State and Regional News

Ashcroft promotes Safe at Home program in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting his office’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program.
    “Participants in the Safe at Home program have often had their lives uprooted by fear,” Ashcroft said. “For 11 years, Safe at Home has helped to protect them from the threats they face every day. Our office remains dedicated to protecting survivors of abuse and advocating on their behalf.”

Several state ballot measures to be decided in General Election

The Missouri General Election ballot for the November 6 election puts it to the voters of the state to decide four constitutional amendments and three propositions. Three of the seven ballot issues are related to marijuana, and the other four ask questions about re-drawing state legislative districts and setting other restrictions for state legislators and political campaigns, amending bingo regulations, raising the state minimum wage, and increasing the motor fuel tax to better fund Department of Transportation projects. This article provides information from the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office website on the last four ballot measures, and Three Rivers Publishing will have an overview of the remaining three marijuana ballot questions in next week’s editions of the Steelville Star and Cuba Free Press.

Missouri joins multi-state suspicious actor repository to prevent fraud and identity theft

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security (DES) has joined a multi-state data analysis project to prevent unemployment insurance (UI) fraud and address identify theft. The Suspicious Actor Repository (SAR) allows Missouri to cross-match UI claims against a larger database of information and identify potentially fraudulent activity for further investigation.

Governor urges passage of Proposition D

Governor Mike Parson wrapped up a 14-city Infrastructure Week tour promoting Proposition D for Safer Roads and Safer Streets by urging voters to “do the right thing” and vote YES On D on Nov. 6 to provide new resources to fix roads and bridges.