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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 47 items )  

Austin Knudsen Continues Legal Battle Against City of Culbertson, American Legion to Keep Veterans Locked Out of Their Lands
HELENA, Montana, July 16 -- The Montana Democratic Party issued the following news release: Austin Knudsen continues to be locked in a legal battle against the City of Culbertson, the Horace Mann Post No. 81 of the American Legion, and local recreationists, over putting up a gate on a public easement, preventing access to the 35 acre veterans park located along the Missouri River. Knudsen and his family bought the property around the park and gated it off, blocking local veterans and outdoor en  more

Democratic Governors Association: New Poll Shows Nicole Galloway Has Closed the Gap With Missouri Gov. Mike Parson
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: A Saint Louis University/YouGov poll released shows Missouri Democratic candidate Nicole Galloway in a statistical tie with GOP Gov. Mike Parson - another sign that the race is tightening. Over the past few months, Galloway has nearly eliminated Parson's early lead. Both the Cook Political Report (https://twitter.com/JessicaTaylor/status/1246066596759646212?s=20) and U.S. News & World Report (https://www.usn  more

Democratic Governors Association: Sabato's Crystal Ball Becomes Fourth Organization to Shift Missouri Gov's Race to Be More Competitive
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: It's Tuesday, and yet another race ratings agency has downgraded GOP Gov. Mike Parson's advantage in the Missouri governor's race. Following a poll showing Parson and Democratic candidate Nicole Galloway in a dead heat, Sabato's Crystal Ball shifted the race to be more competitive. Last week, U.S. News & World Report (https://www.usnews.com/news/elections/articles/2020-07-03/republicans-democrats-in-tight-ba  more

DHSS, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Address Frequently Asked Questions About School Reopening Health Guidance
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 10 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following news release on Juky 9: The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released a document that answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about K-12 school reopening health-related guidance. The document aims to provide additional clarity and consistency for Missouri school leaders and public health officials  more

Mike Parson Tells Missourians to Mask Up Then Refuses to Wear Mask at Crowded Campaign Event
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: For Gov. Mike Parson, even following his own public health recommendations is a challenge. While he encouraged Missourians to social distance and wear a mask on Twitter, Parson couldn't be bothered with wearing one at a crowded event with many older guests. It seems that for all his preaching about "personal responsibility," it does not apply to him. As the situation in Missouri becomes more dire, experts sa  more

Missouri PSC Approves Change in Evergy Missouri Metro DSIM Charge
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 16 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Evergy Metro, Inc. d/b/a Evergy Missouri Metro (formerly Kansas City Power & Light Company) to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge, which appears as a separate line-item on customer bills, allows Evergy Missouri Metro to recover demand-side management program  more

Missouri PSC Approves Change in Evergy Missouri West DSIM Charge
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 16 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Evergy Missouri West, Inc. d/b/a Evergy Missouri West (formerly KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations Company) to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge, which appears as a separate line-item on customer bills, allows Evergy Missouri West to recover demand-side man  more

Missouri PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Spire Missouri Request
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Spire Missouri, Inc., on behalf of its Spire Missouri West operating unit, has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate and maintain a natural gas distribution system providing natural gas service in Cass County. The requested CCN would be a further expansion of the Company's exi  more

Missouri Republican Party: Where's Nicole? Galloway Still Ducking 'Defund the Police' Questions
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Republican Party issued the following statement: Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans issued the following statement calling on Nicole Galloway to come forward and publicly denounce the "Defund the Police" movement: "Nicole Galloway and her new Missouri Democratic Party Chair, Clem Smith refuse to publicly denounce the 'Defund the Police' policies being added to Democrat Party platforms. "Now Galloway is refusing to take a s  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Files Suit, Shuts Down Douglas County Breeder for Violations of Animal Care Facilities Act
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office successfully obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) without notice against Cedercrest Kennel and its owner Marilyn Shepherd for continuing violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA), including operating without an ACFA license. The TRO without notice was granted on July 9, and a hearing is set for July 17.  more

Mo. Department of Agriculture: First Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Case Confirmed in Missouri Horse
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Department of Agriculture issued the following news: Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg announced the state's first case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in Newton County. The announcement follows a positive confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), making Missouri the seventh state to confirm the virus this year. As a result, the Missouri Department of Agricult  more

Mo. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Assist Missouri Sheltered Workshops
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following news release: The State of Missouri has allocated $4 million from its Coronavirus Relief Fund to support Sheltered Workshops across the state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will create grant programs to distribute these funds to workshops to lessen the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workshop operations. These funds will be used to addre  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Community COVID-19 Testing Events Continue Throughout Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: More than 50 counties throughout Missouri have already participated in community sampling efforts in order for public health officials to learn more about COVID-19 transmission. The State of Missouri is continuing these efforts with a round of community sampling events taking place from July 17-21 at events being held in 7 counties. Community sampling gives the state a   more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Missouri Officials Release CARES Act Funding 'toolkit' for Local Governments
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 10 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: Federal funding has been made available to state and local governments for COVID-19-related expenses, as provided for by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27. To assist local government entities in Missouri with recommended and appropriate uses for federal funding   more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Missouri's Rate of Opioid Deaths Decreasing
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: Opioid overdose deaths in 2019 decreased from 2018, marking the first year since 2015 that Missouri has experienced a decrease in opioid overdose deaths. The number of deaths due to opioid overdose decreased by 3.4% compared to the previous year. From 2015 to 2016 there was a 35% increase in opioid overdose deaths in the state, followed by a 5% increase in 2017, and a 19  more

Mo. Department of Insurance: Insured Losses Following May 2019 Tornadoes in Missouri Reached Nearly $190 Million
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 10 -- The Missouri Department of Insurance issued the following news release: The May 2019 tornadoes that ravaged several parts of Missouri caused significant damage to both residential and commercial properties. The Department of Commerce and Insurance has been tracking the number of claims filed in the state, related to the tornado damage, and the dollar amounts of the settlements of those claims. Although early estimates were predicted to reach at least $139  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Big Oak Tree State Park Hosts Public Information Meeting July 25
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to an informational meeting about Big Oak Tree State Park at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at the day-use area open shelter. Representatives from the park will be present to provide information about the park and to answer questions. The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and its opera  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Department to Award Approximately $4 Million in Energy Loans
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced approximately $4 million in low-interest loans has been awarded to assist with energy-efficiency projects. Recipients include the following: City of Salem Delta R-V School District Hannibal Public School District #60 Normandy Schools Collaborative Schuyler County R-I School District Scotland County Memorial Hospital U  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Ha Ha Tonka State Park Hosts Public Information Meeting July 25
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Ha Ha Tonka State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Spring Shelter. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Staff will be present to provide information and answer questions. Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which are being held in all  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Harry S Truman State Park Hosts Public Information Meeting July 24
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Harry S Truman State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 8 p.m., Friday, July 24, at the campground amphitheater. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Site staff will be present to provide information and to answer questions. Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which a  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site Hosts Spiritual Strings Concert July 25
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site continues its 2020 Backyard Concert Series at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 25, with Spiritual Strings, an evening of good music with a toe-tapping beat and a mix of blue grass and gospel. This is a bring-your-own-chair event. Gather your family, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to join us on the Lohman Building lawn for this 7 p.m. concert. In cas  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Museum and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site Host Public Meeting July 23
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to an informational meeting about the Missouri State Museum and the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 23, at the Riverside Collections Facility, 117 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City. The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and sites and their operations. Repr  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks Announces 2021 Round for Historic Preservation Fund Grants
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Missouri State Parks announces the opening of the 2021 round for the Historic Preservation Fund grants. Certified local governments, county governmental entities, municipalities and nonprofit organizations with a historic preservation mission are eligible to apply for the Historic Preservation Fund grants. However, only applications from certified local governments will be consid  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks Hosts Learn2 Aim Archery and Atlatl Instruction
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Missouri State Parks invites the public to begin their archer journey by attending a hands-on instruction at Graham Cave and Knob Noster state parks. This program is for those who want to take a step back in time to learn new skills with joint instruction on the basics of archery and atlatl throwing. The program is free and available to ages 10 and up. The program is a two-hour   more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks, Office of Geospatial Information Recognized With Special Achievement in GIS Award
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 16 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks and Missouri Office of Geospatial Information received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award from Esri, a global leader in location intelligence, on Monday, July 13. The team was honored for its vision, camaraderie and willingness to dive in and experiment with new technologies. Missouri State Parks and the   more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Pomme De Terre State Park Hosts Public Information Meeting July 24
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Pomme de Terre State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Hermitage campground amphitheater. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Staff will be present to provide information and answer questions. Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which a  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Prairie State Park Invites the Public for an Evening Stroll July 23
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Prairie State Park staff invites the public to experience the prairie at nightfall with an evening stroll at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 23. Participants will get to experience the natural wonders as the sun goes down and the day fades into night. Some plants only flower at night and many animals are more active as the weather cools down. The hike will be one mile long. Participan  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Hosts Water Festival Event July 18
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 15 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Rock Bridge State Park invites the public to a water festival event at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 18 at the park's Gilbert Picnic Shelter. Several local organizations will have displays and activities available for children and families to learn about and enjoy streams and water. Activities for participants will include catching and learning about aquatic animals in the stream (net  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces $50 Million in New Grant Programs for Missouri Businesses
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced $50 million in new grant programs for Missouri businesses. "The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted Missouri businesses," Governor Parson said. "However, this challenge has not stopped them from stepping up and finding new ways to serve Missourians. These critical programs will help Missouri businesses continue their operations, cover costs for increased PPE  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Graduation of Missouri Leadership Academy Spring 2020 Class, Launch of Fall 2020 Class
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced the graduation of 28 state employees from the Missouri Leadership Academy - a program that develops the next generation of state government leaders. The graduates came from the State of Missouri's 16 executive departments and were chosen by senior leadership to participate in the cross-department leadership development program. Governor Parson also announced a  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Special Session to Address Violent Crime in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced a special session beginning Monday, July 27, which will focus on addressing violent crime in Missouri. Governor Parson was joined at the press conference by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Eric Olson, and several law enforcement officers. "As Governor and a former law enforcement officer for m  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Concludes 2020 Bill Signings
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson signed nine pieces of legislation into law, concluding bill signings for the 2020 legislative session. "This year's legislative session was very challenging for obvious reasons," Governor Parson said. "However, the General Assembly pushed through these challenges and continued to work for the people of Missouri. We appreciate their efforts to get several important pie  more

Mo. Gov. Parson to Sign 8 Bills Into Law
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson will sign eight bills into law. HB 1414 - Protection of Children Modifies several provisions relating to child protection, including homeless youth benefits, protection of foster children, child care facility definitions and background checks, child protection for military families, foster care reform, foster parent rights, and substance abuse treatment waivers. SB 65  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Missouri Launches 3 New Resources to Aid COVID-19 Economic Recovery, Including $15 Million in Grants for Tourism
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced new resources as part of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, including the Show Me Strong Pledge, Business Recovery Lab, and $15 million in grant funding to help rebuild Missouri's tourism industry. "Missourians are counting on us to ensure a safe and successful reopening of our state," Governor Parson said. "These resources will help us rebuild Missouri's tour  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Acts to Protect Military and Overseas Voters
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 11 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Citing the U.S. Postal Service's extended delays in delivering mail from overseas and his authority pursuant to Section 115.291, RSMo., Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has declared any area overseas as "inaccessible." As a result, all military and overseas voters may return their ballot by fax, email or by using the Military and Overseas Voter Access Portal. "It is my responsibi  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Announces Electronic Records Initiative Grants Awarded to Local Governments for Records Management Projects
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 16 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is pleased to announce the awarding of three Electronic Records Initiative (ERI) grants totaling $66,685. Based on the recommendations of the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board, they provide the recipient local governments with assistance for electronic records management and preservation projects. The following grantees are now eligible  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft Details August 4 Primary Voting Options
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Last week, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft traveled the state to discuss election law changes brought about by SB 631, which created a COVID-related option to vote by absentee ballot and offers every registered voter an opportunity to vote by mail-in ballot with notarization. Missouri's next election is the August 4 primary. In-person voting remains a secure option to c  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft: Securities Division Issues Consent Order Against California Company Selling Unregistered Promissory Notes
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 14 -- 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 California-based company Adomani Inc. and its chief executive officer, James L. Reynolds, for issuing unregistered promissory notes to four Missouri investors. Between January and November 2015, Adomani raised $186,500 in company funding from Missouri investors residing in Gerald, St. Charles, C  more

NCAI Statement on Legal Filing by Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation Regarding Illegal Taking of Nation Missouri Riverbed Property Rights
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The National Congress of American Indians issued the following statement by President Fawn Sharp: The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation) took steps to prevent the illegal taking of the Nation's property rights to minerals beneath the Missouri River on its Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) holds firm its position in support of the MHA Nation's land and mineral rights, and has advocated for gove  more

Republican Governors Association: Nicole Galloway Fundraising With Clinton Insider Who Called Women 'Trailer Park' Trash
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release: Missouri Democrat Nicole Galloway is tapping two of the Democratic Party's most entrenched Clinton-era political insiders to headline a campaign fundraiser, including a man who once described an alleged sexual harassment victim as "what you'll find" when you "[d]rag a hundred dollars through a trailer park." James Carville and Paul Begala are best known as Clinton family political fixers who have bee  more

Roberts Wesleyan College: Brenda Myrthil Named Interim Dean of Students
ROCHESTER, New York, July 14 -- Roberts Wesleyan College issued the following news: Brenda Myrthil was named the Interim Dean of Students at Roberts Wesleyan College for the 2020-21 academic year. Myrthil most recently served as the Associate Dean for Student Programming and Leadership. She began her new role on July 1. Dean Myrthil follows Dean Mike Broberg who recently relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Myrthil brings 16 years of experience at Roberts and 28 years of background in higher educ  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Gut Bacteria Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Viral Illness
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 15 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Chikungunya virus, once confined to the Eastern Hemisphere, has infected millions of people in the Americas since 2013, when mosquitoes carrying the virus were discovered in the Caribbean. About half of all people infected with chikungunya virus never show symptoms, while some develop fever and joint pain that lasts about a week, and 10% to 30% develop debilitating arthritis  more

State Fair Community College Debuts New Paramedic Transition Course
SEDALIA, Missouri, July 15 -- State Fair Community College issued the following news: With the launch of the new Paramedic Transition course at SFCC-Clinton this summer, State Fair Community College has expanded the pipeline in to its #1 ranked Nursing program in Missouri. The four-credit hour course is available each summer and open to certified paramedics who want to become registered nurses. . "In researching the workforce need for RNs in the Clinton area, we recognized an interest of param  more

University of Missouri: Avoiding Food Contamination With a Durable Coating for Hard Surfaces
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 17 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: In the future, a durable coating could help keep food-contact surfaces clean in the food processing industry, including in meat processing plants. A new study from a team of University of Missouri engineers and food scientists demonstrates that the coating -- made from titanium dioxide -- is capable of eliminating foodborne germs, such as salmonella and E. coli, and provides a preventative layer of prot  more

University of Missouri: Do Campaign Finance Reforms Truly Help Make Elections More Competitive?
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 16 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Proponents of campaign finance reform claim that putting limits on how much money can be raised and spent to support a political candidate leads to more competitive elections by helping level the political playing field between incumbents -- the people holding the political office -- and challengers. However, a new study by two social scientists at the University of Missouri finds state campaign finance  more

University of Missouri: The New Tattoo - Drawing Electronics on Skin
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 14 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: One day, people could monitor their own health conditions by simply picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin. In a new study, University of Missouri engineers demonstrated that the simple combination of pencils and paper could be used to create devices that might be used to monitor personal health. Their findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Acade  more

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researcher Leads $2.4 Million Project to Manufacture Low-Cost, Fast-Charging Lithium Ion Car Batteries
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute issued the following news release: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will lead a team of industry and university researchers in a $2.4 million project to manufacture cheaper, faster-charging lithium ion car batteries. Yan Wang, William Smith Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI, is principal investigator of the three-year project. Other researchers are Heng Pan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace  more