News Feed /news-rss News Feed Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:30:01 +0000 en-us MDC sets 2018 deer and turkey hunting dates 307077 at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:59 +0000 Missouri Department of Conservation earns “sustainable forestry” certification 307076 at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:49:43 +0000 Statement from Governor Greitens on Veterans Commission cf05af97-b26a-413a-8cc4-1b3eef6610de Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +0000 On Wednesday, the Missouri Veterans Commission accepted the resignation of former executive director Larry Kay. They voted to appoint Col. Grace Link of the Missouri National Guard as Interim Executive Director. The Governor released the following statement. “The commission took bold action to protect our veterans tonight. Missouri's veterans—our neighbors, friends, parents, and grandparents--were being hurt. When people are being hurt, and bureaucrats fail to act, fail to listen, and offer only excuses, we're going to find out, and they are going to be replaced.” Missouri Board of Education Sets Process for Commissioner Selection 15856 at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:10:13 +0000 During a board meeting held via conference call, members of the State Board of Education determined the process for choosing the next commissioner to lead the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board decided to open the application process today, Dec. 15, and close applications at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Senator Mike Cunningham’s Legislative Column for Dec. 15, 2017 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:41:42 +0000 Legislative Column for Dec. 15, 2017 As we prepare for Christmas, we are surrounded by the signs of the season. The stockings have been hung Senator Bob Onder’s Legislative Report for the Week of Dec. 11, 2017 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:33:46 +0000 Column For the Week of Dec. 11, 2017 The start of the 2018 legislative session is just a few weeks away. While session might not MDC implements new online registration for nature center programs 307074 at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:27:59 +0000 Hepatitis A case identified in Dexter, MO Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:02:51 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A case of Hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at Huddle House in Dexter, Missouri. The restaurant, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Senior Services and Stoddard County Health Center, is investigating and has taken necessary control measures to decrease the risk of spreading the illness. Members of the public who ate at the Dexter, Missouri, Huddle House between November 21, 2017 and December 2, 2017 should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A and seek medical care if they have symptoms. Symptoms usually develop between two and seven weeks after exposure and can include: Fever Fatigue Loss of appetite Nausea Vomiting Abdominal pain Dark urine Clay-colored stools Joint pain Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) Vaccine and Immune Globulin (IG) for those Exposed to Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease. If given within two weeks of exposure, according to the specific CDC guidelines, prophylaxis vaccine or immune globulin (IG) can prevent illness. With concurrent outbreaks occurring across the nation, vaccine and IG are in limited supply. Therefore, use of these prevention strategies must be restricted to those at highest risk for illness or complications, such as close personal contacts. It is important to note that receiving a Hepatitis A vaccine or IG more than 2 weeks after a known exposure may not prevent illness.  Disease Information Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death; this is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases. Prevention Hepatitis A is spread when a person swallows the virus present on objects or in food or drinks contaminated by tiny amounts of stool from an infected person. Good hand washing practices are critical for preventing the spread of Hepatitis A. Washing hands after going to the bathroom and changing diapers and before preparing or eating food will help keep the virus from spreading to uninfected people. If you are concerned that you are at high risk of exposure, the best way to keep from getting sick from Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. The Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective when administered properly. For more information about Hepatitis A, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: Members of the public or providers with patients who are concerned about a potential exposure can call the Stoddard County Health Center at 573-568-4593. Trumpeter swans bring grace to winter waters 307073 at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00:52 +0000 Two board members appointed to Missouri Arts Council 7911 at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:43:00 +0000 December 14, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Barth L. Fraker of Springfield and Judy Kent of Town and Country were appointed to the board of the Missouri Arts Council this week, the state agency supporting the arts in Missouri. MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings 307066 at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:14:16 +0000 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