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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday March 01, 2020 ( 34 items )  

3 Major Credit Rating Agencies Affirm Missouri's AAA Credit Rating
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: All three major credit rating agencies recently affirmed Missouri's AAA credit rating and responded positively to Governor Mike Parson's proposed establishment of a Cash Operating Expense Fund (COEF) in Missouri. Governor Parson initially announced the COEF in his 2020 State of the State Address, proposing that $100 million be set aside this year to initiate the fund. "Since the beginning  more

BKD Named to Training Top 125 for Seventh Straight Year
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- BKD, a certified public accountant and advisory firm, issued the following news release: Training magazine has named BKD CPAs & Advisors to its Top 125 list for the seventh consecutive year. BKD is ranked 52 on the list, which grades companies by the effectiveness of their employee development programs. "BKD's focus on strategic training and development is part of our commitment to providing Unmatched Client Service(R). Our L&D team puts a lot of thought and c  more

Cinder House Launches Cinder Bar at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis on March 5
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Feb. 25 -- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts issued the following news release: Cinder House, the wood-fired restaurant by James Beard Award winner Gerard Craft at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, introduces Cinder Bar, the new, casual dining and imbibing experience for guests and locals alike, conveniently located adjacent to Cinder House restaurant. To celebrate the new Cinder Bar experience, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will host a happy hour celebration from 5:00 to 8:00 pm  more

Democratic Governors Association: Latest Super PAC Ad Proves Even Trump Might Not Be Enough to Save Mike Parson
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: Despite Republicans' repeated touting of Trump's popularity in Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson's Super PAC doesn't seem to think the governor's embrace of the president is all good news. In Uniting Missouri's recent statewide ad, Mike Parson's Super PAC wants Missouri voters to know about Parson's close relationship with the president, except for the 65% of Missourians who live in St. Louis and Kansas City media m  more

Democratic Governors Association: Vulnerable Mike Parson Files for Governor Under Haze of Disastrous Record as Greitens Continues to Tout Comeback
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: GOP Gov. Mike Parson filed as a candidate for governor under a haze of rumors of a Greitens comeback and increased outrage over the dire state of health care in the state. His filing coincided with the airing of a third campaign ad by his Super PAC, marking another remarkably early campaign expenditure to prop up the governor. Parson's short time in office has already been marred by a disastrous record on he  more

DHSS Director Williams Meets at White House to Discuss Federal, State and Local Health Officials' Strategic Alignment on COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release on Feb. 27: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is engaging with federal governmental leadership, national thought leaders and local public health agencies to maximize Missouri's preparedness for the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus should a future case be diagnosed in Missouri. "In joining my fellow state health officers from around t  more

Husch Blackwell: Boeschen and Holdredge Contribute to New Book On Legal Innovation
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- Husch Blackwell, a law firm, issued the following news release: Husch Blackwell Innovation team members Dean Boeschen and Rebecca Holdredge have contributed a chapter to The Future of Legal Innovation, published by ARK Group. The book features contributions from law firms that are pushing innovation in all aspects of the field, from "partnering with clients to productizing services, developing external alliances, and transforming the talent management function  more

Kansas City International Airport Reports January Passenger Traffic
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- Kansas City International Airport issued the following news release: The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 805,472 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport's gates in January, a 2.7 percent decrease from January 2019. Passenger boardings were down 2.1 percent, with a total of 405,153 boarded. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 805,472, down 2.7 percent. Year-to-date passenger boardin  more

Kansas State University: KMBC's Bryan Busby to Discuss Importance of Local Weather Coverage as Topic of Annual Huck Boyd Lecture
MANHATTAN, Kansas, Feb. 27 -- Kansas State University issued the following news release: Weather is always a major story in rural Midwestern states, and the practice of forecasting weather and issuing those messages to the public in this age of multiple media channels is making the practice of weather journalism more difficult in some instances. This will be the topic of the 20th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media by Bryan Busby, chief meteorologist for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missour  more

Limited Engagement - Star Wars Lightsaber Coming to Ripley's Branson!
BRANSON, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- Ripley Entertainment issued the following news: Just in time for BransonCon, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Branson is bringing an original Star Wars lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker(TM) himself, Mark Hamill, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!(TM). This exhibit is the first time the renowned movie prop will be on display in Branson. Believe it or not, this lightsaber was constructed from a vintage 1930s Graflex camera flashgun. The handle still has the original   more

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: CDC Releases Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Health Care Professionals
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 29 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: Within its COVID-19 guidance for health professionals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a revised and expanded definition for individuals who meet the person under investigation (PUI) COVID-19 criteria and can be approved for testing. Few people within Missouri have met this criteria to date, and all have tested negative for the virus. To v  more

Missouri House Gives Initial Passage to Changes to Missouri Medical Marijuana Provisions
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- The Missouri House of Representatives issued the following news: The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill addressing issues with implementing a medical marijuana industry approved by voters in 2018. This comes as its Special Oversight Committee continues to explore problems in the issuing of cultivation licenses. House Bill 1896 would give the Department of Health and Senior Services authority to review criminal background checks to ensure no  more

Missouri PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Summit Natural Gas Case
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Summit Natural Gas of Missouri Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking certificates of convenience and necessity (CCNs) to construct, own, operate and maintain a natural gas distribution system providing natural gas service in Laclede and Webster counties. The requested CCNs would be a further expansion of the Company's exi  more

Missouri PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Territorial Agreement Case
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The City of Union, Missouri and Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Franklin County have filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking Commission approval of a second amendment to a water territorial agreement between the two that was originally approved by the Commission on March 6, 2003 (Case No. WO-2003-0186). The Commission also approved a first amendme  more

Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft Announces 3 Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office recently approved three initiative petitions amending the Revised Statutes of Missouri for circulation. Before circulating petitions for signatures, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state's office. The office then has 23 days after the form of the petition i  more

Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft Reminds Missourians Candidate Filing to Open for August Primary
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 25 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release on Feb. 24: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft reminds Missourians that candidate filing for the Aug. 4 primary election will open tomorrow, Feb. 25. Candidates for U.S. and state offices, along with some judges, are required to file in person at the Secretary of State's office at 600 W. Main St. in Jefferson City. Candidate filing will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last day t  more

Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft Thanks Candidates for Successful Candidate Filing Day
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft thanked candidates for yesterday's successful start to candidate filing for the August primary election. A total of 349 candidates visited the Secretary of State's office yesterday to ensure their name will be on the Aug. 4 ballot. "We're grateful to all the candidates who filed at our office yesterday," Ashcroft said. "It's inspiring to see the n  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Missouri Joins Bipartisan, Multistate Investigation of JUUL
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: * * * - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Missouri has joined a bipartisan, multistate investigation of JUUL Labs. * * * Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Missouri has joined a bipartisan, multistate investigation of JUUL Labs. The 39-state multistate coalition is investigating JUUL's marketing and sales practices, including targ  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Third Batch of SAFE Kits Delivered to Lab From St. Joseph Police Department
SAINT JOSEPH, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: * * * - The third batch of untested sexual assault kits identified by Missouri Attorney General Schmitt's SAFE Kits Initiative inventory have been delivered to a private lab for testing. The kits were gathered at the St. Joseph Police Department as a "host agency" and sent directly to the private lab to preserve the chain of custody and streamline the process. * * * The third batch of  more

Mo. Department of Conservation Congratulates Former Commissioner on Induction Into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulates former Missouri Conservation Commissioner Chip McGeehan on his recent induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his work in conservation. McGeehan was one of numerous inductees at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame first Outdoor Sports Luncheon presented by the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company at the DoubleTree by   more

Mo. Department of Conservation Honors DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures for Outstanding Partnership
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Feb. 28 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently honored DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures for their partnership in connecting people with nature and the outdoors. DuckHorn received the MDC Outreach and Education Partnership Award on Feb. 23. The award is presented annually for outstanding support for MDC's outdoor education programs. The non-profit service organization is based at Duc  more

Mo. Department of Conservation: Powder Valley Nature Center Announces Winners of Its Nature Photo Contest
KIRKWOOD, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center has announced the results of its 2019 nature photo contest. "Our second annual Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Amateur Photo Contest was a success with 40 photographers submitting 100 photos," said MDC Naturalist Shelly Colatskie. The contest opened in February of 2019 and was free of charge to amateur ph  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Department Approves $50,000 Grant for Winona to Evaluate Wastewater System Improvements
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 29 -- 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 City of Winona to evaluate the city's wastewater system. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The city will use the grant to evaluate its wastewa  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Celebrates National FFA Week in Missouri, Hosts Agriculture Careers Event for Over 200 FFA Students In State Capitol
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 29 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on Feb. 28: Governor Mike Parson joined Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Assistant Commissioner Blaine Henningsen, and Missouri FFA leadership to celebrate National FFA Week in Missouri. "We are extremely proud Missouri is home to 348 FFA chapters representing nearly 26,00  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Makes Five Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions, Fills One County Office Vacancy
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions and filled one county office vacancy. * * * Robert P. Ballsrud, of St. Louis, was appointed to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. Mr. Ballsrud retired in 2014 after 33 years as a partner at the law firm Gilmore & Bell, one of the largest public finance firms in the Unites States. Before  more

Mo. Office of Administration, Department of Revenue Host 2020 Black History Month Celebration
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 29 -- The Missouri Office of Administration issued the following news release: * * * - Kansas City Chief Hall of Famer Deron Cherry gives keynote address * * * The Office of Administration along with the Department of Revenue, hosted the 2020 Black History Month Celebration for the State of Missouri. Hundreds of state team members and friends traveled from across Missouri to hear from Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, State Senator Brian Williams,  more

Polsinelli Grows Financial Services Litigation Practice With Five New Lawyers
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Feb. 26 -- Polsinelli, a law firm, issued the following news release: * * * - The new Financial Services Litigation attorneys span five office locations across the country, from Seattle to New York City * * * Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has expanded its financial services litigation capabilities across the nation, adding four new shareholders and one counsel, located in five of the firm's offices coast-to-coast. Polsinelli welcomes Brendan I. Herbert (Miami), Aaron Wagn  more

Transportation Companies Dominate Husch Blackwell's Top U.S. Postal Service Suppliers List
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Feb. 25 -- Husch Blackwell, a law firm, issued the following news release: Husch Blackwell announced the publication of its Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers list, an annual look at the companies with the largest supplier relationships with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). This year's rankings reveal an increase in the number of transportation companies at the top of the list. Seven of the top 10 companies are involved in transportation, one more than in fiscal year 20  more

Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces $100,000 MO Money Sweepstakes
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 27 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release on Feb. 26: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the launch of the MO Money Sweepstakes which will give away $100,000 in MOST 529 contributions over the next 100 days. 50 scholarships will be awarded--25 $529 scholarships, 10 $1,000 scholarships, and 15 $5,029 scholarships. This is the largest sweepstakes in the program's 20 year history. "I am launching this sweeps  more

Treasurer Fitzpatrick, MDHEWD Partner for America Saves Week
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Feb. 25 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release on Feb. 24: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced his office is partnering with the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development to promote America Saves Week. America Saves Week is an annual call to action for Americans to save for the future. Each day, the Treasurer's Office will use social media to promote the importance of personal savings and   more

University of Missouri System, MU Name Richard Barohn Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Feb. 29 -- The University of Missouri System issued the following news release: University of Missouri System and University of Missouri-Columbia officials announced that Richard J. Barohn, vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been named executive vice chancellor for health affairs for MU. The dual appointment, which will report to the UM president and MU chancellor, comes after a national search. In his new role, Barohn will develop a  more

University of Missouri: Technology in Higher Education - Learning With It Instead of From It
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Feb. 25 [TNSgeneralresearch] -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: * * * - MU researcher examines impact of digital learning on student creativity * * * Technology has shifted the way that professors teach students in higher education. For example, by uploading recorded lectures online, students can reference a digital copy of the topics discussed in class. However, lecture-based teaching traditionally leaves students as consumers of information  more

Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine: Diabetes in Mice Cured Rapidly Using Human Stem Cell Strategy
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Feb. 25 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - New technique efficiently converts human stem cells into insulin-producing cells * * * Shown are clusters of human insulin-secreting beta cells, as seen under a microscope. Jeffrey R. Millman, PhD, and his team produced these cells from stem cells, using a new, efficient technique. The cells were able to rapidly cure diabetes in mice for at le  more

Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine: Revving Up Immune System May Help Treat Eczema
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Feb. 27 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Boosting natural killer cells in mice improves skin rash * * * Brian S. Kim, MD, examines eczema patient Casey Richards. Kim has found that boosting the number of natural killer cells in the blood is a possible treatment strategy for the skin condition and also may help with related health problems, such as asthma. The aggravating skin condit  more