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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