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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday April 05, 2020 ( 34 items )  

AmerenCares Donates $500,000 for COVID-19 Assistance in Illinois and Missouri
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, March 31 -- Ameren, a provider of electric power services, issued the following news release: Ameren Corporation announced that its AmerenCares charitable trust is donating $500,000 to help individuals, families and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support relief efforts in Illinois and Missouri. Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) The AmerenCares program will provide $250,000 to a new fund established by the United Way of Illinois and th  more

Missouri Department of a Natural Resources Extends Time for Vehicle Emissions Testing
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 31 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: To help motorists deal with some of the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has temporarily extended the time frame for when a vehicle emissions test is due, to coincide with the extended vehicle registration cycle as defined by the Missouri Department of Revenue. The Missouri Department of Revenue has extended the license   more

Missouri Department of Conservation Encourages You to Enjoy Missouri's Flowering Trees, Shrubs!
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 4 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to unwind in nature by enjoying Missouri's flowering trees and shrubs. Many of Missouri's native trees and shrubs bloom in spring, putting on dazzling displays that attract native wildlife such as birds and pollinators. Flowering spring trees and shrubs can be enjoyed while out in the yard, out on a walk, or even from the  more

Missouri Department of Labor Increases Staffing and Online Capacity Amid Historic Spike in Unemployment Claims
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 3 -- The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' (DOLIR's) Division of Employment Security (DES) reported a total of 104,230 initial claims for the week ending March 28, 2020, the most recent week for which claims information is available. That is an increase of nearly 147 percent over the previous week's initial claims of 42,207. More than 89,000 of the 10  more

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Chooses Two Husch Blackwell Litigators for 2020 Women's Justice Awards
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, April 1 -- Husch Blackwell, a law firm, issued the following news release: Husch Blackwell partner Denyse L. Jones and associate Laura C. Robinson have been chosen by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as 2020 Women's Justice Awards honorees in the Litigation Practitioner category. Both are members of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group and Construction Litigation practice team. Jones is based in the firm's St. Louis office. She focuses her practice on  more

Missouri PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Ameren Missouri Electric Fuel, Purchased Power Adjustment Charge Cases
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 31 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust the fuel and purchased power adjustment charge (FAC) on the bills of its electric customers. Ameren Missouri has made two filings. In its first filing (Case No. ER-2020-0302), Ameren Missouri proposes to adjust the FAC to reflect changes in its fuel and purchased pow  more

Missouri State University: 2020 Summer Session, Fall Semester Course Schedule Available Online
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, April 4 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release: Area residents interested in taking classes during the 2020 summer session and/or fall semester at Missouri State University-West Plains now can browse through a list of courses online. The complete 2020 summer session/fall semester course listing can be found at wp.missouristate.edu/schedule. Over 90 classes will be offered during the summer session, and more than 400 will be o  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt and the Missouri Hospital Association Urge Missourians Not to Hoard Medical Supplies
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 3 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: As we move forward in the COVID-19 crisis and supplies are stretched to meet expanding needs, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn are urging Missourians not to hoard medical supplies. President Trump issued an executive order last week also cautioning against hoarding of medical supplies. The order reads, "it is the poli  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Issues Civil Investigative Demands to Eight Third-Party Amazon Sellers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 31 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued eight civil investigative demands to third-party Amazon sellers as part of the Attorney General's Office's collaborative efforts with Amazon to combat price gouging. The civil investigative demand, which operates as a subpoena, requires the third-party sellers to provide information about their pricing and sales of face masks, respirators,  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt, Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Kehoe Warn of Scams, Price Gouging
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 1 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Attorney General Schmitt, Governor Parson, and Lieutenant Governor Kehoe are warning Missourians of potential COVID-19 related scams and price gouging across the state. All three offices have been monitoring these scams and will be sharing information to ensure that Missouri consumers are protected. "Across Missouri, COVID-19 related price gouging and scams are a big concern - we've r  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: COVID-19 Testing Available for First Responders and Health Care Workers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 30 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: * * * - To qualify, public health and safety professionals must meet state laboratory criteria * * * First responders on the front lines are working hard to protect Missourians during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to both keep them healthy and keep them on the job, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is expediting COVID-19 testing and test res  more

Mo. Department of Health: Waivers Provide Greater Access to Delivery of Health Care by Registered Nurses
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 3 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: * * * - Governor grants approval at the request of the Missouri Departments of Health and Senior Services and Commerce and Insurance in response to the COVID-19 crisis * * * Effective immediately, the Governor's office is temporarily allowing the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) to waive regulations req  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks Holds Missouri Trails Advisory Board Meeting Remotely April 4
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 2 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: Missouri State Parks will hold its biannual Missouri Trails Advisory Board Meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4. The public, board members and Missouri State Parks staff are encouraged to attend remotely. The meeting is open to the public. Due to recent concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we encourage remote participation. To receive an invite to the board meeting, pleas  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources: Missouri State Parks Modifies Operations to Address Overcrowding
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 1 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: * * * - Effective April 2, new measures will further implement CDC health guidance * * * Out of an abundance of caution and in response to recent events, Missouri State Parks will modify operations at five state parks to address overcrowding and concerns regarding public safety. The modifications, including the temporary closure of four of Missouri's state parks and partial cl  more

Mo. Department of Public Safety: SEMA Adapts Applicant Briefing to Online Presentation in Support of Local Governments, Nonprofits Statewide Involved in COVID-19 Response
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 3 -- The Missouri Department of Public Safety issued the following news: * * * - Normal in-person presentation about FEMA program rules and application process shift to online video format for local governments and eligible agencies included in federal Public Assistance disaster declaration * * * Following the federal disaster declaration for COVID-19 on March 26, the State Emergency Management Agency has made an online applicant briefing available for local govern  more

Mo. Gov. Parson 30 Day Recap - Missouri's COVID-19 Response Efforts
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 30 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on March 28: As the COVID-19 crisis develops both in Missouri and across the nation, Governor Mike Parson and his administration continue taking steps each day to respond and adapt accordingly. "A tremendous amount of work has been accomplished in just a short period of time, and it does not stop here," Governor Parson said. "I want Missourians to know that we are doing and will continue t  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Expenditure Restrictions to Ensure Balanced Budget, Funds to Combat COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 2 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 1: In today's press briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced $180 million in expenditure restrictions to ensure a balanced state budget and the necessary funds to combat COVID-19 going forward. Governor Parson was joined by State Budget Director Dan Haug at the briefing. "Up until this point in my administration, we have been very fortunate to have a booming economy with record low  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Appoints Judge W. Doug Thomson to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 30 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson appointed Judge W. Doug Thomson to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Judge Thomson will succeed Judge Victor C. Howard who retired in November 2019. A native of Maryville, Missouri, Judge Thomson earned a Bachelor's degree in finance from Missouri State University in Springfield. Judge Thomson also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Continues Efforts to Eliminate Barriers, Expand Ability to Provide Health Care During COVID-19 Crisis
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 31 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on March 30: In today's press briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced he has approved a waiver granting full reciprocity for physicians and surgeons from other states who wish to assist Missourians during the COVID-19 crisis. Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance Director Chlora Lindley-Myers joined today's press briefing to provide more details. "It is critical that our health p  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Highlights Missouri's Ongoing Efforts to Combat COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 3 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 2: In today's press briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the state's ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri. Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams, and the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard Brigadier General   more

Mo. Gov. Parson Issues Statewide 'Stay Home Missouri' Order to Control, Contain, and Combat COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 4 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 3: Building on Missouri's efforts to control, contain, and combat COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide "Stay Home Missouri" Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020. The Order explicitly states that individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Participating in the 2020 Complete Count Census is More Important Than Ever
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 2 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: April 1st is Census Day. These are challenging times, and while taking part in the 2020 Census may not currently be at the top of your list, responses to the 2020 Census are more important than ever. The emergency funding Missouri is receiving for the COVID-19 pandemic is allotted to the state based on census population data. In order to be adequately funded, Missouri must first be adequate  more

Mo. Gov.Parson Gives Updates on Missouri National Guard, Department of Economic Development Efforts to Assist With COVID-19 Response
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 1 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on March 31: In today's press briefing, Governor Mike Parson provided updates on efforts by the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist with the state's COVID-19 response. Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sa  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Launches New Parents-as-Teachers Page on Financial Literacy Portal
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 2 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Kicking off Financial Literacy Month, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the addition of new resources on the Financial Literacy Portal focused on lessons parents can use to engage children while they are home from school. The new Parents-as-Teachers section features a variety of activities ranging from children's books that talk about financial issues (including  more

SFCC Board of Trustees Approves Operations Resolution During COVID-19 Pandemic
SEDALIA, Missouri, March 28 -- State Fair Community College issued the following news: The State Fair Community College Board of Trustees voted at the March 26 meeting to approve a resolution that addresses SFCC operations during the COVID 19 pandemic. The purpose is to ensure that the health and welfare of students and employees are protected. Higher education institutions across the nation and Missouri are implementing similar resolutions. The resolution grants temporary authority to the Pre  more

St. Louis Community College Uses Missouri Department of Conservation TRIM Grant to Remove Invasive Trees
KIRKWOOD, Missouri, April 4 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: 16 down, one to go. That was the count on a gray and rainy Thursday in early March when students from the horticulture class at St. Louis Community College's (StLCC) Meramec Campus gathered to watch a dentist take down a tree. It was being funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). For David Slane, DMD, this was merely a routine extraction, just one more dendro t  more

Successful Transition to Online-Only Courses for S&T Faculty and Students
ROLLA, Missouri, April 3 -- Missouri University of Science and Technology issued the following news release: Students and faculty at Missouri S&T are back from spring break and back to meeting virtually after COVID-19 effectively shut down classrooms on the Rolla campus and at the other University of Missouri System universities. The transition to online education has gone fairly smoothly, according to faculty and students. "The first day was amazingly successful," says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vi  more

University of Missouri's School of Journalism: Associate Professor Yong Volz Honored With the Jordan Hoyt Tribute to Women Award
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 3 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release, dated March 31: * * * - The annual award recognizes outstanding MU faculty, staff and students who help create an environment of equity, fairness and justice for women on campus. * * * Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor Yong Volz was selected to receive the Jordan Hoyt Tribute to Women award. The annual award is sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor'  more

University of Missouri: Freezing is an Option for Milk Lovers
COLUMBIA, Missouri, March 31 -- The University of Missouri's College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news: Freezing offers milk drinkers a way to keep nutritious milk on hand at all times, says University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel. She works with producers in the heart of southwestern Missouri dairy land. To extend the shelf life of pasteurized milk, freeze in freezer-safe plastic or glass containers at zero degrees Fahrenheit, says MU Extension nut  more

University of Missouri: MUPD Officers Test Positive for COVID-19
COLUMBIA, Missouri, March 28 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: * * * - Local health department is working with officers to follow up with anyone who had close contact with them * * * The University of Missouri has been informed that two officers with the MU Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19. Public health authorities are working with MUPD and the officers to manage each case. The individuals are currently being treated in isolation. Public he  more

University of Missouri: Private Pesticide Applicator Training Shifts to Video Teleconference, U.S. Mail Options
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 1 -- The University of Missouri's College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news: In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved two alternative methods for completing Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT). "We know planting has started in some parts of the state," said Missouri Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator Lee Miller. "We want to make sure appli  more

University of Missouri: Test Fields for SCN and Test Your SCN IQ
NEVADA, Missouri, April 4 -- The University of Missouri's College of Food and Natural Resources issued the following news: Now is the perfect time to test for the No. 1 soybean disease in the U.S. and Canada - soybean cyst nematode (SCN), says University of Missouri Extension field agronomist Pat Miller. It is also a good time to test your IQ on this yield-reducing disease. Soybean cyst nematodes attack soybean roots.SCN began spreading in Missouri in the 1970s and gained a strong foothold in   more

Wash. University St. Louis School of Medicine: Lifestyle Trumps Geography in Determining Makeup of Gut Microbiome
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 3 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Kingo, a silverback Western lowland gorilla, is about 40 years old and lives in a remote area neighboring the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis studied the gut microbiomes of wild apes in the Republic of Congo, of captive apes in zoos in the U.S., and of people from around the world  more

Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine: Insight Into Alzheimer's Early Stages Provides Clues to Treatment Strategies
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, March 27 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Tau protein changes years before cognitive symptoms * * * Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than 5 million people in the U.S., but doctors have limited advice on how to protect against it. The disease develops silently in the brain for two decades or more before people begin showing the characteristic sig  more