State and Regional News

Congressman Smith announces Jackson High School student wins the 8th Congressional Art Competition

    Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) announced a Jackson High School student has won “Best of Show” in the annual 8th Congressional District Art Competition. Congressman Smith’s office accepted more than 120 submissions from local high school artists in southeast and south central Missouri, and today Congressman Smith congratulated Liza Schell from Jackson High School as the winner of the “Best of Show” competition.

Meet the lobbying groups trying to make it harder to sue businesses

By Sky Chadde and Yue Yu, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Republican lawmakers have recently prioritized making it harder to sue big businesses, but a triangle of corporate-backed lobbying groups bolstered the effort. About 2,000 organizations are registered to lobby in Jefferson City, according to Missouri Ethics Commission records. But three have spent the most time and effort pushing for the changes to the state’s civil legal code, according to a Missourian analysis.

Feral hogs are destroying farmers' livelihoods. Can everyone agree on how to fight them?

By Anna Lewis, Missouri News Network
DES ARC — Brad Parker is a farmer, but he doesn’t plant crops anymore.
He owns cattle and acres of land, but he refuses to grow beans like he used to — all because of feral hogs.

FCC authorizes $22 million for broadband in rural Missouri counties

By Caitlyn Rosen, Missouri News Network
Missourians living in rural areas have dealt with a lack of broadband access at disproportionate levels. Funding authorized Tuesday from the Federal Communications Commission could peck away at the problem.

Simon's Law, debtor prison bill headed to governor

By Caitlyn Rosen, Missouri New Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers rarely agree on issues. Last Monday, however, there was one topic all of the members of the House were united on.
They voted unanimously to pass legislation that requires doctors to provide parental notification before placing do-not-resuscitate orders on children.
Also Monday, House members passed legislation to rid Missouri of its debtors prison system.