'Tough' or 'smart' on crime? GOP approach to criminal justice has evolved

By Ian Nickens, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — “Don’t say I’m not tough on crime,” Gov. Mike Parson said to a group of journalists during a meeting at the governor’s mansion.
But Parson and some of his fellow Republicans have proposed a series of criminal justice reforms that could leave some Missourians wondering.

New task force fights for $238 million Missouri River bridge near Rocheport

By Emily Catherine Adams, Columbia Missourian
City, county, state and MU officials are scrambling to fund a new Interstate 70 bridge near Rocheport to avoid six- to eight-hour traffic delays, according to information presented at a news conference Friday at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Title IX legislation finds support from UM curator, NAACP chapter

By Natasha Vyhovsky, Missouri News Network
Proposed Title IX legislation is dividing some in the university community, while the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP has called for the bill’s passage.
University of Missouri System Board of Curators member David Steelman wrote a letter last month — addressed to the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and state Rep. Dean Dohrman, R-LaMonte, and copying some university officials — proposing changes to the legislation and urging the administration to work with lawmakers.

Two seek Ward 2 seat as Alderman

Three Rivers Publishing invited candidates involved in races for the municipal election on April 2 to submit a candidate profile for publication. Candidates were asked to present themselves, introduce their family to our readers, and discuss their opinions on any issues they feel are of importance to the voting public, especially specific issues of concern or interest that they wish to focus on if elected.

Upcycled art show comes to Gallery Zeke

Steelville Arts Council will present “Upcycled! From Trash to Treasure III,” an exhibit at Gallery Zeke from April 4 to 20. Don’t miss this exhibit showcasing how artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources while making one-of-a-kind art.

April 2 ballots include school’s Prop S, choices for E911 board and city council

The April 2 election will ask Steelville voters to choose a city alderman and a board member for E911, and to decide whether to approve a no-tax-increase bond issue for the Steelville School District.