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Washington Police-2022 Crime Stats press release
2/8/2023
2022 was a year that saw decrease in most major crimes and an overall decrease in minor crimes. The heroin/fentanyl epidemic continues to plague our community. The Department handled 30 drug overdose cases, 9 of which were fatal. The total number of overdoses in 2022 is down compared to 46 in 2021. However, the number of overdose fatalities is up compared to 4 in 2021. This is likely attributed to the surge in fentanyl abuse. Washington police officers administered Naloxone (NARCAN) 11 times to individuals that were overdosing. All 11 individuals were revived after Naloxone was administered. The City had significantly fewer stolen vehicles reported this year, 24 vs. 59 in 2021. Investigations show most vehicles are stolen by drug addicts to take to a dealer and trade for drugs. We continue to see a trend of perpetrators from the St. Louis area coming to Washington to steal vehicles, burglarize stores and shoplift from local chain stores. Homelessness and police contacts with homeless continue to rise. Besides local, known homeless, others from outside the community came to Washington for help. Some became problems the police department had to deal with. Calls to deal with individuals having a mental health crisis have stayed high. Three to four times a week officers were taking individuals into protective custody to get them treatment at a mental health facility. All Road Officers of the Department are Crisis Intervention trained. This helps officers to know how to deal with individuals in mental health crisis and how to get help for them. There were decreases in major crimes such as Rapes, Assaults, Burglary, Robbery and Domestic Violence crimes. Total Calls for Service were 29,898 in 2022, a large increase over 2021- 23,515. There was a decrease in Total Reports filed and arrests made in 2022 versus 2021. Taken as a whole, criminal offenses, specifically major crimes, were down in 2022 over 2021. Recruitment and retention were a focus for the department. The department was understaffed for most of 2021 and part of 2022. However, the department was fully staffed at the end of 2022. A breakdown of the Washington Police Department 2022 Traffic Safety Report is included. 2022 saw a reduction in total traffic crashes, however, crashes with injuries and Drug/Alcohol Related Crashes saw an increase. There was one fatal traffic crash in 2022.



Missouri school kids invited to participate in No MOre Trash! contest Trash-can-decorating contest runs through March 17
2/8/2023
The Missouri Department of Transportation invites Missouri students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in Missouri – and to have creative and educational fun – by participating in the 2023 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The contest is part of MoDOT’s annual “No MOre Trash!” statewide litter campaign, which is held in April. The contest encourages school aged kids to join in the fight against litter by decorating a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message using a variety of creative materials. Schools, or home school programs, may submit one trash can entry in each competition category: grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to the contest rules and effective use of the theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of $600 and a trophy awarded to the sponsoring school. There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos and a release form by March 17. Contest rules, entry forms, release forms, logos, past winners and educational information can also be found at modot.org/trash-can-contest.



MDC holds Antler Scoring Open House event Feb. 19 at Jay Henges Shooting Range
2/8/2023
How exactly are deer antlers scored? It’s a question many hunters ask when admiring the antlers from a proudly harvested buck. Hunters can find out how antlers they found or harvested stack up during the Deer Antler Scoring Open House event at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center Sunday, Feb. 19. Hunters may bring their antler racks anytime from 9 a.m.-noon to have them officially scored. Racks can be from the previous season, or any past season. Shed antlers can also be brought in for scoring. Certified scorers from Pope & Young, Boone & Crocket, and Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club organizations will be available for evaluation and scoring. Hunters also have the option of dropping off antlers at the education center to be scored and picking them up later. Representatives certified to measure other types of animals will also be on hand. All racks must have been dried at least 60 days to qualify. Bringing along all harvest information, such as date, time, location and method, is recommended. The Boone & Crocket Club is the internationally-recognized standard for judging deer racks taken with firearms from any location, while the Pope & Young Club provides the same kind of certification for antlers harvested by bow and arrow. Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club recognizes trophy white-tailed deer harvested or found in Missouri, in both the typical and non-typical categories. The club also recognizes shed antlers. No reservations are required and there is no cost for participating. Standard fees for certification do apply if awarded. For more information, contact (636) 938-9548. The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, exit 269 in Eureka. Sign up for email or text alerts to stay informed of MDC’s latest programs and events by going to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZoP.



Accident
2/8/2023
St. Clair teenager seriously injured in two vehicle accident. The state patrol says it happened at 7:25 Tuesday morning on Highway 30 at T-Box Drive. The patrol says a 16-year old juvenile failed to yield while pulling from T-Box Drive onto Highway 30 and pulled into the path of a pick-up driven by 39-year old Erin Prilwetz of Beaufort. The teenager was taken to Mercy in Washington by St. Clair Ambulance with serious injuries.



Missouri Senate Committee Discusses So-Called "Don't Say Gay" Bill
2/8/2023
Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to adopt what some have called the state's version of the "Don't Say Gay" bill. A Senate Committee held a public hearing yesterday on a measure that would ban school staff from having conversations related to sexual orientation and gender identity with students, unless they are licensed in mental health care with prior parent permission. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Mike Moon, said the legislation is for protecting vulnerable children. The committee didn't take any action on the measure.



Missouri Executes Leonard Taylor
2/8/2023
Leonard Taylor is dead after being executed in an eastern Missouri prison. The Jennings man died by lethal injection last night at the state prison in Bonne Terre. He was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her three children in 2004. Taylor maintained his innocence, claiming he was in California at the time of the killings. Governor Parson denied his clemency request Monday.



Missouri To Carry Out Execution Of Leonard Taylor
2/7/2023
Governor Parson is confirming that the state of Missouri will carry out the execution of Leonard Taylor today. The Jennings man was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her three children in 2004. He maintains his innocence. His attorneys filed a motion with the Missouri Supreme Court asking for the execution to be delayed, but the request was denied. Parson said the courts have consistently upheld Taylor's convictions and sentences.



MDC partnering on research about bald eagles and wind turbines
2/7/2023
With wind energy growing increasingly common and more wind turbines dotting the landscape - especially in northwest Missouri - the threat to eagles and other birds is an increasing concern to conservation organizations and others. Birds have been hurt and killed after encountering the massive blades and air currents of wind turbines. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with Conservation Science Global, Inc. (CSG), and the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (REWI) on a research project in northwest Missouri to better understand interactions between bald eagles and wind turbines. “As part of efforts to slow the rate of climate change and transition to a net-zero carbon economy, we expect to see an expansion of wind energy facilities across the country,” said REWI’s Senior Scientist Dr. Shilo Felton. “Important research like this, tracking eagles in Missouri, helps developers and agencies plan ahead and better manage renewable energy facilities to protect birds and other wildlife.” The research will give scientists and others a better understanding of the collision risks of bald eagles with wind turbines. “We need more species-specific information on how, when, where, and why bald eagles move across the landscape during each stage of their lives, and when, where, and why they may be at risk of negative interactions with wind energy facilities,” said CSG Executive Director Dr. Trish Miller, who is coordinating CSG’s involvement in the project. The project focuses on eagles near the Atchison Renewable Energy Center in Atchison County and other wind-energy resources in northwest Missouri. The Energy Center is owned by Ameren Missouri. The research project is being funded by MDC as a result of a Public Service Commission settlement with Ameren on the Atchison Renewable Energy wind facility. The multi-year project involves capturing four adult eagles that nest in the area and four immature eaglets from nests in the area. Researchers will fit the eagles with global positioning system (GPS) tags on their backs. The tags collect GPS data every five seconds and provide information on location, flight speed, altitude, and direction of movement. The adult eagles are captured by a team of CSG biologists using bait on the ground and a remote-controlled hoop net. The GPS transmitters are then attached to the birds’ backs like a backpack and the eagles are released where captured. The biologists also perform a quick health assessment of the birds, take wing and other measurements, and fit the birds with numbered leg bands. “Marking adult bald eagles in NW Missouri with GPS transmitters will not only help us understand their movements in relation to wind energy, but will also help us understand territory size, foraging behavior, and other pertinent life history traits of the expanding Midwest population of bald eagles,” said Wildlife Biologist and Lead Trapper Dr. Vince Slabe of CSG. Tagging of the eaglets will occur in May 2023. CSG biologists will tag the immature eaglets by safely removing them from the nest and immediately returning them after tagging. “This project has been an amazing opportunity to work alongside biologists and witness the process up close,” said Atchison County Conservation Agent Kyle Dick, who was part of the capturing process. “Definitely a highlight in my career.” Agent Dick added that the project wouldn’t be possible without the support of the landowners that own property near these nest sites. “We are extremely thankful for their willingness to allow us access to their properties for trapping these eagles,” he said. “Atchison County has an amazing community and folks have gone above and beyond to welcome us and this project. We are very appreciative of them and their support.” For more information on the ongoing project, contact MDC Resource Scientist Janet Haslerig at 573-751-4115 ext. 3198 or Janet.Haslerig@mdc.mo.gov. Learn more about wind energy and wildlife from REWI at energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/awwi-now-renewable-energy-wildlife-institute. Learn more about bald eagles in Missouri from MDC online at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bald-eagle.



Accident
2/7/2023
St. Clair man injured in a tractor accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says the accident happened at 10:20 Monday morning in the 18 hundred block of Virginia Mines Road. The patrol says 71-year Angelo DeLuca of St. Clair was operating the tractor and 46-year old Phillip DeLuca was riding on the towed unit. Phillip DeLuca was thrown from the towed unit when it overturned and the tractor landed on top of him. He was taken to Mercy in St. Louis with moderate injuries.



Marijuana Dispensaries Doing Brisk Business
2/7/2023
Marijuana dispensaries are enjoying the first few days of sales of recreational pot. Business was brisk at dispensaries across the area this weekend and management expects the trend to continue. There are about 20 dispensaries open in St. Charles and St. Louis. Missouri voters approved the use of recreational pot in November.



Missouri Lawmakers Move Forward With Ban On Eviction Moratoriums
2/7/2023
Missouri lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would ban eviction moratoriums. The House Small Business Committee voted yesterday to pass a measure that would block any bans on evictions by local governments. The bill is in response to the federal eviction moratorium that went into effect during the pandemic. At the time, landlords, investors and property owners couldn't evict people for not paying rent.



State Rep. Doug Richey Proposes Sales Tax Exemption for Electricity Providers to Create Additional Savings for Missouri Consumers
2/7/2023
Missouri residents could see their electricity bill drop under a plan proposed by Missouri State Representative Doug Richey. Richey wants to create a sales tax exemption for electricity providers that he says will ultimately provide economic relief to consumers. Richey’s HB 258 would create a state sales tax exemption for utilities, equipment, and materials used to generate or transmit electricity. Richey said the tax cut to electricity providers would ultimately result in a rate cut for Missouri residents who currently feel the impact of the tax through higher utility prices. “Higher tax rates on our electricity providers ultimately result in higher rates for their customers. By providing tax relief to providers we can see those savings pass on to Missouri families who deserve a break from the skyrocketing prices they have seen in everything from gas to groceries,” said Richey, R - Excelsior Springs.



Parson, First Lady To Cheer On Chiefs In Super Bowl In Person
2/6/2023
Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will be cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Both will be in Glendale, Arizona when KC faces the Philadelphia Eagles in the big on February 12th. It will be the Chiefs' third Super Bowl appearance since 2020.



Accidents
2/6/2023
A St. Clair woman was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in Camden County. The patrol says it happened at 3:30 Friday on Highway 54 one mile West of Highway J. The patrol says 31-year old Kelsey Kelley of St. Clair crossed the center line and sideswiped a car driven by 52-year old Joyce Thorington of Bolivar. Kelley was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries following the crash. 

Two injured, one seriously, in a one car accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says 42 year old Mark Young of Wildwood was Westbound on Highway 100 East of Country Aire Lane Sunday morning when he ran off road and struck a sign and a utility pole. Young suffered minor injuries. A passenger, 38-year old Daniel Dillard of Labadie, suffered serious injuries. It happened at one o'clock Sunday morning.



Missouri Senate Committee To Discuss So-Called "Don't Say Gay" Bill
2/6/2023
Missouri lawmakers will be discussing what LGBTQ activists have called the state's version of the "Don't Say Gay" bill. A Senate Committee will be holding a public hearing tomorrow on the "Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act." The measure would ban public and charter school staff from having conversations relating to sexual orientation and gender identity with students, unless they are licensed in mental health care with prior parent permission.



Suspected Chinese surveillance balloon spotted Franklin County
2/4/2023
A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted by residents in Franklin County Friday afternoon. It was reportedly moving across Missouri. Sightings of the balloon have been reported over Kansas City and Columbia earlier in the day. There were several reports across northwest Missouri of a large balloon visible on the horizon. Officials confirmed that it was not a NWS weather balloon. Governor Mike Parson referenced the balloon in a Tweet stating he has received no contact from the Biden Administration concerning the balloon.



Missouri Leader Wants to Block Student Loan Forgiveness Permanently
2/4/2023
New records released from the federal government show over 305-thousand state residents have applied and been accepted for President Biden's student loan forgiveness program. But the plan that would dismiss up to 20-thousand dollars for each student is on hold until the issue is cleared by the U.S. Supreme Court. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who is the lead plaintiff in the case, says it's personal to him and that he won't back down from pursuing the case. He says he paid for his own education as a combat veteran. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear the case February 28th, with a decision likely coming later this year.



Carjacking in Washington Thursday Morning
2/3/2023
Carjacking in Washington. 

A man who stole a car in Washington Thursday morning was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. 

46-year old John Smith Jr. of Piedmont, Missouri allegedly stole a car at gunpoint in the 500 block of West 2nd Street at 6:25 Thursday morning. 

He fled the scene heading West on Highway 100. 

The state patrol and New Haven police chased Smith to Berger Road where he crashed into a utility pole. 

He attempted to run away but was found and arrested. 

It's unknown why Smith was in Washington or what led to the car theft. 

The investigation remains open.



New Website To Help Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Families
2/3/2023
The Missouri Governor's Challenge Team to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families is launching a new website. The site provides general information on the team's projects, the impact suicide is having on the military community, and resources for both members of the military community. The website also offers access to suicide prevention training for health care providers, Veterans, employers, and military family members.



Missouri House Advances Proposal Making It Harder to Change State Constitution
2/3/2023
Missouri lawmakers continue to push a proposal that would make it more difficult for voters to change the state Constitution. The state House voted yesterday to approve a bill that would increase the number of votes required for a constitutional amendment to pass on the ballot from 50-percent to 60-percent. The measure now heads to the upper chamber. If passed by lawmakers, voters would still need to approve the measure through a statewide vote in 2024.



Missouri Dispensaries Could Start Selling Recreational Weed Today
2/3/2023
Missouri dispensaries could begin selling recreational marijuana today. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced it would issue licenses today to qualified dispensaries. A dispensary can start selling pot to anyone older than 21 years of age once it receives its license. Nearly all of Missouri's licensed medical dispensaries requested to convert their medical license to a comprehensive license.



Accident
2/3/2023
New Haven man injured in a one car accident in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 7:35 Thursday morning on Highway 47 at Hi Line Drive as 41-year old Mark Schriever was Southbound. The patrol says he slowed to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by a car driven by a juvenile teenager from New Haven. Schriever was taken to Mercy in Washington with moderate injuries.



Suspect in Custody After Police Pursuit Ends in Crash in New Haven
2/2/2023 12:02:00 PM
A carjacking suspect is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a crash just inside of New Haven city limits Thursday morning. The sheriff's office was made aware of the carjacking around 6:30 am that happened in Washington. Right before 7am, A Missouri State Trooper located the car and tried to pull it over, and that is when the pursuit began. When the pursuit traveled into the city limits of New Haven, New Haven police took over the chase, which ended shortly after the suspect had entered the city limits. The Franklin County Sheriff's office is still investigating whether a second suspect was involved in the carjacking.



Accidents
2/2/2023
Marthasville teenager injured in a two car accident on Highway A South of Washington Wednesday morning. The patrol says it happened at 6:30 North of Country Club Road when 18-year old Connor Thomas of Marthasville crossed the center line and collided with 32-year old Kara Ressel of Washington. Thomas was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.

Two vehicle accident sends a Washington woman to the hospital.  The patrol says it happened at 11am Wednesday morning on Highway 100 at Hickory Lane.  The patrol says 77-year old Francis Hellebusch of Marthasville failed to have proper lookout of the road ahead and struck the rear of a car driven by 75-year old Brenda King of Washington.  King was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.  

A Union Police Officer was involved in a traffic accident on Highway 47 at Main Street Wednesday afternoon.  Officer 26 year old Logan Dale was Eastbound on Main with lights and siren activated.  18 year old Lucas Bellville of Union was Northbound on 47.  The patrol says both vehicles entered the intersection at the same time and Bellville collided with the side of the police vehicle.  Dale suffered moderate injuries and Bellville minor.  It happened at 3:50 Wednesday afternoon.

The state patrol is looking for the driver of a tractor trailer that left the scene of an accident on I-44 in Franklin County.  The accident happened at 9:55 last night West of Highway 100.  The patrol says the tractor trailer changed lanes and collided with a car driven by 20-year old Ethan Hinson of O'Fallon.  Hinson was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Warrenton man suffered minor injuries in a two car accident in St. Charles County.  The patrol says it happened at 3:15 Wednesday afternoon on South Pointe Prairie Road at Highway N.  42-year old Eugene Kappauff of Foristell failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a car driven by 49-year old Mike Wilson of Warrenton.  Wilson was taken to the hospital following the crash.  



Missouri AG Slams CVS, Walgreens Over Distribution of Abortion Pills
2/2/2023
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is slamming CVS and Walgreens over plans to use the mail to distribute abortion pills. Bailey and 20 state attorneys general sent a letter to both companies informing them that selling abortion pills by mail is both unsafe and illegal. CVS and Walgreens recently announced that they are seeking FDA approval for the service. Bailey claims abortion pills impose far higher risks of complications compared to surgical abortions.



Missouri House Passes Proposal Making It Harder to Change State Constitution
2/2/2023
The Missouri House is moving forward with a proposal that would make it more difficult for voters to change the state Constitution. Lawmakers voted yesterday to approve the proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the bar for amending the constitution from a simple majority vote to at least 60-percent. If passed by lawmakers, the amendment would need voter approval.



Kylie Glover — Beginning Her Culinary Journey at ECC
2/2/2023
East Central College Culinary Arts student Kylie Glover has the talent, desire and ambition to pursue her culinary dream, and when she learned she was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, the final piece fell into place. Glover received a National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) scholarship, an award given to high school students pursuing a post-secondary degree in the hospitality industry. NRAEF annually awards more than $1 million to students pursuing a post-secondary degree in the hospitality industry. Glover, who began her second semester at ECC this week, said the scholarship made it possible for her to begin her college journey, adding that she already has gained so much from the program. “One big thing I've learned that has changed my perspective of culinary arts is that talent is second in light of hard work,” she said. “Talent can be developed over time, but you will only last in the industry if you can pull your weight and reflect your passion into your work every day.” Glover added that the shared experiences with her classmates and the knowledge and skill of the program’s faculty have been the greatest part of her first year. “My absolute favorite part of the ECC culinary program has been the people I work with, both my chef instructors and classmates, in an environment where we can all learn from one another, and hear each other's stories of various culinary adventures,” she said. ECC Connection Glover graduated in 2022 from Clearwater High School in Piedmont, Mo., more than 100 miles south of the ECC campus. In high school, Glover was in the ProStart Culinary Program, a national career and technical education program that unites the foodservice industry and the classroom to teach high school students’ culinary skills and restaurant management principles. It was through her ProStart instructor, Cathy “Mama J” Johnson, that Glover first became aware of ECC’s Culinary Arts program. Johnson was familiar with ECC and the culinary arts program through workshops she attended with Chef Mike Palazzola, ECC’s Culinary Arts program coordinator. Johnson invited ECC 2018 graduate and Clearview High 2016 graduate Nathan Yount to talk with the class. Yount who, just like Glover, became interested in culinary arts in the ProStart program. In 2019, Yount won first place in the National Jeune Commis Competition, sponsored by The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society. In Yount’s message to the Clearview High ProStart class he talked about ECC’s Culinary program and how it prepared him for success. “He told us how put together the ECC program is and that it helped him build a solid foundation in the culinary world,” Glover said. She also had a chance to visit ECC last spring when Johnson and her ProStart students dined at the Restaurant at Prairie Dell. The class met Palazzola and learned even more about the college’s program. “We talked with Chef Mike, and I was sold on it,” Glover said. “I saw that this program is very cool.” What’s Next Students who complete the two-year ECC Culinary Arts program earn an associate of science degree. Glover still has two full semesters, and most of a third to go, but she already is looking ahead. Part of the curriculum of the Culinary Arts program is a summer internship after the first two semesters. “I don't have a restaurant picked out, but I am looking for a scratch kitchen where I gain some experience,” Glover said. After graduation, Glover set her sights on continuing to learn and gain experience. “My main goal after graduation is to work in several areas of the industry over the years, in order to learn as much as possible so eventually I can maybe open my own restaurant,” she said. “My absolute dream job, should there be no boundaries, would to either be a famous restaurateur, or a professor at the Culinary Institute of America, where I can research foods science in some of the best educational kitchens,” Glover added. “I think it would be fun to eventually earn a doctorate in molecular gastronomy and have the professional title, ‘Dr. Chef.’ “ To learn more about ECC's Culinary Arts program, visit www.eastcentral.edu/career-technical-education/culinary-arts/, or contact Chef Palazzola at 636-584-6793, or Michael.Palazzola@eastcentral.edu.



MDC reminds anglers catch and keep urban trout season is now open
2/2/2023
Have you been yearning for trout with bowtie pasta and spring vegetables? Or perhaps crispy golden trout stuffed with crabmeat and finished with oregano? Maybe you just want the plain smoked variety. The good news is you can now bring rainbow trout to your table in any form you like. Catch and keep urban trout season starts Feb. 1. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds St. Louis area anglers that the start of February begins catch and keep trout fishing season at MDC Urban Winter Trout Fishing Lakes. It’s an ideal opportunity to acquire delicious, fresh, and locally-sourced fish for the dinner table. MDC normally stocks almost 40,000 rainbow trout each November through January in 12 St. Louis City and County Lakes and Union City Lake in Franklin County, along with five lakes in the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. MDC also adds several brood stock lunker trout—some as large as 10 lbs.—into the mix at its winter trout lakes. Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31, some lakes are catch-and-release only, and some are catch-and-keep. However, beginning Feb. 1, trout may be taken from all winter trout lakes. Rainbow trout are not native to the area but in winter the water is cold enough to support them. MDC’s winter trout program provides anglers a chance to enjoy a hard-fighting fish close to home. Trout anglers can feel free to use natural or prepared baits as well when keeping the fish. Anglers should consult the St. Louis Area Winter Trout Program brochure for details, possession limits and bait restrictions, which is available at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zd5, or check regulations posted at the lakes. All trout anglers between age 16 and 64 must have a valid Missouri fishing permit to participate. Anglers wishing to catch and keep trout must also possess a trout permit. Area lakes stocked with winter trout include: • Carondelet Park Boathouse Lake in St. Louis • Gendron Lake in St. Ann • January-Wabash Lake in Ferguson • Jefferson Lake in Forest Park • Koeneman Park Lake in Jennings • O’Fallon Park Lake in St. Louis • Suson Park’s Island Lake and Carp Lake • Tilles Park Lake in St. Louis County • Union City Lake in Union, Franklin County • Walker Lake in Kirkwood • Wild Acres Park Lake in Overland • Vlasis Park Lake in Ballwin • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area lakes 3, 7, 21, 22, and 23 February is the perfect time for St. Louis area anglers to bring home fresh trout and try out their own favorite dishes, or find some new recipes on the MDC website. For information about fishing, go online at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing.



MDC offers free virtual class on firearm cleaning and storage
2/2/2023
Firearms used for hunting and target shooting need care and maintenance to work properly year after year. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual Firearms Basic Care and Cleaning class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. This class will cover cleaning techniques and safe storage of rifles and shotguns. Handguns will not be covered in the class. Taking a gun hunting exposes them to dirt, dust, and moisture that can cause harm. Also, improper lubrication of actions can cause mechanisms to cease functioning properly. Adam Brandsgaard, MDC conservation educator, will talk about how to clean rifle and shotgun parts to keep them loading and firing smoothly. Brandsgaard will also discuss storage methods that protect guns from harm and keep them safe. This virtual firearm cleaning and storage class is open to all ages. Registration is required. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4YN.



Missouri Lawmakers Are Debating Adding More Guns In Schools
2/2/2023
Missouri lawmakers are debating legislation that would allow more school personnel to carry guns in school. The measure would expand the state's school protection officer program to any school employee. The program currently offers security training resources for teachers and administrators who want to carry a firearm in school as a way to defend themselves against attackers.



St. Louis Ranked Among Most Affordable Metro Areas in Nation
2/1/2023
A new study ranks St. Louis among the most affordable metropolitan areas in the nation. The study comes from the Council for Community and Economic Research. The study ranks St. Louis the most affordable among the top 25 most-populated metro areas. The Gateway City ranked especially high in housing, healthcare and transportation costs. Advocates say such studies are critical in help attract workers to St. Louis and show how costs for such staples as utilities and groceries are lower here than in other parts of the country.



Mercy Health System Merges with SoutheastHEALTH
2/1/2023
Chesterfield-based Mercy health System has announced it's merging with SoutheastHEALTH of Cape Girardeau. The merger extends Mercy's reach into the Missouri bootheel and provides SoutheastHEALTH with access to a larger health system. SoutheastHEALTH has more than 50 care locations in eleven Missouri communities. Mercy is one of the nation's largest health systems with more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty hospitals. A definitive agreement between the systems is expected this summer with integration beginning this fall.



Missouri Lawmakers Continue Transgender Sports Debate
2/1/2023
Missouri lawmakers continue to debate whether transgender girls should be allowed to participate in girls sports. A Senate committee discussed six bills yesterday to restrict transgender athletes. Supporters say the legislation would protect opportunities for women and ensure a level playing field. No vote was taken on the any of the bills.



Missouri AG Demands Schools Adopt Resolution Banning Drag Shows for Schoolchildren
2/1/2023
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is demanding schools in the state adopt a resolution banning drag shows for schoolchildren. Bailey sent a letter to Missouri School Board Association Executive Director Melissa Randol, urging the MSBA to call on their members to adopt a model resolution pledging to uphold Missouri law on human sexuality instruction in public schools. The request comes after a group of Columbia Public Schools attended a drag show last month.



MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds beginning upland bird hunt and clinic for youths in February
2/1/2023
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is creating an opportunity for young people to discover upland gamebird hunting and help launch the next generation of hunters. The staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is hosting a Youth Upland Bird Hunt and Clinic in February. It’s tailored for youths from 11-15 years old. The mandatory clinic is Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center at 3550 Route D in Defiance, approximately five miles west of Highway 94. The hunt will follow Saturday, Feb. 25 and take place at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. All hunters must attend the clinic to participate in the hunt. “This is a hunt with a mentor and is a good way for youth to learn to hunt who might be nervous or do not know how to get started in hunting,” said MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center Manager, Bryant Hertel. The clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ring-necked pheasants. “The class will discuss safety, what kind of clothing is beast to wear, firearm use, and other equipment you’ll need. It will also cover hunting techniques, and more,” Hertel said. The hunt and clinic are free of charge, but advanced online registration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4Yp. Attendees must be hunter education certified. Hunters should also be comfortable with handling a shotgun. The hunt and clinic are only open to those youths who have not hunted or purchased a small game permit in the past. “This mentored hunt is an excellent chance for young folks to get started in upland bird hunting in a supportive, safe, and controlled environment,” said Hertel. Sign up for email or text alerts to stay informed of MDC’s latest programs and events by going to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZoP.



Sullivan Man Charged with Domestic Assault
2/1/2023
On January 28th, 2023, Franklin County Deputies responded to an address in the 10000 block of Hwy 185 in Sullivan regarding a report of a Domestic Assault. The victim had reported to Franklin County 911, has assaulted her and the suspect was intoxicated and possibly armed. Upon the arrival of deputies, the suspect was in the driveway of the residence and detained for investigative purposes. The deputies located the victim who had injuries consistent with her description of the assault. The victim stated the suspect had been arguing with her all day via text message. Upon arriving home, she found the suspect was intoxicated and had a loaded rifle. She advised; he was making suicidal comments. A physical assault occurred between the two and the victim fled into an interior bathroom at which time the suspect forced entry while she was on the phone with 911 operators. The victim was able to escape and fled to another room taking the rifle with her, locking the door, and waiting for the arrival of deputies. Evidence on the scene coincided with the victim’s description of the incident. The suspect was taken into custody and was transported to the Franklin County Adult Detention Facility. Deputies applied for and received an arrest warrant for the suspect identified as Jimmy D. Henry JR, a 53-year-old male from Sullivan on charges of Domestic Assault 3rd with a bond amount of $50,000 cash only.



State Rep. Doug Richey Sponsors Legislation to Create “Emilyn’s Law”
2/1/2023
Missouri State Representative Doug Richey has once again filed legislation to ensure employees of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) are mandated reporters. Known as “Emilyn’s Law” the bill comes in response to a news story that revealed MSHSAA employees were not required to report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement. HB 139 is named after Emilyn Richardson, whose basketball coach sent her inappropriate messages. Richardson and her parents reported the incident to MSHSAA employees, but were surprised when they discovered the employees were not required to notify police. HB 139 would apply to any statewide athletic association or organization that receives any public money and has at least one public school district as a member. It would require that all employees of such an association are mandated reporters. Additionally, HB 139 would require the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create and maintain a database for coaches, as well as staff and volunteers. The database could be checked by school districts that may utilize these individuals in the future. It would include information related to specified substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against such employees and volunteers, as well as specified information obtained by the school districts as a result of criminal background checks “We want to protect young people like Emilyn who unfortunately can be targeted by predators who are able to move from district to district without being noticed. It’s time to put a stop to this awful behavior by giving schools a resource that will allow the bad actors to be identified ” said Richey, R-Excelsior Springs. He added, “I want all of our student-athletes to know we stand with them and we will do everything we can to protect them from individuals who would do them harm.”



Closings and Cancellations-Tuesday, January 31st
1/31/2023
Washington School District 
Union R-11 
St. Clair R-13 
Strain-Japan R-16 
St. John The Baptist-Villa Ridge 
Lonedell R-14 
Gasconade County R-2-Owensville
Autumn Hill State School-Union
Franklin County Oats
New Haven Senior Center



Ballpark Village Holding Job Fair Tomorrow
1/31/2023
The opening of Cardinals' spring training is just a few weeks away which makes it time for businesses in Ballpark Village to look for their seasonal workers. Ballpark Village is holding a job fair Tuesday at the Budweiser Brewhouse on Clark Avenue. The jobs available range from concessions, cooks and bartenders to groundskeepers and security. The job fair runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.



CWD Deer Management Planned at Prairie State Park
1/31/2023
The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning a controlled culling of deer within Prairie State Park. The decision comes after MDC officials found a chronic wasting disease-positive deer during firearms season on private land near the park. CWD is a fatal, neurological illness that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. Controlled culling will begin tomorrow and continue throughout the month.



U of M Helping Rural Schools Detect Possible School Safety Threats
1/31/2023
The University of Missouri is using federal grant money to help rural Missouri schools detect possible threats to safety. Researchers received two-million-dollars from the Department of Justice for the project, which will partner with up to 26 rural school districts throughout the state. The project will be fully implemented by this fall and connect to the schools' Wi-Fi servers to monitor online activity for threatening language or images.



School Closings and Cancellations-Monday, January 30th
1/30/2023
Autumn Hill State School-Union 
Washington School District 
Union R-11 
Meramec Valley R-3 
Warrenton County R-3 
St. Clair R-13 
Immanuel Lutheran-Washington 
St. Gertrude-Krakow 
Franklin County R-2 
New Haven School District 
Lonedell R-14 
Sullivan C-2 
Spring Bluff R-15 
Strain-Japan R-16 
Our Lady of Lourdes-Washington 
Gray Summit Pre-school 
Gasconade County R-1-Hermann 
Gasconade County R-2-Owensville 
St. Francis Borgia High School-Remote Learning 
East Central College will open at 10:00 
Warren County Senior Center 
Oats Transportation-Franklin County



Dunklin County Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge
1/30/2023
A Dunklin County man is admitting to selling devices that convert AR-15-style rifles into automatic weapons. Lamad Cross of Kennett, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court to one felony charge of unlawful transfer of a machine gun. Prosecutors say Cross sold the devices to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 4th.



More Winter Weather Expected In Missouri
1/30/2023
More winter weather is expected to hit Missouri this morning. The National Weather Service says there will be mixed precipitation, with up to an inch of additional snow and sleet. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. for much of the state. Drivers should plan on slippery road conditions during the morning commute.



Accidents
1/30/2023
A Union Woman and Child were injured in a one car accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 5:15 Sunday evening on Highway 50 near Highway AJ. 23-year old Haylee Read was Westbound driving too fast when she lost control on the ice, slid off the road and struck a driveway embankment and a tree. Read and a one year old girl were taken to Mercy in Washington by Union Ambulance with minor to moderate injuries.

A Sedalia teenager was injured in a one car accident in Franklin County.  The state patrol says it happened at 6:20 Sunday evening on Interstate 44 East of Highway 50 as 18-year old Camden Hoecker was Westbound.   The patrol reports Hoecker was driving too fast for the icy conditions, slid off the highway and struck a rock wall.  Hoecker was taken to Mercy in Washington by Union Ambulance with minor injuries.  



Narcotics Investigation in Washington
1/28/2023
In January 2023, the Franklin County Narcotics Unit and detectives with the Washington Police Department received information regarding drug distribution from the residence located at 116 Rand Street in Washington, Mo. Investigators found a white male 36 years of age was dealing illegal narcotics from the residence along with other locations within Franklin County. A search warrant was issued for the suspects residence on January 25, 2023. On January 26, 2023, detectives located the suspect at Poor Boy car wash in Union. The suspect attempted to flee but was eventually taken into custody. The suspect was searched and detectives seized a small amount of crystal methamphetamine and 98 capsules of suspected fentanyl. While the suspect was in custody, detectives served the search warrant at the Rand Street address. The residence was occupied by the suspects girlfriend, white female 35 years of age. The residence was searched and numerous drug related items were located. Detectives seized approximately 3 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, a large amount of US currency, digital scales, and a large bag of empty capsules. The suspect is being held pending an application for warrants. The 36-year-old male identified as Tony Steven Ward also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the St. Louis County Police Department for Possession of a Control Substance with a $10,000 cash only bond. Chief Jim Armstrong is committed to having a strong partnership with Sheriff Steve Pelton and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to investigate and arrest those responsible for selling drugs within our community.

In January 2023, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives and detectives with the Washington Police Department received information regarding drug distribution from the residence located in the 100 block of Rand Street in Washington, Mo.  Investigators found that a white male age 36 was dealing illegal narcotics from the residence along with other locations within Franklin County.  A search warrant was issued for the suspects residence on 01-25-2023. 

 

On 01-26-2023, detectives located the suspect at Poor Boy car wash in Union.  The suspect attempted to flee but was eventually taken into custody.  The suspect was searched, and detectives seized a small amount of crystal methamphetamine and 98 capsules of suspected fentanyl.  While the suspect was in custody, detectives served the search warrant at the Rand Street address.  The residence was occupied by the suspects girlfriend, white female age 35.  The residence was searched and numerous drug related items were located.  Detectives seized approximately 3 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, a large amount of US currency, digital scales, and a large bag of empty capsules.  The subject, identified as 36 year old, Tony S. Ward from Washington was arrested for an existing St. Louis warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance with a $10,000 bond.  Additional charges are pending in relation to the new investigation.

 

I wanted to thank the Washington Police Department for their assistance with the case. It is the commitment of the Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefs of this county to work together to ensure the safety of our citizens.





Mail Stolen From Ladue Mailboxes
1/27/2023
Police in Ladue are warning residents to watch their mail after more than a half-dozen home mailboxes were tampered with and mail stolen. One man told Fox 2 he recently saw someone walking a dog who stopped at a neighbor's mailbox and was fiddling with it. Thieves are known to steal checks from the mail and then wash the checks which allows them to fill-in a new dollar amount. The U.S. Postal Service and Ladue Police are investigating.



Missouri Considering Bill That Would Lower Unemployment Benefits
1/27/2023
State lawmakers are considering a new bill that would lower unemployment benefits for Missouri workers. The measure would decrease the minimum amount of time someone can collect unemployment benefits from 13 weeks to eight weeks. Under current state law, people can collect unemployment benefits for 13 weeks if the state's unemployment rate is at or below six-percent. The proposal would drop it to eight weeks if the jobless rate is at or below three-point-five-percent.



Missouri House Advances Package Making It Harder to Change State Constitution
1/27/2023
Missouri House members are moving forward with a package that would make it more difficult for voters to change the state Constitution. A House committee approved four related bills that would increase the number of signatures needed to place a proposed amendment on the ballot. Republicans have been pushing this effort in recent years after progressive ideas that they rejected ended being approved by voters through the ballot process.



MDC virtual program on Feb. 6 to focus on invasive plants
1/27/2023
Non-native plants can greatly reduce the quality of a wildlife habitat. Invasive exotic plants can reduce or eliminate native plants that previously thrived in that habitat. This, in turn, can negatively impact wildlife and insect populations that need those native plants to survive. People can learn how to identify and control exotic problem plants on their property at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Invasive Species: Identify and Manage Exotic Invasive Plants.” This program will be Feb. 6 from 6-7 p.m. and is being put on by the staff at MDC’s Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. At this program, MDC Natural History Biologist Susan Farrington will discuss why invasive plants can be problematic for wildlife and insects. She will also discuss practical methods for dealing with exotic problem plants. People can register for this program at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/189476 Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenter. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Twin Pines Conservation Education Center and other MDC programs in the south-central part of the state by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Twin Pines Center can call 573-325-1381. 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.



Apply online during February for MDC spring managed turkey hunts
1/27/2023
Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February for 2023 spring turkey managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-spring-managed-hunts. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be posted starting March 15. The spring turkey hunting youth portion will be April 1 and 2 with the regular spring season running April 17 through May 7. Detailed information on spring turkey hunting will be available in the MDC 2023 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold beginning in March. To learn more about turkey hunting in Missouri, visit MDC's website at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey. Buy Missouri hunting permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through the MDC free mobile app -- MO Hunting -- available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.



Accident
1/27/2023
Two injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at 11:45 Thursday morning on Highway 100 North of Ford Street. 45-year old Tammy Redden of Owensville was behind the wheel. She ran off the road and struck the ditch and a tree. Redden and a passenger, a 14 year old boy from Owensville, were taken to Mercy in Washington by Meramec Ambulance with minor injuries.



Blood Drive in New Haven, Wednesday, February 1st
1/27/2023
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, February 1st at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in New Haven. People are encouraged to drop by the Fellowship Hall at 607 Maupin Avenue anytime between 1 and 6pm. People can also schedule at appointment online at redcrossblood.org.



Crime Summit In Planning Stages
1/27/2023
A crime summit is being planned by St. Louis leaders. The summit will be held in the spring and will address crime issues in the metro area. The East-West Gateway Council of Governments is looking to host the event which will include prosecutors, school officials, academic experts, police and business leaders. Mayor Tishaura Jones says the summit needs to get to the root causes of crime in St. Louis.



Police Say Be Part Of The Solution Not The Problem
1/27/2023
Police agencies across the metro are asking drivers to help crack down on crime by securing their valuables and locking their vehicles. Most car burglaries and thefts are crimes of opportunity and when drivers don't lock their vehicles there's plenty of opportunity. Car break-ins are trending up in the area including in the St. Louis County seat of Clayton where car break-ins have increased by 97-percent in the last couple of years.



Accidents
1/26/2023
Union man injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened before five o'clock Wednesday morning on Highway A near Joshua Lane. 20-year old Julian Crider was Northbound when he swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road, ran off the highway and struck a culvert pipe. Crider was taken to Mercy in Washington by Union Ambulance with moderate injuries.

One car accident in Franklin County sends a Washington man to the hospital with moderate injuries.  The patrol says 21-year old Ethan Blaylock was Eastbound on Highway 100 near Elizabeth Anne Lane after six o'clock Wednesday morning driving too fast for the conditions.  The patrol says he slid off the left side of the road and struck the median barrier.  Blaylock suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Mercy hospital in Washington.



Missouri Department of Revenue Accepting E-filed State Tax Returns
1/26/2023
The Missouri Department of Revenue is accepting electronically filed state tax returns for 2022. Individuals who e-file can have their refunds deposited directly into their bank account and generally receive their refunds faster than those who file using a paper return. The DOR is also launching its free online tax filing portal for individual income tax filers in the near future.



Missouri AG Sues Biden Administration Over New Immigration Program
1/26/2023
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and 19 other state attorneys general are suing the Biden Administration in order to stop a new Immigration Program. The lawsuit claims the Department of Homeland Security program unlawfully creates a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants each year from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The suit also says the Biden Administration instituted this program without engaging in the usual notice and comment rulemaking process required by law.



MSHP Records No Crash Deaths Despite Weather
1/26/2023
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been busy helping drivers during the heavy snowfall. Troop C deputies answered 42 service calls between midnight and 7 a.m. Troop C patrols several counties including St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles. In addition to the service calls there were eight stranded drivers, 23 crashes with one injury, but no road deaths overnight.



Missouri Ranks 10th In Formal Volunteerism
1/26/2023
Missouri is tenth in the nation for formal volunteerism. The Missouri Community Service Commission announced that AmeriCorps determined that more than one-point-four-million Missourians formally volunteered through an organization from September 2020 to September 2021. These volunteer efforts made a three-point-one-billion-dollar impact on the state.



Missouri Lawmakers Blast Measure Requiring Businesses install EV Chargers
1/26/2023
Some Missouri lawmakers are speaking out against a proposed measure that would require business owners to install electric vehicle chargers. Members of a House committee argued that such a requirement would be an infringement on freedoms and a mandate that businesses can't afford. A group of Republican lawmakers voiced their support on legislation that would require cities and counties to pay for EV chargers in order to mandate businesses install them.



Busch Shooting Range holds beginning upland bird hunting clinic and mentored hunt for women in February
1/26/2023
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is creating an opportunity for women to discover upland gamebird hunting in a safe and supportive environment. The staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance is presenting a Women’s Upland Hunt and Clinic for beginners this February. The clinic will be followed by a mentored pheasant hunt, so participants can put their new skills into practice. The pre-hunt clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the August A. Busch Shooting Range. The hunt itself will take place Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. Participants must attend the clinic to attend the hunt. This clinic/hunt program is open to women, age 16 years and over, who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified and comfortable handling a shotgun. The hunt and clinic are open to first-time attendees only. The program will focus on the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants. It will address some biology basics, firearm handling safety, and how to clean the birds, as well as recipes to prepare them for the table. “This program is ideal for those who want to learn how to hunt but do not know how to get started or might be a little uncomfortable about starting out alone,” said MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center Manager Bryant Hertel. During the hunt, each hunter will have their own mentor in the field. They will start with shooting clay birds to warm up, then go to the field for a controlled hunt. Afterwards, participants will clean their harvest. The Women’s Upland Hunt and Clinic is free to attend, but online preregistration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4fD. The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94, in Defiance. Sign up for email or text alerts to stay informed of MDC’s latest programs and events by going to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZoP.



Closings and Cancellations-Wednesday, January 25th
1/25/2023
East Central College-All Locations
Gasconade County R-1 Hermann
St. George Hermann
Gasconade County R-2 Owensville
Gray Summit Pre-school
Rainbow Abilities Center-Union
Spring Bluff R-15
St. John The Baptist-Villa Ridge
Strain Japan R-16
Union R-11
Washington School District
New Haven
Franklin County R-2
Warren County R-3
Oats-Franklin County
Union Preschool
St. Clair R-13
Sullivan C-2
St. Anthony-Sullivan
Meramec Valley R-3
Lonedell R-14
Autumn Hill State School
St. Francis Borgia High School-Remote Learning




MDC Feb. 8 virtual program has tips for cleaning fish
1/25/2023
Part of the fun of catching fish is eating what you’ve caught. However, before any fish fillets gets put in a fryer or on a grill, anglers need to know how to properly clean what they’ve caught. People who would like to learn more about cleaning scaled fish should register for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) virtual program “Fish Skills: Cleaning Scaled Fish.” This free online event will be from 2:30-3 p.m. Feb. 8. This online program is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. This program will focus on cleaning scaled fish such as crappie, bass, bluegill, and hybrid sunfish. MDC Education Administrative Assistant Tim Smith will discuss equipment and techniques needed for fish cleaning. People can register for this program at: Events | Missouri Department of Conservation (s3licensing.com) Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters. MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is located at 201 W. Riviera Drive. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at the Shoal Creek Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3434. 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.



MDNR Receives Funding To Reclaim Abandoned Coal Mine Sites in Missouri
1/25/2023
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is receiving more than five-point-eight-million-dollars in new federal funding to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites across the state. The department will use the funds to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites. Reclamation is the process by which adverse environmental effects of surface mining are minimized and mined lands are returned to a beneficial end use.



State Awards $30M In Funding to Help Companies Find and Train Workers
1/25/2023
Missouri is providing funding to help companies in the state. Governor Parson announced that the Department of Economic Development has awarded 30-million-dollars through the ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program. The program is focused on helping companies address workforce shortages by recruiting and training thousands of Missourians.



Missouri Prepared For Severe Winter Weather
1/25/2023
The state is prepared for severe winter weather expected to hit Missouri. Governor Parson signed an Executive Order activating the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities in their response. The National Weather Service says up to eight inches of snow could fall in parts of Missouri. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect throughout the state.



MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTING CONFIRMED
1/24/2023 11:50:00 AM
A reported sighting of a mountain lion on Old Highway 100 near Highway T has been confirmed. Missouri Conservation Agent Ben Pursely tells KLPW that the mountain lion was struck by a delivery truck Monday evening near Straatman Feed. Video and photos of the mountain lion were confirmed from that location. The mountain lion’s bloody pawprints were verified on the pavement. Hair and blood samples from the fender of the truck which struck the animal were collected by conservation department biologists to confirm the DNA. According to witness accounts, the injured mountain lion was stunned at first, then got up and entered the nearby woods. Despite an exhaustive search, the animal has yet to be found. Pursely tells KLPW the Conservation Department believes the mountain lion could well be the same one that has been sighted several times in various areas along the Missouri River, including recently in Rhineland near Hermann. The Conservation Department website cites the danger to humans and pets from mountain lions is less than that posed by traffic or lightning strikes.



Parson Calls On Lawmakers To Act Quickly On Pay Raises For State Workers
1/24/2023
Governor Parson is calling on lawmakers to speed up the process of approving pay raises for state employees. The governor wants legislators to act quickly on a midyear budget adjustment that includes 183-million-dollars for a nearly nine-percent salary hike. The boost in pay is designed to help recruit and retain state workers.



Winter Storm Expected To Hit Missouri Beginning Tonight
1/24/2023
A winter storm is expected to hit Missouri beginning tonight. Snowfall amounts of up to four inches have been forecasted for the north and central part of the state, with five to nine inches possible south of I-44. The weather could affect tomorrow morning's commute. The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging all drivers to be aware of changing road conditions.

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