State and Regional News

Missouri legislation seeks to add fentanyl trafficking to the statutes

BY KELSEY WU AND GAELLE FOURNIER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — There is no law targeting trafficking fentanyl in Missouri. Some lawmakers are trying again to change that.
House Bill 239 proposes that trafficking more than 10 mg of fentanyl would be prosecuted as a felony.

SEMA to host Missouri Earthquake Summit for local, state officials, and public to strengthen preparedness

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the State Emergency Management Agency will host its first-ever Missouri Earthquake Summit in Sikeston to discuss the risks presented by the New Madrid Seismic Zone, earthquake response planning and capabilities, and how to strengthen community preparedness.

Missouri to become a Technology First State for individuals with disabilities

Today, Mark Stringer, director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced that Missouri is becoming a Technology First state.  The DMH Division of Developmental Disabilities is moving forward with an initiative that encourages the understanding and use of technology in lieu of direct support staffing, which improves the quality of life for some individuals needing services.  This initiative increases an individual’s safety and health and promotes independence.

State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session.