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State Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 24 items )  

Four University Systems to Scale Instructional Excellence to Advance Student Success
CANYON, Texas, May 2 -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: The National Association of System Heads (NASH) is pleased to announce four leading higher education systems have been selected to participate in Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success, a strategic initiative focused on improving quality instruction and student success through intentional, high-quality professional development for faculty. The California State University System, City University of New Yo  more

Hannibal-LaGrange University Names Site Director for Prison Ministry
HANNIBAL, Missouri, May 7 -- Hannibal-LaGrange University issued the following news release: Hannibal-LaGrange University is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rodrick Sweet as the Jefferson City site director for Freedom on the Inside, the University's new prison ministry program. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Global Prison Seminaries Foundation, Hannibal-LaGrange University will provide theological education for long-term prisoners by offer  more

Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences: Dr. Bruce Williams Named Associate Dean for Clinical Education
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 5 -- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences issued the following news: Kansas City University recently announced the appointment of Bruce Williams, DO, FACOFP, associate dean for Clinical Education in the KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective Monday, May 4. For the past four years, Dr. Williams has served as the Regional Assistant Dean for HCA Midwest Health in the Department of Clinical Education. In this role, Dr. Williams has significantly inc  more

Missouri Department of Conservation Says Bag One More Thing While Outdoors to Help Conservation
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 7 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: The morel hunter stumbles across an aluminum can on a wooded hillside. Anglers see a wad of tangled fishing line on the lake shore. Hikers enjoy sights along a pristine natural path, until, they pass by cellophane snack wrappers lying among the wildflowers. Somebody else's trash has been left behind, dampening someone's outdoor experience. Managers for the Missouri Department of Conservati  more

Missouri Department of Conservation Says Second Peregrine Falcon Nest in the Kansas City Area Viewable Online
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 5 -- The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the following news release: A second peregrine falcon nest in the Kansas City area is now viewable online. Peregrine falcons are incubating eggs high on a smokestack at Evergy's Iatan Power Plant north of Weston in Platte County. Evergy is live streaming video of the nest, said Joe DeBold, urban wildlife biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The video feeds allow people to watch peregrine f  more

Missouri PSC Approves Spire Missouri Request
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 7 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by Spire Missouri, Inc., on behalf of its Spire Missouri West operating unit, seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate and maintain a natural gas distribution system providing natural gas service in Lafayette County near Higginsville, Missouri. This CCN would be a further   more

Missouri PSC Approves Summit Natural Gas Request
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 7 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Summit Natural Gas of Missouri Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) which sought 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. These CCNs would be a further expansion of the Company's existi  more

Missouri State-West Plains Begins CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Distribution
WEST PLAINS, Missouri, May 2 -- Missouri State University's West Plains Campus issued the following news release: Missouri State University-West Plains began its $480,000 payout of emergency financial aid authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Thursday, April 30. Immediate Assistance Grants sent to qualifying students The first phase of the university's relief plan totals approximately $166,000 in Immediate Assistance Grants. The university sent $250 to  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt: Missouri Co-Sponsors Letter Urging Federal Investigation Into Meat Packing Anti-Trust Concerns
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 6 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release on May 5: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced they are co-sponsoring a letter, led by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, urging the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr to investigate antitrust concerns in the beef processing industry. Attorneys General from Arizona, Idaho, Iow  more

Mo. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations: As Unemployment Trends Downward, Missouri Focuses on Transitioning Workers Back to Work
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 9 -- The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued the following news release: As Missouri begins to re-open the state under the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan set out by Governor Michael Parson, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' (DOLIR's) Division of Employment Security (DES) announces new unemployment numbers as well as resources to help businesses and workers return to work. The DES reported that a total of 52,023 initi  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Temporarily Suspends Certain Regulatory Requirements for Gasoline Volatility Due to COVID-19 Impacts
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 8 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: In its continued response to circumstances created by COVID-19, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources temporarily suspended 10 CSR 10-2.330, Control of Gasoline Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP). This rule imposes certain volatility limits on gasoline that is sold, dispensed, or transported in Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties from June 1 through September 15 of each year. During t  more

Mo. Department of Natural Resources Temporarily Suspends Regulatory Requirements for Water Operator Certifications
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 7 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: To help mitigate some of the unexpected operational challenges created by the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has suspended through June 15 the training-hours requirements for certified operators of public drinking water systems, wastewater systems, and waste-management systems for concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs), whose certi  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Announces Distribution of Federal Cares Act Funds to Local Governments
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 5 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 4: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that the state will be disbursing funds received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to local governments. "COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on our economy, and many local governments, health care providers, education institutions, businesses, and other groups will rely  more

Mo. Gov. Parson Highlights Importance of Supporting Missouri Businesses, Safely Re-Engaging in Economy
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 6 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 5: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the importance of safely re-engaging in the economy and supporting Missouri businesses. Governor Parson encourages Missourians to shop local and support Missouri-based businesses, which will be critical to stimulating the state's economy moving forward. "We are on the road to recovery, and we must continue taking s  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Pfizer Facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, Scaling Up Operations for COVID-19 Vaccine Production
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 8 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 7: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson was joined by Christine Smith, head of the Pfizer Biotherapeutics and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and site head of Pfizer's Research and Development facility in Chesterfield. Pfizer's Chesterfield facility is one of three Pfizer-owned sites in the United States that has been identified as an initial manufacturing center f  more

Mo. Gov. Parson: State to Receive $66M for Child Care Assistance Under Federal CARES Act
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 7 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on May 6: During today's COVID-19 briefing, Governor Parson announced that Missouri will receive $66 million for child care assistance and $1.5 million for food banks under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Social Services Acting Director Jennifer Tidball and Adjutant General of the Missouri National Gua  more

Mo. State Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces First CARES Act Payments to Local Governments Processed
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 5 -- Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick issued the following news release: Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the first CARES Act payments to local governments have been processed. The money should be available to local governments by Wednesday. 106 local governments submitted complete certification forms and have had their payments processed, totaling almost $468 million. Counties who have not submitted their forms are encouraged to do s  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Flies Sleep When Need Arises to Adapt to New Situations
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 9 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Flies that cannot take to the air respond by sleeping more as they learn to adapt to their flightlessness, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, published May 8 in Science Advances, suggest that sleep may be an evolutionary tool that helps animals adapt to challenging new situations. "We know t  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Gene Therapy in Mice Builds Muscle, Reduces Fat
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 9 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Exercise and physical therapy often are recommended to help people who have arthritis. Both can strengthen muscle -- a benefit that also can reduce joint pain. But building muscle mass and strength can take many months and be difficult in the face of joint pain from osteoarthritis, particularly for older people who are overweight. A new study in mice   more

St. Louis School of Medicine: New Targets for Childhood Brain Tumors Identified
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 2 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Children with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) can develop brain and nerve tumors. If a tumor develops within the optic nerve, which connects the eye and the brain, the child may lose his or her vision. New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that the growth of these brain tumors is driven by nearby noncancerous neur  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Obesity Prevented in Mice Treated With Gene-Disabling Nanoparticles
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 2 -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release: Disabling a gene in specific mouse cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have prevented mice from becoming obese, even after the animals had been fed a high-fat diet. The researchers blocked the activity of a gene in immune cells. Because these immune cells -- called macrophages -- are key inflammatory cells and because obesity is associa  more

St. Louis School of Medicine: Stroke Evaluations Drop by Nearly 40% During COVID-19 Pandemic
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 9 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine issued the following news release on May 8: The number of people evaluated for signs of stroke at U.S. hospitals has dropped by nearly 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study led by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis who analyzed stroke evaluations at more than 800 hospitals across 49 states and the District of Columbia. The findings, pub  more

University of Missouri Researcher Identifies Four Possible Treatments for COVID-19
COLUMBIA, Missouri, May 5 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: While COVID-19 has infected millions of people worldwide and killed hundreds of thousands, there is currently no vaccine. In response, researchers have been evaluating the effectiveness of various antiviral drugs as possible COVID-19 treatments. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has found that four antiviral drugs, including remdesivir, a drug originally developed to treat Ebola, are effect  more

University of Missouri to Begin Financial Cuts in Wake of Budget Shortfall
COLUMBIA, Missouri, May 2 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: University leaders notified the university community today that despite several cost-cutting actions taken to reduce its budget shortfall, personnel actions, including layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts and restructuring are now necessary. Officials will regularly report the number of personnel actions related to the current public health crisis beginning today, Friday, May 1. "We have taken several actions --  more