News Feed /news-rss News Feed Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:43:44 +0000 en-us Governor Greitens Appoints Timothy Boyer as Circuit Judge for St. Louis City 375f0967-06b9-4387-a22d-78078f057b6f Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0000 Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Timothy J. Boyer, of St. Louis, as Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis.  The position became vacant due to the retirement of the Honorable Philip D. Heagney.      2017 Missouri Human Rights Award Winners Announced 17406 at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:08:04 +0000 Jefferson City, MO - Three Missourians and one local human rights commission are being honored this year by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights for their continual advocacy for the advancement of human rights. Senator Bob Onder’s Legislative Report for the Week of Nov. 20, 2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:13:31 +0000 Legislative Report for the Week of Nov. 20, 2017 Before the Declaration of Independence, before the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, there was the Attorney General Hawley wins $643,703.60 judgment against Timothy Mundy for defrauding Missouri consumers urn:uuid:0635c114-ad6b-6a5c-bcc3-ff000082a1ac Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:55:06 +0000 Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $643,703.60 on behalf of ten Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Timothy Mundy. Mundy entered into contracts to provide home construction services and demanded large upfront payments for materials. However, he would spend the upfront payments on personal expenses. When funds ran dry, Mundy would ask the homeowners for more money telling them that the project had run into unforeseen expenses, all while doing little to no actual work. When consumers finally demanded Mundy complete the work they had paid him to do, he would disappear and move on to his next target. In the few instances Mundy actually completed some tasks, the quality of the work was so poor it had to be redone. Mundy intentionally targeted consumers who were elderly, legal immigrants, or were experiencing hardship, knowing that these consumers would be more trusting and easier to exploit. In addition, Mundy actively took steps to conceal his past actions from future victims. He frequently created new LLC’s and used aliases including: “Lee Foreman,” “Lee Tironne,” and “Tim Torrone” to attempt to hide his identity from consumers who might search for him online. He also targeted consumers across Missouri to avoid negative word-of-mouth, including residents of Springfield, Branson, Sedalia, Pilot Grove, Lincoln, and Versailles. The Greene County Circuit Court ordered Mundy to pay back all $194,012.34 he took from consumers, pay for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case, and pay $332,000 in penalties and punitive damages. Mundy has also been banned from the construction industry for life.    “My office will aggressively pursue deceitful and dishonest contractors who cheat consumers and destroy their assets," Hawley said. “There is no place for those who prey upon consumers in Missouri.” This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Caleb Aponte and Bob Carlson and investigated by Investigator Chris Caudle. Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online. View Photo of Mundy Statement from Governor Eric Greitens 57c5fc8f-827a-4711-9937-f2472d336279 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0000 “Let me tell you why we're fighting so hard for kids and teachers in Missouri. Today, the system works for insiders and bureaucrats who get paid real well, but it fails too many students, families, and teachers. We know insiders and bureaucrats will lie. You deserve to know the facts. Here's a lie: Missourians don't give enough tax money to schools. Here are the facts: Missourians spend about the national average on our schools. Mission: Green Friday 7846 at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:26:18 +0000 No Change in Leadership for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 15631 at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:45:17 +0000 In a closed meeting today, the Missouri Board of Education discussed potential personnel changes for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The motion to remove Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven as head of the agency failed in a 4-4 vote. Eddy Justice, Doug Russell, Sonny Jungmeyer and Jennifer Edwards voted for the leadership change. Board President Charlie Shields, Vice President Vic Lenz, Mike Jones and Claudia Oñate Greim voted against the motion. “I look forward to the focus returning to educating our children,” said Commissioner Vandeven. The Missouri Senate Minute for Nov. 21: SB 160 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:36:58 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — New rules for foster families are now part of Missouri law. Senate Bill 160 modifies provisions relating to child protection, and took effect Senator Sandy Crawford’s Capitol Report for the Week of Nov. 20: Have a Happy Thanksgiving Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:22:25 +0000 On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a day of national thanksgiving. In his proclamation, he recognized that despite MDC: Deadline is Jan. 5 for Arbor Award of Excellence nominations 306930 at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:31:03 +0000 Governor Greitens Appoints Member to the State Board of Education 9bb29f1f-73cd-43ab-b7d1-8af93b946747 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:15:00 +0000 Jennifer Edwards was appointed to the State Board of Education. Edwards, of Springfield, is the President and Co-Founder of Decoding Dyslexia Missouri. She is a founding board member of the Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning. Edwards earned her bachelor’s degree in international business management from Missouri State University. She released the following statement: The Department of Revenue is Implementing Policy To Protect its Compliance Investigators Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Missouri State Parks will hold public meetings on the future of three state park properties Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Auditor Galloway releases follow-up for Benton County Public Administrator 4411 at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:03:44 +0000 November 21, 2017Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a follow-up report on the Benton County Public Administrator, whose office received the lowest possible rating of "poor" in a report issued in April 2017. Issues included the appearance of conflicts of interest related to the public administrator's family members providing services to wards in her care, as well as concerns with organization and timeliness. Missouri Minimum Wage Rate Set for 2018 17396 at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:04:44 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Labor announces the state minimum wage rate for 2018 has been established, according to state law, at $7.85, effective January 1.