State and Regional News

Governor activates Missouri National Guard to assist in flood fighting as state continues to recover from severe storms

Governor Mike Parson today activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week.

Governor praises first responder for efforts following deadline storm

Governor Mike Parson is expressing his appreciation of the state’s first responders and Missourians who came to the aid of their neighbors during a night of widespread tornadoes and dangerous severe weather. Law enforcement has confirmed three deaths in Golden City, in Barton County. In addition, among the areas hardest hit were Jefferson City, Carl Junction, and Eldon.

Congressman Smith announces Jackson High School student wins the 8th Congressional Art Competition

    Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) announced a Jackson High School student has won “Best of Show” in the annual 8th Congressional District Art Competition. Congressman Smith’s office accepted more than 120 submissions from local high school artists in southeast and south central Missouri, and today Congressman Smith congratulated Liza Schell from Jackson High School as the winner of the “Best of Show” competition.

Meet the lobbying groups trying to make it harder to sue businesses

By Sky Chadde and Yue Yu, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Republican lawmakers have recently prioritized making it harder to sue big businesses, but a triangle of corporate-backed lobbying groups bolstered the effort. About 2,000 organizations are registered to lobby in Jefferson City, according to Missouri Ethics Commission records. But three have spent the most time and effort pushing for the changes to the state’s civil legal code, according to a Missourian analysis.