully covered for eligible students age 25 and older who are seeking a degree, certi  more

Missouri University of Science & Technology: Researchers to Streamline Process for Measuring Aviation Emissions
ROLLA, Missouri, July 10 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: The process that airlines must use to calibrate their jet fuel emissions measuring systems is costly and time-consuming. But researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology won an $847,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to find a faster and less expensive way to calibrate the devices. To reduce the impact of civil aviation on local air quality and human health,  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Files Criminal Charges Against Benton County Contractor
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 8 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, in cooperation with Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Karen Woodley, announced that Timothy DeVine, proprietor of "Your Home Center," a modular home dealership which operated in the Lincoln, Missouri area, has been charged with consumer fraud. DeVine faces four counts in Benton County for defrauding consumers and financially exploiting elderly a  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Files Suit Against Timeshare Exit Companies
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Brian Scroggs and the following timeshare exit companies under his control: Vacation Consulting Services LLC, VCS Communications, LLC, The Transfer Group, LLC, and Real Travel L.L.C. The lawsuit alleges that timeshare exit company employees, at the direction of Scroggs, solicited large sums of   more

Mo. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Address K-12 Education Challenges
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following news release: Missouri will use $55 million from the state's Coronavirus Relief Fund to expand educational opportunities for students and address two key challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for K-12 education: student internet connectivity and potential learning loss during extended school closures. While school buildings were closed this spring, one in five Missou  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services Releases Results of COVID-19 Testing Events Held in Southwest Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 9 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri National Guard partnered with local public health agencies to host free drive-through community testing events from June 26-30 in the counties of McDonald, Jasper, Newton and Barry. Events were open to any Missouri resident--county residency was not required. Of the 2,195 individuals residing in  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Gathering List of Volunteer Notaries to Help Voters Get Ballot Envelopes Notarized With Ease
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 9 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: On July 8, to help Missouri voters find Notary Publics to notarize their ballot envelopes, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office is now providing a list of notaries who have volunteered to provide notary services for voters at no charge. Free services are also being provided at the Secretary of State's offices in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield  more

More of Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft's Legislative Priorities Signed Into Law
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 9 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Many of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's legislative priorities were passed late in this year's condensed legislative session, and Monday two important bills were signed into law by Governor Mike Parson. Notary modernization passed as an attachment to HB 1655, sponsored by Rep. Hannah Kelley in the House and carried by Sen. Sandy Crawford in the Senate. It provides the first chan  more

MU Media Expert Analyzed 10 Years of HPV-Vaccine Related Facebook Posts
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 10 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: One of the biggest social media sites - Facebook - has allowed "anti-vaxxers" to gain a stronger voice against the use of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine, according to a new study from a media expert at the University of Missouri. Monique Luisi, an assistant professor in the Missouri School of Journalism, studied more than 6,500 public HPV vaccine-related posts on Faceb  more

MU Researcher Awarded $4 Million U.S. Department of Education Grant
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 8 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Students who struggle with reading comprehension often perform poorly in classes like social studies because they have difficulty understanding the material. To solve this problem, educational researchers have been searching for the most effective interventions to help increase reading comprehension for struggling students. Now, a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Univers  more

Oldest Red Ochre Mine System in Americas Discovered in Mexico, Revealed in MU Study
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 9 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: A team of underwater cave explorers in Mexico has discovered the oldest known system of red ochre mines in the Americas, shedding light on how humans lived as much as 12,000 years ago. The subterranean cave system, known as Sagitario, was once dry but is now completely submerged. It was mined by humans during the tail-end of the Pleistocene era for the highly valued mineral pigment. Brandi MacDonald, an  more

President Trump Approves Mo. Gov. Parson Request for Major Disaster Declaration Due to May Severe Storms
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: President Donald Trump has approved Governor Mike Parson's request for a federal major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of severe storms that swept across the state on May 3 and 4, 2020. The disaster declaration means federal Public Assistance will be available to 19 Missouri counties, which allows local governments and nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and rec  more

Republican Governors Association: Governor Mike Parson Signs Landmark Licensing Reforms to Boost Jobs in the Show Me State
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release: Escalating Missouri's already promising economic rebound, Governor Mike Parson took sweeping action this week to remove unnecessary government red tape and incentivize new jobs and entrepreneurship in the Show Me State. The governor signed legislation expanding and streamlining licensing reciprocity, giving Missouri a new tool to attract talent by allowing professionals moving into the state to obtain  more

Republican Governors Association: Radical Elizabeth Warren Gives Seal of Approval to Liberal Nicole Galloway
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release: In a move sure to alienate the majority of Missouri voters, Democrat Nicole Galloway just "scored" an endorsement from radical Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren, a failed presidential candidate who has voiced her strong support for the Green New Deal, single-payer Medicare for All, and trillions upon trillions in tax increases, is the latest addition to the cadre of far-left special inte  more

St. Charles County Joins Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick's Local Government Checkbook
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 9 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced that spending data for St. Charles County is now included in the local government checkbook. This is part of his ongoing commitment to ensuring a more efficient and transparent government at all levels. Spending data from seven local governments, Cass County, Cole County, Clay County, Jasper County, Newton County, St. Charles Cou  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Bennett Named Chief of Breast Imaging Section
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 10 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: After a national search, noted radiologist Debbie Lee Bennett, MD, has been named chief of breast imaging for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Bennett will oversee screening and diagnostic mammography services offered through Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Experimental Drug Shows Early Promise Against Inherited Form of ALS, Trial Indicates
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 9 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: An experimental drug for a rare, inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has shown promise in a phase 1/phase 2 clinical trial conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and other sites around the world and sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. The trial indicated that the experiment  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Global Wildlife Surveillance Could Provide Early Warning for Next Pandemic
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 10 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: The virus that causes COVID-19 probably originated in wild bats that live in caves around Wuhan, China, and may have been passed to a second animal species before infecting people, according to the World Health Organization. Many of the most devastating epidemics of recent decades - including Ebola, avian influenza and HIV/AIDS - were triggered by animal viruses that spilled  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Search for Cure for Common Parasitic Infection Focus of $5.5 Million NIH Grant
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 10 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: L. David Sibley, PhD, the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has spent decades unraveling the secrets of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite spread by cats and contaminated water and food. People infected with Toxoplasma can generally control the infection, but the parasite remains   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Study to Examine Social Media's Effects on Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 7 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: The impact of social media on anxiety and stress during the coronavirus pandemic is the focus of a new study led by mental health experts at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and computer scientists at Georgia Tech. The National Science Foundation is funding the pilot study. The researchers plan to use computer algorithms to identify stressors -- such as   more

University of Missouri: 'Anti-Vaxxers' Gain Traction Against HPV Vaccine on Facebook, Study Finds
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 9 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: One of the biggest social media sites -- Facebook -- has allowed "anti-vaxxers" to gain a stronger voice against the use of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine, according to a new study from a media expert at the University of Missouri. Monique Luisi, an assistant professor in the Missouri School of Journalism, studied more than 6,500 public HPV vaccine-related posts on Facebook over the first 10   more

Where's Nicole? Missouri Democratic Party in Disarray
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 7 -- The Missouri Republican Party issued the following statement: Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans issued the following statement on the Missouri Democratic Party's leadership turmoil with Jean Peters Baker being replaced by former Rep. Clem Smith: "The Missouri Democratic Party is in disarray, changing leadership with 120 days until the general election. "A shakeup in the Missouri Democratic Party leadership in the summer of the election  more