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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 24 items )  

'Be Prepared'
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 17 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - Spiritual leaders can help tackle PTSD concern * * * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a gripping concern for our nation's veterans. For me personally, belief in God is what gave me victory over PTSD. Prior to my encounter with God I tried dealing with my PTSD by drinking heavily. I know that belief in God is not the cure-all for PTSD, but it can help. Much has been written a  more

Advancement Project National Office Celebrates Major Victory in Missouri Voter ID Supreme Court Case
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develops and inspires community-based solutions based on the high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following news: * * * - MO Supreme Court 5-2 Decision Strikes Down Photo ID Requirement to Vote * * * On Tuesday, January 14, Advancement Project National Office, in partnership with Missouri voting rights advocates, celebrated a significant legal victory in the defeat of a key provision o  more

American Library Association: Office for Intellectual Freedom Responds to Missouri Legislation That Threaten Access to Information
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 17 -- The American Library Association issued the following statement: Missouri House Bill 2044, introduced on January 8, 2020, proposes the creation of five-member "parental library review boards" to identify "age-inappropriate" public library materials and restrict access to those materials. The bill proposes criminal prosecution for librarians who make those materials available to minors and would deny funding to libraries that do not employ parental library review b  more

American Soybean Association Celebrates Its 'First Soy Century'
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Jan. 17 -- The American Soybean Association issued the following news release: What began on an Indiana soybean farm 100 years ago developed into an organization that quickly grew to be the leading advocate for soybean farmers and foster the building of the U.S. soybean industry-- the American Soybean Association (ASA). ASA is celebrating its "First Soy Century" as it recognizes its 100th anniversary throughout 2020. The roots of ASA were formed when brothers Taylor, Noah   more

Angus Association Champions Named at 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri, Jan. 18 -- The American Angus Association issued the following news release: Angus enthusiasts led 114 entries at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show's Angus Show, January 6 in Harrisburg, Pa. Parker Henley, Stillwater, Okla., evaluated the 90 females, 20 bulls and four cow-calf pairs. B & R Hammer was named grand champion bull. Kaitlin Bell, Nottingham, Pa., owns the March 2018 son of Colburn Primo 5153. He earlier won junior champion. Kolton Grim, Thomasville, Pa., owns th  more

Cancer Action Network: Missouri Fails to Properly Fund Tobacco Control Programs, Protect Youth From Lifetime of Addiction
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following joint statement: * * * - Missouri Ranks Among the Lowest in Nation for Spending on Tobacco Prevention * * * In response to this decision, Emily Kalmer, Missouri government relations director with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released the following statement. "In a disappointing move, Governor Mike Parson unveiled a state budget that includes minimal funding for progra  more

Ipourlife Becomes ECFA Accredited Organization
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, Jan. 14 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release: The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced the accreditation of Ipourlife of Springfield, MO. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. Ipourlife joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and min  more

Minnesota Historical Society: St. Paul Student-Teacher Team Chosen to Study World War II in Hawaii
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Jan. 15 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release: Samuel Skinner, a sophomore student at Como Park High School in St. Paul and social studies teacher Courtney Major from Murray Middle School make up one of only 16 student-teacher teams from across the United States selected to participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom(R): World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. The program, coordinated through National History Day,   more

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Filling Open Jobs & Attracting More Workers With License Reciprocity
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release on Jan. 15: If you've earned a professional license in another state, you shouldn't have to start over from scratch when you move to Missouri. Today, nearly one in four occupations require a license to practice. But several licensed professions -- including many in health care and other industries in dire need of workers in our state -- are currently excluded from Missouri's exi  more

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Gov. Mike Parson Urges Lawmakers to Focus on Legal Climate Reform
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release: Gov. Mike Parson used the annual State of the State address to urge Missouri lawmakers to have a real discussion about bringing fairness to our state's courtrooms. Missouri's legal climate is a major problem for our state's economy. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working to put an end to job-crushing litigation practices. "Greedy plaintiffs' attorneys are fle  more

Missouri Farm Bureau Issues Statement Regarding Signing of Phase One Deal With China
JEFFERSON, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Missouri Farm Bureau issued the following statement on Jan. 15 by President Blake Hurst regarding the signing of the phase one deal with China: "Today's signing of the Phase One Deal is a welcome step forward in what has become a long road to securing a trade deal with China. "We are optimistic that this preliminary agreement is the first of many steps to come. "Missouri Farm Bureau looks forward to working with our partners to ensure our trade agreements  more

Missouri River Energy Services: Farm-in-a-Box Means Fresh Local Greens Year-Round
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 14 -- Missouri River Energy Services issued the following news release: Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), South Dakota State University (SDSU), and Children's Museum of South Dakota are collaborating on a high-tech "farm-in-a-box" built entirely inside a specialized 40-foot container. The container was delivered and installed Jan. 10 on the campus of SDSU in Brookings, S.D. It will be operated by graduate studen  more

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Releases LTCI Fiscal Impact Statement
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 14 -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners issued the following news release: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has released a Fiscal Impact Statement for a two-week comment period. The fiscal is for funding to conduct a Long-Term Care Information Data Call during the first half of 2020. The proposed call will be used to gather information on the existence and degree of cross-state subsidization of different approaches when co  more

National Corn Growers Association Issues Statement on Senate Approval of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Jan. 17 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement on Jan. 16 by President Kevin Ross after thanked the members of the Senate for their bipartisan approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Nearly a year ago, NCGA's farmer members, recognizing the importance of our trading relationship with Mexico and Canada, declared passage of USMCA their top legislative priority. "Since that time, corn farmers have been using every opportunity to urge m  more

National Corn Growers Association Issues Statement Signing of U.S.-China Phase One Deal
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Jan. 17 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement by President Kevin Ross after attended a White House ceremony, commemorating the signing of the phase one deal between the U.S. and China: "Signing the phase one agreement with China is a step in the right direction to resolving the trade dispute with China and restoring the trading relationship between our two countries. "China holds tremendous opportunity for American corn, ethanol and DDGs  more

Olympic Gold Medalist Joyner-Kersee to Speak at NAFSA International Education Conference in St. Louis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The NAFSA - Association of International Educators issued the following news release: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist, advocate, and philanthropist for children's education, racial equality, social justice, and women's rights, and author of "A Kind of Grace," will speak at the NAFSA 2020 International Education Conference in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She will address the conference on May 29, 2020. Named "The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Cen  more

PEN America: Proposed Book Banning Bill in Missouri Could Imprison Librarians
NEW YORK, Jan. 16 -- PEN America issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would allow review boards to censor books, fine or imprison librarians who violate the law * * * A bill proposed in Missouri this month represents a transparent, shameful attempt to legalize book banning in public libraries within the state, PEN America said. The bill -- the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act or House Bill 244 -- aims to add several provisions to the state's funding law for public libra  more

Religious Freedom Institute Welcomes Graham Glover as Its New Military Chaplain Fellow
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The Religious Freedom Institute issued the following news release: The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is proud to announce the addition of Chaplain (Major) Graham B. Glover of the U.S. Army Reserves as RFI's second military chaplain fellow. U.S. Navy Chaplain, Captain Daniel Mode, served as RFI's first military chaplain fellow beginning in November 2018. Chaplain Glover is a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is assigned to the Office of the Chief of Chap  more

Sierra Club: Advocacy Groups Call on Missouri Public Service Commission to Reject Spending at Ameren's High Cost Coal-Burning Plants
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: This week is the midpoint in a series of public hearings in Ameren territory to address a rate proposal by Ameren before the Missouri Public Service Commission. Ameren is seeking a business-as-usual proposal that would continue spending customers' money on its high-cost coal-burning power plants, even though there are cheaper, cleaner alternatives.The request has groups within the region calling for greater accou  more

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership: The Chouteau and 39 North Greenways
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Jan. 18 -- The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership issued the following news: * * * - How will these greenways make the STL region more accessible? * * * The 39 North Greenway is a portion of the Centennial Greenway and is vital to its completion. Centennial Greenway is one of the priority Greenways of the regional greenway system administered by Great Rivers Greenways. Ultimately, the Centennial Greenway will connect St. Charles to Forest Park, the hub from   more

United Soccer Coaches/MaxPreps High School Players of the Week Announced for Jan.6-12
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- United Soccer Coaches issued the following news: United Soccer Coaches and MaxPreps announced today the seven boys and seven girls who have been named the Winter United Soccer Coaches/MaxPreps High School State Players of the Week for their on-field efforts from Jan. 6-12. United Soccer Coaches uses results and statistics provided by MaxPreps.com to select one boy and one girl honoree from each participating state competing during the winter season. Coaches w  more

VFW Awards 154 Student Veterans With Scholarships
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - Together with Sport Clips, the VFW has awarded nearly $8 million in college scholarships * * * The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce more than 150 student veterans from around the country have been selected as 2020 spring semester recipients of the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship." student receiving her college diploma"Too often I meet veterans whose GI Bill educa  more

VFW Member Travels to Normandy to Visit Site of Uncle's Death
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 14 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: He stood there, studying a World War II battle map that had taken him on a route through a swath of old farm homes flying both the French and U.S. flags across Saint-Georges-d'Elle, a small village about six miles northeast of St. Lo, France. "I couldn't take my eyes off of this old stone church," said Pasqualini, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and member of the VFW Department of Virginia resi  more

VFW: Responding to 2020 Census is Critical for Vets
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 16 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release on Jan. 15: * * * - Veterans can continue to shape the future of their communities by being counted in the 2020 Census * * * Military veterans are a diverse and thriving group of people who contribute in many ways to communities across the United States. They are teachers, business owners, public servants, volunteers, civic leaders, and they serve in other ways. In the spring, veterans can contin  more