State and Regional News

Governor leads statewide infrastructure effort to ‘Focus on Bridges’

This week, Governor Mike Parson plans to visit 5 of the 250 bridges scheduled for immediate repair or replacement if his administration’s proposed funding program is passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. The Governor first outlined the statewide bridge infrastructure program in the State of the State address on January 16.

Proposals to reduce criminal HIV exposure penalties encourage prevention

BY ALEXIS ALLISON, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — LaTrischa Miles doesn’t spit when she runs.
A mother of three, the treatment adherence supervisor at Kansas City Health Center was diagnosed with HIV in 1995. She remembers the day like her birthday, and she remembers it when she’s running.

Lawmaker wants to prevent DNR orders placed on children without parental permission

BY ROSEMOND CROWN, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Sheryl Crosier watched as her son, Simon, took his last breath without any effort from hospital staff to resuscitate him.
It was only after Simon died that Crosier and her husband found out doctors in Missouri can place do-not-resuscitate orders on child patients without permission from their parents.

Lawmakers trying again to require more parental notification for abortions

BY KYRA HAAS, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — When Rep. Rocky Miller’s daughter was 15, she told him she was pregnant.
It was a difficult conversation, Miller, R-Lake Ozark, said during a House Children and Families Committee hearing on February 4. But he believes it was important because they were able to have a discussion, as they would on any major issue.

Missouri students could soon get a lesson on cyber etiquette

BY KATHRYN PALMER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — The inaugural Missouri Special House Committee on Student Accountability informally celebrated Safer Internet Day last Tuesday by hearing a bill aimed at teaching students appropriate online behavior.