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Missouri Edging Closer to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

April 29 After a decade, Missouri is one step closer to shedding its designation, as the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program, after a bill to establish one was passed out of the Senate. Senate Bill 63, sponsored by Sen. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, cleared what has historically been a stumbling…

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MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic Is Now Open

April 22 By Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension Like humans, plants can get sick and need someone to diagnose their illnesses, says Peng Tian, the new lab director of the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic. The Plant Diagnostic Clinic has served Missourians since 1965 to help clients, including county extension specialists, commercial growers,…

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Ameren Missouri Requests Electric Rate Increase

The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the deadline for those wishing to intervene and participate in an electric rate case filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri. Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than April 30, 2021, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission,…

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Missouri May Finally Have a Prescription Monitoring Program

By the Missouri News Network Missouri may no longer be the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). On Tuesday night, April 6, 2021, the Missouri Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 63, a bill that would finally implement a PDMP for the state, intended to regulate and monitor opioid prescriptions. Senate Majority…

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Changes in K-12 School Quarantine Guidance

Changes in K-12 School Quarantine Guidance Proper Mask Usage May Prevent Close Contacts from Quarantining On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Governor Mike Parson, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced modifications to Missouri’s K-12 school reopening and operating guidance. The large number of students…

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Gov. Parson Calls Second Special Session for November 5

Gov. Parson Calls Second Special Session for November 5 On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Governor Mike Parson announced a special session on a supplemental budget bill, beginning Thursday, November 5, 2020. Since the General Assembly passed the FY 2021 budget in May, additional federal funding has been made available to the state, including funding under…

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Gov. Parson Activates Missouri National Guard

Gov. Parson Activates Missouri National Guard Precautionary Measure in Response to Civil Unrest On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-17, activating the Missouri National Guard, as a precautionary measure in response to recent instances of civil unrest across the country. The National Guard, as well as the Missouri State Highway…

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DOT’s New Toolkit Helps Rural America’s Infrastructure

DOT’s New Toolkit Helps Rural America’s Infrastructure Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (MO-06) commended U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on the release of the Department’s toolkit to help rural communities throughout America better navigate and access available federal grants. The Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)…

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Conservation Report: Catching Missouri Catfish

Conservation Report: Catching Missouri Catfish CAPTION Wade Kaminski didn’t just land any catfish – he reeled in a 112-pound, approximately 5-foot-long monster Blue Catfish on the Mississippi River on July 3, 2020. “I initially thought I got into a snag,” Kaminski said. “I told my friend, who was with me, ‘I’m either snagged or I’ve got…

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Gov. Parson Signs Order for Missouri 2020 Census to Continue

Gov. Parson Signs Order for Missouri 2020 Census to Continue Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-13 extending Executive Order 18-12, which established the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee. Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau extended the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census from July 31 to October 31, 2020. Originally, Executive Order…

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