Jon Hagler http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Fordyce Named Director Of State Dept. Of Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fordyce-named-director-state-dept-agriculture <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has named a new director for Missouri's Department of Agriculture.</p><p>Nixon has appointed Richard Fordyce of Bethany to take over the state agency immediately. Harry Bozoian, who has served as acting director, has been named deputy director.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:30:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32428 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fordyce Named Director Of State Dept. Of Agriculture State House Cmte. Created To Investigate Allegations At Mo. Dept. Of Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-house-cmte-created-investigate-allegations-mo-dept-agriculture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has announced the formation of another investigative committee, this time to look into allegations of a hostile work environment at the state Department of Agriculture.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:12:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31195 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State House Cmte. Created To Investigate Allegations At Mo. Dept. Of Agriculture Mo. House Committee To Investigate Workplace Environment Under Nixon Appointees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-investigate-workplace-environment-under-nixon-appointees <p>A Missouri state House committee has agreed to hold hearings on reports that some of Gov. Jay Nixon's department heads created hostile work environments for their employees.</p><p>The announcement from Republican House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka came the same week that Gracia Backer, the former head of the state's Division of Employment Security, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discrimination-complaint-filed-former-mo-labor-dept-official">alleged that she was fired</a> from her job for raising concerns about discrimination in her department.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:47:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31105 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Committee To Investigate Workplace Environment Under Nixon Appointees New dog breeder rules finalized by Mo. Dept. of Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-dog-breeder-rules-finalized-mo-dept-agriculture <p><a href="http://mda.mo.gov/">The Missouri Department of Agriculture</a> has&nbsp;finalized the first set of new rules for dog breeders in Missouri, which go into effect January first.</p><p>They&#39;re the result of<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4091895"> a compromise </a>reached earlier this year between Governor Jay Nixon (D)&nbsp;and Republican lawmakers. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 23:28:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2213 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New dog breeder rules finalized by Mo. Dept. of Agriculture