Author: Shawn Kober

Governor Greitens Makes Missouri Ethics Commission Appointments

Henke, of Troy, is a former State Representative, serving in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. He previously served as the Lincoln County Assessor and on the Silex R-1 School Board. Henke earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Henke, a Democrat, was nominated by the Third Congressional District Democratic Committee. Birkes, of Joplin, is retired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he worked as an Information Specialist and Financial Analyst. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Webb City and Carl Junction. Birkes earned a bachelor’s degree in...

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MDC offers grants for conservation projects in urban areas

Kansas City, Mo. – Native plants, trees, and green space add value and beauty to urban neighborhoods. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers an Urban Conservation Grant Program to help eligible partners carry out volunteer-based natural habitat improvement projects for streams, forests, parks, and landscape plantings. “This is a way for government entities or non-profit groups to organize and do conservation projects that otherwise wouldn’t have funding,” said Stephen VanRhein, MDC community conservation planner. The projects must be on public lands. Often, approved projects involve volunteer efforts. Some examples of past projects: bush honeysuckle removal at Kessler Park...

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AG Hawley Files Brief Challenging California Agriculture Regulations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 10 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the state of California’s persistent disregard for federal law. The brief alleges that California continues to pass onerous regulations on agriculture and energy production that routinely flout the limits that federal law puts on the state’s regulatory reach. As a result, agriculture producers nationwide face more and more closed markets and consumers nationwide suffer increasingly inflated prices. Without the Court’s intervention, other States who have begun following California’s lead and...

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Record setting 3,132 student archers competed at MoNASP state tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The tenth annual Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament held March 23-24 in Branson drew 3,132 student archers in grades 4-12 from a record setting 140 schools across the state. Winning teams and individuals, along with other teams and individuals who had qualifying scores, will go on to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament in Louisville, Ky., on May 10-12. MDC’s Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards, who coordinates MoNASP, said this year’s tournament was the largest one ever. “To put the size of the state tournament...

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AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the 2017 results of enforcement of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. This law requires excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before commencing a dig in the state. The law also requires owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. The Attorney General’s Office is tasked with enforcing this law, which protects the general public, workers’ safety, and the state’s buried infrastructure....

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