Changing Missouri's Constitution could be harder under slew of Senate bills

By Yue Yu, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — She stood out day and night. She stood out in cold and heat.
Sherry Golden, a home care worker in St. Louis, fought hard to collect signatures to put minimum wage on the November ballot last year.
Her efforts paid off when Missouri voters approved the proposition by a margin of 62-38 percent. Looking back, Golden said the initiative petition process was already difficult under current law.

Secretary of State would have subpoena power under House bill

By Abigail E. Shaw, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants subpoena power to investigate voter fraud claims.
Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, proposed legislation that would grant the power to Ashcroft’s office, and a House committee debated the bill Wednesday.

MDC offering four prescribed burn workshops during March in the St. Louis region

Prescribed fire is a valuable tool that can help landowners achieve their land management goals and benefit native plants and wildlife at the same time.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering four free public workshops during March for landowners interested in learning how to properly utilize prescribed fire for the management of grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades, and other natural communities on their land.

Kiwanis Pancake Day tickets on sale now

    The St. James Kiwanis Club is hosting Pancake Day Saturday, March 2 and tickets are on sale now. The annual event will be held at the St. James middle school from 6:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian. Pancake Day is one of the largest fundraisers the club holds annually.