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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday April 26, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Crawford County Conservation Agent Patrice Reese Named Outstanding Agent of Year for Missouri Department of Conservation St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 21 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) employs more than 200 agents throughout the Show-Me State who protect its fish, forest and wildlife resources. Each one shows commitment to that mission, but every year MDC's St. Louis region recognizes one agent who has gone above and beyond their duties and provided exceptional service with the regional Outstanding Conservation Agent of the   more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Chinese Government
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 22 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: In a historical move, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions, alleging that their actions to suppress information, arrest whistleblowers, and deny the contagious nature of the 2019 novel Coronavirus led to loss of life and severe economic consequences in Missouri. "C  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Shipped From Camden County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 23 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that the sixth batch of untested sexual assault kits identified in the SAFE Kit Initiative inventory were shipped off to the lab. Precautions were taken to ensure that the kits could be safely dropped off while maintaining social distancing requirements. "One of my top priorities as Missouri Attorney General is to ensure that the untes  more

Mo. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: Missouri National Guard Assists K-12 School Officials to Distribute Food to Students
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 23 -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following news release: The Missouri National Guard and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are working together to assist local Missouri schools in feeding the students in their communities who rely on school meals each day. Nearly 200 members of the National Guard will assist the communities listed below distribute and/or deliver food to students for the next   more

Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services: Missouri's Expanded Testing Strategy Rolled Out in Buchanan County
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 24 -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began offering tests to those working in close proximity with two positive COVID-19 patients earlier this week. Approximately 2,800 additional tests will be offered in the St. Joseph community and processed at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory and a commercial laboratory. The new testing strategy will al  more

Mo. Department of Higher Education: Health Care Workers Prepare to Skill Up for Work in COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 25 -- The Missouri Department of Higher Education issued the following news release on April 24: Missouri health care workers and the University of Missouri are preparing to meet COVID-19 related challenges as the state moves forward with plans to safely and gradually reopen the economy. The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, MU Extension, and University of Missouri Health Care have partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency an  more

Mo. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations: Missouri Begins Processing Claims for Self-Employed, Others Ineligible for Regular Unemployment
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 21 -- 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) is now processing unemployment claims for the self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and have been impacted by the coronavirus. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PU  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Announces 2020 Earth Day Slogan Contest Winner
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 25 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced the winner of the department's 2020 Earth Day slogan contest. Bailey Ogle, a fifth grade student from Boswell Elementary in Lebanon, won first place with the slogan, "Use less plastic, it's Earth-tastic!" Bailey was among 400 Missouri fifth graders from 43 schools who entered the annual slogan contest. As the slogan con  more

Mo. Department of Public Safety and Vendor Resolve KN95 Mask Issue After Vendor Refunds State Funds
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 21 -- The Missouri Department of Public Safety issued the following news on April 20: Missouri Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten announces the Department of Public Safety and a vendor supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to the state resolved the issue of almost 4 million KN95 respirator masks ordered by the State Emergency Management Agency. Karsten said the vendor offered a refund to the state and is continuing to assist in the state's efforts to obtain  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces $47 Million in Additional Expenditure Restrictions
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 21 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 20: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced over $47 million in additional expenditure restrictions to ensure a balanced budget and the necessary funds to deal with COVID-19 going forward. These restrictions include reduced funding for nine state agencies, Office of the Attorney General, and the General Assembly. "COVID-19 is unlike anything we have ever deal  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Deployment of Decontamination System in Missouri to Assist With N95 Mask Shortage
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 23 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on April 22: In today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Parson announced the deployment of a decontamination system in Missouri to assist with the N95 mask shortage. Governor Parson was joined by CoxHealth Medical Director of Infectious Diseases Dr. Robin Trotman, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams, MO HealthNet Director Todd Richardson, and M  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Appoints Adam L. Caine as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 21 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson appointed Adam L. Caine as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable George E. Wolf. Mr. Caine, of Kansas City, currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He holds a holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Missouri Stat  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Grants Clemency to Dimetrious Woods
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 23 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: In 2007, Mr. Woods was sentenced under a statute that was later repealed by the legislature. A circuit court ordered the repeal of the statute to be retroactively applied to Mr. Woods, thereby resulting in his release to parole supervision. However, the Missouri Supreme Court then clarified that the repeal should not have been applied to Mr. Woods. During this period of release, Mr. Wood  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Signs Executive Order 20-09 Extending State of Emergency in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 25 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: As the state prepares to move into the economic recovery phase of COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-09 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, 2020. Governor Parson initially declared the state of emergency on March 13 with the signing of Executive Order 20-02. Since that time, over 450 state statutes and regulations have been waived or suspend  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Signs HB 1511 & 1452 Into Law
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 22 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson signed HB 1511 & 1452 into law, which allows license reciprocity for military spouses relocating to Missouri with their active duty partner. "We greatly appreciate the leadership of Representative Steve Lynch and Senator Justin Brown, as well as the support from Representative Nick Schroer and Senator Bob Onder, to address this important issue," Governor Parson said.   more

Mo. Gov. Parson: State of Missouri Utilizes Google Technology to Launch Missouri PPE Marketplace
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 23 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new tool developed by Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE). "It's vital that we keep our health care workers as protected as possible in the fight against COVID-19," Governor Parson said. "Manufacturers across the state have answered the call to help prote  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft: Las Vegas' Retire Happy LLC Makes Missouri Investors Not So Cheerful
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 22 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's Securities Division ordered Retire Happy, LLC, Julie A. Minuskin, and Joshua P. Stoll to cease and desist and show cause why restitution, civil penalties, disgorgement of profits and costs should not be imposed. Retire Happy, a Las Vegas-based organization, allegedly operated as an unregistered broker-dealer and investment adviser in Missouri. D  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces CARES Act Funds Information Portal
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 24 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the creation a CARES Act funds information portal. "As a business owner and a tax-payer, I want to know how the government is allocating money and as State Treasurer, I want Missourians to know that the government is working for them," Treasurer Fitzpatrick said. "As we begin to assess the newly-released federal guidance on the  more

University of Missouri: College of Education to Add Online School Counseling Master's Program
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 25 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: The need for school counselors continues to rise in Missouri and beyond. The University of Missouri's College of Education is aiming to fill that need by adding an online master's degree in school counseling beginning in August. "The University of Missouri College of Education has a legacy of excellence in school counseling, and I am very excited that online students can benefit from the knowledge of   more

University of Missouri: Stress in Parents of Children With Autism - Pets May Help
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 25 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. Feeling overwhelmed and overburdened by various responsibilities, some parents turn to pets as a source of comfort and support. Now, research from the University of Missouri has found that pets lead to strong bonds and reduced  more

Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine: Diabetes Reversed in Mice With Genetically Edited Stem Cells Derived From Patients
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 23 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Using induced pluripotent stem cells produced from the skin of a patient with a rare, genetic form of insulin-dependent diabetes called Wolfram syndrome, researchers transformed the human stem cells into insulin-producing cells and used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to correct a genetic defect that had caused the syndrome. They then implanted the cells into lab mice and  more

Zweig Named Dean of MU School of Medicine
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 24 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: After serving as interim dean since April 2019, Steven Zweig has been named dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His appointment is effective April 1, 2020. "Since joining the MU School of Medicine faculty in 1984, Dr. Zweig has proven himself to be a committed and incredibly passionate leader," said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. "He is a  more