MO.gov News Feed /news-rss MO.gov News Feed Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:57:16 +0000 en-us Sen. Mike Cunningham’s Legislative Column for Dec. 14, 2018 https://www.senate.mo.gov/sen-mike-cunninghams-legislative-column-for-dec-14-2018/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=41045 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:45:28 +0000 Legislative Column for Dec. 14, 2018 The house is decorated in reds and greens, a tree is aglow with holiday lights, the smell of baked Governor Parson Makes Six Appointments to Boards and Commissions https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-makes-six-appointments-boards-and-commissions-0 966 at https://governor.mo.gov Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:56:13 +0000 Governor Parson Makes Six Appointments to Boards and Commissions thurme Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:56 December 14, 2018 Jefferson City Today, Governor Parson announced six appointments to various boards and commissions. Dr. Cindy Herrmann Baker, of Ozark, was appointed to the Committee for Professional Counselors. Dr. Baker is the owner of four counseling-related companies: Baker Consulting Services, LLC; Touchstone Counseling, LLC; Touchstone Helping Families; and Garden of Healing, LLC. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences from Washburn University, a Master of Science in Counseling from Missouri State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Civil and Family Mediator. Brandon Boulware, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Missouri Gaming Commission. Boulware is the Managing Partner of Boulware Law, LLC. He previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was the Assistant Notes & Comments Editor for the American University International Law Review. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, a Board Member for the Kansas City Midtown Housing Advisory Board, and serves on the Executive Board for the Committee for County Progress.  Dr. James Gray III, of Des Peres, was appointed to the State Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Gray is the Executive Director of Pharmacy at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is responsible for operations, drug use policy, regulatory compliance, program development, and financial performance of the pharmacy department. Dr. Gray received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy at Duquesne University and completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited residency in pharmacy practice at Mercy Hospital. He also has his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Colby Grove, of Springfield, was appointed to the State Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Grove is a pharmacist and co-owner at The Pharmacy @ Pleasant Hope. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Drury University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy. Dr. Grove is one of nine pharmacists in his family, and his family’s history in the pharmacy business dates back to over eighty years. Christopher Sanford, of Brighton, was appointed to the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy. Sanford is the Director of Rehabilitation and a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Choice Rehab, Strafford Care Center. He has over twenty-five years of experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and the last eleven years in Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Homes.  He has his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program from AMMED Center and Schools. Sanford was also a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and Medical Company First Sergeant with the U.S. Army for twenty years. He has been certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy since 1982 and licensed in Missouri since 2008. Dr. Linda Sue Hermann Wimpfheimer, of Webster Groves, was appointed to the Committee for Professional Counselors. Dr. Hermann is a therapist in private practice and the Owner of the Marriage and Family Institute in Clayton. She has her Bachelor of Science from Maryville University, a Master of Education in General Counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Hermann is the past president and board member for Psychotherapy St. Louis, and serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Leagues (St. Louis, Honolulu, and Minneapolis), Kids in the Middle, and Mid-County Teen Advocacy Council. MDC now stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes, including lunkers up to 10lbs https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-now-stocking-rainbow-trout-st-louis-area-lakes-including-lunkers-10lbs 312334 at https://mdc.mo.gov Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:23:47 +0000 This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 14: Background Checks https://www.senate.mo.gov/this-week-in-the-missouri-senate-for-dec-14-background-checks/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=41038 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:11:29 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews House Bill 1350, a new law that modifies provisions relating to criminal history records, including criminal Auditor Galloway responds to request from Secretary of State for assistance in investigating complaint against Attorney General https://www.auditor.mo.gov/content/auditor-galloway-responds-request-secretary-state-assistance-investigating-complaint-against 5541 at https://www.auditor.mo.gov Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:54:32 +0000 December 14, 2018JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Dec. 14, 2018) State Auditor Nicole Galloway today responded to the request by Secretary Jay Ashcroft for assistance in investigating a complaint against the Attorney General. The complaint alleges Attorney General Josh Hawley used public funds to support his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. A routine closeout audit of the Attorney General's Office will begin after Attorney General Hawley officially resigns. Auditor Galloway releases audit of Lewis County government, which receives rating of "fair" https://www.auditor.mo.gov/content/auditor-galloway-releases-audit-lewis-county-government-which-receives-rating-fair 5536 at https://www.auditor.mo.gov Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:31:07 +0000 December 14, 2018JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 14, 2018) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a regularly-scheduled audit of Lewis County, located in northeast Missouri. The report, which gave the county's government an overall rating of "fair," highlighted several recommendations to be addressed by the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, Public Administrator and other county officials. MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-sets-deer-and-turkey-hunting-dates-upcoming-seasons 312277 at https://mdc.mo.gov Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:52:20 +0000 Ashcroft Announces Six Initiative Petitions Have Been Received http://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=9534 http://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=9534 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:38:00 +0000 For immediate release:                  December 14, 2018 Contact:                                           Maura Browning, Communications Director, (573) 526-0949   Ashcroft Announces Six Initiative Petitions Have Been Received Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced hi Governor and First Lady Parson Hosted Ceremony Proclaiming December 2018 as Christmas Tree Month in Missouri https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-and-first-lady-parson-hosted-ceremony-proclaiming-december-2018 961 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:56:07 +0000 Governor and First Lady Parson Hosted Ceremony Proclaiming December 2018 as Christmas Tree Month in Missouri Stephanie.Whitaker Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:56 December 13, 2018 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson hosted a ceremony at the State Capitol proclaiming December 2018 as Christmas Tree Month in Missouri. “The Christmas tree is a classic symbol of the holiday season, and its sentimental importance is cherished by many Americans,” Governor Parson said. “Missouri is proud to be home to Christmas tree farms that support this American tradition by providing families with the opportunity to harvest and personally select a family tree.” During the ceremony, the Parsons gave special recognition to Steve and Teresa Meier, co-owners of Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson, Missouri. The Meiers provided the 14-foot white pine that stands outside of the Governor’s Office as part of the Capitol’s Christmas décor. The tree was chosen to be on display at the Capitol by the Missouri Christmas Tree Association in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Parsons also recognized Jon and Charity Keith, co-owners of Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Southwest City, Missouri. The Keiths provided the Fraser Fir wreath that is hanging over the double doors leading into the Governor’s Office. It was also selected by the Missouri Christmas Tree Association to be on display at the Capitol. The presentation of an additional wreath was made during the ceremony to the Governor and First Lady by Don and Brigitte Gerspach, who represented the program Wreaths Across America. Other highlights of the ceremony included the singing of Christmas carols by children from age three to five who are enrolled in the Crayon Kids Program at the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City, under the direction of Amanda Batye and teachers Christy Schaefer and Tasha Jess. These children presented the Governor and First Lady with handmade ornaments that were hung on the white pine. Other children at the ceremony presented the Governor and First Lady with an assortment of Christmas ornaments that were added to the tree. Court sentencings finalize one of state’s largest-ever poaching investigations https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/court-sentencings-finalize-one-state%E2%80%99s-largest-ever-poaching-investigations 312276 at https://mdc.mo.gov Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:12:27 +0000 MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer trainings in central Missouri this spring https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-plans-master-naturalist-volunteer-trainings-central-missouri-spring 312273 at https://mdc.mo.gov Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:34:10 +0000 New officers selected for the Coordinating Board for Higher Education http://dhe.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/dc9da3a9-5176-4ca0-af1c-dab1b20d9e4f http://dhe.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/dc9da3a9-5176-4ca0-af1c-dab1b20d9e4f Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Rescues following house explosion win Missouri Public Safety fire investigator State Employee of the Month honors http://dps.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/6ed4f2ad-b3ce-4556-a50c-d98fb1a04e70 http://dps.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/6ed4f2ad-b3ce-4556-a50c-d98fb1a04e70 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Division of Fire Safety Fire Investigator Ryan Lesh awarded top state honor for his role in rescuing two people after September house explosion in Jefferson County Governor Parson Praises Senator Roy Blunt for Efforts in Securing $90 Million in Federal Infrastructure Grants https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-praises-senator-roy-blunt-efforts-securing-90-million 956 at https://governor.mo.gov Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:36:54 +0000 Governor Parson Praises Senator Roy Blunt for Efforts in Securing $90 Million in Federal Infrastructure Grants Stephanie.Whitaker Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:36 December 12, 2018 Jefferson City Five infrastructure improvement projects that increase safety, minimize congestion, support efficient freight movement, and promote economic development in Missouri are now possible as a result of more than $90 million in federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants were awarded through the department’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which is allocated for nationally and regionally significant projects. The five projects selected by the USDOT in the competitive process are the following: $25 million for the Buck O’Neil Bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City $25 million for the Bella Vista Bypass (I-49) in McDonald County $19.8 million for the SEMO Port $10.4 million for the City of Maryville’s South Main Corridor Improvement Project $10+ million for the Sedalia Railroad Spur “This is a great example of federal, state, and local partners working together for a better Missouri,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Some of these projects have been envisioned for more than 20 years, but they lacked the funding to make them a reality. We appreciate Missouri’s federal delegation, Senator Roy Blunt, and President Trump’s administration for their commitment to infrastructure, especially in rural Missouri. These infrastructure investments will play a major role in ensuring we have the framework for access and expansion in the future.” Sen. Denny Hoskins Named Legislator of the Year by the Missouri Centers for Independent Living https://www.senate.mo.gov/senator-denny-hoskins-named-legislator-of-the-year-by-the-missouri-centers-for-independent-living/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=40989 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:18:31 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — On Dec. 6, 2018, the Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) presented Missouri State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, the Legislator of Year