State and Regional News

Make safety a top priority this Memorial Day weekend

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like the public to make safety a top priority this Memorial Day weekend. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions. Whether you decide to travel or stay local, choose to be a safe, courteous driver. Use a seat belt when you drive and wear a life jacket when you're on or near the water. Always pay attention, whether you're operating a vehicle or a vessel, and choose to be a sober driver on land and on the water.

Missouri is becoming a 'Technology First State' for individuals with disabilities

Today, the Department of Mental Health (DMH), Division of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a “Tech Fest” to showcase the announcement of Missouri becoming a Technology First state.  The event is at the Special School District of St. Louis County, Central Office Rooms 60-61, 12110 Clayton Road, Town & Country. This initiative encourages the understanding and use of technology in lieu of direct support staffing, which improves the quality of life for some individuals needing services.  It also increases an individual’s safety and health and promotes independence.

Bill would prohibit local governments from banning 'animal enterprises'

BY NICOLE BRAHAM, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — The “Working Animal Protection Act” would take away local governments’ ability to ban businesses that rely on animals, such as carriage tours or trail rides. But critics of the bill worry about animal welfare and restricting the government’s right to regulate businesses.

Budget compromise includes funding plan for Rocheport Bridge

BY KYRA HAAS AND AVIVA OKESON-HABERMAN, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — The $29 billion Missouri budget for 2020 was hammered out by a group of lawmakers, including a funding plan for the Rocheport Bridge, funds for a new medical complex at MU and some extra transportation money for school districts.