MO State News

U.S. Forest Service reports Mark Twain Forest fires were contained Thursday morning

ROLLA – As of Thursday morning, the Beason Hollow Fire and the Barn Log fires have been contained and are now being monitored by firefighters on the ground. Some smoke from the interior of the fires’ footprint may be visible today, but conditions are favorable to maintain containment and reinforce the lines around the fires. […]

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Partnerships and preparation allow for successful response during wild weather week

ROLLA—The adage of “if you don’t like the weather in Missouri, wait ten minutes” really captures the past week. Across Mark Twain National Forest, what should have been a long window for prescribed burning was cut short by wind events as first a warm front and then a cold front moved through the area.  

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MO Eating Disorders Council announces two Eating Disorders Centers for Excellence

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Eating Disorders Council (MOEDC), founded in 2010, is pleased to announce that two Missouri community mental health centers have earned the designation of Eating Disorders Center of Excellence for providing integrated, evidence-based treatment to better serve their communities.  The Ozark Center Reconnect program and the Burrell Behavioral Health’s RecoverED program

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Missouri House passes legislation to ease requirements for senior school bus drivers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House of Representatives this week approved HB 1626, a measure aimed at addressing the shortage of school bus drivers by modifying the existing regulations for individuals aged 77 and older with school bus endorsements on their driver’s licenses.   Under current law, individuals aged 70 and older face annual

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MDC warns not to burn outdoor debris that could cause a wildfire

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that strong winds, low humidity, and dry conditions this time of year means extra caution is needed to avoid unexpected wildfires. According to MDC, a main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as leaves or brush piles.   “It’s been drier

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MAC students participate in Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Two Mineral Area College students, Meagan Denkler and Chelsi Robertson, were among 80 college students who attended the annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values held February 16-18, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Forum challenges students’ character development by encouraging them to reflect on their own decision-making skills, values,

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Justice Matters

Reflections of Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, I am struck by how recent that history is still within our legal profession and our courts. I am proud of the advancements in both, as our bench and bar are moving closer toward better reflecting

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Ashcroft praises candidates and staff after successful first day of candidate filing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft greeted candidates as they gathered at the Kirkpatrick State Office Building for opening day of candidate filing. The registration process remains open through March 26 at 5 p.m. A total of 435 candidates filed for various offices to get their name on the ballot for the August 6 primary

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Vicky Davidson announces retirement from Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) Executive Director Vicky Davidson has announced her retirement effective March 31, 2024.   Vicky Davidson has forty years of experience working with people with disabilities. Over 35 years of her career, she was with the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, working toward statewide systems change and policy development that impacts individuals with developmental

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