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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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Governor Parson Announces $22 Million in Grant Funds for Nonprofits

Governor Parson Announces $22 Million in Grant Funds for Nonprofits Governor Mike Parson announced a new Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Grant that could provide up to $22 million for Missouri nonprofits assisting communities in response to COVID-19. “Missouri nonprofits have been a lifeline for many Missourians throughout the COVID-19 crisis,” Governor Parson said. “They have…

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Gov. Parson Announces $50 Million in New Grants for Businesses

Governor Mike Parson announced $50 million in new grant programs for Missouri businesses. “The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted Missouri businesses,” Governor Parson said. “However, this challenge has not stopped them from stepping up and finding new ways to serve Missourians. These critical programs will help Missouri businesses continue their operations, cover costs for increased…

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State Answers Questions About Missouri School Reopening

The Missouri Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are answering frequently asked health questions about schools reopening next month. The information is designed to help schools navigate during the COVID-19 era. State answers frequently asked questions about Missouri school reopening It includes details about screening, assigned seating, desk…

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