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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday September 09, 2018 ( 40 items )  

'Maybe the Luckiest Parents Alive' Look Forward to Tiger Football Season, Which Opens Tomorrow
GREENCASTLE, Indiana, Sept. 7 -- DePauw University issued the following news: Since 2002, when her son Jack began playing sports, it's been a fact of life for Leslie Gibson McCarthy and her husband, Tom. The couple "packed the Explorer with camp chairs and bottled water, and began our first season on the sideline as super fan and cheerleader, watching 5- and 6-year-olds play soccer with abandon and joy -- and loving every minute of it," she writes in Missouri's Webster-Kirkwood Times. McCarthy  more

7000 Registered Nurses at 15 HCA-Affiliated Hospitals in 5 States Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- National Nurses United issued the following news release: Registered nurses at 15 HCA-affiliated hospitals in Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and Nevada, have voted by an overwhelming majority to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if the issues RNs have been raising in ongoing contract negotiations remain unresolved, the National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today. "With this strike authorization vote, nurses are making it absolutely clear tha  more

AFL-CIO Launches TV Ad Highlighting Worker Power
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The AFL-CIO issued the following news release: The AFL-CIO launched a new 60-second. TV ad airing on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News to draw attention to the wave of collective action happening across the country and to show that anyone can join the momentum working people are generating. From a resounding defeat of "right to work" in Missouri to organizing victories in numerous industries nationwide, working people are standing up together. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sa  more

Appellate Court Dismisses Lawsuit to Remove Prop D From Ballot
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release: The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled on Sept. 4 that a referendum increasing the fuel tax by 10 cents over four years can stay on the Nov. 6 ballot. The appellate panel of three judges agreed that it was premature to challenge Prop D's constitutionality before the vote takes place. The lawsuit claimed the Prop D bill was unconstitutionally altered from its orig  more

As Meat Supplies Grow for Export Demand, Trade and Tariff Doubts Hurt On-farm Prices
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news release: Large supplies of meat and dairy, possibly record-setting tons, are coming to U.S. consumers. For consumers, this can be good news with lower prices at grocery cases. For producers of beef, pork, chicken and milk it doesn't bode so well. In a mid-year baseline update for livestock and dairy, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown offers mixed outlooks. U.S.  more

Average SLU Student Debt: Lowest in the State
HILLSBORO, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- St. Louis University issued the following news: Saint Louis University's 2017 graduating class carries the lowest level of student loan debt compared to similar grads from other private and public universities in Missouri, according to a study by LendEdu, a financial services organization that specializes in student lending. "Saint Louis University is doing a great job at helping students afford their education and attend college with as little debt as possible,  more

Chaplain Candidate Luck Honored by U.S. Air Force for Service
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- Evangel University issued the following news release: Second Lieutenant Jasmin R. Luck, USAF Chaplain Candidate, was recently presented with the Air Force Achievement Medal in a ceremony held at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University. Luck was recognized for diligent service during her supervised internship with the USAF, this past summer in Guam. The award ceremony was held August 29, 2018. "This is a high honor," said Chaplain Stor  more

College of the Ozarks Chooses Country Over Company, Drops Nike
POINT LOOKOUT, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- College of the Ozarks issued the following news release: College of the Ozarks plans to remove all athletic uniforms purchased from Nike or that contain the Nike emblem. Student athletes will no longer wear the brand in response to the company's new ad campaign. Nike released their ad campaign this week on the 30th anniversary of the "Just Do It" slogan. College of the Ozarks has stated its views regarding patriotism, the American flag, and the national ant  more

College of the Ozarks to Launch New Missouri Army National Guard Commissioning Program in 2018-19
POINT LOOKOUT, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- College of the Ozarks issued the following news release: College of the Ozarks launched a new program to commission graduates as second lieutenants in the Missouri Army National Guard, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. The leadership of the MOARNG has worked closely with the College to help design the program to best equip cadets, honor the mission and goals of the College, and assist the MOARNG in developing future leaders. The agreement between the  more

Emerging Swine Disease Calls for Biosecurity Measures, Says MU Extension Veterinarian
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 7 -- The University of Missouri College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news release: U.S. pork producers should be aware of an emerging swine disease, says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Corinne Bromfield. Chinese pork producers reported the 13th outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) Sept. 6. It has appeared since August in several locations in China hundreds of miles apart. This leaves researchers scratching their heads over how it   more

Equestrian Legend Gayle Lampe Marks 50 Years at William Woods University
FULTON, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- William Woods University issued the following news release: Gayle Lampe, pioneering professor of the Equestrian Science Department at William Woods University (WWU) and an internationally-renowned expert in the field, is marking a rare milestone few individuals ever reach in any field. The month of September is the 50th anniversary of Ms. Lampe's association with William Woods, where she began her career as a professor of Equestrian Science in 1968. Reaching a half  more

Fall Lay Bible Institute Begins Oct. 3
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- Concordia Seminary issued the following news: "The Bible, Theology and Christ--Figures in Film" is the focus of Concordia Seminary's Fall Lay Bible Institute lecture series beginning Oct. 3 and continuing for three additional Wednesday evenings in October. Rev. David Lewis will lead the four-part workshop, which will explore the various ways American cinema has appropriated the biblical narrative, Christian theology and the story of Jesus to tell its own stories  more

Gov. Parson Highlights Missouri 2030 Progress
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release: Gov. Mike Parson praised the progress being made toward the goals of the Missouri 2030 strategic plan during a Sept. 5 event. The remarks came during a dinner with Missouri 2030 supporters at The River Club in Kansas City. "We are making progress in our state," Parson said. "And the business community, through their work on Missouri 2030, is helping drive those changes. It does  more

Grants to Fuel Student Service Projects
HILLSBORO, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- St. Louis University issued the following news: Students who have an idea for a service project and need the funds to put it into action can apply for a SLU grant to make their vision a reality. As the University celebrates its bicentennial year and with service as one of its hallmarks, SLU will award 18 grants of up to $1,800 for student-led projects designed to make the world better through its new 1818 Community Engagement Grant Program. "Our new grant progr  more

Gurnett Named Director of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, an expert in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at the School of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named   more

Harvesting Photos: Make NCGA's Fields-Of-Corn Contest a Bountiful One
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: As harvest has either begun or looms on the horizon, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers, both amateur and professional, they are invited to help share our story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. In  more

Journalism School to Host 'A Conversation on Climate Change'
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: The Missouri School of Journalism will welcome radio journalist and podcast producer Amy Martin and writer/author Nathaniel Rich to campus Sept. 19-21. The visit is part of the Smith/Patterson Science Journalism Fellowship and Lecture Series, a joint initiative of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium and the Missouri School of Journalism. The two will host a joint lecture, "A Co  more

Journalism Undergrad Co-Publishes Research in Academic Journal
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: Tucked among the names of graduate students and professors listed in a recent issue of the academic research journal "Media Practice and Education" is undergraduate journalism student Caroline Dade. The Rogersville, Missouri, native contributed to one of the research reports as a freshman at the Missouri School of Journalism. Dade, now a junior, completed "Local Broadcast Journal  more

Judge Hears Missouri Chamber's Challenge to Amendment 1
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release: On Aug. 31, Judge Green heard the Missouri Chamber's lawsuit to stop a disingenuous, out-of-state effort to upend Missouri's political system. If successful, the challenge will remove Amendment 1 from the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. This would spare Missourians from having to decide whether or not to approve this deceptive amendment to the state's constitution. Amendment 1 is bein  more

Legrand Contributes to NAED Education & Research Foundation
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The National Association of Electrical Distributors issued the following news release: The National Association of Electrical Distributors today recognizes the generous support of Legrand for their contribution to the NAED Education & Research Foundation's Future Fund. All funds go toward providing industry-leading education and research programs for the $70-billion electrical distribution channel. "Industry support is the lifeblood of the NAED Foundation," sai  more

Monarch Support Coming to ASA's Social Pages in September
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The American Soybean Association issued the following news release: While trade issues remain top priority for the soy industry, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is taking a moment this fall to illuminate the importance of monarch habitat in its overall conservation efforts, which include soil and water quality, and pollinator preservation. Starting September 5 and running through October 5, ASA's Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds will be aflutter wit  more

National Corn Growers Issues Statement on Farm Bill Conference
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement by President Kevin Skunes regarding the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee public meeting: "With the House and Senate back in session, it is encouraging to see farm bill conferees come together and work toward a new farm bill that can be signed into law by the end of the month. "With declining farm incomes, trade uncertainty, and ethanol market disruptions, the corn industry is struggling amid  more

NCGA, BASF Accepting Applications for Scholarships to Build Ag's Future
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation announced today that it is now accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree during the 2019-20 school year. For the first time, NCGA will accept applications from students pursuing degrees in all subject areas. Previously, only those pursuing those in agriculture-  more

New Clues Found to Understanding Relapse in Breast Cancer
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Shown is an artist's rendering of a breast tumor (red). Blue areas depict normal breast tissue. A new study identifies mutations associated with relapse in ER positive breast cancer -- knowledge that could lead to better therapies. A large genomic analysis has linked certain DNA mutations to a high risk of relapse in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, while other mut  more

NMMA Member Participates in Trade Roundtable With Senator McCaskill
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 5 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: Ben Cast, President of Lowe Boats, joined a trade roundtable hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to investigate the impact of tariffs on Missouri businesses. NMMA encourages members to participate in these types of events and is here to help identify and coordinate future opportunities. At the roundtable, entitled, "Examining the Effects of Tariffs and Trade Policy on Missouri M  more

Northwest Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Missouri Arboretum
MARYVILLE, Missouri, Sept. 7 -- Northwest Missouri State University issued the following news release: Northwest Missouri State University will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its designation as the state of Missouri's official arboretum with an afternoon program that will celebrate the campus' legacy of tree care, which now includes two "champion trees." The public is invited to gather with Northwest students, employees and special guests for a program beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.  more

One Year Ago: Republican Megadonor Announces Hawley's Senate Bid... Before Hawley Tells Missourians
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- The Democratic Party of Missouri issued the following news release: This time last year, Republican megadonor Sam Fox sent a letter to other millionaires and billionaires saying that he was pleased to report that Josh Hawley would run for Senate. The problem? Hawley still hadn't come clean to Missourians about breaking his promise not to climb the political ladder. Apparently Fox wasn't the only person Hawley told about his Senate bid before breaking the news to   more

Ploghoft Lecture to Feature Director of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
MARYVILLE, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- Northwest Missouri State University issued the following news release: Bob Kendrick, the director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, will visit Northwest Missouri State University to present its fall Ploghoft Diversity Lecture. The lecture begins as 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public. Kendrick was named president of the NLBM in 2011 and is one of the leading au  more

Protection of Animal Life in the Galapagos Islands Getting Major Boost With Support of UMSL, Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri's St. Louis campus issued the following news release: The Galapagos Islands became famous through Charles Darwin's explorations of their unique biodiversity, which were foundational in the building of his theory of evolution by natural selection. More than 175 years after Darwin first published "The Voyage of the Beagle," St. Louis has emerged as an unexpected but vibrant center for conservation in the Ecuadorian archipelago. Building   more

Realtors Help Families Navigate Back-to-School Home Shopping
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- The National Association of Realtors issued the following news release: Buying and moving into a new home is already a complicated process, but moving with children adds an entirely different set of requirements and stresses. The National Association of Realtors(R)' 2018 Moving with Kids report, https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/moving-with-kids, explores the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers with children under 18. "Buying a house is   more

Results From the 2018 Missouri State Fair Growth & Quality Barrow Classic
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 7 -- The Missouri Pork Association issued the following news release: Over 40 hogs from across the state were entered in the Growth & Quality Barrow Classic at the 2018 Missouri State Fair. The Classic was sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association, University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The overall winner went to Jack Schreiner from Chillicothe for his Crossbred hog. Forkner Farms from Richards received second with a Crossbred ba  more

Scientists Identify Weak Point in Deadly Eye Melanoma
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Uveal melanoma, the large green mass pictured, is a cancer of the eye that has no targeted therapies. A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a natural plant compound shuts down uveal melanoma cell growth in human tumor cells grown in the lab. A natural plant compound exploits a newly identified Achilles' heel in a cancer of the eye  more

Soybean Price Loss Economic Impact County and Congressional District Analysis
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- The Missouri Soybean Association issued the following news release: Following last month's announcement of the economic impact of the drop in soybean prices, the Missouri Soybean Association requested additional analysis into impacts at the local level. The resulting reports from the University of Missouri's Commercial Agriculture Program detail losses at the county level and across Missouri's eight congressional districts, showing significant hits to Misso  more

Sports and Entertainment Promotion Class to Develop Brand Campaign for the Basketball League
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: During the fall 2018 semester, The Basketball League (TBL) will serve as a client of the Sports and Entertainment Promotion class taught by Professor Cynthia Frisby. The goal of the campaign will be two-fold: to build the TBL brand and to help the league find ways to support nonprofit entities in the cities of each team. TBL currently has 11 teams in place for its launch in Januar  more

State Ag Director Opens 6th Annual Pearls of Production Workshop
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news release: Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn gives the welcome at the sixth annual Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture workshop Nov. 2-3 in Columbia. Chinn, a fifth-generation farmer from Clarence, manages a farrow-to-finish operation with her husband and children. The Chinns also have a small cow-calf herd and family feed mill and grow corn, soybean and alf  more

Study Seeks Former Opioid Users Who Avoided Addiction
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Individuals with a history of opioid misuse -- but no history of opioid addiction -- may help scientists identify genes that protect against opioid-use disorders. To that end, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a large-scale study for which they plan to recruit 2,000 people who have used opioids recreationally 60 times or fewer  more

Two Missouri S&T Professors Celebrate 50 Years of Teaching and Research Excellence
ROLLA, Missouri, Sept. 4 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: The College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) will honor Dr. Gerald L. Cohen and Dr. Gary J. Long - two professors who have shared five decades of teaching and research excellence with Missouri S&T. CASB will host a reception in their honor 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Curtis Laws Wilson Library's second-floor gallery, located on the Missouri S&T campus at 400 W. 14th St  more

University of Missouri and Danforth Plant Science Center Strengthen Regional Research and Education With New Joint Appointments
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: The University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today that The Ohio State University professor R. Keith Slotkin, and Iowa State professor Bing Yang, have been appointed to joint faculty positions at MU and the Danforth Center. They are the second and third faculty hired through a collaborative initiative that aims to elevate regional plant science to address global chal  more

Veterans of Foreign Wars Issues Statement on Legislation
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Sept. 5 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States issued the following statement by Carlos Fuentes, director of national legislative service, before the Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs at a hearing on legislation: "Chairman Bost, Ranking Member Esty, and members of the subcommittee, on behalf of the men and women of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and its Auxiliary, thank you for the opportuni  more

WSJ/the Ranks Jewell Among Top Colleges
LIBERTY, Missouri, Sept. 6 -- William Jewell College issued the following news release: William Jewell College placed near the top third of the country's best 968 colleges and universities according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Jewell ranked 372nd on the overall list and also ranked in the top 100 of the Midwest region. Jewell ranked in the top 30 percent of institutions in the category of resources, which includes faculty-student ratio, faculty research and finance per s  more