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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( 18 items )  

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Office Prevails in 'Offsets' Suit Appeal
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release on April 14: The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District affirmed the trial court's judgment granting a permanent injunction in the suit filed by the Missouri Attorney General's Office against "The Offsets" in 2018, stopping them from operating the location until safety concerns are addressed. "Keeping Missourians safe is one of my most important duties and it was crucial for my o  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Branson-Area Business for Inflated Mask Prices
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 16 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a cease and desist letter to a Branson-area business, Tuning Element, for allegedly inflating the prices on KN95 masks. The letter demands that the business cease and desist from selling masks at substantially higher prices. "Since this pandemic began, we have remained vigilant in monitoring price gouging across the state, and have taken   more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Medicaid Fraud and COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 18 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is asking Medicaid recipients to be suspicious of unexpected callers or visitors who offer COVID-19 assessments, tests, or supplies. "In these times of uncertainty, bad actors may seek to seize on any opportunity to exploit the concerns of Missourians, particularly related to Medicaid," said Attorney General Schmitt. "Missourians should be cauti  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services Settles Two Medical Marijuana Facility Appeals
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has settled two appeals of medical marijuana facility application denials. As a result of these settlements, DHSS will issue one new medical marijuana testing facility license and will exchange an existing medical marijuana dispensary license for a new medical marijuana dispensary license. The new testing facility lic  more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Recovered COVID-19 Patients Encouraged to Donate Plasma to Treat Current Patients
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 14 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is encouraging people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma, with the aim of helping current COVID-19 patients. Historically, convalescent plasma has been used to prevent or treat new viral diseases, when other treatments or vaccines were not available. People who have fully recovered from CO  more

Mo. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations: Missouri Begins $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Payments
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- 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) began issuing the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments yesterday with a total of $66 million in benefits paid out to over 115,000 claimants. Eligible claimants should begin seeing their payments within the next few days, depending on  more

Mo. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations: Missouri Launches Virtual Assistant for Unemployment Questions
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 18 -- 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) has introduced a virtual assistant chatbot feature on its home page labor.mo.gov. The virtual assistant is designed specifically to assist in answering unemployment questions by simply clicking on the icon and typing in a question. With the unprecedented volum  more

Mo. Department of Public Safety Calls Attention to Need to Support Victims of Crime as State Battles COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 17 -- The Missouri Department of Public Safety issued the following news: Coronavirus may be reducing crime overall, but law enforcement agencies across nation report rise in domestic violence cases, drop in reports of child abuse and neglect The coronavirus is having sweeping effects on virtually every aspect of American life, including crime. As Missouri observes National Crime Victims' Rights Week from April 19 to 25, the Department of Public Safety is calling att  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Broadband Grants to 16 Projects, Other Broadband Resources to Aid in COVID-19 Relief Efforts
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 18 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 17: Governor Mike Parson announced 16 broadband development projects will receive a total of $3.05 million through the state of Missouri's broadband grant program. The selected projects will bring service to more than 4,400 Missouri homes, businesses, and farms that lack access to high-speed internet. "Broadband brings so many new opportunities for rural economies," Governor Parson  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Extends Statewide 'Stay Home Missouri' Order Through May 3, Announces Initial COVID-19 Recovery Plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 17 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 16: Governor Mike Parson extended the statewide "Stay Home Missouri" Order through May 3, 2020, and announced the state's initial framework to help Missouri safely and gradually move into the recovery phase of COVID-19. "We are seeing very early signs in the data leading us to be cautiously optimist that Missouri is beginning to slow the course of the infection and see improvement,  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Gives Update on Public Schools, Federal Funding to Help Address COVID-19 Needs
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 16 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 15: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson and Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven gave an update on K-12 schools following last week's announcement that all Missouri public and charter school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. "We understand this news was difficult for students, families, and educators," Governor Parson said. "Th  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Highlights 'Show Me Strong' Recovery Plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 18 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 17: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted Missouri's "Show Me Strong" Recovery Plan to safely and gradually reopen the state's economy. Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Rob Dixon, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Directo  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Highlights Efforts of Missouri Hospitals to Adapt and Respond to COVID-19
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 14 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on Apil 13: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted efforts of hospitals across the state to adapt and respond to COVID-19 in Missouri. Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall W  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Highlights Innovation of Missouri Hospitals to Meet COVID-19 Challenges
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 14: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the innovation of Missouri hospitals in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Parson was joined by Truman Medical Centers President and CEO Charlie Shields, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams. "I'm so  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Missouri is First State to Receive a Rural Transit Grant Under the Federal Cares Act
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri is the first state in the nation to receive a federal grant for rural transit as part of national COVID-19 relief efforts. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced a $61.7 million grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Missouri to Receive $152 Million for Airports Under Federal Cares Act
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 16 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri will receive a $152.4 million grant for 75 state airports to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the grants to states yesterday as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "This is welcome news for those who work in Missouri's aviation industry. These gr  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Expands Show-Me Checkbook to Include Local Governments
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 15 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release on April 14: As part of his ongoing commitment to ensuring a more efficient and transparent government, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the expansion of the Show-Me Checkbook to include local governments. The Show-Me Checkbook, launched by the Treasurer's Office in 2018, is one of the most comprehensive state financial data portals in the country. Today, spend  more

Study to Evaluate Antidepressant as Potential COVID-19 Treatment: St. Louis School of Medicine
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 14 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a clinical trial in patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 but who are not sick enough to be hospitalized. The trial is investigating whether the antidepressant medication fluvoxamine, which is currently used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), can be repurpose  more