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JEFFERSON CITY —  Gov. Mike Parson on Feb. 11 signed HB 16 into law, which provides more than $324 million in funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). “HB 16 will … more
There was an interesting moment in Washington at the end of January, on Antony Blinken’s first full day as secretary of state. Meeting with the press corps that covers the State Department, he … more
Since the start of the pandemic, countless Missourians have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their fellow citizens. Whether it was the doctors and nurses on the frontlines … more
It is no secret, the coronavirus has had a devastating effect on our state’s economy. Prior to the pandemic, our state was experiencing robust growth and low unemployment; however, fast … more
I remember when I went from Visitation grade school into Maries R-1 in 1965. There was a whole big room for the library. At Visitation we had a shelf in each classroom with books on them. In the … more
On the 10th day of our 101st Legislative Session, I filed House Bill 883 requiring the state health department to regularly provide death certificate information to local election authorities. It … more
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, my colleagues and I returned to the capital city for the start of the First Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly. The first day of any General Assembly is always … more
First, I would like to apologize for delay in getting this article to you. I have been incapacitated for a couple weeks. I am undergoing therapy and am improving. Merry Christmas to all. I can’t … more
(Three federal agencies on Dec. 21 issued the following precautionary warning regarding scams related to vaccines being distributed by national government programs.Share this with your elderly … more
As we plan for new ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays, it is also a special time to contemplate how we may better care for what’s important, such as caring for our collective home, our Earth. … more
As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program find … more
“Yes, indeed! “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age — they do not believe except what they see — they think that nothing … more
As the FDA has just granted Pfizer’s COVID vaccine emergency approval, I have begun to see a lot of questions surrounding this shot and, unfortunately, many inaccuracies. Briefly, I’d like to … more
The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Missouri — Aug. 10, to be exact. Almost seven years ago, the 97th Missouri General Assembly put the State Historical Society of … more
To the Citizens of Belle: I would like to start by saying it has been a privilege to have served you as mayor for two years and as councilman Ward 2 for many years. I have always considered every … more
My children get a little tired sometimes of me encouraging them to “think big and do good.” I was reminded this week that not all good deeds have to be big. The book fair has been going on … more
I volunteered to work on Election Day in Cole County, and took training as an election judge. At 54, I’m younger than most volunteers who might not feel safe working, I reasoned, and I had a ton … more
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, my colleagues and I approved the extra session spending bill and sent it to the governor for his consideration. I am hopeful that the funding and programs outlined in the bill … more
The United States has been in a world of hurt in 2020. COVID-19 has spread across the country, affecting businesses and families nationwide. To make matters worse, alcoholism and substance abuse, in … more
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, my colleagues and I approved the extra session spending bill and sent it to the governor for his consideration. I am hopeful that the funding and programs outlined in the bill … more
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