State and Regional News

Senator: Public shouldn't pay for electric car charging stations

By Ashlyn O’Hara, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Sen. Doug Libla doesn’t want Missouri residents to help pay for their neighbors’ electric cars.
Senate Bill 825, sponsored by Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, would prohibit electric companies from using money they get from customers to pay for construction of electric vehicle charging stations.

Senate proposes bill that guarantees rights to victims of sexual violence

By Jordan Meier, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Caitlin Ryan has been an ally for sexual assault victims since she was 11, when her childhood friend confided in her that she had been raped on a family vacation.

As complaints pile up, state defends marijuana licensing decisions

By Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A simple question set the tone for a hearing on medical marijuana licensing Wednesday: “How many lawsuits will it take for you to realize your department has made mistakes?”

Department of Economic Development seeks public feedback on plan for spending $41 million in disaster mitigation funds

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is seeking public comment on a draft Action Plan outlining how the state will spend $41 million in Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding allocated to Missouri by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds represent an opportunity for the state to assist areas impacted by the 2017 floods with the implementation of projects that will help communities mitigate and reduce future disaster risks.

Missouri 2020 Census Complete Count Committee launches statewide media campaign

This week, the Missouri 2020 Census Complete Count Committee will launch a statewide media campaign to educate Missourians on the importance of being counted in this year’s census. The campaign will receive help from notable figures such as Ozzie Smith, Benji Molina, and Maya Moore.