Bill would lower licensing barriers for former criminals

Peggy Albers introduced herself to a Senate committee as "one of the worst of the worst that you guys would probably ever meet."
"I’ve been in more prisons in the United States than you can really believe," Albers, a real estate agent from Lake Ozark, told the General Laws Committee during a hearing Tuesday. She was testifying in favor of a bill that would make it easier for people with criminal records to get professional licenses.

Women and children might soon be eligible for fresh produce voucher program

Women, infants and children in low-income families could soon have access to vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh produce at select farmers markets. Rep. Martha Stevens' bill, which proposed the program, received strong support Tuesday during a Children and Families Committee hearing.

Lawmakers consider easing access to mental health care for teens who are on their own

A bill that would make it possible for minors aged 16 and 17 who live on their own to sign up for mental health care received support in a House Children and Families Committee hearing Tuesday.

Candidates for county offices may file on February 25

    Candidate filing for Crawford County offices will begin on Tuesday, February 25, for the August 4 Primary Election. Positions that will open at the end of this year are District #1 Associate Commissioner, District #2 Associate Commissioner, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Administrator, Coroner, and Surveyor.

Anglers getting ready for March 1 trout opener

March 1 marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.