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Firefighters Win Guns 'N Hoses Competition
11/25/2022
It's been a night-before-Thanksgiving tradition in St. Louis for the past 35 years. The annual Budweiser Guns 'n Hoses event was held at the sold-out Enterprise Center Wednesday night, pitting area firefighters against members of law enforcement in boxing and mixed martial arts events. The red team, made up of mostly firefighters, won 9-3. Proceeds from the event go toward the BackStoppers fund, which provides lifetime financial support for spouses and dependent children of first responders who die in the line of duty.



Last Minute Hearing Set for St. Louis Man Facing Execution
11/25/2022
A last-minute hearing has been set for next Monday for a St. Louis man who's scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday. Kevin Johnson's supporters say his race, as a Black man, was a factor in him receiving the death penalty. His lawyers also want the courts to intervene because he has a history of mental illness and because he was 19 at the time of the crime. Johnson, who is now 37, killed Kirkwood police officer William McEntee in 2005.



Marching Mizzou Comes Home After Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance for Friday Night Game
11/25/2022
Marching Mizzou is wrapping up a whirlwind week with a trip home to perform in tonight's contest against Arkansas. The band was the lead marching band to perform yesterday in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was the first time in Marching Mizzou's 137-year history it had been invited to join the parade, which was nationally broadcast. By the way, Missouri -- which is 5-and-6 -- needs to beat the Razorbacks in order to be eligible for a bowl game this year.



Parson To Announce Choice For Missouri Attorney General
11/23/2022
Governor Parson will announce today his appointment to replace U.S. Senator-Elect Eric Schmitt as Attorney General of the State of Missouri. Earlier this month, Schmitt won the state's open U.S. Senate seat by defeating Trudy Busch Valentine. Parson is also responsible for appointing the new state treasurer after current Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick beat Alan Green to secure the state's auditor seat.



MDC reports 197,724 deer harvested during November portion of firearms deer season
11/23/2022
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 197,724 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 12-22. Of the 197,724 deer harvested, 102,633 were antlered bucks, 16,929 were button bucks, and 78,162 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,175 deer harvested, Texas with 3,607, and Callaway with 3,416. Last year hunters checked 188,928 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season with 102,054 being antlered bucks, 16,537 being button bucks, and 70,337 being does. For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/. For harvest summaries from past years, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-reports/deer-harvest-summaries. “It would have been hard to ask for much better weather during the November portion than what hunters experienced this year,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “To have sustained temperatures that were well below average for nearly the entire season portion was quite remarkable.” Isabelle noted that the colder weather likely resulted in increased deer movements, contributing to this year’s higher harvest total. MDC reported one non-fatal firearms-related hunting incident during the November portion of the firearms deer season. It was self-inflicted and occurred in Bollinger County. Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2023. The late youth portion of firearms season runs Nov. 25-27. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 3-11 (in open counties) followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3, 2023. Learn more about deer hunting in Missouri online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer. Get more information about deer season and hunting regulations from MDC’s 2022 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/fall-deer-turkey-hunting-regulations-information.



MDC reminds waterfowl hunters about waterfowl regulations and other information for the 2022-23 hunting season
11/23/2022
The fall migration has begun and with duck and goose seasons upon us, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers some important information to help waterfowl hunters in the St. Louis Region. “Cooler weather has ushered down ducks and geese to our area from up north and good waterfowl hunting should ensue because of this,” said St. Charles County Conservation Agent, Corporal James Bolden. “The St. Louis Region is blessed with being in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and having both the Missouri River and Mississippi River within it. There are numerous opportunities to hunt waterfowl within our region and hunters should take advantage of this, but do so legally,” said Agent Bolden. Currently, MDC intensively manages two conservation areas (C.A.) in the St. Louis Region for waterfowl hunting: Marais Temps Clair in St. Charles County and B.K. Leach in Lincoln County. Each of these areas have a morning draw to allocate hunting positions. Morning draw times and procedures can be found on the MDC website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZFj. Hunters should note that due to water pumpstation failure, Columbia Bottom C.A. switched to open waterfowl hunting (no draw) on Nov. 8. Naturally variable water levels will dictate available hunting locations on the area. Hunters can call the Waterfowl Hotline at 314-877-6014 to check the area’s current water levels. “There are some additional conservation areas and portions of both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers that may provide waterfowl hunting opportunities in the region, such as Prairie Slough C.A., Cuivre Island C.A., Upper Mississippi C.A., and the unrestricted portion of the Mississippi River,” Cpl. Bolden said. There are three separate duck hunting zones in the state, and the St. Louis Region is split by the North Zone and Middle Zone. A full map of the zone boundaries can be found in MDC’s 2022- 2023 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest. “Before going hunting on any conservation area or portion of river, be sure to research if waterfowl hunting is allowed and, if so, the rules and regulations that apply. Feel free to contact the local conservation agent for further information if needed,” said Bolden. Waterfowl season dates for the 2022-2023 seasons are as follows: Ducks and Coots: • North Zone: Oct. 29, 2022 – Dec. 27, 2022 • Middle Zone: Nov. 5 – 13, 2022 and Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023 • South Zone: Nov. 24 – 27, 2022 and Dec. 7, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023 Geese: • Statewide: Nov. 11, 2022 – Feb. 6, 2023 Agent Bolden offered these regulation reminders and general information for the waterfowl seasons: • Outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) affecting waterfowl species have been reported in Chariton, Jackson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties. Waterfowl hunters should properly dispose of harvest waste. After cleaning waterfowl, hunters are encouraged to place the remains in trash bags and dispose of them through trash collection or a permitted landfill. This will help limit the spread of the disease. • Required Missouri permits are a Small Game Hunting Permit, a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit, and a Federal Waterfowl Stamp. An electronic Federal Waterfowl Stamp is only valid for 45 days, after that a physical Federal Waterfowl Stamp must be possessed and signed across the face while waterfowl hunting. • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. • Possession and use of lead shot is prohibited. • Shotguns must be 10 gauge or smaller and cannot be capable of holding more than three shells. • The head or one fully feathered wing must remain attached to all waterfowl while being transported from the field to one’s home. • Daily limits for ducks include a total of 6 ducks with species restrictions of 4 mallards (no more than 2 hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 black ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 2 hooded mergansers, 2 redheads, 2 scaup during the first 45 days of season and 1 scaup during the last 15 days of season, 1 mottled duck, and 1 pintail. • The daily limit for coots is 15. • Daily limits for geese include 20 light geese, 3 Canada geese and brant combined, and 2 white-fronted geese. • Report your bands. Bands recovered and reported by hunters provide important information about survival, migration, and harvest rates for a variety of migratory game birds. • Be sure to handle game birds properly: do not handle or eat birds that are obviously sick or found dead, clean birds in a well-ventilated area, wear rubber gloves, wash hands and tools, etc. • When using a boat with a motor, including a layout boat, state statutes apply. See Water Patrol Home (missouri.gov) for further information concerning boating. Other regulations and general information can be found in our 2022-2023 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest, or on our website at www.mdc.mo.gov. “I hope all the hunters have a fun and enjoyable season and that they keep safe hunting practices in the forefront of their minds while afield,” Cpl. Bolden said.



Governor Parson Announces Andrew Bailey as Missouri's Next Attorney General
11/23/2022
Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that he is appointing Andrew Bailey as the next Attorney General of the State of Missouri. Mr. Bailey’s appointment will fill the vacancy created by the election of Attorney General Eric Schmitt to the U.S. Senate. Mr. Bailey currently serves as General Counsel to the Office of Governor Mike Parson. “The historical significance of appointing an Attorney General for the second time of our administration has not been lost on me. But such a monumental, history-defining decision can be made so easily with the right candidate, and Andrew Bailey is the right candidate to lead Missourians as our next Attorney General,” Governor Parson said. “While it’s bittersweet to lose Andrew on our team, it gives us peace of mind to know his talents and passion for the rule of law and public service will be so well utilized as Attorney General. Andrew understands the need to do better, to be better, and with Andrew, better will not only be possible but achieved.” “I want to thank Governor Parson, the entire Governor’s Office team, and of course my wife and children for their love and support. God has truly blessed me and my family with the opportunities He has granted us,” Mr. Bailey said. “I’m excited to get to work on behalf of Missourians to uphold the rule of law, protect freedoms, and ensure our kids and grandkids inherit a better world. My entire career has been defined by public service, and now I’m ready to continue that service as your Attorney General, where I will work tirelessly to earn your trust and never stop fighting on your behalf.” Mr. Bailey joined the Governor’s Office as Deputy General Counsel in 2019 and has served as General Counsel since 2021. He has also served as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Mr. Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Army as an officer. He was deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in response to the 9/11 Attacks. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Accomodation Medal, a Combat Action Badge, and two Bronze Star Medals for his service. In 2009, he returned from deployment and enrolled at the University of Missouri School of Law. He graduated and began his legal career. Mr. Bailey has handled countless cases in both state and federal courts throughout his career. It was in the courtroom where he heard stories of countless Missouri children in need that motivated him and his wife to become foster parents. Mr. Bailey and his wife, Jessica, have four children ranging from 6 months to 10 years old. “Andrew lives by and embodies the ideals of faith, family, and freedom,” Governor Parson said. “He’ll fight for our kids like they’re his own, and he’ll ensure the American Dream lives on for the next generations. We could not be more excited for him, his family, and the State of Missouri.”



MDC offices close this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday
11/23/2022
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staffed offices and buildings will close both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors should note that in cases where indoor facility closures apply, the rest of the areas, including trails, boat launches and other outdoor facilities, where applicable, will still be available for use. Any hiking, hunting, or fishing activity normally permitted on the areas may still be conducted. The following closures apply in the St. Louis area: • Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Kirkwood—Nature Center and offices closed, grounds and trails remain accessible for normal hours • Louis Regional Office on the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, St. Charles—Offices and visitor center closed, all outdoor facilities including lakes will remain open • Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood—Visitor center closed, all outdoor facilities and trails remain open both days • Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, Defiance—Closed • Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, Eureka—Closed The Friday closures are to comply with Executive Order 22-06, signed by Governor Michael L. Parson, which advises that state offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25. All MDC facilities will return to regular operation schedules starting Saturday, Nov. 26. For more information on MDC locations throughout the state, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4V. Users can search areas by name, location, or type to find more information about available facilities, regulations, maps, driving directions and special closures.



ECC's Center for Workforce Development Assists Industries Receive $677,000 in State Funds
11/23/2022
Volpi Foods is one of 19 local industries working with the East Central College Center for Workforce Development (CWD) to secure and utilize state funds totaling $677,000 that is earmarked for training and development. According to Kathy Price, director of human resources at Volpi foods, the Union meat processing plant is benefiting from $45,000 in the Missouri One Start program, which is funding leadership, safety and industrial maintenance training for its employees. Price said she learned about the Customized Training funds through an informational meeting for area HR representatives hosted by the CWD; and ECC staff, Cindy Brinker, CWD grant and program administrator, and Melissa Richardson, CWD apprenticeship and business training program coordinator, were essential in assisting Price with completing required documents prior to submission. “I was not aware that the grant fund opportunity existed until I went to the presentation,” she said. “They also followed up individually with me to see how they could assist Volpi in completing the application and made an in person visit to review the key steps in applying.” Volpi Foods has been handcrafting artisan cured meat since 1902. The female-operated manufacturer has been run by the same family for 120 years. Chief Executive Officer Lorenza Pasetti is the great niece of Volpi’s founder. She has been in charge of Volpi since 2002. Customized Training awards through Missouri One Start range from $10,000 to $100,000 this year with awards averaging around $41,000. That’s compared to an average award in 2021 of $23,000. The increase in average awards is primarily due to Missouri One Start more than doubling its budget for workforce projects in Missouri. Training for the industries ranges from leadership development, safety training, introductory welding programs, project management to LEAN and Six Sigma training. “We are still finalizing exactly how we intend to spend the money, but our focus will be on leadership training for our managers, safety training for all employees and some specialized industrial maintenance technical training for our maintenance team members,” Price added. Royal Canin Royal Canin, Rolla — a leading producer of science-based cat and dog health nutrition — is receiving $30,000 in Missouri One Start program funding that will be utilized for several areas of training. According to Derric Fane, Royal Canin Technical Manager, the manufacturer produces over 200 unique formulas of pet food, and each formula uses different ingredients. “That means there is a high-level of variability — some are high in starch, some are high in protein — there are no two jobs alike,” Fane said. He added that the Missouri One Grant will fund advanced training for Royal Canin employees for both machine operations and maintenance. “It will include advanced training for our employees so they can train others,” Fane said, “It will be training to sharpen their skill level so in the future, they can pass along that knowledge.” Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 50 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Manufacturers Awarded Funds Through the Missouri One Start Customized Training program the following manufacturers, listed by their locations, were awarded matching training grants: Paramount Apparel, Bourbon; Homeyer Precision Manufacturing, Marthasville; Henniges Automotive, New Haven; Walker Products and Klauber Machine & Gear, Pacific; Royal Canin, Rolla; Atro Engineering and Performance Engineering & Manufacturing Racing, St. Clair; Ace Manufacturing and Enjet Aero, Sullivan; Linmark Machine and Volpi Foods, Union; and Clemco Industries, Computech, Enjet Aero, Hodges Badge, Frick’s Meats, WEG Transformers and Parker Hannifin, Washington. Learn more about the program by contacting the CWD team at training@eastcentral.edu or visit missourionestart.com/. To learn more about CWD industry training and consulting visit www.eastcentral.edu/cwd/.



Christmas Concert in Washington-Sunday, December 4th
11/23/2022
The Washington Civic Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4. The concert featuring about 50 singers from the Washington area will be held in the sanctuary at St. Peter United Church of Christ on 5th Street in Washington. There will be a free will offering at the concert which will start at 3 P.M. Please come and bring the family to partake in this Washington Christmas tradition.



Accident
11/23/2022
Catawissa teenager injured in a two car accident in Jefferson County. The state highway patrol says it happened at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon on Highway 30 at Local Hillsboro Road when a car driven by 18 year old Valencia Rizicka of Catawissa was struck in the side by a car driven by 57-year old Gary Meyer of Fenton. Ruzicka was taken to Mercy South by Big River Ambulance with moderate injuries.



Christmas Trees to Arrive at Missouri Governor's Mansion November 28
11/22/2022
The 2022 Missouri Governor’s Mansion Christmas trees will arrive on Monday, November 28, 2022, between 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. A portion of Madison Street will be closed during this time. The tree that will be displayed on the Mansion lawn is a 40-foot Norway Spruce donated by Tom and Sue Gleich of Wildwood, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Gleich decided to donate their tree to allow them to proceed with their landscaping updates. The tree for the Mansion interior includes an 18-foot Canaan Fir supplied by Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann. Missouri Department of Conservation staff will install the indoor tree, and Missouri Office of Administration staff will install the Mansion lawn tree. Members of the media are invited to cover the arrival and placement of the tree on the lawn.  

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson cordially invite families to attend this year’s Candlelight Tours and annual tree lighting ceremony at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. The annual lighting of the tree will be followed by this year’s Candlelight Tours. The Candlelight tours will run until 9 p.m. on Friday and again Monday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the Candlelight tours, visitors will be able to walk through the festively decorated ground floor of the Governor's Mansion. Toys for Tots representatives will also be in attendance during the Candlelight Tours to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys or monetary contributions to support Missouri children this holiday season.

The Candlelight Tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will enter through the Madison Street gate.




Villa Ridge Man Charged with Domestic Assault
11/22/2022
On 11-20-22 Franklin County Communications received a call in reference to a domestic assault that had taken place in the area of Cedar Valley Drive in the Villa Ridge area of Franklin County. When Deputies arrived, they made contact with a 44 year old female who claimed she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The victim stated while she was involved in a verbal altercation with her boyfriend, he elbowed her in the nose causing her to receive a substantial injury. The Deputies on scene located evidence supporting the females claim. The suspect was located on scene, placed under arrest. and transported to the Franklin County Adult Detention Facility. Charges were applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued, charging Michael T. Waters of Robertsville, MO with Domestic Assault in the 2nd degree. His bond was set at $50,000 cash only. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law



: Discover nature with MDC through Eagle Days
11/22/2022
From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state or enjoy watching bald eagles on your own. Because of Missouri’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, the Show-Me state is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in Missouri. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water's edge. Early in the morning you can see them flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don't forget cameras and binoculars. MDC Eagle Days Events MDC is again offering Eagle Days events around the state. Some events will include live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Some events require registration. Locations include: • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City -- Dec. 3, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 2022, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Smithville Lake at Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse in Smithville -- Jan. 7, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Jan. 8, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Springfield Conservation Nature Center in Springfield -- Jan. 21, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Jan. 22, 2023, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City -- Jan. 28, 2023, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live eagle programs are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Registration is not required. • MINGO (Puxico School’s FEMA building, viewing stations at Mingo and Duck Creek) -- Feb. 4, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Audubon Center at Riverlands St. Louis -- Feb.11, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration is required for live-eagle program For more information, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov/events and search Eagle Days. Eagle Watching on Your Own Can't make an MDC Eagle Days event? Other local events and hot spots for winter eagle viewing include: • Duck Creek Conservation Area north of Puxico on Highway 51 in Stoddard, • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia, • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell, • Lock & Dam 20 in Canton, • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville, • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield, • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City, • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico, • Moses Eagle Park in Stella, • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off of Riverview Drive in St. Louis, • Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area east of West Alton, • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs, • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City, • Stockton Lake near Stockton, • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner, • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson, • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw, and • Wappapello Lake's Eagle Point in southeast Missouri. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/events/eagle-days. For more information on bald eagles, visit the MDC online Field Guide at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bald-eagle.



Juveniles Arrested for Burglaries in Washington
11/22/2022



St. Louis Gas Prices Down To Start Thanksgiving Week
11/22/2022
St. Louis gas prices are on the decline as we start Thanksgiving week. Triple-A says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the St. Louis metro is three dollars and eleven cents, down seven cents from this time last week. In Madison County, Illinois the average is three-63 a gallon.



MoDOT Urges Extra Caution for Thanksgiving Travelers
11/22/2022
The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be cautious and use good judgment behind the wheel while traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Impaired driving, distracted driving, excessive speeds, and increased traffic are some of the concerns that can accompany holiday travel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period from 2016 to 2020.



Marching Mizzou To Lead 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
11/22/2022
The Marching Mizzou band will be leading the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this week. The band will be one of 12 marching bands in the lineup of the parade, which will air on NBC and be streamed on Peacock. Marching Mizzou also has been invited to make an appearance during the TODAY show tomorrow morning.



Regional Planning Partners Work Together to Determine Next Projects
11/21/2022
Missouri’s transportation system is a tremendous asset including 33,825 miles of roads and 10,387 bridges. The system ranks among the largest for any state in the nation. The Missouri Department of Transportation working with its statewide regional planning partners have identified $1 billion in annual unfunded needs. From the broader unfunded needs, MoDOT has developed a High Priority Unfunded Needs list to guide the development of projects into funded projects as state and federal transportation funds increase. The public is invited to a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29, to discuss the draft updated High Priority Unfunded Needs list for transportation in the St. Louis region. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor Center, 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis. The presentation materials and a comment form are also available online at https://www.modot.org/unfundedneeds. MoDOT staff have worked with metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions throughout the state to develop a list of high priority unfunded road and bridge needs. The draft project-specific lists include $4.7 billion in road and bridge projects in three tiers. Tier one includes $528 million and includes projects we could accomplish in the time of the current five-year STIP as federal and state funding levels increase. These projects have good estimates. Tier two is worth $2 billion and includes projects beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates. Tier three includes $2.2 billion of projects also beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates. In addition, DOT staff worked with the planning partners to identify $1 billion in multimodal needs. “Even with additional revenue, transportation needs greatly outweigh funding available, and we are working through the challenges of increasing project costs due to higher inflation,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “Across every region of the state, feedback from Missourians has consistently prioritized maintaining the existing system as the highest priority. Other priorities include projects that improve safety, spur economic growth, and provide more transportation choices. We appreciate Missourians input in this new draft as we work to prioritize the projects that provide the greatest value to taxpayers.” The draft document and comment forms will be available online through December 21 at https://www.modot.org/unfundedneeds. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org. To receive the latest statewide news and text alerts, signup for e-updates.



Governor Parson Announces Total Flood Recovery Funding Surpassed $115.9 Million as FEMA Application Period Closed
11/21/2022
Governor Mike Parson today announced that over 13,500 Missouri households had been approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant assistance of $42.9 million as the FEMA disaster assistance application period for St. Louis area flooding in July closed this month. Including National Flood Insurance payments to policyholders and U.S. Small Business Administration loans, total assistance to St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County residents and businesses was over $115.9 million. “Supporting families and businesses and helping the St. Louis region recover were our top priorities following the devastating, historic flooding that impacted the St. Louis region from July 25-28,” Governor Parson said. “We are grateful that community partners pulled together in the recovery effort and that more than 13,500 Missouri families are being assisted through our combined state and FEMA recovery outreach efforts." Those who were impacted by the July flooding are reminded that FEMA representatives are still available at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, and that any additional eligible expenses discovered after the close of the FEMA application period on November 7 will be considered for reimbursement. With the onset of cold weather, homeowners who had applied for FEMA assistance prior to the November 7 deadline and had flood-related damage to furnaces or HVAC systems could still be eligible for reimbursement and should submit repair or replacement estimates or invoices to FEMA. FEMA is also reminding those approved for assistance that they could still be eligible for rental assistance if a need for a temporary place to stay has arisen as repairs are being made. “From the very beginning, our collaboration with the State of Missouri and local officials has been outstanding,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer DuWayne Tewes. “Everyone’s focus was on making sure survivors had access to resources that would help them with their recovery.” • FEMA has approved $42.9 million in Individual Assistance grants for renters and homeowners for emergency home repairs, repair or replacement of essential personal property, rental assistance, and other serious needs not covered by insurance. • The National Flood Insurance Program has paid over $40.4 million in claims for flood insurance policyholders. • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved over $32.6 million in disaster loans for 1,044 homeowners, renters, and businesses. Eligible businesses and private nonprofits in St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County may still apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Businesses and nonprofits can apply online or download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. The deadline to apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan is May 8, 2023. Before federal assistance was approved, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and voluntary and community organizations, including the Red Cross, organized Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) that took place over eight days and provided one-stop-shop assistance for those impacted by the flooding. A total of more than 7,450 people were helped by the MARCs with emergency financial assistance, food stamp replacement, insurance information, and other assistance. Governor Parson’s request for a federal major disaster declaration was approved by President Joe Biden on August 8. The federal major disaster declaration also makes available federal mitigation grants to improve infrastructure to prevent damage from future severe storms. Prior to the federal disaster declaration, Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.



Accident
11/21/2022
Warrenton man injured in a one car accident in Phelps County. The patrol says it happened at 5:40 Saturday evening on Interstate 44 near Rolla. 58 year old Neil Queathem was behind the wheel when he struck a deer. Queathem was taken to Phelps Health Hospital with minor injuries following the crash.



Missouri AG Receives Grant For SAFE Kit Initiative
11/18/2022
The Missouri Attorney General's office is receiving a third federal grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. The grant totaling two-point-five-million-dollars will allow the Attorney General's Office to continue its work on the SAFE Kit Initiative, which aims to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault kits. It runs through September, 2025.



ECC Chief Academic Officer Named to State Transfer Committee
11/18/2022
East Central College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Robyn Walter will help shape how transfer and articulation agreements among Missouri colleges and universities are developed and maintained. Walter was appointed last month to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA). She was appointed by interim Commissioner of Higher Education Leroy Wade to serve through June 30, 2024. “At ECC, we rely on good transfer partners to provide quality pathways for our students, so I understand the importance of transfer agreements, and how greatly they can benefit students,” Walter said. “It's crucial to develop collaborative transfer and articulation strategies to serve students and advance our goals for degree completion.” COTA's primary responsibilities are to review and make recommendations on transfer issues and study and develop transfer guidelines for traditional and non-traditional credits. That’s in addition to reviewing and recommending resolutions on cases of appeal from institutions or students. “It is important that students throughout the state are prepared for upper-level coursework when they transfer, and that they receive credit for the courses they have completed,” Walter added. COTA is comprised of 12 members who are appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education, and it includes four representatives from public two-year colleges and four representatives from public four-year colleges and universities, one of which must be from the University of Missouri and one which must be from another public four-year institution. COTA also includes one representative from independent two-year colleges or proprietary institutions, two representatives from independent four-year colleges and universities and one at-large position. Additionally, the commissioner or a designated representative sits as ex-officio voting member of the committee. Walter has been with ECC since 2003, serving as a faculty member, director of nursing, nursing and allied health program chair, dean of health sciences and vice president of academic affairs since 2020. She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Missouri and her Master’s in Nursing Service Administration from Saint Louis University. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.



Get tips on European-style deer mounts at Dec. 1 MDC program
11/18/2022
European-style mounts is a type of taxidermy that’s gaining in popularity among hunters as a unique way to preserve memories of your deer harvest. People interested in learning about how to do a European mount should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) virtual program “Learning to Hunt: European Mounting Your Trophy.” This free program will be from 6-7:30 on Dec. 1. It is being put on by the staff at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center and the program has in-person and virtual options for attendance. People can register for the in-person program at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/187343 People can register for the virtual option at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/187346 A European-style deer mount consists of a cleaned skull with the antlers still attached. At this program, MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Keith DeBow will discuss how hunters can use the European-style technique to turn their deer harvest into a unique-looking memory that will last a lifetime. He will have information on what equipment is needed and the best techniques to make a European mount. Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants for the virtual option must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. MDC’s Andy Dalton Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Andy Dalton Range and Outdoor Education Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about upcoming events or how to sign up for text alerts from the Dalton Range can call 417-742-4361. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.



Skating Rinks Open Over The Area
11/18/2022
Frosty temperatures and ice skating are a good winter combination and there is plenty of skating available at one of the many rinks in the St. Louis area. Outdoor skating is featured at Brookdale Farms in Eureka, the Eagan Civic Center in Florissant and Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. Brentwood Ice Rink is open every day as is Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, the Creve Coeur Ice Arena and the Kirkwood Ice Rink offering indoor comfort. The Metro East also has several rinks open and its best to check with the rink for public skating hours.



DOJ Investigating Treatment Of Mentally Ill By State
11/18/2022
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the state of Missouri's treatment of adults with serious mental illness. Specifically the DOJ wants to determine whether the state unnecessarily institutionalizes these adults in skilled nursing facilities. The department will investigate whether these patients could be served in the community with services like supported housing, crisis services, peer support services and assertive community treatment. The investigation announced yesterday was opened under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Early Christmas Shopping Leads to $50,000 Prize
11/17/2022
While Christmas shopping for her children, a Missouri Lottery player stopped at Murphy USA, 1645 A Roy Drive in Washington, to purchase gas and three Quick Pick Powerball tickets for the Oct. 31 drawing. The player explained that she scanned her tickets on the Missouri Lottery app, and one of those tickets revealed she’d won a prize. It wasn’t until she went to redeem the ticket, that a convenience store clerk uncovered the actual amount of the prize. “She said, ‘“You won $50,000.” “I didn’t believe it!” she exclaimed. The ticket matched four of the five white-ball numbers, as well as the Powerball number drawn, to win a $50,000 prize. The winner plans to use the money to purchase Christmas gifts and pay bills. The winning numbers on Oct. 31 were 13, 19, 36, 39 and 59, with a Powerball number of 13. Powerball is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game with drawings held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. All current and past winning numbers can be found at MOLottery.com. In FY22, players in Franklin County won more than $21.6 million in Missouri Lottery prizes, retailers received more than $2.1 million in commissions and bonuses, and more than $4.5 million in Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county.



October 2022 Monthly Jobs Report
11/17/2022
Missouri's smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point in October 2022, rising to 2.6 percent from the revised September 2022 rate of 2.4 percent. The October 2022 rate was 1.4 percent lower than the October 2021 rate. A year ago, the state's seasonally adjusted rate was 4.0 percent. The estimated number of unemployed Missourians was 78,871 in October 2022, up by 4,337 from September. The number of employed declined by 2,024 in October 2022.



Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Skyrockets in Annual Survey
11/17/2022
As we approach the holiday season, everyone knows how much damage inflation has done to Americans’ pocketbooks and retirement accounts. We have all been fretting about higher costs at both Thanksgiving and Christmas over the next five weeks. From pie crusts to presents, costs are skyrocketing. The first round of data is out, and there’s no sugarcoating it. Our wallets, like the delicious turkey, are going to feel quite cooked come Thanksgiving Day. For the past 37 years, Farm Bureau members throughout the nation have gone to their local grocery stores and reported back the prices of a dozen key components for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Unfortunately, American Farm Bureau’s informal Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey showed the highest increase since the survey’s inception, posting a nationwide average of $64.05 for a feast for 10 people. While checking in at less than $6.50 per person, the total is up an eye-opening 20% from last year’s average of $53.31, and up 37% since 2020. Most notably, a 16-pound turkey will eat up nearly half the increase at about $29, up 21% from last year.



Remains Of Jefferson Co. Man Identified
11/17/2022
The remains of a Jefferson County man are found by a deer hunter. Jerry Crew disappeared in April 2021 and was last seen where he was living in the Cedar Hill area on April 29th last year. His remains were found nine miles from his residence. Police suspect a man named Anthony Legens who was acquainted with Crew may have been his killer. Legens was killed in a shootout with police as they were serving a search a warrant in connection to Crew's disappearance.



Missouri Unemployment Rate Slightly Up
11/17/2022
Missouri's unemployment rate is up slightly. The state's jobless rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point last month, rising to two-point-six-percent from September. However, the October 2022 rate was one-point-four-percent lower than the October 2021 rate.



MDC Reminds Hunters Dumping Deer Carcasses Is Illegal
11/17/2022
The Missouri Department of Conservation Agents is reminding hunters dumping deer carcasses is illegal. The offense of unlawful disposing of a dead animal is a Class C Misdemeanor in Missouri. Officials say they receive and investigate numerous calls about the illegal dumping of deer carcasses this time of year. Hunters can help prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and other diseases by properly disposing of carcass parts.



Blunt Supports Same-Sex Bill
11/17/2022
Outgoing U.S. Senator Roy Blunt supports a bill to protect federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. The soon to be retired Missouri Republican was among 12 GOP members who joined Democrats to support the bill, setting up a final Senate vote today. The Senate is attempting to pass legislation that would codify landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving marriage. Blunt's Missouri colleague, Sen. Josh Hawley opposes the bill.



DOJ Investigating Missouri's Use of Skilled Nursing Facilities
11/17/2022
The Justice Department is launching an investigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act into whether the State of Missouri unnecessarily institutionalizes adults with serious mental illness in skilled nursing facilities. The department will review whether these individuals could be served in the community with services such as supported housing, assertive community treatment. The investigation will also decide whether the State's use of guardianship for people with serious mental illness contributes to unnecessary placements in nursing facilities.



Public Invited to Discuss Priority Unfunded Transportation Needs
11/17/2022
Missouri’s transportation system is a tremendous asset including 33,825 miles of roads and 10,387 bridges. The system ranks among the largest for any state in the nation. The Missouri Department of Transportation working with its statewide regional planning partners has identified $1 billion in annual unfunded needs. From the broader unfunded needs, MoDOT has developed a High Priority Unfunded Needs list to guide the development of projects into funded projects as state and federal transportation funds increase. Public meetings will be held across the state from Nov. 28 through Dec. 7. The full list of the meeting dates, time and locations are here: https://www.modot.org/unfundedneeds.   MoDOT staff have worked with metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions throughout the state to develop a list of high priority unfunded road and bridge needs.  The draft project-specific lists include $4.7 billion in road and bridge project needs in three tiers. Tier one includes $528 million and includes project needs we could accomplish in the time of the current five-year STIP as federal and state funding levels increase.  These projects have more refined estimates.  Tier two is worth $2 billion and includes project needs beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates.  Tier three includes $2.2 billion of project needs also beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates.  In addition, DOT staff worked with the planning partners to identify $1 billion in multimodal needs. “Even with additional revenue, transportation needs greatly outweigh funding available, and we are working through the challenges of increasing project costs due to higher inflation,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “Across every region of the state, feedback from Missourians has consistently prioritized maintaining the existing system as the highest priority. Other priorities include projects that improve safety, spur economic growth, and provide more transportation choices. We appreciate Missourians input in this new draft as we work to prioritize projects that provide the greatest value to taxpayers.” The draft document and comment forms will be available online through December 21.  For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org. To receive the latest statewide news and text alerts, signup for e-updates.



Join MDC online Dec. 14 for Wild Webcast on Winter Wildlife Survival
11/16/2022
Did you know that some Missouri frogs freeze nearly solid in winter and their hearts stop beating. Then they revive! Some owls start nesting in January and their eggs can survive temperatures of 10 degrees or below freezing! Ground squirrels sleep the winter away from October to April – without waking up! Some snakes crowd together in dens by the thousands to spend winter together! The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites everyone to learn more about these and other strange-but-true facts about native animals and plants by joining its online Wild Webcast on Winter Wildlife Survival on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. Register in advance for the MDC Wild Webcast on Winter Wildlife Survival at short.mdc.mo.gov/4GC and then join the webcast live at noon on Dec. 14. MDC Naturalist Sarah Easton from the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City will share more fun facts about Missouri wildlife using the new MDC book, Strange but True. Adapted from the pages of MDC’s award-winning children’s magazine Xplor, Strange but True is a 136-page, full-color book that offers more than 350 fun facts about Missouri wildlife at its strangest. The Strange but True guidebook makes a great holiday gift and is available for purchase for $8.95 from the MDC Nature Shop online at mdcnatureshop.com or at MDC nature centers around the state. Get information on MDC nature centers at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/nature-centers.



Missouri Experiencing Increase In Respiratory Viruses
11/16/2022
Missouri is experiencing increased respiratory disease activity caused by multiple viruses. They include flu and RSV. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is now offering free testing for flu, RSV and the virus that causes COVID-19 at several Missouri locations through March. Patients of all ages can be tested.



MoDOT Hosts Public Information Meeting to Share Route 100 Project Traffic Study Results
11/16/2022
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will host a public information meeting from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 to share findings of the Missouri Route 100 project traffic study. The open-house style meeting will be held at the Washington City Hall Council Chambers, 405 Jefferson St., Washington, MO 63090. The project consists of various intersection improvements along Missouri Route 100 in Washington, MO from St Johns Rd. to Route AT. The issues along Route 100 include high traffic volumes at intersections, short or no turning lane, motorists traveling at high speeds, and high crash rates at intersections with 43% of all crashes being rear-end crashes. Currently, this project is unfunded. The study has been conducted to determine alternatives at each of the intersections that will improve traffic flow and safety along the Route 100 corridor. There will not be a formal presentation, and individuals can attend the meeting at any time during the open house to speak with MoDOT engineers and designers on the results of the study. For more information on the Route 100 project traffic study, go to https://www.modot.org/missouri-route-100-traffic-study.



Accidents
11/16/2022
Bourbon man injured in a three vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 7:40 Tuesday morning on Highway 185 South of Sleepy Hollow Road. The patrol says 33-year old Charles Franks of Sullivan was Northbound when he crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by 34-year old Kayla Ward of St. Clair. A third car driven by 58-year old Bobby Carrico of Bourbon then struck Franks and a Chevron sign. Carrico was taken to Missouri Baptist hospital in Sullivan with minor injuries.

A Gerald man was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says it happened at 3:40 Tuesday afternoon on Highway 50 West of Highway E-E.  The patrol says a tractor trailer was stopped for traffic ahead and was struck in the rear by a pick-up driven by 21-year old Nathan Angell of Gerald.  Angell was taken to Mercy in Washington by Union ambulance with minor injuries.





St. Louis Court Ruling Keeps Student Loan Appeal Blocked
11/16/2022
A St. Louis-based federal appeals court ruling means President Biden's Student Loan Relief Program will need to stay suspended. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Monday agreed with a lower court ruling in Texas that blocked the start of the program. In its ruling, the Missouri court said cancelling student debt would present financial harm to the state. It comes just days after a federal judge in Texas ruled the Biden administration didn't have the authority to forgive student loan debt. The White House is likely to appeal.



Missouri Court Blocks Biden's Student Debt Relief Program
11/15/2022
A federal appeals court in Missouri is blocking President Joe Biden's student debt relief program. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis sided with Missouri and other Republican-led states who have sought to halt the program, which would have cancelled up to 10-thousand-dollars for millions of borrowers and up to 20-thousand-dollars for Pell grant recipients. The Biden administration stopped accepting applications for the program last Friday after it was halted by a federal judge in Texas.



MoDOT Warns Drivers To Be Safe On Roadways During Snowfall
11/15/2022
The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be safe on the roadways as the state prepares for snowfall today. A small amount of snow on the pavement can cause slippery conditions and impact travel, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Drivers should slow down and allow for extra time. MoDOT crews will be out clearing the roads.



Accident
11/15/2022
St. Clair woman injured in a one vehicle accident in Phelps County. The patrol says it happened just before 6pm Monday evening on Eastbound Interstate 44 in Rolla. 31-year old Kelsey Kelley of St. Clair was behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus when she struck the rear of a pick-up truck driven by 63-year old John Hall of Headley, Texas. Kelley was taken to Phelps Health in Rolla with minor injuries.



MDC thanks deer hunters for help with CWD sampling past weekend
11/15/2022
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the many deer hunters who participated in its mandatory sampling efforts in 34 counties this past weekend to test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in harvested deer. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected tissue samples from more than 19,400 hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing on Nov. 12 and 13. CWD sampling consists of MDC staff removing lymph nodes from the necks of harvested deer for testing. Tissue samples are sent to an independent lab for testing. “We greatly appreciate the participation and support of the many thousands of hunters who presented their deer for CWD sampling during opening weekend,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Hunters play a critical role in MDC’s efforts to find and manage CWD in Missouri.” According to MDC, the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season is the most popular two days for most deer hunters in Missouri. Hunters typically harvest between a quarter to a third of the state’s total annual deer harvest during those two days. Focusing on this key weekend gives MDC the best opportunity to collect the most tissue samples for CWD testing during a very concentrated time period. “Finding CWD as early as possible in new areas allows for rapid management intervention to slow the spread of the disease,” Isabelle said. “The high number of samples collected during opening weekend gives us a much better understanding of the distribution and prevalence of the disease — where the disease is located and what percentage of the deer population is affected.” Isabelle noted that MDC collects samples for CWD testing throughout the state each year and that mandatory sampling is an enhanced form of disease surveillance in the CWD Management Zone, where the greatest potential for new areas of CWD infection exists. Including the recent sampling efforts, MDC has collected more than 237,000 tissue samples for CWD testing since surveillance for the disease began 20 years ago. To date, MDC has found 292 confirmed cases of CWD since the disease was first detected in wild deer in Missouri in 2012. Learn more about CWD surveillance at mdc.mo.gov/cwd. MDC is also offering free voluntary CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer during the entire deer season at select locations throughout the state, including some MDC offices and participating taxidermists and meat processors. MDC also offers self-service freezer drop-off locations within the CWD Management Zone for hunters to deposit harvested deer heads to have tested for CWD. Instructions, packing supplies, and information tags are available at the sites. Get more information on voluntary sampling locations and drop-off locations online at mdc.mo.gov/cwd. Hunters can get their CWD test results for free online at mdc.mo.gov/cwdResults. Results are available within four weeks from the time of sampling and the wait time if often much less. According to MDC, white-tailed deer are an extremely important wildlife resource of the state and deer hunting is tremendously popular. Each year, nearly half a million hunters pursue deer in Missouri, which provides a tremendous boon to Missouri’s economy and supports thousands of jobs. CWD is a deadly, infectious disease in deer and other members of the deer family (cervids) that is 100% fatal. There is no vaccine or cure. CWD can be spread from direct deer-to-deer contact, through improper disposal of deer carcasses, and through the environment by deer contacting infectious material from other deer. Without management intervention, CWD infection rates increase and can cause significant population declines in deer populations. Given the significant threat the disease poses to the health of deer populations, CWD represents an extremely significant conservation challenge. Hunters play a critical role in helping MDC manage the disease by having their deer tested, following carcass-movement restrictions, and properly disposing of deer carcasses. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/cwd. ________________________________________



MDC reports 93,355 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend
11/15/2022
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 93,355 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season Nov. 12 and 13. Of the 93,355 deer harvested, 55,267 were antlered bucks, 7,250 were button bucks, and 30,838 were does. Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,015 deer harvested, Texas with 1,724, and Callaway with 1,692. Last year, hunters checked 89,939 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season. For current, ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/. For harvest summaries from past years, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-reports/deer-harvest-summaries. “After a mild start to the month of November, the weather sure turned colder just in time for opening weekend,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Although Saturday was a bit blustery, we had some good conditions, overall, for opening weekend this year and the long-term forecast looks very good at this point as well.” The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 22. Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2023. The late youth portion of firearms season runs Nov. 25-27. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 3-11 (in open counties) followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3, 2023. Learn more about deer hunting in Missouri online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer. Get more information about deer season and hunting regulations from MDC’s 2022 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/fall-deer-turkey-hunting-regulations-information



Shots Fired into a Home in Villa Ridge
11/15/2022
On November 12th, 2022 at approximately 2 a.m. a resident that lives in the 100 block of Hwy M in Villa Ridge was awoken to 6 gunshots being fired from a vehicle from the roadway. Upon checking her residence she noticed 6 bullet holes that entered into the home from the exterior. The home owner did not know of anyone that may have done this. There was a total of 4 people inside the home, to include 3 children. Fortunately; no one was injured inside the home. We are asking anyone that may have seen a vehicle in the area at this time or if you have camera’s to check them for any vehicles that may have been seen in the area. Callers can remain anonymous and call Detective Hill with any information 636-583-2560.



Deer hunters can turn success into supper for families in need with Share the Harvest
11/15/2022
.—$7 may not seem like a lot of money these days, but it can go a long way feeding those in need, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Share the Harvest Program. Share the Harvest provides food to the hungry through deer meat donated by hunters. Hunters can choose to give part or the entire deer they harvest. They simply bring their deer to an approved meat processor to process the venison, usually into ground meat, where it is then packaged for distribution. More families than ever are currently facing financial challenges brought on by rising grocery costs. Consider that a deer tag for a doe costs a hunter only $7. Imagine how many times over that tag can pay for itself with the amount of nutritious and healthy venison it can provide families in need. Share the Harvest is a statewide partnership between MDC, the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM), cooperating meat processors, and hunters. The St. Louis area is fortunate to have another key partner in the program, Operation Food Search (OFS). Thanks to contributions by OFS, St. Louis area hunters donating their entire deer through Share the Harvest can do so with little to no processing fees. The Overland-based non-profit hunger relief organization feeds 200,000 people in need each month through over 200 outlets in the metro area. According to OFS, fresh protein like venison is one of the most popular items and the number one in demand. Meat processors typically charge around $100 to process a deer into ready-to-prepare meat. The CFM has funding to cover $75 for hunters donating whole deer statewide. Operation Food Search contributes an additional $20 per deer. Cooperating processors in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties agree to limit their deer processing fees so there is little to no net charge for donating hunters. All members in the partnership work together to help alleviate the costs for hunters who donate their entire deer. “Operation Food Search is helping reduce costs for hunters who want to donate whole deer to Share the Harvest, so it’s easier for them to participate,” said MDC Conservation Agent Corporal Jeff Breuer. The following is a list of meat processors in the St. Louis Region that offer minimal to no cost processing for hunters donating for processing a whole deer, grouped by county. St. Louis: • Kenrick’s Meats and Catering, South St. Louis County • John’s Butcher Shoppe, Overland St. Charles County: • Josephville Meat Processing, Wentzville Jefferson County: • Dittmer Meat Packing, Dittmer • John’s Butcher Shop, Festus Corporal Breuer reminded hunters that deer harvested from Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone counties can be donated only to processors participating in the Share the Harvest CWD Testing Program. For more details on the Share the Harvest program and a list of these processors, visit mdc.mo.gov/share.



Missouri Job Centers assisting residents with voter registration
11/15/2022
Missouri Job Centers are making it easier for Missourians to become registered voters. Any Missouri resident interested in registering to vote can now do so at Job Centers across the state. Residents can utilize Job Center resources to access an electronic voter registration application on the Missouri Secretary of State website or receive and fill out a paper application at a Job Center. Anyone who has moved or changed their name can also fill out an application at a Job Center. “Our Job Centers offer numerous free services and are constantly striving to find more ways to serve Missouri residents,” said Dr. Mardy Leathers, director of the Office of Workforce Development. “By assisting Missourians with voter registration, we are providing citizens the ability to be more involved in decisions that impact their community, state, and nation.” Along with Missouri Job Centers, residents can fill out a voter registration application at a local election authority, a drivers licensing office, a designated state agency, or a library. Upcoming election days in Missouri are Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, Aug. 8, and Nov. 7. The deadline to register to vote on those days are Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, July 12, and Oct. 11, respectively. As of 2020, 4,338,133 Missouri residents are registered to vote, an increase of more than 125,000 people from 2018. The number of registered voters in Missouri surpassed 4 million for the first time in 2004. To find the nearest Job Center, visit jobs.mo.gov or call 1-888-728-5627.



First Statewide Winter Precipitation Forecast on Monday. Motorists Advised to Slow Down
11/15/2022
The cold blast of winter air over the weekend is now bringing in the first statewide forecast for winter precipitation beginning Monday afternoon and continuing overnight. Accumulation of one to three inches is possible and could affect Tuesday morning’s commute. The Missouri Department of Transportation warns drivers that even a small amount of snow on the pavement can cause slippery conditions and impact travel, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Slow down and allow yourself extra time if you must drive. MoDOT crews will be out ahead of the storm and will continue working overnight. The primary focus will be to address winter weather on interstates and other major high-volume highways. After the precipitation ends and the high primary routes are mostly clear, crews will focus on the lower volume number and letter state highways. With this being the first winter weather of the year, crews will be doing training for the new drivers during this storm. Despite the department’s best efforts, it has not made progress filling the winter operations vacancies. “With years of high turnover, we are nearly 30% below the staffing we need in order to cover more than one shift in a statewide storm,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT chief safety and operations officer. “With this statewide winter storm, we will not have enough employees to fill all the trucks on the second shift. It will take longer to clear the roads especially the lower volume number and lettered roads.” Check current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also find road conditions and warnings by following MoDOT on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.



U of M Research Shows Negative Side Effects Of Popular Dietary Supplement
11/15/2022
University of Missouri researchers are revealing negative side effects of vitamin B3. Previous studies have linked commercial dietary supplements like nicotinamide riboside to benefits related to cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological health. However, new research from the university has found NR could actually increase the risk of serious disease, including developing cancer. The researchers compared and examined how much NR levels were present in cancer cells, T cells and healthy tissues.



U of M President Condemns Racist Messages
11/14/2022
University of Missouri President Mun Choi is condemning racism and discrimination following reports of white supremacist messages circling the campus. Choi sent a message to the campus community saying safety is of "paramount importance." The university's Young Democratic Socialists of America society posted a photo on social media last month showing "While Lives Matter" flyers posted on campus. The university's Faculty Council also denounced the flyers.



AZZ Precoat Metals to build new facility in Washington, investing nearly $110 million and creating more than 80 new jobs
11/12/2022
AZZ Precoat Metals, a provider of coil coating solutions, announced today it will build a new aluminum coil coating facility in Washington, investing nearly $110 million and creating more than 80 new jobs. The new location will enable AZZ Precoat Metals to meet demand for its metal coil coating and processing services while allowing for the innovation of new products. “We’re excited to see AZZ Precoat Metals adding a location and creating jobs in Washington,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Thanks to our commitment to workforce development and infrastructure, our state stands out as an ideal location for businesses to invest and expand. We look forward to AZZ Precoat Metals’ continued success as it grows and creates more good-paying jobs for Missourians.” AZZ Precoat Metals, the leading independent provider of metal coil coating solutions in North America, engages in the advanced application of protective and decorative coatings and related value-added services for steel and aluminum coil. The company’s new 25-acre facility will be located in Washington’s Oldenburg Industrial Park and will help meet demand and achieve long term growth. “We selected the Washington location due to the growing economic development occurring in the area,” said Kurt Russell, Chief Operating Officer of AZZ Precoat Metals. “Additionally, the close proximity to our existing operations ensures local engineering and operational resources will be available for a timely startup and ensures training and staffing assistance will be close by. We are very pleased to have secured a location with several logistical advantages, including rail service and Mississippi River barge access, and being ideally situated near several substrate providers and our customer base. I would like to thank both the City of Washington and the State of Missouri for providing a compelling incentive package. We are very excited to invest in and be a part of Washington’s future.” AZZ Precoat Metals’ new Washington location is expected to be operational in 2025. Upon completion, the company will operate a total of 14 facilities, including 16 coating lines and 19 value-added processing lines, to increase its industry-leading capacity. AZZ Precoat Metals has secured customer contracts to account for more than 75 percent of its new total capacity. The company’s Washington facility will generate more than 80 skilled jobs that pay salaries well above the county average. “AZZ Precoat Metals is another example of a great company continuing to grow in Missouri,” said Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development. “We’re grateful for our partners who helped secure this investment and another positive impact for the community and our state.” For this expansion, AZZ Precoat Metals will benefit from the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. The company is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses with their recruitment and training needs.



MO Gas Prices 43 Cents Below National Avg.
11/12/2022
Drivers in Missouri are paying about the same for a gallon of regular gas as they were a week ago. Triple-A says the price of a gallon of regular today is three-dollars-and-36 cents statewide. The national average is three-79. The price at the pump averages three-34 in St. Louis City, three-19 in St. Louis County, three-22 in Jefferson County and three-ten in St. Charles.



High Temperature Record Broken
11/12/2022
The lovely weather we've had in St. Louis earlier this week has broken a record. The high of 82 on Wednesday surpassed the old record of 78 set that was set two years ago. However, winter-like cold air is set to move through early Friday with a high only in the mid-40s. The cold temps will last through the weekend.



Boil Advisory For Parts Of Pacific
11/12/2022
A section of Pacific is under a boil water advisory due to a water main break near Lamar Parkway and Old Gray Summit Road. Areas affected are Summit Park Drive, Summit Hills Farms, the Siver Lake subdivision, Ridge Meadows subdivision and Old Gray Summit Road west of Highway N/Congress. The boil advisory was issued last evening. Officials advise boiling water for three minutes before using it to cook or drink.



Recreational Pot to be Available in February
11/11/2022
Missouri residents can expect to see recreational marijuana sold as early as February of next year. Voters approved its sale by 53 percent as addressed by Amendment 3 on state ballots Tuesday. The amendment will be added to the state's constitution December 8th, opening up opportunities to apply for recreational licenses. The amendment also removed arrests and convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses.



Missourians Urged To Drive Safe On Roadways On Thanksgiving Holiday
11/11/2022
Missourians are being urged to drive safe on roadways will traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds everyone there will be an increase in traffic over the holiday. Drivers should remain alert to changes along their normal route. Over the Thanksgiving holiday last year, 12 people were killed and 540 injured in more than 13-hundred traffic crashes.



Parson To Appoint Missouri Attorney General, State Treasurer
11/11/2022
Governor Parson is in charge of appointing another Missouri Attorney General and state treasurer. Missouri's Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the state's open U.S. Senate seat by defeating Trudy Busch Valentine Tuesday, while Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick beat Alan Green to secure the state's auditor seat. Parson must now appoint someone to fill both positions until Schmitt's and Fitzpatrick's original terms end. The pair were reelected in November 2020, which leaves two more years on their terms.



Open House at ECC’s Falcon Career Center
11/11/2022
There will be an opportunity for community members to tour and meet the staff of the new East Central College Falcon Career Center (FCC). The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4-6 p.m. at the FCC located in Hansen Hall 270 on the ECC campus in Union. There will be snacks and refreshments available. The Falcon Career Center opened earlier this year to provide a specialized space for learning and connecting with career counseling and social services to support the whole student. Through the FCC, students will gain confidence knowing that their time and money is a solid investment because they will graduate prepared and connected to their community and job market. During the open house, Occupational Navigator Sarah Haines and the Wellness Navigator Abbie Bishop will discuss the resources available to students for learning and connecting with career counseling and social services. In addition, representatives of the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program and short-term health care careers will be available to answer questions.



Get tips on making venison jerky at Dec. 2 MDC virtual program
11/11/2022
Besides giving hunters an enjoyable outdoors experience, a successful deer hunt can also provide a healthy snack option – venison jerky. People wanting tips on how to transform their harvested deer into venison jerky should register for the Dec. 2 virtual program “Field to Freezer: Making Deer Jerky.” This free online program will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. People can register for this program at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/188136 At this online program, MDC Conservation Educator Sarah Elrod will have information for deer hunters who want to make their own jerky. She will describe the steps that are involved from the time a deer is harvested in the field until the first strip of jerky is ready to be tasted. The topics that will be covered include: • Food safety tips to be mindful of that keeps harvested venison safe for consumption • How to cut up a deer carcass and what portions are typically used for jerky • Demonstrations on how to use the equipment needed to make jerky Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.



Interstate 44 Concrete Improvements to Begin Monday
11/11/2022
Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be making driving surface improvements next week along Interstate 44 in Crawford County. Concrete replacement will take place in the westbound lanes between Sullivan (mile marker 225) and Bourbon (mile marker 218) starting Monday, November 14. One lane will be closed at various work areas between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, November 18. MoDOT appreciates the patience of motorists traveling through the area. Drivers are advised to watch for workers on the road, avoid distractions and obey all traffic signs. This work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for project updates.



Responders Urge Motorists to Slow Down, Move Over: “It’s the Law”
11/11/2022
On a daily basis, emergency responders put their lives on the line along Missouri’s highways responding to crash scenes. These workers include police, fire, EMS, tow truck operators and highway workers. They respond to traffic incidents, assisting drivers and helping to keep traffic flowing. By state law, drivers are required to move over or slow down, but unfortunately, a significant number do not. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for EMS responders and law enforcement officers. To remind motorists what’s on the line, the FHWA has declared the week of Nov. 14-18 as National Crash Responder Safety Week. From 2017 to 2021, there have been nearly 9,200 traffic crashes on Missouri roadways that involved an emergency vehicle. Of these crashes, 31 were fatal and 140 resulted in serious injury to the emergency responder. As part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s work to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system, MoDOT emergency response personnel respond to more than 6,000 traffic incidents each month on average. “Responders working crashes are always in a dangerous work environment,” said Chris Engelbrecht, MoDOT’s assistant to the chief safety and operations officer. “As motorists, we can make their job safer by simply taking a foot off the accelerator, turning on a blinker, checking a mirror and switching lanes.” When motorists approach MoDOT or any other responders or emergency vehicles on the side of the highway with flashing lights, they should move over. This is more than a ‘courtesy’ to roadside workers, it’s the law. A report from the National Safety Commission revealed 71% of Americans do not know about their state’s Move Over law. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary MoDOT, law enforcement or other emergency vehicles with flashing lights on. To help protect those who protect us, all 50 states enforce some form of the Move Over law. “When you see emergency vehicles and highway crews with warning lights either on the road or shoulder, slow down, and when you’re able to do so, move over,” said Engelbrecht. “The lives you’re protecting are the ones who protect, rescue and assist you and work on the roads you use every day.”



Elderly Couple Perishes In House Fire in New Melle
11/11/2022
An elderly couple is killed in a four-alarm fire at their home in New Melle. Fire crews were called to the scene in the 800 block of Tall Cedar Court shortly after 12:30 this morning. The couple was trapped and firefighters were unable to reach them when they first made entry because of the intensity of the fire. A second search found the 84-year-olds deceased in a bathroom at the back of the home. The fire appears to have started in the basement and is considered accidental.



Stable Fire Kills 4 Horses In Fenton
11/11/2022
A barn fire in Fenton kills at least four horses. Firefighters with the Saline Valley Fire District answered a call around one o'clock this morning about a fire at Sugar Creek Ranch on Fiedler Lane. The three-alarm fire destroyed the barn which was used to board horses. An employee who lives at the ranch was able to save some horses. The cause is still unknown.



Company Offers Fog Theft Deterrent for Businesses
11/11/2022
A St. Louis-based company is the exclusive U.S. distributor for a product designed to deter thieves by providing a cloud of fog. Kirkwood-based Density USA will install its first anti-theft fogging devices next week. Its founder tells KMOV-TV the product has been in use internationally for the past ten years and is activated when a potential thief breaks in. It takes about 45 minutes for the fog to dissipate.



City's Catholic Leaders Will Delay Closing Schools, Parishes
11/10/2022
The Archdiocese of St. Louis says it will postpone making a restructuring decision on its area schools until the 2024-25 school year. Church leaders launched an initiative in January to try to keep the diocese strong by closing some of its schools, as well as merging some parishes. The leaders now say they've received input from parish communities that's caused them to delay the initiative.



ECC and Missouri Baptist Strengthen Transfer Agreement
11/10/2022
East Central College and Missouri Baptist University have bolstered the transfer agreements between the institutions. For the past 20 years, the partnership between ECC and MBU has resulted in highly prepared educators within the community, according to Dr. Robyn Walter, vice president of academic affairs at ECC. This year, ECC and MBU revised the agreement update all of the courses that transfer from ECC to the University. MBU, with a location in Union, allows for students to attend in-person classes without leaving the area. In addition, the University offers many online options and transfer students can attend classes from home. Walter noted that it is important for the community that educators from this area remain here due to nationwide teacher shortages. “We appreciate Missouri Baptist’s commitment to teacher education in our community,” Walter said. “We know that when students start at ECC and then complete their teaching degree locally, they are more likely to stay and teach locally — this approach is needed now more than ever.” According to Thea Abraham, MBU director of records, ECC and MBU have had a strong relationship since the early 2000s. She said, although MBU is a private university, it accepts all Core 42 courses that state public colleges and universities accept. “For two decades we had a strong relationship, and the transferability of courses at ECC has always been very high,” Abraham said. Abraham echoed the importance of MBUs accessibility to residents of ECC’s district. “Students can stay in town, taking classes at home or in-person at MBU’s Union facility, and they don’t have to drive into the main campus,” she said. Students transferring from ECC to MBU typically are seeking teaching degrees or business-related degrees. MBU also offers a variety of other degree programs. To learn more about transfer agreements between ECC and colleges and universities, visit www.eastcentral.edu/transfer/articulation-agreements/.



State Voters Approve Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
11/10/2022
Missouri residents who are over 21 will soon be able to legally use marijuana for recreational purposes. State voters Tuesday night approved Amendment 3 with 53 percent support. The amendment will allow non medical users to possess up to three ounces of marijuana, while medical patients can have up to six. The decision also allows complete removal for certain marijuana offenses, including action for offenders who are currently on probation or parole.

The amendment goes into effect December 8th.  That means the earliest that Missourians will be able to buy marijuana products recreationally is February 6th. 



Members of Missouri's Congress Delegation Win Reelection
11/9/2022
Members of Missouri's congressional delegation have won reelection. Democrat Cori Bush won her second term representing Missouri's first congressional district. Republican Ann Wagner won another term representing the Second DIstrict, a job she has held since 2013, while another Republican -- Blaine Luetkemeyer -- won in the Third District. He has held the job since 2009. In the eighth district, Jason Smith -- also a Republican -- won reelection to the U-S House. Two open congressional seats -- in the fourth and the seventh districts -- went to Republicans Mark Alford ad Eric Burlison, respectively. Democrat Emanuel Cleaver easily won reelection in the Fifth Congressional District. Republican Sam Graves won reelection to a twelfth consecutive term Missouri's sixth district. And state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick appears headed for the state auditor's office with a solid lead over his Democrat opponent, former state Representative Alan Green.



Schmitt Tops Valentine to Keep Senate Seat in GOP Control
11/9/2022
State Attorney General Eric Schmitt is Missouri's new junior senator, defeating Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine to keep the state's other senate seat in GOP control. Schmitt will succeed Roy Blunt, who is retiring after this term. Missourians also approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana. The measure -- now a constitutional amendment -- will automatically expunge criminal records for certain marijuana-related offenses.

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