Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.
On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people. A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.
State officials are warning drivers in Missouri to beware of deer crossing roadways.
They are more active in the fall, which is their mating season. Fall harvests and hunting also contribute to deer being more mobile this time of year.
Data collected by the insurance company State Farm for its 2010-2011 survey period ranks Missouri 19th in the nation for most deer strikes – down from 17th the prior year. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City have the most deer strikes.
Missouri Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Montee says she plans to run for lieutenant governor next year.
Montee said Friday she has been trying to recruit strong Democratic candidates for offices and believes she has the best chance of winning the lieutenant governor's office being vacated by Republican Peter Kinder.
Kinder has said he will not seek re-election and is instead considering a run for governor.
Montee served as state auditor for four years before losing re-election last year to Republican Tom Schweich.
Mo. Lt. Gov, Peter Kinder wants the Missouri Development Finance Board to review the way it approves financing for economic development projects. The request comes in the wake of the Mamtek fiasco in Moberly.
The Missouri Republican Party is abandoning the presidential primary and will use the caucus system to choose delegates for next year’s presidential race. The decision comes as a bill that would move the party primaries from February to March remains stalled in the Missouri Senate.
The national GOP had given the state until midnight on October First to move the presidential primary to March, or else risk losing half its delegates. State GOP Executive Director Lloyd Smith says if Missouri goes ahead with a presidential primary in February, it will not count.
Missouri House leaders have confirmed they’re returning to Jefferson City next week to resume the special legislative session -- but their return doesn’t mean that there’s been any breakthrough on an economic development deal.
The special session ground to a halt last week because House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether to place expiration dates, or sunsets, on historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits, or on how much oversight Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) Economic Development department should have over some incentives.
A state legislative committee heard testimony today on what options should be considered for students enrolled at unaccredited schools in Missouri. It’s part of another effort to address a recent State Supreme Court ruling.
Turner v. Clayton affirmed that students not only have the right to transfer away from an unaccredited school district, but that the failing district has to pick up the tab. State and local officials fear it could lead to a mass exodus from schools in St. Louis, Kansas City and Riverview Gardens.
Missouri appears ready to hold its presidential primary in February - a move that trigger more confusion in the 2012 election calendar and prompt other states to elbow to the front of the campaign line.
Rules set by the Republican and Democratic parties dictate that only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada should hold contests in February; all other states are supposed to wait until March or later. National party leaders have threatened to reduce the national convention delegates for any states that jump the line.