State and Regional News

Proposed Sunshine Law restrictions passed by House

BY IAN NICKENS, GAELLE FOURNIER AND KELSEY WU, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY –  House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to records requests.

Charter school expansion on the table again in Missouri

BY KATHRYN PALMER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Carmen Ward’s teenage son Paul was diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities at the age of five.
Paul bounced around public and private elementary schools in St. Louis for years, but it wasn’t until he reached fifth grade that Ward found somewhere that met her son’s special educational needs: KIPP St. Louis Public Schools, part of a national nonprofit network of public charter schools.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program progresses in House, fails in Senate

BY ANNA LEWIS AND AVIVA OKESON-HABERMAN, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers clashed over creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program Wednesday, the latest chapter in an ongoing effort to have Missouri join 49 other states that already have such a system.

Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance program has taken steps to correct many of its data reliability issues, Auditor Galloway finds

A report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway shows the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) has taken steps to correct many of the data reliability problems with the Unemployment Insurance program uncovered in a statewide audit last year. While the review released today recommends DOLIR continue improving data security, the changes made as a result of the audit from last April earned the program a rating of "good."