State and Regional News

Senators follow party lines — with one exception — in Clean Missouri vote

BY ASHLYN O’HARA
Clean Missouri just got one step closer to reappearing on November’s ballot.
The Missouri Senate voted 22-9 in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 38, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, on Monday, which would change amendments that were made to the Missouri Constitution in fall of 2018.

Senate bill would require DNA testing for all felony arrests

By JORDAN MEIER
Katie Sepich was raped, strangled and set on fire outside her New Mexico home in 2003. After DNA was found under her fingernails, her family hoped that police would be able to catch the murderer. The DNA, however, was not in the federal DNA database, so there was no evidence to tie someone to the crime.

Earthquakes actually happen in Missouri. Are you ready? Do you have a plan?

    February is Earthquake Awareness month and the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) and the Missouri Insurance Education Foundation (MIEF) want to encourage homeowners to assess their financial readiness to recover in the event of a major earthquake event in Missouri. Missouri is the third largest earthquake insurance market in the U.S., following California and Washington.

Congress members introduce legislation to prevent repeated community flooding

    Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO), David Kustoff (R-TN), Ben McAdams (D-UT), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen protections for flood-prone communities by encouraging them to plan for future disasters.