State and Regional News

Bill to disqualify 85,000 seniors from tax credit draws scorn in committee

By Tom Coulter, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Low-income seniors who pay rent in Missouri could soon be disqualified from receiving a property tax credit if a bill discussed Tuesday morning in the Senate Ways and Means committee meeting passes through the legislature.

For Missourians serving life without parole, a second chance approaches

By Kathryn Palmer, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Travis Canon was a teenager when he got hooked on drugs.
He was 19 when he committed his first serious crime. In 1997, Canon and two accomplices robbed a convenience store on U.S. Highway 71 near Maryville. He shot and killed store clerk Gracie Hixson in the process.

Smith donates shutdown pay to Parkland Hope Center

• Pay donation will give 100 families discounted groceries, household items
    Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) donated pay from the 35-day government shutdown to the Parkland Hope Center, a non-profit which helps working families afford groceries and everyday household items at a discounted price.

Accessibility, local businesses emphasized at medical marijuana forum

BY GALEN BACHARIER AND MAGDALINE DUNCAN, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — People from all over the state gathered Wednesday night to weigh in on Missouri’s upcoming medical marijuana program at an open forum conducted by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Governor Parson appointed by President Trump to Council of Governors

President Donald Trump today announced he has appointed Governor Mike Parson to the Council of Governors, a panel of U.S. governors who advise the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on issues related to the National Guard and national defense, U.S. homeland security, civil support missions, and disaster response.