News Feed /news-rss News Feed Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:00:41 +0000 en-us Governor Greitens Praises Clean Water Commission’s Decision 31bea072-f7ba-46c5-859d-cf33c4f46b24 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +0000 Governor Eric Greitens praised Missouri's Clean Water Commission for voting to open new farms in Missouri. “My philosophy is simple: let farmers farm. We need more farms, more jobs, and less government. Our farmers and ranchers have dealt with government interference for too long. Those days are over. We're getting government out of the way so that Missourians can create more jobs,” said Governor Eric Greitens The Commission's decision grants permits to RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County for new hog and chicken operations.  This Week in the Missouri Senate for Dec. 14: Unfinished Business Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:40:02 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the things Missouri senators were unable to tackle during 2017, but may address once CORRECTION: Join MDC’s Cape Nature Center Saturday for Our Big Year Birdy Celebration 307065 at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:40:53 +0000 Senator Dan Brown’s Legislative Column Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:05:54 +0000 It’s that familiar time of year, where I look around and see so many things that fill my heart with gladness. The Christmas tree shimmering Statement from Sen. Gina Walsh Regarding the Shooting of Two Police Officers in her District Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:02:18 +0000 Statement from Sen. Gina Walsh Regarding the Shooting of Two Police Officers in her District JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, Missouri Department of Agriculture to host mobile office in Southeast Missouri Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Gov. Greitens Appoints Member to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education 6516ae12-967b-488a-893c-576dda534763 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:45:00 +0000 Governor Greitens appointed Joe Cornelison to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Cornelison, of Maryville, retired as Senior Counsel for Husch Blackwell, LLP in Kansas City. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. He also received his law degree from Georgetown University. Cornelison is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army.  Join MDC’s Cape Nature Center Friday for Our Big Year Birdy Celebration 307064 at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:25 +0000 State employee work teams honored with Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity, recognized for improving state government operations 11751 at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:51:48 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY – The Office of Administration recognized two state employee work teams with the 2017 Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity (GAQP), which acknowledges accomplishments that serve as an example of continuous improvement, quality, efficiency and productivity in Missouri state government. State completes nine opioid summits with significant community engagement Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:45:25 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY, MO -Missourians from every corner of the state filled auditoriums for a series of nine regional opioid summits held by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), as part of a state-wide initiative that saw participation from directors and members of all 16 cabinet departments in the state. These summits created a collaborative opportunity for a variety of sectors-health care professionals, the faith community, state and local governments, law enforcement and more-to bring awareness to the issue, discuss the best interventions available, spur action and make local leaders the champions of this cause."As we've been in each region throughout the state, listening to people's concerns, we have been incredibly moved by people's willingness to share their experiences and by those who want to help," said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams. "Governor Greitens and I heard a young woman who told us that before she got into recovery, she 'was slowly waiting to die.' Experiences like hers solidify our commitment to helping people like her move to recovery and prevent others from going down a path that leads to substance abuse."Each summit featured local and national thought leaders such as Dr. Ted Cicero, professor at Washington University in St. Louis with more than 50 years' experience in the field of neuropharmacology; James Shroba, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency St. Louis Field Division, covering a six-state area; Howard Weissman, executive director of the National Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse ; and Generation Rx, a nonprofit that provides free educational resources for parents, teachers and community groups. The summits also included panel discussions with local leaders and community members, creating the opportunity to listen to how the opioid crisis is affecting each region of the state."We've held these summits to align our local, state and national partners and to plan the way forward," said Dr. Williams. "Next month, stakeholders from every Local Public Health Agency in the state will come together to discuss our next steps as we take what we've learned from each other and put it into practice."For anyone who was unable to attend one of the summits, livestreams of both the St. Louis and Springfield summits are available here. The summits are part of the State of Missouri's comprehensive, integrated and innovative approach to addressing the opioid crisis. For more information on the state's initiatives, available resources and statistics related to the crisis, please visit About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in promoting, protecting and partnering for health. More information about DHSS can be found at AG Hawley Announces Crawford County Sex Crimes Guilty Verdict urn:uuid:395ec114-ad6b-6a5c-bcc3-ff000082a1ac Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:07:29 +0000 Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Dent County jury found Nathan Hilliard, 27, guilty of statutory rape in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the first degree following a two-day trial. Between June 1, 2007 and June 14, 2007, the defendant had sexual intercourse and forced his 10-year-old cousin to perform oral sex on him while staying with the victim’s family as a guest.   In addition to medical exams, the victim participated in a videotaped forensic interview by Child Advocacy Center professional Linda McQuary. The jury viewed the video and heard from both victim and Ms. McQuary at the trial. After their verdict, one juror requested permission to hug the now 21-year-old victim.  “My Office continues to make clear that we have no tolerance for those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens,” Hawley said. “I hope the victim and victim’s family find some justice in this guilty verdict.” Hilliard’s sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2018. He faces a minimum of ten years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence for these crimes.    The case was tried by Assistant Attorney General Steven M. Kretzer and Assistant Attorney General Erin Kirsch with assistance from AGO Investigator Jason Bilyeu on a change of venue from Crawford County. Statement from Governor Eric Greitens c6bde513-7b3d-465b-8d43-3225801155e9 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0000 Today Governor Eric Greitens released the following statement, “If you care about veterans, this will make you angry. A Democrat State Senator, Jill Schupp, was asked about the mistreatment of veterans at the St. Louis Veterans Home. Why weren't some of them getting their meds on time, or given enough water to drink, or left in dirty clothes? Her answer: “Sometimes things happen where a person refuses to take his medication, refuses to allow you to change his clothing or refuses to drink water even though you’re trying to make it available.”  Update: Public health response to Bourbon virus Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:30:52 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health agencies recently completed a follow-up investigation of the Bourbon virus case identified during the summer of 2017. Results of blood testing among participants are protected health information and will not be released.  It is important to note, because Bourbon virus is believed to be spread by ticks, Missourians likely have one more reason to practice tick avoidance while outdoors. Testing for Bourbon virus and Heartland virus (another cause of tick-borne illness in Missouri) was conducted on more than 7,000 ticks collected in the state park. Bourbon virus was not detected in any of the ticks collected. This does not mean the virus is not present in some ticks in the park.  Instead, it means none of the ticks that might have been infected at the time of this investigation were trapped and tested. Heartland virus was detected in one group of ticks. Patients diagnosed with Bourbon virus have shown signs similar to infection with Heartland virus and ehrlichiosis (the latter is a type of bacteria transmitted by ticks), including fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, anorexia, diarrhea, and rash. Like Heartland virus and ehrlichiosis, Bourbon virus can affect blood cells that help the body fight infection and prevent bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Bourbon virus. For members of the public worried about the possibility of tick-borne diseases, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by a tick. Instructions on how to prevent exposure while outdoors are as follows: Apply insect repellents containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 (no more than 30% DEET in children) to exposed skin according to label instructions. Apply a permethrin solution to clothing according to label instructions. This will last through several washings. Do not allow people or pets to have contact with treated surfaces until spray has dried. Stay on marked and paved trails. Wear light-colored long sleeve shirts and pants. Immediately perform a thorough tick inspection after being outdoors. If a tick is found, remove as soon as possible. Grasp the base of the head of the tick with a pair of tweezers and pull off with a straight motion, making sure to avoid twisting and jerking motions. If a person begins developing a fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, anorexia, diarrhea, or a rash after exposure to a tick bite or tick habitat, they should seek treatment from a medical professional and inform them of recent tick exposure. For more information on ticks and the Bourbon virus investigation, please contact the Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Veterinary Public Health at 573-526-4780 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in promoting, protecting and partnering for health. More information about DHSS can be found at Governor Greitens Appoints Michael Gilley as Associate Circuit Judge for Camden County 741345fc-9546-4296-af8f-9fbc5d4a6386 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:30:00 +0000 Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Michael J. Gilley, of Camdenton, as Associate Circuit Judge for Camden County.  He will replace the Honorable Matthew Hamner, whom Governor Greitens appointed as Circuit Court Judge. MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools workshop for preschool teachers in Mexico 307062 at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:26:47 +0000