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Top Stories: The Missouri State Highway Patrol says about every two-and-a-half hours a traffic crash involving deer happens in the state. The Missouri National Education Association says a proposed tobacco tax increase could fund private schools, pet projects and give away political favors. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:01:05 +0000
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says about every two-and-a-half hours, a traffic crash involving deer happens in the state. Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz says deer are more active in October and November. Hotz says that in Missouri in 2015, there were 3,732 traffic crashes involving deer. He says three people were killed and 346 […] Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:35:55 +0000
Governor Jay Nixon says public health response has improved during his tenure in office. The governor’s been hosting roundtable discussions around the state this week with representatives from local health agencies and hospitals, along with public safety officials. Nixon claims upgrades have come through better coordination among emergency responders and improved capabilities from health providers. […] Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:30:43 +0000
Missouri National Education Association political director Mark Jones says early childhood education is being used as a shield and special interests are trying to hijack their own agenda into the constitution. The state’s largest group of educators oppose Amendment 3, which aims to help pregnant moms and youth quit smoking and pay for early childhood […] Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:09:16 +0000
Columbia Family Medical Group and University of Missouri Health have announced that they’ll affiliate, effective immediately. MU Health spokeswoman Mary Jenkins says there will be no layoffs. Jenkins notes staff is based on patient volumes. She tells Missourinet that if patient volumes increase, they will increase staffing. MU Health Care employs more than 500 university […] Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:49:19 +0000
ST. CHARLES (AP) — Union workers at the St. Louis-based grocery store chain Schnuck Markets Inc. have approved a three-year contract that ends an eight-month battle over health insurance and wages.
Approval of the contract Wednesday night by members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 avoids a strike that could have begun on Halloween.
Union cashiers, baggers and other employees gave 67 percent approval to the new contract. The last contract expired in May. Union president David Cook had recommended approval of the contract.
The union represents about 4,000 employees who work at 52 Schnucks stores in the St. Louis area. Overall, the company has 99 stores in five states.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 7:25:49 AM
JEFFERSON CITY - Students with disabilities, their parents and their educators are participating in the 8th Annual Tools for Life Transition Summit on Thursday.
The summit is a joint effort by Missouri Parents Act (MPACT), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Governor's Council on Disability.
The goal of the summit highlights the same mission by MPACT, to provide tools of resources to families and educators of students with disabilities.
Program coordinator Debby Loveall-Stewart said she wants attendees to take away confidence from the summit.
"Hopefully they'll be absolutely empowered to go out and live their dreams and find their way in adult life just like everybody else," Loveall-Stewart said.
The featured speaker is Aaron Likens, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome later in life. Likens is the Easter Seals Midwest's Autism Ambassador.
The summit specifially looks to guide students through the transition of life between high school and adulthood, something that can be particularly challenging to those with special needs.
Rob Honan is the executive director of the Governor's Council on Disability, and he explained the particular difficulty for those with disabilities to find employment.
"The unemployment number for people with disabilities is something like 75 percent," Honan said. His office works to bring resources to people and help them find success.
"We advise and work with other state agencies on disability rights not only for their customers but for their employees. We do a lot of training and networking and promote employment, transportation, housing and education for people with disabilities so they will be successful in the adult world," Honan said.
He said the summit is reaching people with disabilities at a critical point in their lives.
"Getting youth information when they’re young is vital to their success as adults," Honan said.
While the event this year is sold out, Loveall-Stewart said she hopes to open registration for next year's event sometime in March.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 8:20:27 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party says it will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to review a mysterious donation to Republican Eric Greitens' campaign for governor to determine if it violated "pay to play" rules.
Democratic state chairman Roy Temple slammed the donation Wednesday during a teleconference with reporters, and the party said in a statement that it would send a letter to the SEC calling for an investigation.
At issue is a $1.9 million gift to Greitens' campaign from political action committee SEALs for Truth.
Greitens has said the super PAC is made up of military members. Public records show its only donor is a nonprofit whose contributors have not been disclosed.
Greitens' campaign manager says the move by Democrats is meant to distract from issues about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 8:03:03 PM
COLUMBIA - The MKT trail from Providence to Stadium opened after being delayed three times.
About a half mile of the trail was closed for the Sanitary Sewer Construction Project, which began June 22.
The trail was originally expected to open on September 29, but the city was unable to reopen it due to an excessive amount of rock underground.
"I know it's painful with the trail users not being able to access the trail, especially in the fall and summer like they normally do, but we really appreciate the patience that the public has had," Sanitary Sewer Engineer Pat Fitzgerald said.
The project was delayed until October 15, and then delayed again until October 28, but opened a few days earlier than the expected third delay.
The construction's purpose was to replace old sewers and keep up with the infrastructure demands downtown. Fitzgerald said the new sewer mains will last several decades.
"They're all very old and carried the flows that they needed to, until all the new big apartment buildings started going in downtown. It's a lot more demand on the sewer system as well as the water system and electrical system too," Fitzgerald said.
The MKT Providence and Stadium section may need to close again in December for minor construction.
"If they do need to close the trail down, it will only be a day or two at a time and we'll get notice out through Parks and Recreation. I think we'll be able to do it under traffic where we won't have to totally close the trail up. That's what we're hoping for," Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said the rain during the summer impacted the delay. He said the construction was more efficient by doing most of the work during the summer and fall than if the company were to do part of the work now and do heavier construction in winter.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 6:43:04 PM
COLUMBIA - The Rainbow House was founded in 1986 with the mission of protecting children from child abuse and neglect. Today it includes a child advocacy center that is involved in the prosecution of criminals who abused the children taken in by the Rainbow House.
Tracy Gonzalez, the first assistant prosecuting attorney in Boone County, is the person responsible for making sure children see justice through the punishment of their abusers.
"For me, being able to be a voice for those individuals in our community that are the most vulnerable is what keeps me going," she said. "Being able to see a child through that process and seeing justice at the end for that child is what keeps me going."
Gonzalez has been working with the Rainbow House for about 20 years, and she said she is proud of the progress the organization has made.
Gonzalez said, at any given time, she could have 100-200 pending cases involving anything from misdemeanor charges to child pornography and felony rape.
The organization acts as temporary foster care for about 400 children annually. The executive director of Rainbow House, Janie Bakutes, said she is proud the organization has fulfilled its mission of protecting children and families in crisis.
"We had a former executive director who said we want to become the place where someone calls and says, 'I'm about to hurt my child,' not 'I have hurt my child.'"
Bakutes said she believes the Rainbow House is a unique organization because it is a shelter that makes sure children's lives change as little as possible. It has van that will take children to school and even pick them up if they are sick at school.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 6:06:25 PM
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