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Gov. Parson’s statement on MO Supreme Court decision to appoint Lt. Gov.

Regarding Governor’s Authority to Appoint the Lieutenant Governor Governor Mike Parson issued the following statement regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the trial court’s ruling that the Governor has the constitutional authority to appoint the Lieutenant Governor in the event of a vacancy: “Missouri’s constitution is clear regarding the authority to make gubernatorial

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Monitoring the Missouri River

I am pleased to share that more than two dozen stakeholders joined me recently in Boonville for a Missouri River Roundtable to discuss the recent flooding and how to better prepare for the next time the Missouri River overflows its banks. Attendees included officials from the four MO-4 counties that border the Missouri River: Howard,

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MDC encourages public to Be Bear Aware this spring

An estimated 350 black bears call southern Missouri home, and as the spring season gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding Missourians to be proactive and “Be Bear Aware.” MDC Resource Scientist and Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee said it is imperative

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Watch for slow-moving striping crews on the roads

Spring cleaning not only involves your house, but also Missouri’s roadways. Part of the annual maintenance is repainting the lines on the road that have faded or been worn down by tires, rain and snow and snowplow blades. The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin striping operations and drivers will see slow-moving caravans of trucks

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Missouri veterans launch suicide prevention team

Missouri veterans and military advocates take suicide prevention training to expand resources in local communities. More than 25 Missouri veterans, family members and advocates from organizations that support the military community are launching a new Department of Mental Health (DMH) program to create a statewide network of certified suicide prevention trainers.  These individuals will gather

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BBB warns of deceptive salespeople

Home security systems often provide homeowners with peace of mind, and the sign in front of your residence provides a warning to would-be burglars. Unfortunately, door-to-door scammers or deceptive salespeople have been known to use alarm system sales and maintenance to take advantage of consumers. An unscrupulous door-to-door salesperson might stop by and warn you

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Be Honest with Missourians about tax withholds

By Nicole Galloway, CPA Missouri State Auditor When Missourians filed their taxes this year, they probably didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about money that had been held back from their paychecks. Since these withholding amounts hadn’t changed much before, why be concerned? It turns out there was reason to be worried. Over the

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Hartzler Legislation supporting Missouri Task Force 1 Passes House

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s legislation supporting Missouri Task Force one passed the House today, moving the measure one step closer to law. The National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act (H.R. 639) establishes clear policy allowing federal employees to serve on FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Forces. Hartzler’s bill clarifies a 2016 law which

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Capitol Perspectives: Let Parson be Parson

by Phill Brooks As the Kansas City Star noted just before the legislature went on its spring break, it’s been a rough beginning for Missouri’s Republican governor. The Republican-controlled House sidelined Mike Parson’s idea for a state bond-issue debt to repair bridges. Republicans also have questioned his idea to provide scholarships to low and middle

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Hartzler opposes measure to provide more government control over the internet

Legislation would make it even more difficult to obtain broadband access in rural areas Citing the need to preserve a free and open internet, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted against HR 1644, Democrat-led legislation which would impose new government restrictions on the internet, stifling investment and innovation, making it more difficult to expand broadband into

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