State and Regional News

Troop I prepared for busy Memorial Day weekend

Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer Troop I, Rolla announces that troopers assigned to the six-county region of Troop I will once again be participating in the Memorial Day weekend enforcement operations.  The objective of these operations is to save lives by reducing the number and severity of traffic crashes.  Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop I and across the entire state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort).  This means every available trooper will be on the roadways enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorist.

May is National Drug Court Month

By Jon Kiser, 42nd Circuit Drug Court Commissioner
    Drug and Treatment Courts throughout Missouri will join more than 3,000 such programs nationwide in celebrating May as National Drug Court Month. Nearly 30 years ago, the first Drug Court opened its doors with a simple premise: rather than continue to allow individuals with long histories of addiction and crime to cycle through the justice system at great expense to the public, use the leverage of the court to keep them engaged in treatment long enough to be successful.

Missourians have differing thoughts on Gov. Greitens

By Joe Siess, Columbia Missourian
The way Marvin Hammond sees it, "if you're gonna play, you gotta pay."
That sums up the way Hammond, a retired carpenter from Wellington, feels about Gov. Eric Greitens and the controversies surrounding him. "I think he’s already made an embarrassment of himself. He’s a public servant. He’s held to a higher standard."

B2B seat belt initiative kicks off

    To kick off the 2018 Click It or Ticket seat belt initiative with the highest level of support, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spearheading Border to Border (B2B), a one-day national seat belt awareness kickoff event coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons.

Lawmakers address shackling of pregnant prisoners, telehealth, opioids

By Annika Merrilees, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — The shackling of pregnant inmates during medical transfers was banned in most cases in legislation adopted by the Missouri General Assembly on Thursday night.