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Missouri Has Highest Number Of People Who Sleep With Their Dogs
A survey by MattressNextDay says Missouri has the highest percentage of residents in the country who sleep with their dogs. The study of two-thousand-people showed Missouri ranks number one at 89 percent. Overall, over 74 percent of Americans let their dogs sleep with them, as opposed to 55 percent of cat owners who share their bed. Experts say that though there are emotional advantages of co-sleeping with pets, it's also essential to take hygiene factors into account. They recommend changing your sheets once a week.

Former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Appointed To UM System Board Of Curators
A former St. Lewis mayor will soon be part of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Lyda Krewson's appointment was announced Friday. The Democrat is a CPA and served as the city's first woman mayor from 2017 to 2021. The University of Missouri Board of Curators oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Among other duties, the board sets fees, determines admissions requirements, grants degrees, issues bonds and hires the president of the university.

Efforts Hope To Keep Med School Graduates In Missouri
The state of Missouri is allocating more than two-million-dollars to help keep medical school graduates in the state. The money will fund physicians-in-training positions at hospitals in both St. Louis and Columbia. Dr. Heidi Miller with the Missouri Department of Health says there is a federal limit in funding state residency programs, so the state ends up exporting about 300 Medical school graduates each year to do their residency training in other states. The state is estimated to be short about a thousand doctors, with rural counties being the most vulnerable.

Court Rules Missouri A-G Can Get Transgender Health Care Documents
A St. Louis judge has ordered Planned Parenthood to turn over certain documents to state Attorney General Andrew Bailey. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer made the ruling late last week for the documents that reportedly pertain to his ongoing investigation of transgender health care providers. The judge ruled that it was okay for the A-G to request the documents because they weren't covered by federal HIPAA laws, which protect patient privacy. Planned Parenthood initially sued over the demand in March of last year.

Wentzville Superintendent Announces Sudden Retirement
The woman who has been the principal of the fast-growing Wentzville school district for the past two years is abruptly stepping down. The official word came late last week after an emergency meeting of the District's Board of Education. Neither Dr. Danielle Tormala nor board members have shared specifics. Tormala announced Friday that she's now on sabbatical and will retire at the end of the school year. Wentzville is believed to be the fastest-growing district in the state and serves more than 17-thousand students.

MDC invites veterans to fish for free April 20 at Bennett Spring State Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites veterans to fish for free April 20 at Bennett Spring State Park’s Veterans’ Free Fishing Day event.

At Veterans’ Free Fishing Day, which will be 7 a.m.to 3 p.m., fishing is free for all veterans. There will be no license or daily tag fee. All veterans can pick up their free daily trout tag at the park store on April 19 or any time during the event on April 20.

During the event, a part of the park’s Zone 2 fishing areas will be specially stocked and reserved for anglers who are veterans. Veterans will be able to fish in other zones at the park, too. Adjacent to the fishing area, volunteers will be hosting a hospitality tent featuring fly tying demos, lessons, casting instruction, and the latest adaptive fishing equipment. Learn more about this event at:


This event is sponsored by MDC and Bennett Spring State Park. To get more information about the event, call the Bennett Springs Hatchery at 417-532-4418 or e-mail Hatchery Manager Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov.

Get skills to DIY your own ammo at Henges Shooting Range’s Metallic Cartridge Reloading for Rifles class April 18

Don’t rely on an unpredictable ammo market, DIY your own.  Getting started in reloading metallic rifle cartridges is not as intimidating as it might seem.  And you’ll gain the satisfaction of learning a new skill. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is presenting a Metallic Cartridge Reloading: Rifle Emphasis class Thursday, April 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. p.m. at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Eureka.  The program is free open to ages 16 years and up.

The program will show shooters how to economically get started in reloading their own rifle ammunition.  Participants will learn what equipment is needed, the different kinds of powders, bullets, brass, and other materials.  The class will cover all the necessary techniques for successful and safe reloading.  Shooters will also discover how to customize their loads to a particular target or game they are pursing.  Safety precautions will also be emphasized. 

The class will break the process down into simple procedures to get newcomers started. This hands on program is suitable for the beginner who has never reloaded before.  Henges Shooting Range staff will demonstrate the process and then give participants the chance to get some real experience in reloading ammunition themselves during the class.  All equipment and materials will be provided.

The Metallic Cartridge Reloading: Rifle Emphasis class is free, but advanced online registration is required at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/42G.

The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, exit 269 in Eureka. 

Stay informed of MDC latest programs by going to the MDC St. Louis regional events page at  https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZP6.

Periodical Cicada Broods in Missouri
Periodical cicadas are insects that emerge as broods every 13 or 17 years, depending on the brood. Mass emergences can range over several states. Periodical cicadas are different from the familiar annual cicadas, also called “dog-day cicadas,” which emerge from the ground every year and make their droning noise during the heat of late summer. There are three broods of 13-year cicadas and 12 broods of 17-year cicadas in existence, and they occur only in the eastern half of the United States. Broods differ in their locations and emergence timing. Only four broods of periodical cicadas extend into parts of Missouri: two of the 13-year type and two of the 17-year type. Brood 19, the largest Missouri brood, is returning in 2024 to put on its impressive display across most of the state. As temperatures warm in late April, immature cicadas (nymphs) open holes in the soil surface. They can do serious damage to fruit orchards and nursery stock, as well as to young trees growing in the landscape, but the effect on mature trees is minor, so pesticide use is not recommended.

MDC encourages public to leave wildlife wild

The spring season brings blooms, sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they look to be abandoned, but that’s rarely the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds the public that the best place for wildlife is in the wild.

“Young animals are rarely orphaned,” explained MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell. “When we see newborns alone, that means the parents are likely out searching for food and will return.”

A common newborn species we may encounter in the spring is young birds.

“If you see a chick with feathers hopping on the ground, leave it alone because it’s a fledgling and its parents are nearby keeping watch,” Russell urged. “Fledglings can spend up to 10 days on the ground learning to fly. If you find one that has no feathers, it likely fell out of its nest and you can return it to the nesting area if possible.”

Another animal Russell warns against interfering with is young rabbits.

"Rabbits seldom survive in captivity and can actually die of fright from being handled,” she explained.

MDC MYTHBUSTER: Human scent does not cause wild mothers to reject their young.

“It takes a lot of knowledge to care for and rehabilitate wild animals,” stressed Russell. “It requires special training, permits, and facilities. Not to mention, it’s illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit.”

Russell also cautioned that wildlife can become dangerous as they mature, and can carry disease, parasites, and cause property damage.

“We know people have good intentions, and it can be tempting to take these cute, young animals in our homes, but the best thing we can do for wild animals is to leave them be,” she said.

To learn more about Missouri’s native wildlife, visit the MDC online Field Guide at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/search.

A Leslie man was injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at 6:25 Friday evening on Westbound Highway KK near St. Ann's Road. 57-year old Marshall Bopp ran off the road and struck a culvert and a mailbox. Bopp was taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.

A two vehicle crash on Highway 47 at Independence Drive in Union sends two people to the hospital.  The patrol says it happened at 2:20 Sunday afternoon.  40-year old Brian Niederhelm of Wentzville failed to stop at a red light and passed a vehicle on the right.  The patrol says 19-year old Ava Thomas of Union collided with the side of Niederhelm.  Thomas and a 10-year old passenger from Union were taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.

Traffic accident in Gasconade County sends a man from Linn to the hospital.  The patrol says 29-year old Lakin Stull was westbound on Highway Y west of Peaceful Valley Road when he ran off the road and overturned.  Stull was taken to Mercy in Washington with moderate injuries following the accident after four o'clock Sunday afternoon.  

Missouri Farmers Planting Several Spring Crops
Planting is underway for several crops in Missouri including rice, soybeans and corn. The USDA says seven percent of the corn is planted which is slightly ahead of last year. About 14 percent of rice crops are in and soybean plantings are at about three percent. The officials also say two percent of winter wheat is headed at about 76 percent with conditions noted as good to excellent.

Fentanyl Deaths increasing Statewide
Randolph County's prosecutor says the area is seeing an increase in overdose deaths related to fentanyl. Stephanie Luntsford says officials have noted a trend of heroin use where the drug is laced with fentanyl and or meth amphetamine. She says most people who die from a drug overdose in Randolph County are in their 30s. Missouri officials say these deaths have also increased statewide. There were nearly 22-hundred people who died from overdosing in 2022.

Movie "On Fire" First To Receive New State Tax Credit
The production of a new movie called "On Fire" is the first Missouri project to receive a new state tax credit for motion media. The production received almost three-million in tax credits through the new Show MO Act, which is administered by the Missouri Film Office and the D-E-D. It's about a boy who overcomes near-fatal burn injuries and grows up to be an inspirational figure with help from his family, sportscaster Jack Buck and support from the whole city of St. Louis. It stars William H. Macy and John Corbett and is set for release around Thanksgiving.

Former Youth Coach Admits To Attempted Enticement
A former youth sports coach faces ten years to life in prison after pleading guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. Trevor White of Fenton entered his guilty plea in District Court yesterday. Prosecutors said White initiated contact last year with the 13-year-old daughter of friends and sent her suggestive texts that she told her parents about. The parents allowed police to step in and assume the teen's identity and communicate with White. He was arrested after becoming sexually explicit in his texts with the detective posing as the girl and arranging to pick the victim up to have sex.

Former NBA Player from St. Louis Accused of Sexual Assault
A former NBA player from St. Louis has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Oregon three years ago. Ben McLemore was arraigned Wednesday in Portland for rape and other sex crimes in suburban Portland. He's being held in the Clackamas County jail. A judge set his next court date for July 1st, but also reportedly gave permission for him to leave the country to play basketball. Prosecutors say McLemore's frequent travel for work has delayed their investigation. He's currently plays with a team in Spain but has also played for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. The 31-year-old who attended Wellston High School issued a statement saying he's not guilty and that he "engaged in sexual activity with someone who now claims she did not consent."

Gordon Ramsey to Open St. Louis Restaurant Next Week
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey is opening a restaurant in St. Louis next week. His "Ramsey's Kitchen" will have a soft opening April 17th at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown before its grand opening in June. The celebrity restaurant replaces the Cinder House restaurant, which closed earlier this year. Promoters say the location will feature some of Ramsey's signature dishes, such as beef Wellington, along with "local cuisine with a twist."

Alleged Robbers of 20+ Walmarts Arrested by Small Town Police
Two St. Louis-area men have been nabbed by police in a town of about 42-hundred people for alleged robbery sprees at over 20 Walmarts. Bowling Green Police in Pike County, Missouri say the suspects stole at least 80-thousand-dollars' worth of goods from Walmarts in Missouri and Illinois. Police Captain Bennie Church says they cracked the case with video footage and a new software program that allegedly showed the men robbing from the different stores. Malcom Jamal Beal of Belleville and R'mond Hickman of Cahokia Heights face burglary, property damage and stealing charges in Pike County.

A traffic accident on Interstate 44 at the rest area west of St. Clair sends a man from Bland to the hospital. It happened at 2:55 Thursday. The patrol says 48-year old Gina Chiodini of Sullivan attempted to make a left turn into the emergency turn around in the median, began to slide and was struck by a vehicle driven by 51-year old Loren Rehmert of Bland. Rehmert was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.

MDC reports 162 new cases of CWD for 2023 surveillance year

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that it sampled and tested more than 37,000 deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2023 CWD surveillance year between July 2023 and April 2024. Of the more than 37,000 deer sampled, 162 tested positive for CWD.

CWD is a 100% fatal disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The disease has been attributed to significant deer population declines in other states and threatens Missouri’s deer population, hunting culture, and economy. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.

Those 162 deer bring the total number of CWD cases found in the state to 572 since the first case in wild deer was confirmed by MDC in early 2012. Including recent sampling efforts, more than 280,000 tissue samples from wild deer have been collected for CWD testing in Missouri since MDC began CWD surveillance in 2002.

Nearly 20,700 of the 37,000-plus deer tested this past CWD surveillance year were sampled as part of MDC mandatory CWD sampling efforts in select counties during the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 11 and 12. Most of the remaining samples resulted from MDC’s voluntary sampling efforts conducted throughout the deer season in partnership with taxidermists and meat processors and through freezer head-drop locations throughout the state.

Of the more than 37,000 samples, about 4,600 were collected during MDC’s targeted removal efforts. MDC staff and staff from USDA Wildlife Services conducted targeted removal efforts in cooperation with landowners on a voluntary basis after the close of regular deer season in localized areas near where CWD has been found. Through targeted removal, 51 CWD-positive deer were removed to help slow the spread of the disease.

“The goal of targeted removal is to remove CWD-positive deer from the landscape and reduce deer density in these localized areas to slow the spread of the disease and protect Missouri’s deer herd,” explained MDC Wildlife Health Program Supervisor Deb Hudman. “Targeted removal is a proven method to slow the spread of CWD, and Missouri is one of several states that uses it to manage the disease.”

Of the deer tested during the 2023 surveillance year, MDC found CWD-positive deer in 27 counties: Adair (3), Barry (1), Barton (15), Carroll (2), Chariton (4), Clark (1), Crawford (3), Dallas (4), Franklin (23), Grundy (1), Jasper (1), Jefferson (15), Linn (9), Macon (7), Maries (1), Oregon (4), Osage (3), Perry (3), Polk (2), Pulaski (1), Putnam (3), Randolph (4), Scotland (3), Ste. Genevieve (31), Stone (7), Sullivan (2), and Taney (9).

"This past year, we found CWD in a number of new counties,” Hudman said. “Cases were detected for the first time in Chariton, Clark, Grundy, Jasper, Maries, Osage, Randolph, and Scotland counties.”

She added that the goal of CWD management in Missouri is to slow the spread while researchers work to develop a cure and additional management tools, and to keep the percentage of infected deer low.

Although the number of CWD-positive counties increased this past year, Hudman noted that CWD management efforts have kept infection rates low. Less than one percent of tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer tested positive for CWD this past year.

“That is good news,” Hudman said. “It is a testament to our ability to find the disease early in new areas and apply management actions to slow its spread.”

Although CWD infection rates are low in Missouri, Hudman noted that this is exactly when aggressive management efforts must be implemented. “By the time CWD infection rates get high in a deer population, there is little that can be done to slow its spread. The time to act is now,” she said.

She added that if MDC does not continue to act aggressively to slow the spread of the disease through management efforts such as targeted removal, CWD will spread faster and could have significant effects on the state’s deer population, hunting culture, and economy.

“There are areas of the country where over half of hunter-harvested adult bucks test positive for CWD,” Hudman explained. “We must do everything we can to not let this happen in Missouri, and we need the help of hunters and landowners in this critically important fight.”

Hunters and landowners are critical partners in the fight against CWD and can assist MDC by continuing to deer hunt, by participating in CWD sampling, by following regulations designed to slow CWD spread, and by cooperating with targeted removal efforts. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.

Distracted Driving Affects Everyone, ‘Work with Us’ in Work Zones

In 2023, 35 fatalities occurred in work zone crashes, the highest number of work zone fatalities in Missouri history. Distracted driving contributed to 588 work zone crashes and five of those fatalities. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, with National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring April 15-19. MoDOT is asking motorists to “Work With Us” by making safe, responsible choices behind the wheel and slowing down when driving through work zones.

            Using a cell phone while driving is now against the law in Missouri. The Siddens Bening hands free law, which took effect last August, prohibits drivers from physically holding or supporting a cell phone while driving; this includes sending or receiving texts and recording or watching videos. Drivers can face criminal charges for crashes that result in property damage, injury or death.

“Your decisions as a driver can make the difference between arriving safely or having deadly consequences,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “Any time you pass workers on the roadway, remember that buckling up, leaving your phone at your side, slowing down and staying alert are the key behaviors to get everyone home safe every day.”

It’s not just a courtesy to slow down and move over for these work zones—it’s the law. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, if safe to do so, when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. Drivers should be aware of changing traffic conditions, observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures.

In 2023 alone, MoDOT work zone vehicles with truck mounted attenuators were struck 63 times, an increase of 27 from the previous year. These crashes are almost always a result of drivers being distracted behind the wheel and/or driving too fast for the conditions.

“These protective vehicles are the only thing between our workers making road improvements or repairs and the traveling public. Keeping everyone safe is our number one priority,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “When you see flashing lights and arrows, pay attention, slow down and move over.”

At its core, the Buckle Up Phone Down initiative is about prioritizing personal safety.  Forty-five percent of those killed in work zone crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt and the overall unbelted fatality rate so far in 2024 is the highest recorded in recent years. Everyone carries the responsibility of personal safety. Wear your seat belt, put the phone down and help save lives on Missouri roadways.

To help make your travel safer, visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at www.traveler.modot.org and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go. Be sure to do your part to save lives in those work zones. Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides information for all Missourians to help promote four key messages: buckle up, phone down, slow down, and drive sober. The plan can be viewed at www.savemolives.com.

Two injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County. The state patrol says it happened at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon on Highway AJ near Timber Ridge Drive. The patrol says 27-year old Tyler Eilers of Leslie was Northbound in a pick-up truck. The patrol says Eilers was distracted when he ran off the road and overturned. He suffered serious injuries. A passenger, 26-year old Treena Warren of Leslie suffered moderate injuries. They were taken to Mercy in Washington by Union Ambulance.

Aerosmith To Play St. Louis As Part Of Farewell Tour
Aerosmith is coming to St. Louis as part of its historic farewell tour. A news release from the Enterprise Center states the iconic rockers will visit St. Louis as part of their "Peace Out" tour Monday, October 14th. The Black Crowes will join them. Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry had said previously that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band is retiring from touring after nearly 50 years, because all its members are now in their mid-70s. Tickets go on sale the morning of Friday through Ticketmaster.

Warrant Issued For KC Chiefs' Rashee Rice For Dallas Crash
Police in Dallas, Texas have issued an arrest warrant for Kansas City Chiefs' Rashee Rice. A news release says the wide receiver faces eight counts in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Dallas March 30th. Investigators say Rice was part of a chain-reaction collision that involved Rice's leased Lamborghini and his Corvette, which was driven by 21-year-old Theodore Knox. Police say an arrest warrant has also been issued for Knox on the same counts. The two allegedly left the scene after the crash; they are not in custody. The 23-year-old Rice posted on social media that he takes "full responsibility" for his role in the crash, which injured four people.

State Senate Passes Medicaid Blocking Bill for Planned Parenthood
The Missouri state Senate has passed a bill that will block Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood. It bars any public funds, from going to abortion facilities or their affiliates. That's despite the fact that abortion is illegal in nearly all circumstances in Missouri. The bill is a continuation of Republican efforts to block Planned Parenthood's Missouri affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars. The Senate approved it Wednesday along party-lines; it now heads back to the House. Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, says the measure is "more than likely unconstitutional."

Bailey Files to Block President's Latest Student Loan Relief
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has filed a lawsuit to block President Joe Biden's latest effort to provide student loan debt relief. Bailey is the lead filer on the suit and has been joined by six other Republican attorneys general. The suit challenges one part of a series of proposals Biden has introduced. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday, alleges that the Biden administration is overstepping its authority. It also takes issue with the cost of the plan. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an earlier attempt to cancel student loans that would have offered broader relief.

MoDOT to close Route KK in Franklin County for culvert pipe replacement

Due to inclement weather conditions, a portion of the Route KK cross culvert pipe replacement work has been rescheduled.


The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route KK from Oliver Road to Pohlman Road to replace a cross culvert pipe during the day, starting Monday. April 15.


The closure will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Crews will close Route KK starting at Route C to Koelkebeck Road from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.


All work is weather permitting.

Market in Memorial Park

Owensville Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) is hosting Market in the Park Saturday, April 20 from 8am-2pm in Memorial Park, along Hippy Holler, at 796 Parker Drive, Owensville, MO 65066. Vendors will be selling antiques, bag boards, beaded pens, body butter, books, clothes, crafts, customs hats, epoxy tumblers, furniture, games, glassware, handmade items, household items, jewelry, keychains, magnets, movies, plants, quilts, seedlings, soap, wreaths and more! Bargain hunters won't want to miss this sale. Severe weather reschedule will be 4/21.


Thank you to the event sponsors: 28th & Main Salon, Barely Covered, Chastity A Menz, CPA, LLC, Coldwell Banker Quality, Domino's, First State Community Bank, Fitness Parlor, Gasconade County Health Department, Havener's Termite & Insect Control, Heartland Independent Living Center, Hutchinson Recreation & Design, Jefferson Bank, Jost Tire Co. Inc., Kids Korner, Kings This & That, Lakeside Book Company, Legends Bank, Lost Valley Lake Resort, Maciejewski Plumbing & Heating Inc., Medley Pharmacy, Owensville Chamber of Commerce, Owensville Lions Club, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New Haven, Reinhold Electric Inc, Schmanke Law Office, LLC, Skornia Wildflower Farm, Southern District Commissioner - Jerry Lairmore, The Insurance Center, The Maries County Bank, Tom & Laura Hengstenberg and Zion Lutheran Church.


Vendor spots are still available. For more information or to learn how to register, please visit www.cityofowensville.com/events, contact 573-437-8231 or email parkrec@cityofowensville.com.

April 19 MDC programs to focus on how light at night is affecting nocturnal wildlife

The many lights that brighten our night-time world may be impacting the life cycles of a number of wildlife species.

People can learn more about how artificial lights at night are affecting wildlife at two Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) programs on April 19 at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

The first program is free and will focus on how these lights are affecting birds. This program, “Earth Week: Effects of Artificial Light on Birds,” will be from 10-11 a.m. and will be in the nature center’s auditorium. No registration is required. People can learn more at:


At this program, MDC volunteer Cathy Webb will be presenting on behalf of DarkSky Missouri. She will discuss how artificial lights humans use to illuminate the night-time world are affecting spring and fall bird migrations. At other times of year, bright lights at night are causing birds to stay away from some parts of their habitats that are essential to their survival and may also be altering predator-prey relationships.

Later in the day on April 19, people can learn about how night-time lights are affecting other species of wildlife at “Earth Week: Effects of Artificial Light on Wildlife.” This program, which is also free, will be from 2-3 p.m. and will be presented virtually. People need to register for this program and can do so at:


At this virtual-only program, MDC Naturalist Sam Grove will discuss how an abundance of lights at night is impacting a number of wildlife species. Animals whose courtship and mating routines are dependent on darkness are not calling as frequently. Also, insects who would be pollinating plants as part of their night-time feeding routines are hovering around lights instead. These are just two of many examples of how human lights are changing the life cycles of animals that are active at night.

Though this virtual program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way in southeast Springfield. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at the nature center by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People can get information on how to sign up by calling 417-888-4237.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.

School District of Washington is Without Internet/Email Service
The School District of Washington has been without Internet service since Tuesday morning, April 9. 

They do not have a timetable for service to be restored. 

Email service in the District also is down, so teachers and staff will be delayed in responding to any communication from parents. 

For immediate assistance, please contact your child's school by phone.

More Missouri Residents Becoming Millionaires
More Missouri residents are filing tax returns for more than a million dollars. That's according to new data from the IRS that breaks down the number of million-dollar filers based on adjusted gross income. Missouri had the 22nd-most million-plus earners in the country in 2021, with a little over 98-hundred people in the category. 2021 is the most recent tax-year available. The data includes people who filed as single payers, married couples filing jointly and households.

Honor Flight Veterans Enjoying Washington, DC
A plane load of veterans is in the nation's capital to tour the war monuments created in their honor. The 105th Greater St. Louis Honor Flight took off from Lambert International around 5:00 Tuesday morning. Veterans from World War Two, Vietnam and Korea are included in the group of 62 on the trip. Among the veterans on the Honor Flight are three sets of brothers. The veterans returned to St. Louis last night at 8:00.

Missouri Executes Inmate
The state of Missouri executed death row inmate Brian Dorsey Tuesday after the governor denied a clemency petition. It was brought before Republican Governor Mike Parson over the weekend and was supported by more than 70 correctional officers who knew Dorsey as the prison's barber. It was also signed by state legislators and some family members. Others in his family reportedly still wanted him to die by lethal injection as he killed his cousin and her husband in 2006. In a final statement, Dorsey expressed sorrow and shame for the killings. The execution at a state facility in Bonne Terre was the state's first lethal injection this year.

Two St. Louis Firms Make Best Companies To Work For List
Two St. Louis-based companies have made the Fortune 100 List of Best Companies to Work For. World Wide Technology and Edward Jones made high marks for criteria that included diversity, paid maternal and paternal leave and paid days off for volunteering. World Wide Technology was ranked 19th and Edward Jones came in 31st place. Fortune says companies with the broadest set of employees who reported positive workplace experience also received the highest rankings on list.

St. Louis To Compete In 'Startup World Cup'
St. Louis has been chosen to participate in the 2024 Startup World Cup. The global contest will award a million dollars to the start-up tech company that wins. Local companies will pitch their innovations through contests staged by the St. Louis group called TechSTL. The firm says it will launch the region's competition this Friday at closing ceremonies for STL TechWeek. The winner of the global contest will get the chance to pitch their projects at an event in San Francisco this fall and receive the one-million-dollar prize. Companies in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia are participating.

WSJ Ranks St. Louis in Top 20 Hottest Job Markets
St. Louis is reportedly one of the 20 hottest job markets in the country. That's according to the Wall Street Journal, who compiled its list with help from Moody's Analytics. The groups studied nearly 400 metro areas that have more than one million residents. The newspaper says St. Louis is one of the more affordable cities that serve the tech and finance industries. Other criteria included a metro area's unemployment rate, the labor-force participation rate, the size of the labor force and wages.

Bus On Fire Rolls Into Ferguson Home
A Ferguson family has been left without a home after a school bus caught on fire and crashed into it. Laura Williams told investigators she was just able to get her daughter inside when the bus rolled down a hill and crashed into her partner's car and then into the house. Officials say the bus driver apparently jumped out of the bus when she'd saw it was on fire. There were no students on board and no one was injured. The bus was owned by Lift for Life Academy, a local charter school. Williams and her family are getting help from their neighbors, friends and the Red Cross.

Eclipse Glasses Can Be Donated
If you are wondering what to do with your eclipse glasses you may want to donate them. Astronomers Without Borders has been sending donated eclipse glasses for years. Tens of thousands of pairs were sent to Africa, Asia and South America after the 2017 total eclipse. More information about donating eclipse glasses is available at Astronomers Without Borders-dot-org. Warby Parker and Eclipse Glasses USA also have donation programs.

Governor Won't Stop Brian Dorsey's Execution
Governor Mike Parson says he will not stop the planned execution of convicted murderer Brian Dorsey today. He announced his decision Monday afternoon despite a huge push from state and local officials to stop it. On Friday, the Missouri Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Dorsey. In 2006, he was convicted for killing his cousin, Sarah Bonnie, and her husband Ben at their home north of Jefferson City in New Bloomfield.

Date Set For Annie Malone May Day Parade
Plans are in the works for the 114th Annie Malone May Day Parade. It's set to take place this year on Sunday, May 19th in downtown St. Louis. It's the oldest African American parade in U.S. History, and raises money for Annie Malone Children and Family Services. Malone was a well-know businesswoman, inventor and philanthropist, who she founded and developed a large commercial and educational enterprise centered on cosmetics for African-American women. >>Cardinals Crushed By Marlins At Busch Stadium

Ethics Committee Holds 3 Meetings This Week About Speaker Plocher
Three more hearings are scheduled this week as part of The House Ethics Committee's inquiry into the actions of Speaker Dean Plocher. The committee's public notices say it intends to meet today, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Neither the public nor the media can observe their work, as House rules require investigations be kept confidential until a final report is issued. Legislators are reportedly hoping the panel presents that report soon so that they know how to best proceed for the rest of the session.

ECC's Earth Day 2024 Celebration is April 13

East Central College will host its annual Earth Day celebration this Saturday, April 13.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Donald D. Shook Student Center (DSSC), and it's completely free for all attendees.

The community is invited to participate in a variety of engaging hands-on activities designed to be both fun and educational. From dissecting owl pellets to creating recycled animal crayons, from nature bingo to a scavenger hunt, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Participants can also explore anatomy comparisons, build evolutionary trees, examine friendly bugs in local streams, interact with hissing roaches, and even learn about nature photography.

Throughout the event, several activity and educational tables will be manned by students from ECC clubs and organizations. Additionally, organizations from both the College and the local community will be present, adding to the richness of the experience.

For those interested in learning more contact Dr. Parvadha Acosta at 636-584-6627 or parvadha.acosta@eastcentral.edu.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate and learn about our planet.

MDC changes turkey regulations for fall hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to turkey hunting regulations for the fall seasons. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave final approval to the changes at its April 5 open meeting in Rolla.

The approved changes to fall turkey hunting will reduce the harvest limit from four to two birds of either sex and will now require both fall firearms turkey hunters and fall archery turkey hunters to purchase a fall turkey-hunting permit. Turkeys will no longer be included in the archery-deer permit.

According to MDC, the changes to fall turkey hunting regulations aim to reduce the fall harvest while maintaining as much opportunity for hunters as possible.

The Commission gave initial approval to the regulation changes at its December open meeting. The changes were then open for public comment from Feb. 2 through March 2. MDC received about 40 comments with most pertaining to the removal of turkeys from archery hunting permits.

The Commission previously approved MDC changes to shooting hours for the regular spring turkey season. Shooting hours are extended for private land only from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours on public land will remain a half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. These changes are effective for the Spring 2024 turkey season. The annual youth spring turkey hunting portion will continue to have extended shooting hours from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset for both public and private land.

Learn more about turkey hunting in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

MDC sets upcoming migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons
The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at its April 5 meeting in Rolla for upcoming 2024 migratory    game-bird-hunting seasons and 2024-2025 waterfowl-hunting seasons.



Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves

Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 29

Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession combined total for all three species

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Sora and Virginia Rails

Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9

Limits: 25 daily and 75 in possession combined for both species

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Wilson's (Common) Snipe

Season: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16

Limits: 8 daily and 24 in possession

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


American Woodcock

Season: Oct. 18 through Dec. 1

Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset



Season: Same as duck season dates in the respective zones (See dates under Waterfowl Hunting for Ducks)

Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset




Season: Sept. 7-22

Limits: 6 daily and 18 in possession

Hours: Sunrise to sunset




  • North Zone: Nov. 2 through Dec. 31
  • Middle Zone: Nov. 2-10 and Nov. 16 through Jan. 5, 2025
  • South Zone: Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 through Jan. 31, 2025

Bag Limit: 6 ducks daily with species restrictions of:

  • 4 mallards (no more than 2 females)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 hooded mergansers
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 2 black ducks
  • 1 pintail
  • 2 scaup for first 45 days and 1 scaup for last 15 days
  • 1 mottled duck

Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag or 18 total, varies by species

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Snow Geese (White and Blue Phases) and Ross's Geese

Season: Nov. 11 through Feb. 6, 2025

Limits: 20 blue, snow, or Ross's geese daily with no possession limit

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


White-Fronted Geese

Season: Nov. 11 through Feb. 6, 2025

Limits: 2 daily and 6 in possession

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Canada Geese and Brant

Season: Oct. 5-13 and Nov. 11 – Feb. 6, 2025

Limits: 3 Canada geese and Brant in aggregate daily, 9 in possession

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Light Goose Conservation Order

Season: Feb. 7 through April 30, 2025

Limits: No daily or possession limits

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Methods: For the taking of blue, snow and Ross's geese, hunters may use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells and recorded or electronically amplified bird calls or sounds or imitations of bird calls or sounds.



North Zone: Oct. 26 and 27

Middle Zone: Oct. 26 and 27

South Zone: Nov. 23 and 24

Limits: Same as during regular waterfowl season

Hours: Same as during regular waterfowl season

Requirements: Any person 15 years of age or younger may participate in youth waterfowl hunting days without permit provided they are in the immediate presence of an adult 18 years of age or older. If the youth hunter is not certified in hunter education, the adult must have the required permits and have in his or her possession proof of hunter education unless exempt. The adult may not hunt ducks but may participate in other seasons that are open on youth hunting days.



Falconry Season for Doves

Season: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16

Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly, or in the aggregate (any ducks, coots, or mergansers taken by falconers must be included in these limits)

Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset


Falconry Season for Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

Season: Open during waterfowl seasons (teal, youth, duck) and Feb. 11 through March 10, 2025

Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly, or in the aggregate during the regular duck-hunting seasons (including teal and youth seasons) and extended falconry seasons (any doves taken by falconers must be included in these limits)

Hours: Sunrise to sunset during the September teal season, one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the remaining seasons



Waterfowl hunting in Missouri is divided into three zones: North, Middle, and South. For a map and more information, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/duck-zones or refer to MDC’s “2024-2025 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest,” available beginning in July where hunting permits are sold.



Shells possessed or used while hunting waterfowl and coots statewide, and for other species as designated by posting on public areas, must be loaded with material approved as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Get more information on nontoxic-shot requirements, allowed types, and conservation areas requiring use at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/nontoxic-shot-regulations.



Per the Federal Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023, the Federal Duck Stamp has been converted to a digital version and hunters are no longer required to carry a paper copy. Hunters must have a digital version in their possession.



For more information on migratory-bird and waterfowl hunting, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species and select the specific species, or get MDC’s “2024-2025 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest,” available beginning in July where hunting permits are sold.


Blood Drive

American Legion Hall and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: American Legion Hall
Address: 9494 Highway 100, New Haven, MO, 63068
Room Name: Hall
Date: Wed Apr 10, 2024
Time: 1:00: PM - 6:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Rachel Adams
Blood Program Leader Phone Number: 6366558259
Click here to make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.

MDC reports young hunters took 3,721 turkeys over youth weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 3,721 birds over the past youth weekend, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Gasconade with 92 birds harvested, Osage with 90, and Franklin with 89.

Young hunters checked 2,550 birds during the 2023 spring youth weekend.

"Favorable morning weather appears to have more than made up for some windy afternoons this year,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Nick Oakley. “Youth harvest increased by more than a thousand birds compared to the 2023 youth season and was the highest harvest total since 2017. Successively better hatches over the last several years have helped the turkey population stabilize and hunters are starting to see the results of that in the field.

Get more harvest information by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

The regular spring turkey season runs April 15 through May 5. For more information on spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

Road Closure
JK Concrete and Hauling LLC reports Little Indian Creek Road will be closed 4/8/2024. This is a contract with the Franklin County Highway Dept. (Federal Project Number: STP-5489(614). The closure will be located over Girard Creek, approximately 2 miles south of the Project Rd. and Little Indian Creek Rd. intersection. This closure will likely last 2 months, please notify all personnel within your office that need to be notified.

City Treasurer Voids Tickets In Opening Day Parking Scam
St. Louis' City Treasurer says he's voiding tickets that were given to drivers who unknowingly parked illegally for the Cardinals home opening game. Treasurer Adam Layne says the grass area where fans parked was likely staffed by a con artist but it was actually state property. Layne says there's a city ordinance that prohibits parking on these "unimproved land" areas and drivers were ticketed as a result. He says those who received tickets don't need to do anything further, but he hopes they will do their "due diligence" in making sure they're using verified parking in the future. The city's Public Safety Department is investigating the scam.

Missouri To Execute Brian Dorsey Tuesday
The State of Missouri is set to execute Brian Dorsey Tuesday after the governor denied a clemency petition Monday afternoon. It was brought before Governor Mike Parson over the weekend and was supported by more than 70 Missouri correctional officers who knew Dorsey as the prison's barber. It was also signed by state legislators and some family members. Others in his family reportedly still wanted him to die by lethal injection as he killed his cousin and her husband in 2006. Tuesday's execution at a state facility in Bonne Terre will be the state's first lethal injection this year.

Solar Eclipse Boosts Tourism for Missouri
State tourism officials say Monday's total solar eclipse will help boost the state economy. Stephen Foutes, the director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, says visitors from both in and out of the state will spend about a hundred dollars per person per day in shopping, dining and overnight stays in going to areas where the eclipse will be more visible. Cities like Farmington, Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau and Perryville are in or near the path of totality, so those areas could see the most economic benefit.

Small Businesses, Nonprofits Can Now Apply For Federal Disaster Loans
Small businesses and nonprofits in 57 Missouri counties can now apply for SBA federal disaster loans. The low-interest federal fund will be available for non-farm businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration for areas affected by the drought in the Midwest. The loans are intended to offset any economic losses for small, non-farm businesses. Farms or ranches aren't eligible for the SBA loans because they can get assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Officials, Loved Ones Plead For Clemency For Death Row Inmate
With just days to go before a scheduled execution, a man on Missouri's death row is garnering a lot of support from officials for clemency. Brian Dorsey is set to die by lethal injection on April 9th. More than 70 corrections officials, a former Missouri Supreme Court Judge, multiple jurors, state legislators, religious leaders and his family members are all backing a clemency petition. They cite Dorsey's rehabilitation and what they call an unjust death sentence in the case. He's set to receive the death penalty for the murders of his cousin and her husband in 2006. His conviction and death sentence have previously been upheld on appeal.

Two Wash U Fraternities Temporarily Suspended In Egging Incident
Two fraternities have been temporarily suspended at Washington University. Dean of Students Rob Wild has said the campus chapters of both Kappa Sigma and Alpha Phi are facing disciplinary action pending an investigation of an incident involving students throwing eggs and potential racial slurs at a campus dining hall. The students allegedly also were throwing other things at and spitting on each other. Wash U's Association of Black Students posted a statement on social media to label the incident as a hate crime and to urge the Office of Student Conduct to open a full investigation.

Eclipse View Likely to Be Cloudy
Forecasters say the St. Louis area might not have the clearest view of the eclipse today. The National Weather service says clouds will likely develop as a result of storms coming through the Gulf Coast states. A lot will depend on how fast or slowly those clouds come through the area. Also, another round of strong thunderstorms is expected to develop across parts of Missouri and Illinois through Monday evening. Forecasters say you may get to see glimpses of the eclipse - through the clouds.

St. Clair Man Charged with Burglary and Stealing

On 02/05/2024 Franklin County Deputies responded to K's Kwik Korner, 1213 Gravois Road in Saint Clair, in reference to a burglary. It was learned by Deputies that the suspect had forced entry into the business while the business was closed. The drive thru window of the business had been shattered and the suspect made entry into the building. While inside the business, the suspect stole approximately $400.00 worth of cigarettes and exited the store.


After reviewing surveillance footage, Deputies along with Franklin County Property Crimes Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Joseph A. Thrower, a 33 year old white male from Saint Clair MO. Throughout the course of several weeks, Detectives and Deputies made multiple attempts to locate the Mr. Thrower, however were not able to.


On the evening of 04/03/2024, Deputies responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Elm Drive, Saint Clair. The Deputies obtained permission to search the residence and began checking the interior of the home for Mr. Thrower. When a Deputy attempted to open the bathroom door, he immediately felt resistance as someone on the other side was preventing Deputies from opening the door. Deputies were able to force the bathroom door open and located Mr. Thrower hiding inside.


He was ultimately taken into custody and transported to the Franklin County Detention Facility.


On 04/04/2024, charges of Burglary 2nd degree, property damage, and stealing were issued by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Joseph A. Thrower with a $25,000.00 bond. Mr. Thrower also had an active warrant through Franklin County for charges related to Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Property Damage, and Trespass 1st degree, as well an active warrant through St. Charles County for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  


A Union man was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries following a two car accident in Franklin County.  The patrol says it happened at 6:30 Sunday evening on Eastbound I 44 West of Highway 100.  37 year old Benjamin Vemmer slowed for traffic and was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 38-year old Kellen Busiek of Pacific.  Vemmer was taken to Mercy in St. Louis by Meramec Ambulance.  

Two seriously injured in a two vehicle accident in Franklin County. The patrol says it happened at eleven o'clock Friday morning on Highway 47 at Highway V. 44-year old Krystal Bunton of Union entered the intersection on a green light and began to cross highway 47. The patrol says 47 year old David Massoney of Union was inattentive and failed to notice the red light and they collided. The impact caused Bunton to overturn. Two passengers were seriously injured, 40-year old Amber Presley of Washington and 49-year old Gwen Johnson of Gerald were taken to Mercy in St. Louis.

Two St. Clair men were injured in a two car accident in Franklin County.  The state patrol says it happened at 8:21 on Southbound Highway K near Neff Road.  21-year old Chason Wilken lost control, crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by 30-year old Victor Hiegel.   Both Wilken and Hiegel were taken to Mercy in Washington with minor injuries.

A Pacific man was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident in Franklin County early Saturday morning.  46-year old Deana Everly was Westbound on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit when he struck the median wall.  Everly was taken to Mercy in St. Louis following the crash at 12:05am.  

A Grubville woman was injured in a one car accident in Franklin County.  The state patrol says it happened at 5:50 Saturday evening on Highway FF North of Project Road.  The patrol says 57-year old Kimberly Patton was Southbound when she ran off the road and struck a sign, a mailbox, utility pole and several trees.  Patton was taken to Mercy Hospital South with moderate injuries.

>Kidnap Scam Using AI
An old scam with a new twist is resurfacing. The FBI in St. Louis says scammers are using voice generated Artificial Intelligence, or AI, to convince people that the scammers have a relative they are holding for ransom. In one instance cited by the Bureau parents could hear their daughter screaming for help. But the daughter was actually safe at home. Authorities suggest having a family "safe word" that scammers would have to identify before proceeding.

Students Claim Racial Incident At Washington University
Many students at Washington University say more needs to be done in response to a recent racial incident on campus. One student tells 5 On Your Side the disturbance last month involved splattering eggs, screaming and spitting in the dining hall to intimidate Black students and workers. At least one student alleges they heard racial slurs. Some believe it was pledges for Greek organizations. The Association of Black Students at Wash U accuses Alpha Phi and Kappa Sigma of engaging in the attack. They say repeated anti-Black and racial violence have largely been unaddressed by campus administration.

Over 100K Fans Expected In STL Saturday
It's a big sports weekend for the home teams which means an increase in security downtown. The Cardinals are off today after winning their home opener yesterday but they are back in action tomorrow at 1:15 against the Miami Marlins. Football fans are excited that the Battlehawks open their home season tomorrow night with a 7:00 kickoff at The Dome. And St. Louis City SC takes the pitch at CITYPARK tomorrow when they host Dallas at 7:30. Extra police will be patrolling the streets around all the venues as over 100-thousand fans are expected downtown tomorrow.

Missouri House Approves $50B Budget
Lawmakers in Missouri's Republican-controlled House have approved a roughly 50-billion-dollar state budget. The final version cut two-billion-dollars of funding that Governor Mike Parson had requested. The budget for the next fiscal year, which takes effect July 1st, now heads to the state Senate. Once approved by both chambers, it will travel to Parson's desk, where he can sign off on it or use his line-item veto power.

State Senate Democrats Threaten Filibuster Over Wording Of Petition Measure
Democrats in the Missouri state Senate are threatening to filibuster. It's in an effort to make initiative petitions to change the state constitution harder to pass. The House is pushing ahead with language that opponents have termed as being "ballot candy" -- a reference for making the issue appealing to state voters. Two controversial provisions were stripped from the bill before it passed in the state Senate. They stated that anyone who isn't a Missouri resident and a U.S. citizen would not be allowed to vote on constitutional amendments. The wording also said constitutional amendments funded by foreign governments or foreign political parties would not be legal. However, both of those ideas are already accounted for under federal law.

State Universities Extend Enrollment Deadlines
Students who want to attend schools in the University of Missouri system this fall are getting a little more time to enroll. Officials say the deadline has been extended because of delays in overhauling software for the FASFA [[ fahs-FUH ]] system for federal student aid. The enrollment deadline for the state schools, which is usually May 1st, is now May 15th.

MDC April 18 virtual program offers tips on grilling fish

Filets sizzling in the skillet is a great end to any fishing trip, but frying isn’t the only way to prepare fish caught in the wild.

People who would like to learn more about how to grill or bake the fish they’ve caught at area lakes and streams should register for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) program “Pond to Plate: Grilling Fish,” a free virtual event from 2:30-3 p.m. on April 18. This online program is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. Whether you plan to grill fish over an open campfire or for your next backyard cookout, MDC Education Administrative Assistant Tim Smith will discuss the techniques and methods needed. People can register for this program at:


Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is located at 201 W. Riviera Drive. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at the Shoal Creek Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3434.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.

MoDOT to close Route KK in Franklin County for culvert pipe replacement

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route KK to replace a cross culvert pipe during the day, starting next Wednesday.

Crews will close a section of Route KK starting at Route C to Koelkebeck Road from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. There will also be an additional closure on Route KK on Monday, April 15 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The closure scheduled for Monday will take place on Route KK from Oliver Road to Pohlman Road.

All work is weather permitting.

Join Busch Shooting Range for an Introduction to Shotgun class April 16

Mastering proper shotgun use can be a springboard to a whole new world of hunting and recreational shooting.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold an online Introduction to Shotgun class Tuesday, April 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance.  This free program is for new shooters age 11 years and up who want to learn how to safely get started shooting a shotgun.

“Learning how to shoot a shotgun opens up a lot of different opportunities, including trap and skeet shooting, and hunting,” said MDC Outdoor Education Center Manager Bryant Hertel. 

The program will start in the classroom and cover fundamentals of shotgun shooting, including safety, actions, gauges, and what to look for when choosing a shotgun. In addition, it will introduce participants to the important aspects of care and cleaning, ammunition types, and fitting shotguns. The proper way to shoot a shotgun will be another focus.

This will be followed by a live fire session on the trap field. All firearms, ammunition, and hearing and eye protection will be provided.

Introduction to Shotgun is a free program, but advanced online registration is required at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/42o

The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94 in Defiance. 

Sign up for email or text alerts to stay informed of MDC’s latest programs and events by going to  https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZoP.

Missouri House of Representatives Passes HB 1481 to Strengthen Communities and Support Law Enforcement
The Missouri House of Representatives has passed HB 1481, a significant legislative measure aimed at providing greater support for law enforcement in their duty to maintain law and order for Missouri communities. HB 1481, sponsored by State Rep. Brad Christ, aims to safeguard law enforcement's ability to perform their duties in Missouri efficiently and strives to ensure that municipalities have a sufficient number of police officers to meet the needs of the communities they serve and protect. Additionally, the bill includes provisions to protect the authority of the Board of Police Commissioners and transfer to it control of the municipal police department. With the Board’s membership made up of local citizens and the mayor, this would give the city more control than it’s ever had, at a time when the city has been decimated by crime. Further, HB 1481 would simplify disciplinary processes, address compensation matters within the police force, and outline steps to preserve the integrity of the Legal Expense Fund and ensure fair reimbursements for liability claims. "We all should expect to feel safe in our neighborhoods. To achieve this, it is crucial to fully support our law enforcement officers and empower them to fulfill their duties effectively. Unfortunately, there have been instances where city officials have sought to defund or undermine our officers' authority. I'm committed to opposing these efforts and ensuring our law enforcement officials receive the support and resources they rightfully deserve,” said Christ, R-St. Louis. "HB 1481 represents a vital effort to strengthen law enforcement and uphold public safety in our community. By clarifying the powers of the Board of Police Commissioners and implementing necessary reforms, we are taking decisive action to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement." "The passage of HB 1481 underscores our commitment to promoting accountability and transparency within our police departments," House Speaker Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, said. "This legislation reflects our dedication to supporting law enforcement personnel while ensuring they operate within a framework that prioritizes fairness and public trust." HB 1481 will now proceed to the Missouri Senate for further consideration. Representative Brad Christ, a Republican, represents part of St. Louis County (District 96) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2022. For more information, please contact Rep. Christ at 573-751-2150 or by email at Brad.Christ@House.Mo.Gov.

More Than 70 Illinois Districts Cancel Classes for Eclipse
More than 70 school districts across Illinois plan to cancel classes Monday for the total solar eclipse. Meteorologists say that's set to happen about 2:00 in the afternoon, when the moon will pass between the earth and the sun and block out much of its light for a few minutes. In Illinois, the total eclipse will be visible over a 130-mile-path in the southern part of the state.

Gates Foundation Opens Ag Shop in St. Louis
An arm of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is setting up shop in St. Louis. A news release says the enterprise known as Gates Ag One will help the area's growing network of agriculture technology interests to collaborate with each other. Those industries include corporations, startups, universities and research organizations. Gates Ag One officials say roughly half of all U.S. agricultural production sits within a 500-mile radius of St. Louis. Major agrifood corporations that are already in the city include Bayer, Anheuser Busch InBev and Post Holdings. The collaborations will work with crop innovations that can benefit farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Daniel Riley's Attorney Requests New Trial
The attorney for Daniel Riley is requesting a new trial. He was convicted in March for causing the high-speed collision in which volleyball player Janae Edmondson's legs were severed last year. Riley's attorney filed a motion this week to have the case re-heard, arguing that the 17-year-old Edmondson should not have been allowed to enter the court room without her prosthetics and that photos of her injuries should not have been shown to jurors. They recommended a term of nearly 19 years in prison for Riley, who is expected to be sentenced next month.

Tip Leads To Accused Predator's Arrest
A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has led to the arrest of an accused child predator in St. Charles County. Authorities say the tip, referencing a text conversation, identified 19-year-old Rudolph Hlavaty of St. Peters as a daycare worker and suspected predator. He was using the daycare's WiFi to text. Police located the IP address and arrested Hlavaty at his workplace. He allegedly confessed to possessing child pornography and assaulting a child at the daycare.

Man Accused of Stealing $13K In iPhones From Employer
A St. Louis County man has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing from his employer. Ivery Ashford was charged in St. Louis County yesterday with stealing and resisting arrest. Police say Ivery worked the overnight shift at Walmart in Shrewsbury where he is accused of stealing more that 13-thousand-dollars worth of iPhones. He was arrested after crashing his car during a police chase, running off from the scene with the phones in hand and resisting police when they were taking him into custody.

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