Teen charged in killing of Ghanaian immigrant working here as Lyft driver

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Torian Wilson, 17, of St. Louis, also was charged with armed criminal action in the fatal shooting Thursday of Elijah Newman, 45, of St. Peters.

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St. Charles County Food Inspection Scores: Wineology, Lil Mickey’s, The Baked Bear and more

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The St. Charles County Department of Public Health monitors more than 1,300 food service providers in St. Charles County. (The City of St. Peters conducts its own inspections.) Routine inspections are conducted by specialists with the department READ MORE

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Teen charged with murder in killing of Lyft driver in St. Louis

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Torian Wilson was also charged with one count of armed criminal action, a felony, in connection with the fatal shooting Thursday of Elijah Newman, 45, of St. Peters.

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Greitens says supporters have ‘bar-fight intensity’ in bid for Missouri Senate seat

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MACON — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens showed he still has an enthusiastic following among rural voters Friday night, with his entrance at the Macon County Lincoln Days highlighted by an extended standing ovation.

Greitens, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, waited to make his entrance until the evening’s most popular event — the homemade pie auctioned at prices up to $400 — was complete. But as he made his way through the crowd of more than 250 people, he demonstrated that despite two years of political exile after resigning in disgrace, he maintains a base of support in deeply conservative swaths of Missouri.

When the 45 seconds of standing applause ended, he took the microphone and declared that he plans an aggressive campaign that will “stand up to the establishment and stand up to the left.”

During his 25-minute stump speech, Greitens proclaimed he had the support of many major allies of former President Donald Trump, including Rudy Giuliani, and dropped Trump’s name 11 times in the first five minutes of his talk.

“I’ll tell you this, the mainstream media doesn’t like it. And the leftists hate it, but the fact is Macon County and Northeast Missouri is Trump country,” Greitens said.

He made no reference to the reasons he served only 17 months as governor. The only allusion to the indictments and impeachment investigation that led to his resignation at the end of May 2018 was in his introduction by Robin Simpson, who has backed Greitens since he launched his campaign for governor in 2015 and served as president of his controversial dark-money nonprofit, A New Missouri Inc.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens waits to be introduced Friday night at the Macon County Lincoln Days dinner. (Andrew Murphy photo)

“As you know, he’s gone through a lot,” Simpson said. “And we all had to watch it. And it was heartbreaking. But let me tell you this. He’s back. Yes, he’s back. And he’s stronger. He is stronger, and he’s wiser. And he is ready to fight.”

The county Lincoln Days circuit is where Republican candidates go to engage in retail politics. New candidates introduce themselves and familiar candidates renew acquaintances and enlist volunteers.

This year, the circuit is especially important because U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt will retire after two terms in the upper chamber, ending a political career that began in 1973 when he was appointed Greene County Clerk. 

Greitens has only one announced major opponent for the nomination, Attorney General Eric Schmitt. And Jackson County Republicans will get a chance to see them both on Saturday night. There are several other candidates waiting in the wings, however, with one of the most likely, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith of Salem, planning a fundraiser later this month at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Democratic candidates in the race so far include former state Sen. Scott Sifton and Marine Corps veteran and attorney Lucas Kunce. 

Only someone who identifies with Trump – and his grievances over the 2020 election result – will get the backing of Macon County Republicans, said county chairman Dean Vansickle and county Republican club president John Kerns.

“The fact that we had the election stolen” will make GOP voters enthusiastic for 2022, Vansickle said.

“Macon County is about God, guns and freedom,” Kerns added. “We got things taken away from us.”

The sense that Greitens is among those who had something taken from him will help him with many Macon County voters.

“I’m sold on Gov. Greitens,” said Teresa Gates, who was chatting with friend Linda Mohn before the prime rib dinner was served. “I’m a Trump voter.”

“We want someone who stands for the truth,” Mohn said.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens signs a book for a supporter Friday night at the Macon County Lincoln Days dinner. (Andrew Murphy photo)

Greitens burst onto the political scene in 2015 when he entered a crowded Republican primary for governor with no previous experience as a candidate. He had previously flirted with running for Congress as a Democrat.

He built his political persona on his military career and post-military creation of the not-for-profit The Mission Continues. He defeated three primary opponents with established Republican names and then won in November, riding Trump’s coattails to victory.

His political life unraveled when a woman with whom he had a brief affair in 2015 testified under oath that Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings in his basement, blindfolded her, spit water into her mouth, ripped open her shirt, pulled down her pants and took a photo of her to use as blackmail to keep her from talking about their relationship.

That led to his indictment and the impeachment investigation.

The inquiries widened to include improper use of donor lists from the Mission Continues to help his campaign  — which led to a second felony charge — and the operation of dark-money groups with undisclosed donors.

Since his resignation, which was part of a plea deal involving the second felony charge, Greitens and his wife have divorced.

He was reinstated as an officer in the Naval Reserve, assigned to the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 10, stationed at Bridgeton, on Jan. 14, 2020, according to a service biography provided by the Navy Department.

It is not an active duty posting.

Much of his stump speech used themes familiar from his campaign for governor. There were allusions to his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and an outline of what he did with The Mission Continues.

He also identified his perceived enemies and then attacked them.

“We got the Lincoln Project coming after us,” Greitens said. “We got the establishment in the swamp and the mainstream media coming after us.”

He took the pose of an aggressive fighter and sought to depict Democrats — especially President Joe Biden — as weak.

His internal polling, Greitens said, shows him with a wide lead over any potential opponents

Greitens has hired Trump’s pollster Tony Fabrizio to conduct his surveys. 

“He said, ‘Eric, your people have bar-fight intensity. They are ready to go,’” Greitens told the crowd.

Greitens mocked Biden’s recent executive orders on guns and calls for Congressional action to expand background checks and ban assault-style rifles. The actions are an attempt to undermine the Second Amendment, Greitens said, and take away people’s guns.

“And what we know, what we know is, that if you want to stop Joe Biden from getting your guns, what you need to do is put them upstairs,” he said. “You put them upstairs and he’s not going to get them.”

After his speech, Greitens refused to take any questions from a reporter, but said he is open to a scheduled interview. He spent many minutes signing books for admirers and posing for photos.

Other Republicans will have a hard time beating him in Macon County, Vansickle said.

“Gov. Greitens is representing the people,” Vansickle said, “and what that means is we have a voice in Washington, D.C.”

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O’Fallon Police Blotter: March 8 – 14, 2021

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The following reports for March 8 – 14, 2021 were supplied to 70 West Sentinel by the O’Fallon Police Department. A report of an arrest or charges filed is not an assumption of guilt, nor READ MORE

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St. Charles County COVID-19 update: 37,743 confirmed cases; 83,095 vaccination regimen completed

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St. Charles County Government and the Department of Public Health staff are working closely with local, regional, state and federal partners to investigate COVID-19, monitor individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and READ MORE

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Spring Festival Returns to St. Charles County’s Historic Daniel Boone Home on April 24

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Experience the exciting Farming Ways Festival from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F in Defiance. Bring the family out to enjoy food, demonstrations, and children’s activities as the frontier comes

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Democrats seeking Missouri Senate seat deliver first fundraising reports

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While the major attention in the U.S. Senate race for the seat held since 2010 by Roy Blunt has been on jockeying among Republicans, two Democrats have raised substantial sums as they prepare for the August 2022 primary.

Attorney and former state Sen. Scott Sifton of Afton reported raising $302,088 since forming his campaign committee in February and he had $145,955 on hand as of March 31, a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission shows.

Marine Corps veteran and attorney Lucas Kunce of Independence has been almost as successful, taking in $280,990 since his campaign committee formed in early March. Kunce spent less than Sifton, leaving him with $194,015 on hand at the end of the first quarter.

Blunt announced on March 8 that he would not seek another term in the Senate. Sifton got into the race before Blunt made his decision, while Kunce jumped in when the seat became open.

The FEC filings for both candidates show a marked difference in their early fundraising. 

Of the cash contributions to Sifton, $24,780 were from out-of-state donors. 

Kunce, who works as director of national security policy at the Washington D.C.-based American Economic Liberties Project, raised only $16,425 of his cash contributions from donors within Missouri.

No other Democratic candidate has reported raising more than $10,000.

The spotlight since Blunt’s announcement has been on Republicans in part because the GOP has won 13 of 14 statewide elections since 2012. Additionally, the race marks the re-emergence of former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned amid felony indictments and an impeachment inquiry in 2018.

Greitens’ first report to the Federal Election Commission shows he raised $9,363 from individual donors and donated use of his campaign website, which was valued at $18,000. He had $9,050 on hand as of March 31.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the only other prominent Republican who has announced he will file for Blunt’s seat, did not form a campaign committee until April 1 and will not report fundraising results until July.

Among other Republicans considering the race, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith of Salem is in the strongest financial position. Smith, who is holding a fundraiser later this month at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, had $1.4 million in his congressional campaign account on March 31, money that is available for a Senate campaign.

Two other Republican members of the Missouri congressional delegation reportedly considering the campaign had less than half that amount at the end of March.

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of St. Louis County had $621,674 in the bank, while U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Cass County was sitting on a campaign treasury of $678,085.

There are other Democrats, most prominently Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, and Republicans, including state Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, considering the race. Because of differences in campaign finance rules, money raised for state races cannot be easily transferred to a race for U.S. Senate.

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Traffic Alert: I-435 MO River Bridge rehab work scheduled for the weekend

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Traffic Alert: I-435 MO River Bridge rehab work scheduled for the weekend
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 15:35

JACKSON/CLAY COUNTIES – The Missouri Department of Transportation will make the following traffic changes as part of a two-year bridge rehabilitation project on the I-435 Bridge over the Missouri River.
Crews will close two left lanes of southbound I-435 at Route 210 from 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April17 for bridge work
Crews will close the ramp from Route 210 to southbound I-435 from 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17 for bridge work
 
Closures in this area have the potential for creating significant traffic slowdowns. We encourage motorists to please plan ahead.
 
This is all part of a project to replace the bridge deck, reinforce the structural steel and repair the substructure of the aging bridge. The I-435 Bridge over the Missouri River, located just south of Worlds of Fun was built in 1972 and is showing signs of aging and wear. The structure sees about 81,500 vehicles each day. This rehab project is slated to be complete by December 2021.     
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 
For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.org/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
 
 

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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 11:31

Transportation Officials Announce Chester Bridge NEPA Study Preferred Alternative

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Transportation Officials Announce Chester Bridge NEPA Study Preferred Alternative
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 15:25

View Alternative and Comment Online

What: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), has been following National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines to identify a Preferred Alternative to improve the current Chester Bridge Mississippi River crossing connecting Missouri Route 51 and Illinois Route 150 at Chester, Illinois. The Chester Bridge Study’s Environmental Assessment (EA) was recently approved for public distribution by MoDOT and FHWA following a multi-year study of the existing crossing and alternatives for maintaining, rehabilitating, or replacing the crossing. This included study of flooding-related impacts at the river crossing, the cost to improve the bridge’s condition, ways to widen the bridge, and how to maintain transportation connectivity within the region. MoDOT will host study information and virtual public exhibits for the Preferred Alternative online at www.chesterbridgestudy.com with a 30-day public comment period. Additional options are available for providing comments on the Preferred Alternative and EA as described below.
Why: The Chester Bridge Study is being conducted to evaluate options to develop a safe and reliable Mississippi River crossing. The project team analyzed features to widen lanes, add shoulders, include bike/ped access, improve safety, and increase transportation accessibility. The project team studied maintenance, rehabilitation, and design alternatives and narrowed them down to one Preferred Alternative – the Near Upstream Alternative (U-1). Funding for design and construction of the Preferred Alternative has not yet been identified or programmed.
Who: MoDOT has been working with FHWA and IDOT to study and plan for the improvement of the Chester Bridge crossing connecting Missouri Route 51 and Illinois Route 150 at Chester, Illinois.
When: Currently available. Comment period concludes May 17, 2021.
Where: To view the Preferred Alternative and the entire EA report, visit www.chesterbridgestudy.com. A hardcopy version is available by appointment at the Chester Library in Chester, Illinois (733 State Street, Chester, IL 62233). Visitors are welcome inside the library by appointment only Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the library at (618) 826-3711. Computer access to view the study website and EA is also available by appointment at the library.
How: Comments may be submitted online at www.chesterbridgestudy.com. Participants may also contact MoDOT District Construction and Materials Engineer Jason Williams at (573) 472-5290 or MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Okenfuss at (573) 258-9144 to discuss the information in more detail or share their thoughts.
Written comments may be mailed to:
Jason Williams
Missouri Department of Transportation
2675 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801
MoDOT is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jason Williams at (573) 472-5290 prior to the end of the comment period.
The comment period concludes May 17, 2021. 
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Ramp closure scheduled for 87th St. to northbound U.S. 71 on April 20

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Ramp closure scheduled for 87th St. to northbound U.S. 71 on April 20
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14:50

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will close the ramp from 87th St. to northbound U.S. 71 for lighting repairs beginning at 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find an alternate route. All work is weather permitting.
Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:47

Ramp closure scheduled from E. 29th St. to southbound U.S. 71 on April 19

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Ramp closure scheduled from E. 29th St. to southbound U.S. 71 on April 19
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14:35

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will close the on ramp from E. 29th St. to southbound U.S. 71 for expansion joint work beginning at 7 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m. on both Monday, April 19, and Tuesday, April 20. Traffic will be able to continue straight on Michigan Ave. and get onto southbound U.S. 71 just past Linwood Blvd. Traffic on U.S. 71 will not be impacted. All work is weather permitting.
Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:31

Ramp and lane closure scheduled for portions of I-435 overnight on April 19

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Ramp and lane closure scheduled for portions of I-435 overnight on April 19
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14:35

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will be making pavement repairs along portions of  I-435 beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19, until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find an alternate route if necessary. All work is weather permitting
This work will require crews to close the ramp from northbound I-49 to northbound I-435.
Crews will also close two lanes of northbound I-435 intermittently throughout the evening to make the repairs.
There will also be a single lane closure along the ramp from eastbound I-435 to northbound I-435.
Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
 

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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:32

Ramp closure scheduled for MO 7 to westbound I-70 on April 19

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Ramp closure scheduled for MO 7 to westbound I-70 on April 19
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14:35

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will be making pavement repairs that will require the CLOSURE of the northbound and southbound MO Route 7 on ramp to westbound I-70 beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 19, until approximately 4 a.m. the following morning. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find an alternate route. All work is weather permitting.
Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:33

Potential Missouri Senate candidate holding Mar-a-Lago fundraiser with Gov. Parson

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is holding a fundraiser at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida later this month, fueling already rampant speculation that the southeast Missouri Republican is planning a run for U.S. Senate next year.

According to an invite for the event, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is serving on the host committee for the April 30 Palm Beach, Fla., fundraiser. Among the other hosts are South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Doug Collins of Georgia.

Smith has served in Congress representing Missouri’s bootheel since 2013. He’s been a staunch Trump ally, and is said to have a close relationship with the Trump family.

His conservative bonafides, along with his ability to raise money, could make him a formidable candidate in a potentially crowded GOP primary to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt next year.

Yet when Missouri politicos discuss Smith’s chances in 2022, they focus on the idea that he stands a good chance of scoring the coveted Trump endorsement, which in a Missouri primary would be a game-changer.

Trump won Missouri by huge margins in 2016 and 2020. He also campaigned repeatedly in the state to help Josh Hawley in his successful 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Smith isn’t the only potential candidate courting the former president.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens was spotted at Trump International Palm Beach late last month, posing for pictures with actor Sylvester Stallone. And last weekend he was at Mar-a-Lago, where he was reportedly having lunch with former Trump aides and Kimberly Guilfoyle, girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr.

Greitens officially joined the Senate campaign last month, more than two years after he resigned in disgrace under an avalanche of scandals and felony charges.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a political moderate during his eight years in the state legislature, has also embraced the former president — most notably by joining the unsuccessful lawsuit seeking to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

In announcing his candidacy, Schmitt declared that as attorney general he “spent my time defending President Trump and the America First agenda.”

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Seal coating project scheduled for Route 190 in Livingston County

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Seal coating project scheduled for Route 190 in Livingston County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13:45

St. Joseph, Mo. – Crews from Vance Brothers, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, plan to seal coat Route 190 between U.S. Route 65 in Chillicothe and 8 miles west of U.S. Route 65, just west of Route N. The work is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, Friday, April 23 and Monday, April 26.
During the seal coat operation, the roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers and a pilot car directing motorist through the work zone. Drivers will experience delays, both directions, as they must wait for a pilot car. Drivers entering from a side road onto the route being sealed must also wait for a pilot car. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place.
A seal coat is a preventative maintenance treatment which rejuvenates the road surface and helps extend the life of the roadway by filling and sealing cracks in the existing asphalt with an emulsified asphalt/aggregate seal. MoDOT does its best to be good stewards of the monies provided by taxpayers. One of the ways is to employ many preventative maintenance methods, such as this.
All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Show-Me Zero. Motorist are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 09:40

Holt County Route P to close Monday

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Holt County Route P to close Monday
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13:40

St. Joseph, Mo. – Local maintenance crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a culvert on Holt County Route P on Monday, April 19. The road will be closed approximately 1 mile north of U.S. Route 159 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During the closure, motorists will need to use an alternate route.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are No Phone zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 09:37

Planned Road Work for Northwest Missouri, April 19 – 25

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Planned Road Work for Northwest Missouri, April 19 – 25
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13:10

St. Joseph, Mo. – The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northwest Missouri region for the week of April 19 – 25.
All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.
Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region in addition to the work mentioned below.
Andrew County
Interstate 229 – Resurfacing project from I-29, north of St. Joseph, to Route 371 (mile marker 14 to 3) through mid-September
I-29 – Bridge replacement project northbound over Hopkins Creek, mile marker 58, through September 2021. Traffic is head-to-head in the southbound lanes. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
Route K – Bridge maintenance at the Caples Creek Bridge, April 19
U.S. Routes 71 and 169, U.S. Business Route 71, Routes 48, E, H, K, T, and Y – Bridge maintenance, April 19 – 23
Route K – Bridge maintenance at the Dillon Creek Bridge, April 20
Atchison County
Route 111 – Resurfacing project from Route E to Route 111 Spur (Holt County) through early May
U.S. Route 136 – Bridge flushing at the Little Tarkio Creek and East Fork Little Tarkio Creek bridges, April 19
U.S. Route 136 – Drainage work at the Rock Creek Bridge, April 19 – 23
Route BB – Drainage work in Watson, April 19 – 23
Buchanan County
U.S. Route 36 – Guardrail, pavement repair and resurfacing between the Missouri River and 0.75 miles east of Route AC through early August. A 12-foot width restriction is in place.
8th and 9th Streets – Ramps CLOSED as part of the pavement repair project on U.S. Route 36 through April 23. These will be around-the-clock closures.
I-229 – CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Highland Avenue to U.S. Route 36, April 19 – 23. This includes all ramps throughout the project limits.
I-29, U.S. Route 36, Routes F, Y, and DD – Pothole patching, April 19 – 23
I-29, U.S. Route 169, Routes 6 and AC – Bridge flushing, April 19 – 23
Routes 371, MM, and JJ – Drainage work, April 19 – 23
Route AC (Riverside Road) – Permit work south of Messanie Street, April 19 – May 15
Route 116 – Bridge maintenance at the Castile Creek Bridge between Routes E and B, April 23. Flaggers will be in place to guide motorists through the work zone.
Caldwell County
U.S. Route 36 – Paving and pavement repair through Caldwell, Livingston and Linn counties through mid-June. There will be intermittent lane closures with a 14-foot width restriction.
Route U – Pothole patching, April 21 – 23
Carroll County
Route Z – CLOSED until further notice from Route C to County Road 217 due to damage caused by a roadway slide and ongoing geological studies.
Chariton County
Route 139 – CLOSED for a bridge replacement project at the Grand River Overflow Bridge through July. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/chariton-county-route-139-grand-river-overflow-bridge
Route 129 – CLOSED for a culvert replacement from Salt Lick Avenue to Philpott Avenue, April 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Route 11 – Bridge maintenance at the Salt Creek Bridge south of Route BB, April 20 – 23. Temporary traffic signals will be in place to guide motorists through the work zone.
Clinton County
I-35 – Pavement repair from Route 116 to Shoal Creek through mid-July. There will be intermittent lane closures with a 10-foot width restriction.
U.S. Route 169 – Culvert repair at Route 116, April 19 – 22
Route H – Bridge maintenance at the Little Platte River Bridge between Route 33 and Route A, April 23. Flaggers will be in place to guide motorists through the work zone.
Daviess County
Route D – Pothole patching, April 19 – 20
Route DD – Pothole patching, April 19 – 22
Route C – Bridge inspection over I-35, April 19 – 23
Route Z – Bridge inspection at the Grand River Bridge, April 19 – 23
Route 6 – Bridge flushing, April 20 – 21
Route E – CLOSED for a culvert replacement from 137th Street to 140th Street, April 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DeKalb County
Route A – CLOSED for a bridge deck replacement project at the Lost Creek Bridge, north of Maysville, through June 2021. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/dekalb-county-route-bridge-over-lost-creek
Route 33 – Pavement repair project between U.S. Route 36 and Route 6, south of Maysville, through early May. The road will remain open through the project, but one lane may be closed in either direction throughout the project limits. A 10-foot width restriction is in place.
Route J – CLOSED for a culvert replacement 0.75 miles south of Route 6, April 21 – 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Route EE – CLOSED for a culvert replacement 0.75 miles south of Route 6, April 22 – 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Gentry County
Route F – CLOSED for a seal coat project from U.S. Route 136 to Route O, April 19, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Routes 85 and A – Seal coat project, April 19 – 21. A pilot car will be in place to guide motorists through the work zone.
Grundy County
Route C – CLOSED for a culvert replacement from Northwest 12th Street to North 2nd Street in Spickard, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Route 65 and Route 6 – Roadside spraying, April 19 – 23
Route A – CLOSED for a culvert replacement from Northwest 33rd Ave to Northwest 28th Ave, April 20, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Route W – Drainage work, April 22
Harrison County
Route EE – CLOSED for a bridge deck replacement project over Panther Creek, near New Hampton, through late April. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/route-169-and-route-ee-bridge-deck-replacement
Route P – CLOSED for a bridge replacement project over White Oak Creek through mid-June. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/harrison-county-route-p-over-white-oak-creek
U.S. Route 136 – Bridge inspection at the Big Creek Bridge, April 19 – 23
Holt County
Route 111 – Resurfacing project from Route 111 Spur to Route E (Atchison County) through early May
Route B – CLOSED for a bridge deck replacement project near Oregon beginning April 19 and continuing through July. This project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/holt-county-route-b-bridge-deck-replacement-over-i-29
I-29 – Intermittent lane closures, both directions, between Exits 67 and 75 as part of a bridge deck replacement project on Route B, near Oregon, through July. A 12-foot width restriction is in place.
Linn County
U.S. Route 36 – Paving and pavement repair through Caldwell, Livingston and Linn counties through mid-June. There will be intermittent lane closures with a 14-foot width restriction.
Route WW – CLOSED for bridge maintenance at the Mussel Fork Bridge, April 19 at 7 a.m. through April 20 at 10 a.m.
Livingston County
Route 190 – Bridge maintenance at the Thompson River Bridge, west of Chillicothe through mid-May. There is a 12-foot width restriction in place.
U.S. Route 36 – Paving and pavement repair through Caldwell, Livingston and Linn counties through mid-June. There will be intermittent lane closures with a 14-foot width restriction.
Route 190 – Seal coat project from U.S. Route 65 in Chillicothe to 8 miles west of U.S. Route 65, just west of Route N, April 22, 23 and 26. A pilot car will direct motorists through the work zone.
Mercer County
Route E – Bridge scour repair project over Honey Creek, 0.6 miles east of Route Y near Princeton through April 23. There is a 10-foot width restriction in place. Traffic will reopen to two lanes each evening.
Route A – CLOSED for a culvert replacement 0.5 miles south of U.S. Route 136, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nodaway County
U.S. Route 136 – Resurfacing project between the One Hundred and Two River and Route 46, near Ravenwood, through late May. U.S. Route 136 will remain open, but one lane may be closed in either direction during the project. A 12-foot width restriction is in place.
U.S. Route 71 – Intersection improvement project at Icon Road through early June. A 12-foot width restriction is in place.
Icon Road – CLOSED at the intersection of U.S. Route 71 for an intersection improvement project through early June.
U.S. Route 136 – Bridge flushing at the Mill Creek and Nodaway River bridges, April 19
Route B – CLOSED for Clear Creek Windfarm crest corrections from Route FF to Icon Road, April 19 – 20, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Route JJ – CLOSED for Clear Creek Windfarm crest corrections from U.S. Route 71 to Route FF, April 19 – 22, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
U.S. Route 71 – Bridge flushing at the Clear Creek and Nodaway River bridges, April 20
Route D – Pothole patching, April 21 – 23
Route KK – Pothole patching from Route D to Elmo, April 21 – 23
Putnam County
Route Y – CLOSED for a bridge deck replacement project at the North Blackbird Creek Bridge through May 2021. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/putnam-county-route-y-north-blackbird-creek-bridge-deck-replacement-project
Sullivan County
Route PP – CLOSED for a bridge replacement project over East Medicine Creek through late April. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. More info: https://www.modot.org/sullivan-county-route-pp-east-medicine-creek-bridge
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Capitol Perspectives: Kicking the can down the road

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The Missouri House Chamber

The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of “kicking the can down the road” involving state funding for Medicaid.

The Federal Medicaid program requires a state to provide matching funds to be eligible for the much larger chunk of federal funds.

Yet for more years than I can remember, the annual budget approved by Missouri’s legislature often failed to fully fund the estimated Medicaid funding requirement for the budget year.

Instead, the General Assembly simply kicked the can into the subsequent calendar year for lawmakers to pass a “supplemental” budget to cover the Medicaid shortfall.

Because the supplemental budget gets less news coverage, it generates less attention to the growing Medicaid budget, making the legislature’s larger “welfare” budget less obvious.

Medicaid, part of Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 “Great Society” agenda, provides health care coverage for the lower income if states kick in a smaller match. It effectively makes Medicaid a joint federal-state partnership.

In 2014, under the Affordable Care Act of the Obama administration, eligibility was expanded to adults with incomes effectively up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

But, Missouri’s Republican legislature refused to appropriate the required matching state funds for the expanded coverage.

That led to the 2020 state constitutional amendment approved by Missouri voters that those who meet the new federal Medicaid qualifications “shall receive coverage.”

The amendment also requires the Social Services Department to “take all actions necessary” to implement Medicaid expansion and submit a plan to the feds.

In fact, as I write this column, the Social Services Department is preparing plans for implementation.

That language strikes me as establishing a “legal entitlement” under the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

That “equal protection” amendment prohibits a state from denying “to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Various court decisions have held the amendment requires that when a right or service is established by law, no state can deny those services to those who meet the qualifications.

Missouri has a long history with this issue. In 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court held the state could not deny admission to state law school to a Black.

Beginning in 1980, the 14th Amendment was cited in court orders requiring desegregation of Missouri schools, regardless of the costs.

But for the Medicaid expansion requirement, the House-passed version of the budget for the next budget year that begins July 1 provides not one penny of the state money that would be required for Medicaid expansion.

A fascinating aspect is that Medicaid expansion might not cost the state a penny.

The American Rescue Plan Act approved by Congress this year lowers how much a state must contribute to match existing Medicaid coverage if the state implements Medicaid expansion.

The private Missouri Budget Project estimates that law could lower how much Missouri must contribute for existing Medicaid coverage by more than $1 billion over a two year period.

That saving is far higher than the estimated state cost for Medicaid expansion of about $130 million per year.

In other words, if the Missouri Budget Project is correct — and I think they are — Missouri could enjoy a huge profit from the feds by implementing Medicaid expansion.

On the other side, some Republican legislators have argued rejecting the expanded federal support is an act of financial discipline for the growing debt of the federal government.

But if the legislature does not take advantage of those extra funds, it likely kicks the can down the road to the courts.

One issue would be whether the 14th Amendment requires the state to fund Medicaid expansion.

Another issue could be whether such a requirement violates a state constitutional prohibition on a ballot initiative from appropriating funds.

A state appeals court upheld the ballot issue. But the state Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

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Weekend Closures Planned for Baltimore Street Project

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Weekend Closures Planned for Baltimore Street Project
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:45

MACON – This weekend, April 17-18, crews will have parts of Baltimore closed to motorists while work continues on the improvement project taking place in Kirksville. Baltimore will be closed between Illinois and Jefferson with only local traffic being allowed between these streets.
There will be no local traffic access granted to go through the Washington Street intersection in any direction at all due to concrete work. There also will be no access to Baltimore from Harrison Street. These side road closures are subject to the contractor’s progress and may open early.
To stay up to date on this project, please visit our Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org. Also, please consider subscribing to our free email and text service at this link:  https://www.modot.org/eupdate. You can also visit us at https://www.modot.org/baltimore-street-business-route-63.

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Bridge Closure Will Temporarily Impact Traffic at Warrenton

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Bridge Closure Will Temporarily Impact Traffic at Warrenton
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:40

MACON – Weather permitting, Apr. 18-22, MoDOT crews will close the Flying J overpass (Exit 188) over Interstate 70 at Warrenton for bridge work.  The work will be completed between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day. The bridge will reopen each morning. All ramps will remain open while the bridge work is completed. While the bridge is closed, there will be no access for westbound motorists to the Flying J or Certainteed.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this work. For more information on this and other projects in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
Work zones can be found online at www.modot.org. Please drive slow through work zones, and always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. Subscribe to our e-update service to receive notice of traffic impacts in your area. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates. 

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Pavement Work Will Temporarily Close Montgomery County Route FF

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Pavement Work Will Temporarily Close Montgomery County Route FF
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:30

MACON – Weather permitting, Apr. 19-23, MoDOT crews will close Montgomery County Route FF from Bellville Road to Ag Road for pavement work.. Work will be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. The road will reopen each afternoon.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this work. For more information on this and other projects in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
Work zones can be found online at www.modot.org. Please drive slow through work zones, and always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. Subscribe to our e-update service to receive notice of traffic impacts in your area. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates. 

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Rocheport Bridge Inspection to Impact Traffic on I-70 in Cooper County

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Rocheport Bridge Inspection to Impact Traffic on I-70 in Cooper County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:30

COOPER COUNTY – Routine bridge inspections on the Interstate 70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport will result in various lane closures during the weeks of April 19 and 26.For the safety of crews conducting the inspections, individual lane closures will be in place at various times. Lane closures on or near the bridge will take place at the following times:
Interstate 70 eastbound, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, April 19.
Interstate 70 westbound, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 through Thursday, April 22.
Interstate 70 eastbound, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday April 26 through Thursday, April 29.
Motorists should expect possible delays in the area while work takes place. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers and encourages drivers to avoid distractions, obey all traffic signs and give crews plenty of room to work.Construction of a new Interstate 70 bridge is expected to begin as early as later this year. The current bridge will continue to be open to traffic while the new bridge is being built. For more information and updates regarding the Rocheport Bridge design-build project, visit www.modot.org/RocheportBridge.The inspection is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook or Twitter for project updates.
 
 
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Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Impact Traffic on Routes in Macon County

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Culvert Replacements Will Temporarily Impact Traffic on Routes in Macon County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:25

MACON – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing shoulder and culvert work on routes in Macon County. Please see the dates and locatons below.  
Macon County Route V V – Apr. 19, road will be closed from Aurora Street to Biplane Avenue for a culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.  
Macon County Route V V – Apr. 20, road will be closed from Biplane Avenue to where state maintenance ends for a culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.  
Macon County Route FF – Apr. 22, road will be closed from one mile south of Harmonica Street to Ginger Street for a culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.  
Macon County Route MM – Apr. 22, road will be closed from Ohio Avenue to Ozone Avenue for a culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. that day.  
Motorists will need to find alternate routes during those times. For more information on this and other roadwork in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
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Culvert Work Planned for Routes in Adair County

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Culvert Work Planned for Routes in Adair County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:20

MACON – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on routes in Adair County. Please see the dates and locations below.
Adair County Route D – Apr. 19, road will be closed from Foliage Road to Lilac Road while culvert work is completed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.
Adair County Route T – Apr. 20, road will be closed from Sperry Way to Bristol Way while culvert work is completed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. 
For more information on this and other roadwork in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
Work zones can be found online at www.modot.org. Please drive slow through work zones, and always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. Subscribe to our e-update service to receive notice of traffic impacts in your area. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates. 

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Work Continues on Routes in Shelby County

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Work Continues on Routes in Shelby County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:15

MACON – Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing shoulder and culvert work on routes in Shelby County. Please see the dates and locatons below.  
Shelby County Route A – Apr. 26-27, road will be one lane traffic from Missouri Route 15 to Shelby County Route T for shoulder work.  Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.
Missouri Route 151 – Apr. 28-30, road will be closed from Shelby County Route K and Shelby County Route KK for culvert work.   Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.
For the closure, motorists will need to find alternate routes during those times. For more information on this and other roadwork in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
Work zones can be found online at www.modot.org. Please drive slow through work zones, and always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. Subscribe to our e-update service to receive notice of traffic impacts in your area. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates. 

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Ashcroft Announces 2 Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation

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For immediate release:                  April 16, 2021
Contact:                                          JoDonn Chaney, Acting Communications Director
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Ashcroft Announces 2 Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation
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Culvert Replacement Will Temporarily Close Audrain County Route Y

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Culvert Replacement Will Temporarily Close Audrain County Route Y
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10:05

MACON – Weather permitting, Apr. 20-21, MoDOT crews will close Audrain County Route Y between CRD 140 east and CRD 154 for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this work. For more information on this and other projects in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).
Work zones can be found online at www.modot.org. Please drive slow through work zones, and always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. Subscribe to our e-update service to receive notice of traffic impacts in your area. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates. 

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REMINDER: Double-Decker Bridge to close next week

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REMINDER: Double-Decker Bridge to close next week
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 09:50

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers that the Interstate 229 Double-Decker Bridge will be closed next week for routine maintenance and inspection.  For the safety of both motorists and crews, the bridge and all ramps will remain closed between U.S. Route 36 and Highland Avenue from 7 a.m. Monday, April 19 through the afternoon of Friday, April 23.
During the week-long closure, a contractor will be brought in to conduct an under-bridge inspection and local maintenance crews will complete pavement repairs and work on the bridge lighting. Multiple crews will be working at the same time to take advantage of the closure and maximize the amount of work accomplished.
All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Motorists will need to seek an alternate route during the closure.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention to all roadway signing and barricades. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive alive.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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Pavement Improvements to Close Lanes of Route 63

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Pavement Improvements to Close Lanes of Route 63
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 09:45

COLUMBIA – Travelers are advised to be on the lookout for crews working on U.S. Route 63 in northern Columbia early next week.Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) maintenance crews will be making pavement repairs along northbound and southbound Route 63 between Brown Station Road and Wagon Trail Road. For the safety of motorists and workers on the road, one lane will be closed in each direction while work is taking place.Work is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20.  Lane closures will be in place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work. Drivers are asked to focus on the road, obey all traffic signs and allow plenty of room for crews to work.  This work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.
 
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 05:41

Missouri Joins National PSA Campaign to Address Teacher Shortage

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in partnership with the organization TEACH, is excited to announce “The Future Depends on Teachers,” a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign that is part of a long-term multi-phase recruitment initiative to diversify the teaching profession and address our nation’s teacher shortage.

Pavement Repairs to Impact Overnight Interstate 44 Traffic in Laclede County

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Pavement Repairs to Impact Overnight Interstate 44 Traffic in Laclede County
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Fri, 04/16/2021 – 07:20

LACLEDE COUNTY – Pavement repairs along Interstate 44 in Laclede County next week will impact overnight traffic.
Starting Monday, April 19, A contractor working for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be repairing pavement at various locations along the interstate. This work will require nightly individual lane closures in both directions of I-44 and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
Signs will be in place to alert motorists of the lane closures. Drivers will need to slow down and obey all signs in work zones.
This work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/modot-central-district. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.
 
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Wentzville woman killed in crash on I-70

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A 21-year-old woman from Wentzville was killed  Thursday morning after she was ejected from a vehicle that crashed on I-70 west of Highway Z in Wentzville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Abigail E. READ MORE

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St. Charles County Public Health administers 50,000th COVID-19 vaccination

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St. Charles County is operating drive-through Covid-19 vaccination events today, Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. During today’s drive-through vaccination operation at the Family Arena, the Department READ MORE

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St. Charles County Assessor Sending Notices of Real Estate Assessment

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The St. Charles County Assessor will mail 2021 Notices of Real Estate Assessment to property owners starting the week of April 19. State law requires the Assessor to revalue all real property in the county as of Jan. 1 of odd-numbered years.

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Senators grill Missouri labor director over unemployment debt actions

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An angry Senate committee on Thursday dressed down the director of Missouri’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations for aggressive collection actions to recover unemployment benefits the state mistakenly paid during the pandemic.

Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, said he was suspicious of the timing of a notice posted Wednesday announcing the department would pause collections and angry that it did not occur weeks ago.

“My assumption is that this policy was changed as of yesterday because of a hearing this morning,” Hough told Anna Hui, the director of the labor department.

Hui said the decision to issue the notice was actually made on April 9.

The Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee, which Hough chairs, had just voted on a House bill directing the department to offer waivers of mistakenly paid federal benefits. And when the bill reaches the Senate floor, Hough said, expect amendments to allow waivers for state benefits and an emergency clause to make the bill effective immediately if signed by Gov. Mike Parson.

It was the second time this week Hui has been hauled before a legislative committee to answer for collection efforts that include seizing federal tax refunds and stimulus payments, letters warning of wage garnishments and liens on property filed in local courts.

The collection actions, lawmakers believe, violated an agreement GOP leaders said they had worked with Parson’s administration that kept the emergency clause off the bill as it was debated in the House.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department was inundated with hundreds of thousands of claims for unemployment benefits starting in mid-March 2020. In addition to payments for people eligible for regular unemployment benefits, federal legislation authorized supplemental payments of up to $600 a week and benefits for workers in occupations not covered by the standard program.

In all, Hui told the committee Thursday that her department has paid out more than $6 billion since the pandemic began.

Of that amount, the department estimates that about $109 million in federal benefits and about $30 million in state benefits were paid by mistake. The vast majority of overpayments are due to issues like delays in obtaining eligibility information or claims for payment made by people who had returned to work but had not received their first paycheck.

Federal guidance to states on the federal programs, issued about one week after the CARES Act was passed, said that states can waive debts if repayment is “contrary to equity and good conscience.”

The House-passed legislation will allow the department to offer waivers on a case-by-case basis. But because the bill only addressed a waiver for federal benefits, Hui said, the department has continued collection efforts for overpayments from the state fund.

That is what the law directs the department to do, she said.

“You have directed us to protect the trust fund, to collect on these overpayments,” she said.

That did not placate committee members, who said the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic altered priorities.

“This is a different, record-breaking kind of an event,” said Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin. “This is not business as usual, it has not been and it is not going to be.”

Families are still struggling to recover economically from job losses and the department promised it would work out payment plans, not send threatening letters, Hough said.

“Even with the consideration of legislation they are still being harassed by your department,” Hough said. “It is unbelievable to me.”

The most recent round of collection actions included 32 instances where liens were filed in local courts, Hui told the committee.

“We have sincerely apologized to those individuals who were caught in that situation,” Hui said. “It has been historic volume. We have done our best to abide by everything we need to do and to be in a position to work with those individuals.”

Lawmakers told Hui they would be watching to see if the outreach she promised to people facing collections occurs and if the long-term payment plans also promised are being offered. They warned her not to look for ways to avoid offering the waivers or to make it difficult to set up payment plans for those who do not receive a waiver.

And, they told her, the department has damaged its reputation.

“It is not just a problem for this issue, it is a problem for every issue afterwards,” said Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence.

One reason the House rejected an amendment that would have allowed waivers for state benefit overpayments was because of concerns that the state unemployment fund would be depleted, resulting in tax increases on employers.

Democrats pushing for the state waiver argued that the money could be replaced with aid the state received under the March 2020 CARES Act, but Republicans said during debate that they were unsure whether that was legal.

About two weeks after that debate, Parson transferred $300 million of CARES funding to the unemployment trust fund but did nothing to relieve the overpayment debt as he did so.

On Tuesday, the House approved a bill that would reduce how long any unemployed person can collect benefits depending on the unemployment rate. From a current 20 weeks, the bill would provide as few as 12 weeks of full benefits.

“If there is less unemployment, you should be able to find a job sooner,” said state Rep. Don Shaul, R-Imperial said.

Opponents of the bill said Missouri would have the shortest benefits period of any state.

“It is Missouri again,” said Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, “racing to the bottom and how we are treating people struggling in our state.”

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Missouri House rejects resignation of Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

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The Missouri House refused to accept the resignation of Rep. Rick Roeber on Thursday, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers arguing that the ethics committee should complete its investigation into allegations that he sexually and physically abused his children.

“This is a serious allegation that has been brought forth before this body.” said Rep. Richard Brown, D-Kansas City. “It’s not right to accept this resignation and allow this member to escape without us giving full recognition to what has taken place here.”

Three adult children of Rep. Rick Roeber, R-Lee’s Summit, publicly alleged that in 1990 he molested his adopted daughter when she was 9 years old. He was previously accused of sexual abuse by a fourth sibling.

Despite the allegations, which became public more than a month before Election Day, Roeber defeated his Democratic opponent by 300 votes.

The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation in January. It was close to completing its work when Roeber announced announced his resignation on Tuesday.

The announcement came shortly after The Independent reported on a letter House Speaker Rob Vescovo wrote to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Backer stating that over the course of the House Ethics Committee investigation, “we have learned information that needs to be forwarded to the proper authorities in your jurisdiction.”

Roeber has regular weekend visits with a minor child, the letter states, and “given the severity of the allegations raised by Rep. Roeber’s children, we are concerned for the safety of this minor child.”

Baker responds later that day in an email to Vescovo, saying she contacted the chief of police in Lee’s Summit and “will work with him to devise a plan.” She also requested transcripts from the House investigation so her office could review them “for potential criminal activity.”

Roeber made no mention of Vescovo’s letter, Baker’s response or the accusations against him in his resignation announcement. Instead, he said he had to step down because he was moving out of his district.

On Thursday, Vescovo had the House clerk read Roeber’s resignation letter to the chamber. Ethics Committee Chairman Travis Fitzwater objected, saying the committee should complete its work before Roeber is allowed to resign.

The committee plans to issue its report next week.

The House agreed with Fitzwater and voted 153-0 not to accept Roeber’s resignation.

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TOTAL CLOSURE of portion of I-435 for 67th St. bridge replacement scheduled for weekend of April 23

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TOTAL CLOSURE of portion of I-435 for 67th St. bridge replacement scheduled for weekend of April 23
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 16:15

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67th St. over I-435

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will be replacing the 67th St. bridge over Interstate 435. Crews will close the bridge at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 23 until approximately Dec. 2021. There will be no signed detour for 67th St. and traffic will need to find alternate routes. This bridge replacement will require the TOTAL CLOSURE of I-435 between MO Route 350 and U.S. 71 beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday evening, April 23, until 5 a.m. Monday morning, April 26 for demolition purposes. Northbound and southbound I-435 motorists are encouraged to use I-70 and I-470 around the closure during this time. U.S. 71 is also recommended as an alternate route. All work is weather permitting.

This work will also close the following ramps during the demolition weekend:

The ramp from northbound U.S. 71 to northbound I-435
The ramp from Bannister Rd. to northbound I-435
The ramp from 87th St. to northbound I-435
The ramp from Gregory Blvd. to northbound I-435
The ramp from MO Route 350 to southbound I-435
The ramp from 63rd St. to southbound I-435

The existing bridge was built in 1965 and rehabilitated in 2007. The structure is nearing the end of its service life necessitating the need for replacement.

Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

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U.S. Route 160 Ozark County Closures as Work Continues

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U.S. Route 160 Ozark County Closures as Work Continues
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15:55

WILLOW SPRINGS – As work continues on U.S. Route 160 in Ozark County to widen approximately one mile of roadway, contractor crews will begin rock excavation, which will require intermittent road closures.
This section of roadway is located east of County Road 530 to the Norfork Bridge.
Weather permitting, intermittent road closures will begin Monday, April 26 through Thursday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekly. Closures will take place Monday through Thursday during this time.
Closures are expected to last approximately 30 minutes. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling in the area.
For more information, please call Resident Engineer Audie Pulliam (417) 469-2589, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.
 
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Route 34 in Wayne County Reduced for Bridge Repairs

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Route 34 in Wayne County Reduced for Bridge Repairs
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15:50

WILLOW SPRINGS – Missouri Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the bridge over Clark Creek.
This section of roadway is located between County Road 313 and County Road 312.
Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.
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New Route 54 Lake of the Ozarks Interchange to Open Wednesday

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New Route 54 Lake of the Ozarks Interchange to Open Wednesday
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 14:55

Current Intersection Will Close to Connecting Traffic

LAKE OZARK – A major milestone on a two-year project will occur next week. The opening of the Lake of the Ozarks new interchange will take place in time for the annual increase in traffic headed to the area.As part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s ongoing effort to bring improvements and increase the safety for the traveling public, contractors are scheduled to remove traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. Route 54, Business Route 54, Miller County Route W, and Osage Hills Road. The removal of those signals will coincide with the opening of the new multi-million-dollar interchange that will tie in those roads with Route 54 in a more efficient manner.“This is a tremendous next step in the process of constructing the new interchange”, said Central Area Engineer Robert Lynch. “When the signals at the intersection are removed and the new interchange is opened, traffic will be able to flow more freely and safely through that area. We’re excited to reach this landmark moment in the project.”Lynch advises that once the signals are removed, traffic from Route W, Osage Hills Road and Business Route 54 will no longer be able to access Route 54 at the existing signal location and will be required to use the new interchange.The deactivation and removal of the signals is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 21. The removal of the signal and existing pavement will require eastbound and westbound lane closures on Route 54 through Friday, April 23. Motorists are advised to proceed through the area with caution.Construction on the new interchange began in February of 2020. The new interchange is designed to increase traffic safety and improve traffic flow in an area where numerous traffic accidents have occurred. In addition to the new interchange, the project involves building several new connecting roads and three roundabouts in the same area.This work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/Miller54Interchange. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.
 
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Route 34 in Wayne County Reduced for Bridge Repairs

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Route 34 in Wayne County Reduced for Bridge Repairs
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 14:30

SIKESTON – Missouri Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the bridge over Clark Creek.
This section of roadway is located one mile east of Missouri Route 143.
Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.
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Resurfacing and Sidewalk Project Scheduled for Route B in Lewis County Set to Begin

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Resurfacing and Sidewalk Project Scheduled for Route B in Lewis County Set to Begin
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 13:15

HANNIBAL –  Weather permitting, Monday, April 19, the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor will begin work on an improvement project located on Route B in Lewis County.  The project includes 12.3 miles of resurfacing from U.S. Route 61 at Canton to U.S. Route 61 at LaGrange, as well as bringing sections of the area in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The initial phase will include all ADA work and is expected to last through mid-June. “We will replace sidewalks on the north end of Canton, and improve cross walks at several intersections in Canton and two corners in La Grange, as well as adding wheelchair ramps,” said MoDOT Resident Engineer Martin Lincoln, Jr.  There will be minimal impacts to drivers during the ADA work.
Resurfacing is expected to begin mid-June and includes a one-inch overlay on Route B, outside the city limits of Canton and LaGrange.  “First the old surface will be removed with a process called milling, and as we remove that surface, a new surface will be immediately laid,” explained Crawford. A mill and fill operation will occur within the city limits of the two municipalities with no milled areas to remain open overnight.  “During this time, traffic will be reduced to one lane where crews are active, and we appreciate all drivers paying attention and slowing down through the work zone for our workers’ safety as well as all drivers,” Lincoln stressed.  Changeable message boards, signs, flaggers and a pilot vehicle will be used for traffic control.  The resurfacing phase of work is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.
The work will be completed by Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., who was awarded the contract earlier this year in the amount of $1,591,332.
Spring is here and highway work zones are beginning to pop up in Missouri.  As you approach a work zone, please don’t drive distracted.  All work zones are online at www.modot.org, and you can receive the latest news about road work in your area by signing up for e-updates.

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Bridge Maintenance to Temporarily Impact Traffic on Route P in Lewis County

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Bridge Maintenance to Temporarily Impact Traffic on Route P in Lewis County
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 13:15

HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, Apr. 26-29, MoDOT crews will be performing bridge maintenance operations on Route P in Lewis County. The road will be reduced to one lane at the bridge over the Wyaconda River between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily while work is being completed.
Motorists will need to use caution when traveling through the work zone during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All work zones can be found online at modot.org under the traveler map.  Spring showers have arrived, if your wipers are on, your headlights should be on; it’s the law in Missouri.  Subscribe to our e-update service and receive emails when road conditions could affect travel, and you can get text alerts on road closures, too!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates.

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Pavement Repairs to Temporarily Impact Traffic on Route B in Scotland County

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Pavement Repairs to Temporarily Impact Traffic on Route B in Scotland County
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 13:15

HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, Apr. 19-23 and April 26-30, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement repair operations on Route B in Scotland County. The road will be reduced to one lane from the Iowa state line to U.S Route 136 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. while work is being completed.
Motorists will need to use caution when traveling through the work zone during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All work zones can be found online at modot.org under the traveler map.  Spring showers have arrived, if your wipers are on, your headlights should be on; it’s the law in Missouri.  Subscribe to our e-update service and receive emails when road conditions could affect travel, and you can get text alerts on road closures, too!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MoDOT_Northeast for road updates.

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Missouri Gaming Commission gambles against public health

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When the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread last year, a number of businesses, including casinos, temporarily shut down.

Consistent with developing health protocols for re-opening, such as frequent disinfection of surfaces, requiring face masks and providing hand sanitizer stations, over 140 casinos in 23 states also prohibited smoking. Managers recognized face masks were of little value if smokers pull them down while smoking. Several managers also recognized the public health risk of exposing people to secondhand smoke.

So, what about Missouri?

Sadly, not one Missouri casino adopted this health measure. Even so, Section 313.812.14 of the state gaming law requires the Missouri Gaming Commission to take punitive action against a casino licensee that acts or fails to act in a manner that is “injurious to the public health.”

In May of 2020, the gaming commission was asked to give attention to this clause. This request was accompanied with information about long established medical science that exposure to secondhand smoke is a causal factor for heart attack, lung cancer, emphysema and stroke.

Also provided was a report that found air quality in Missouri casinos rated as “unhealthy” and a study that found a nearly 20 percent reduction in medical emergencies when smoke-free policies were implemented across the 26 casinos in Gilpin County, Colorado.

That secondhand smoke is dangerous to employees and patrons should not be news to the commission. In 2009, the National Council of Legislators from Gambling States, of which Missouri is a member, adopted a resolution in support of smoke-free gaming venues. This resolution encouraged state gaming commissions to adopt smoke-free policies as a prerequisite for issuing or renewing licenses.

The commission chose not to discuss the matter. Instead, their general counsel said a different state law allowed local governments to enact ordinances to prohibit smoking in public places and workplaces, and thus preempted the commission’s authority. The attorney would not provide the citation for this law.

Section 191.777 of the “Clean Indoor Air Act” does, in fact, allow local governments to adopt smoke-free ordinances. However, it does not preempt other governmental bodies from enacting smoke-free ordinances or regulations themselves.

When presented with the text of this law and asked to clarify how the commission’s authority is preempted, the attorney said case law supported his opinion. But, he refused to provide citations for even two court cases to support his claim.  Instead, he said the commission decided not to discuss the matter and thus, the issue is closed.

An open records request revealed an e-mail from the attorney stating the commission chair’s position was that their primary mission is to regulate gambling activity facilities in the state and therefore is not interested in pursuing a smoking policy for casinos.

Whether a primary mission or not, the law is clear in stating a casino licensee “shall be”, not “may be” subject to punitive measures for “any act or failure to act … that is injurious to the public health.” The law stipulation of “shall be” means this is not a discretionary option for the commission, but a mandated requirement to act in the interest of public health.

Commission data indicates over 7,700 employees in Missouri casinos. These employees deserve a safe workplace environment free of air pollutants known to cause heart disease and cancer. Especially when this exposure is so easily prevented!  Sadly, these employees would likely be subjected to retaliation if they spoke up (e.g. have hours cut, be re-assigned to less desirable work shifts, be passed over for raises or promotions, be laid off, etc.).

Thus, they have no voice regarding a totally preventable risk to their health, leaving them the hard choice between a paycheck or their health.

The commission not only has the statutory authority, but also the statutory mandate to protect the public health. Their dereliction of duty endangers the health of employees and patrons by needlessly exposing them to secondhand smoke, a known cause for heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and strokes.

It’s time for them to grow a conscience and require casinos to be smoke-free. Do it just for the health of it.

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Left lane closure scheduled for southbound I-435 at 67th St. on April 20

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Left lane closure scheduled for southbound I-435 at 67th St. on April 20
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 12:45

JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City will close the left lane of southbound I-435 at 67th St. for guardrail work beginning at 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find an alternate route if necessary. All work is weather permitting.
Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
 For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 08:41

Casey’s General Stores held ribbon cutting for new distribution center in Joplin

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April 15, 2021JoplinCasey’s General Stores, Inc. held a ribbon cutting celebration with the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Joplin. The event celebrated the new, $62 million distribution center in the area. The new, state-of-the-art warehouse, logistics and distribution facility will add 125 jobs to the region.

“Casey’s has had a long-standing presence in Missouri and provided opportunities to thousands of Missourians across the state,” Governor Mike Parson said. “ We appreciate Casey’s continued commitment and look forward to its future growth and success.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: St. Clair County Route K CLOSED Southwest of Roscoe April 21 for Pipe Work

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TRAFFIC ALERT: St. Clair County Route K CLOSED Southwest of Roscoe April 21 for Pipe Work
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 11:45

Where: St. Clair County Route K between SW County Road 550 and SW County Road 650 southwest of Roscoe
When: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21
What: Route K CLOSED to allow MoDOT crews to replace a deteriorating drainpipe underneath the road
Traffic Impacts:
All Route K lanes CLOSED where crews are working
Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
No signed detour
Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
Drivers should find alternate route
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.
 
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Bridge Replacement Project Set to Begin on Missouri Route 149 in Adair County

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Bridge Replacement Project Set to Begin on Missouri Route 149 in Adair County
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 11:00

MACON – Weather permitting, Monday, May 3, crews will close Missouri Route 149 at Shuteye Creek, located three miles south of Adair County Route D near Connelsville, for bridge replacement. Widel, Inc., of Blackwater, Missouri, was awarded the project. They have 90 days to complete this project.
“This bridge is currently striped as one lane,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Amy Crawford. “Once completed, Shuteye Creek will be 24 feet wide and have two-foot shoulders, while allowing two-lane traffic to cross,” she added.
This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the upcoming closure.
For more information on this and other projects in your area, please contact MoDOT’s Customer Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast. Also, please consider subscribing to our free email and text service at this link:  https://www.modot.org/eupdate. 

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UPDATE: Holt County Route B closure moved to Monday as part of bridge deck replacement project

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UPDATE: Holt County Route B closure moved to Monday as part of bridge deck replacement project
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 10:20

St. Joseph, Mo. – The planned closure for the bridge on Holt County Route B over Interstate 29 is postponed to Monday, April 19, for a bridge deck replacement project. Crews from Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, have pushed back closing the bridge due to tomorrow’s predicted weather. The roadway is expected to remain closed through July 2021. This project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
During the closure, motorists will be directed over a signed detour on U.S. Route 59 and Route 120.
Throughout the project, one lane of I-29, near mile marker 72, may be closed in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction. Delays should be expected in this area.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorist are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions, pay attention to all roadway signing and to never drive around barricades.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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Culvert Pipe Replacement to Impact Travel on Callaway County Route HH

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Culvert Pipe Replacement to Impact Travel on Callaway County Route HH
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Thu, 04/15/2021 – 09:30

CALLAWAY COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will close Callaway County Route HH in various locations over the next two weeks in order to improve drainage along the roadway.MoDOT crews will be replacing pipes on Route HH between U.S. Route 54 and Route M. Work will take place Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 29. The road will be closed in each work area from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.Message boards will be in place in advance to warn motorists of the closures. Drivers will need to find an alternate route when the road is closed. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while the work takes place.Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook or Twitter for project updates.
           
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Route PP in Scott County Closed for Culvert Replacement

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Route PP in Scott County Closed for Culvert Replacement
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Route PP in Scott County will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert under the roadway.
This section of roadway is located at County Road 329.
Weather permitting, work will take place Wednesday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.
 
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U.S. Route 160 in Ozark, Howell Counties Reduced for Improvements

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U.S. Route 160 in Ozark, Howell Counties Reduced for Improvements
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Pilot Car in Use

WILLOW SPRINGS – Contractor crews will soon begin work to improve U.S. Route 160 in Ozark and Howell Counties. The project includes pavement overlay and adding rumble strips from south Missouri Route 5 in Ozark County to Missouri Route 101 in Howell County. Motorists should anticipate a lane reduction with a 10-foot width restriction.
Weather permitting, work will be underway Wednesday, April 28 through Monday, Nov. 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., including weekends as necessary.
As construction is underway, flaggers will be present, and traffic will be guided through the work zone by a pilot car.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.   
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St. Charles County COVID-19 update: 36,683 confirmed cases; 74,423 vaccination regimen completed

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Wentzville Police Blotter: March 5 – 11, 2021

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Lake Saint Louis Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs

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With opioid deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Lake Saint Louis Police Department is once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host its 20th Take Back Day. On Saturday, April 24th, from 10 READ MORE

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Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

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WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women.

That means states and federally run vaccine sites will be relying on the other two authorized vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna until the panel meets again. The rare condition has not been reported following doses of those shots.

The Biden administration’s COVID-19 response team has said there are enough doses available of Pfizer and Moderna to continue the current pace of vaccinations nationally. 

All six blood-clotting cases—which were reported to federal health officials between March 19 and April 12have involved women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman has died, and another woman in Nebraska remains in critical condition.

Since the J&J shot was approved, 7.2 million doses have been administered, including 1.5 million to women between 18 and 50.

As they grappled with the next steps for the vaccine, the panel of independent health experts who advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccine policies expressed concerns about how an extended pause on vaccinations could affect vaccine confidence and access, given that the one-dose J&J vaccine is being targeted to certain populations who are more difficult to reach for vaccines.

“Any extension of the pause will invariably result in the most vulnerable individuals in the United States, who are prime candidates for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, will remain vulnerable,” said Nirav Shah, director of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We’re in a situation where not making a decision is tantamount to making a decision,” said Shah, who represents the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials on the panel.

Ultimately, many of the panelists said they were uncomfortable taking action yet with so few details on the cases flagged in the federal system for tracking serious reactions to the shots. 

Public health officials testified Wednesday that so far, there are no clear identifiable risk factors explaining why the rare condition has occurred in more cases than would be expected for the doses given so far. 

“I continue to feel we’re in a race against time and the variants, but we need to do so in the safest possible way,” said panelist Grace Lee, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif.

The panel did not set a date for when it will reconvene in the next seven to 10 days, saying only that it would aim to schedule its meeting by Friday.

The public, live-streamed meeting, and the very public federal recommendation for suspending the vaccine’s use, were intended to bolster confidence in the U.S. system for tracking adverse reactions to the shot, which has only been in use since the beginning of March.

Officials with the Food and Drug Administration said pausing the vaccine’s use would in part give health care providers time to learn about the conditions they may see arise in their patients.

“Right now, we believe these events to be extremely rare, but we are also not yet certain we have heard about all possible cases, as this syndrome may not be easily recognized as one associated with the vaccine,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during a news conference earlier on Wednesday.

The clotting condition, known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, had combined with low levels of blood platelets in the six cases pending review by the FDA and CDC. The combination is unusual, and requires a different treatment than typical blood clots to avoid potentially dangerous consequences.

Of concern to the federal advisory panel are the 3.8 million shots that have been administered within the last two weeks. In the six cases of the blood-clotting condition, the symptoms occurred between seven and 14 days after vaccination, indicating that there could be more cases yet to be identified.

During Wednesday’s meeting, officials from Johnson & Johnson offered additional details on the medical conditions of the women in those cases, including one involving an 18-year-old from Nevada who fell ill 14 days after vaccination.

One additional case also occurred during J&J’s phase-three trial testing of the vaccine. That case involved a 25-year-old male, who experienced symptoms eight days after vaccination and has since recovered.

Public health officials have emphasized that anyone who has received a J&J vaccine within the last three weeks and develops severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath should contact their health care provider.

One option when the panel reconvenes would be to recommend the J&J shot for use among only those over age 50, or just men, given who has been affected by the blood-clotting condition so far.

Regulators in Europe decided to limit the AstraZeneca vaccine to certain demographic groups after similar blood-clotting cases arose there. That company’s vaccine uses a similar technology to the J&J shot, which is different from the technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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Missouri open enrollment bill sparks debate over segregation, consolidation

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Rep. Brad Pollitt on the House floor.

As bills expanding charter schools and creating new scholarship accounts for private school tuition make their way through the process, one piece of legislation is trying to give students more options within the public schools that already exist.

House Bill 543, sponsored by Rep. Brad Pollitt, R-Sedalia, would establish the “Public School Open Enrollment Act.” Starting in the 2022-23 school year, it would allow students to apply to transfer to participating school districts outside of the one they reside. If their family owned property and paid school taxes in a district outside of their home district for two years, they would not have to go through the open enrollment process.

Pollitt, a former school superintendent in Sedalia, said the bill leaves decisions on whether to participate and to what extent in the hands of school districts.

But the bill is raising concerns that it could increase segregation, further discrimination against students with disabilities and lead to consolidation of small school districts — despite provisions added to attempt to curb those effects.

“I always have and I always will support the efforts of the public school system, but it’s imperative that we get better,” Pollitt said during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, later adding: “We all know that change is hard. And change is slow. But I believe that most individuals in the Capitol realize that we need some form of reform in public education. But finding common ground has been difficult.”

The bill is part of a wave of school choice legislation filed this session, with advocates hopeful that the pandemic has imbued the movement with the momentum needed to pass significant measures in a legislature where they have historically faced resistance.

Last month, Pollitt’s bill eked out of the House with the bare minimum of 82 votes required to pass — speaking to the hill school choice measures have to climb.

Rep. Mark Sharp, a Kansas City Democrat and a former high school teacher, said he feared the bill would only serve to benefit the most well-resourced families while delivering the “final blow” to struggling school districts.

“In a perfect world — every school district created equally — maybe this doesn’t have any terrible, negative implications,” Sharp said on the House floor late last month. “But that’s not the world that we live in right now. We have to be trying to uplift these school districts that are failing and try to make them better.”

Fears of segregation, discrimination, consolidation

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Rep. Mark Sharp, D-Kansas City, speaks on the House floor. (Photo by Tim Bommel/Missouri House Communications)

Under Pollitt’s bill, accepting transfer students under the open enrollment program would be optional for districts. By Oct. 1, districts would decide whether they would be accepting transfer students and for the first two years of the program, could restrict the overall number to a maximum of five percent of the previous year’s total enrollment.

Applications would be reviewed in the order received and preference can be given to students with siblings who also applied or are already enrolled in the same nonresident district.

In addition, the bill would also establish a $30 million “Parent Public School Choice Fund,” which would be used to reimburse transportation costs for certain students who qualify for free-and-reduced price lunch and districts providing special educational services.

It’s unclear how many districts may opt in and how many students may take advantage of the program — making it difficult to pin down what exact costs might be, according to a fiscal analysis for the bill.

Supporters of the legislation, like Aaron Baker, a lobbyist for the American Federation for Children, and Kate Casas, a lobbyist for Excellence In Education In Action, said more choices will lead to better outcomes for all students and that excluding charter schools from the program would be “a big mistake.”

However, opponents worry provisions of the bill intended to not place extra burdens on districts may serve to exclude some students — and want guardrails to ensure that’s not the case.

Under the legislation, districts would not be required to provide additional special education services for students with disabilities if they cannot meet those needs.

If districts have room in their special education programs, they should take on more students, Pollitt said, noting that a family may want to send their child with dyslexia to a school with an evidenced-based reading program. But if they’re at capacity, then a school would be permitted to turn students down, as the bill does not require schools to add teachers, staff or classrooms.

Pollitt pointed to a 2019 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, that found Wisconsin’s open enrollment program did not violate federal anti-discrimination laws after a group of students with disabilities who were rejected transfers sued.

“For the program to work, school districts must evaluate their existing space and resources and the needs of the transfer applicants. Not all students are the same,” the ruling read, later adding: “A sixth grader requires different services than a fourth grader, and the program allows districts to categorize their capacity accordingly. It wouldn’t follow that the program discriminates against fourth graders if a nonresident school district only has excess capacity in the sixth grade. The same is true of students with special needs.”

But Scott Kimble, the director of advocacy for the Missouri Association of School Administrators, said that if the state’s two special school districts that serve students with disabilities choose not to participate, then students transferring to those areas would be left without an entity to meet their needs.

“We don’t know how you avoid the discrimination aspect of that,” Kimble said, “when you are treating special needs kids differently, forcing them to jump through an additional hoop that a general education kid would not.”

Districts under a court-ordered desegregation plan, which schools in Missouri have a long history of, may be exempt from the program, and those with a diversity plan can deny transferring students if it would conflict with the plan’s aims.

“But then a program that you’re offering to most students is not going to be offered to some students because of the district that they live in and because the district wants to have diversity,” Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, said during Tuesday’s hearing.

It’s an issue that has frustrated some families in the Des Moines school district, which is one of a handful in Iowa whose diversity plan restricts participation in the state’s open enrollment system.

Pollitt said his legislation was modeled after Iowa’s program, which was enacted in 1989. As of 2018, 47 states and Washington D.C. had some form of open enrollment, according to the Education Commission of the States

Exceptions to Missouri’s residency rules include transportation hardships or transferring out of an unaccredited district.

A 2012 study analyzing the impact of a decade of Minnesota’s open enrollment system found that it increased racial segregation in the Twin Cities-metro area. A 2018 report analyzing Colorado’s open enrollment system found that participating students were more likely to be white than the overall student population and less likely to come from low-income families.

Rural schools lose ‘arms race’

A succession of school superintendents warned Tuesday of the financial upheaval the bill may cause for their predominantly small, more rural districts.

Kyle Kruse, the superintendent of the St. Clair R-XIII School District, said he worried the bill would create an “arms race” between districts that have more wealth to build newer facilities to attract students, like for athletics. And while the bill offers reimbursement options, some low-income families and students experiencing homelessness, “in a lot of cases have nothing to reimburse,” Kruse said.

“In order to access the choice you have to have resources to make it possible to get to the neighboring district, and those kids I’m thinking of simply don’t have the resources,” he said.

Jesse Uhlmeyer, the superintendent of the Canton R-V School District, said if he were to lose five percent of his district’s enrollment, that would translate to roughly $160,000 dollars leaving the district.

“I don’t have driver’s education to cut. I don’t have a shop class to cut. I don’t have foreign language. I don’t have those programs like home economics that I can cut. So now I’m back to classroom teachers,” Uhlmeyer said, stressing that he needs more resources to hire more teachers for his small special education classroom, not less.

In the bill’s fiscal analysis, some districts described the challenges such a system would create, like “holding up housing” inside districts’ boundaries and making “long range planning virtually useless” if reliable enrollment figures couldn’t be counted upon.

Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, said the bill may create a disincentive for taxpayers to increase their local funding for schools if they can simply choose to send their child to a neighboring district that’s already done so.

Pollitt noted that the bill originally sent local funds along with transferring students, but now those remain in the original resident district. He also stressed that districts that opt in to the program have the potential to receive students just as much as losing them.

“If a school district is offering the students and the parents the programs and opportunities that they want, I don’t believe those districts have anything to worry about,” Pollitt said, “because those folks are there because they want to be there.”

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April 14, 2021 | An Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

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As of 4/14/21, the State of Missouri reports that St. Charles County residents have received 205,017 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Public Health has administered 49,217 doses to eligible, registered individuals.

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Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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MoDOT TRAFFIC ALERT: Jackson Street (Missouri Route 14) Traffic Shift

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MoDOT TRAFFIC ALERT: Jackson Street (Missouri Route 14) Traffic Shift
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Jackson Street (Route 14) Widening

What: Eastbound Jackson Street (Missouri Route 14) traffic shifted to the newly paved right lane between 22nd Street and 32nd Street west of U.S. Route 65 in Ozark

When: 4 p.m. Today, Wednesday, April 14

Details: Contractor crews to strip newly paved Route 14 as part of the Jackson Street (Missouri Route 14) Widening Project

Traffic Impacts:

Eastbound Jackson Street (Route 14) traffic shifted to the newly paved right lane
Westbound Jackson Street (Route 14) traffic remains on the right lane
Crews and equipment close to traffic
Drivers urged to find alternate routes
Electronic message boards located near the planned road work will alert drivers to any changes in the work schedule
Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts
Project Summary:

Widen Route 14 to five lanes between 32nd Street west of U.S. Route 65 and the Finley River bridge (two through lanes and a center turn lane)
Widen the intersection of Route 14 and Route NN (City of Ozark is sharing in the cost of this part of the project.)
Improve sidewalks and traffic signals in various locations
Project website: Jackson Street (Route 14) Widening
Completion Date: Late July 2021.
Prime Contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons, Columbia
Estimated Project Cost: $9.3 million
(Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule)

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Several St. Clair County Routes CLOSED for Pipe Work Beginning Week of April 19

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Several St. Clair County Routes CLOSED for Pipe Work Beginning Week of April 19
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What: MoDOT crews replacing deteriorating drainpipes underneath five routes in St. Clair County
When/Where: All work is scheduled to be done between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22 – Three pipes on Route V between Route WW and SE County Road 401 west of Vista
Monday, April 26 through Tuesday, April 27 – Three pipes on Route F between NW County Road 800 and NW County Road 600 west of Lowry City
Wednesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 29 – Two pipes on Route M between NW County Road 651 and NW County Road 400 west of Lowry City
Monday, May 3 – One pipe on Route AA between Route A and NW County Road 1001 east of Appleton City
Tuesday, May 4 – One pipe on Route D between NE County Road 171 and NE County Road 51 southwest of Lowry City
Traffic Impacts:
All lanes CLOSED where crews are working
All lanes OPEN during nighttime hours
Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
No signed detour
Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
Drivers should find alternate route
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.
 
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TRAFFIC ALERT: Elk St. CLOSED East of Fairlawn Ave. (Rt. 571) in Carthage Beginning Week of April 19

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Elk St. CLOSED East of Fairlawn Ave. (Rt. 571) in Carthage Beginning Week of April 19
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Fairlawn Ave./Elk St./Garrison Ave. Roundabout

Where/What: Elk St. CLOSED at the five-way intersection between Fairlawn Ave. (Missouri Route 571) and Maple Street in Carthage for construction of roundabout

When: Beginning week of April 19 through the end of the project

Traffic Impacts:

Elk St. CLOSED between Fairlawn Ave. (Route 271) and Maple Street
Elk Street and S. Garrison Ave. remain CLOSED west of Fairlawn
No signed detours
Drivers should find alternate route
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

Details: This work is part of a project to build a new roundabout at the five-way intersection of Elk Street/Fairlawn Ave./Garrison Ave. along with ADA improvements and resurfacing of Missouri Route 571 between Fairview Ave. and I-49.

Project information:

Contractor: Hartman & Co. Inc., Springfield
Total cost: $4.5 million
Completion dates:
Route 571 resurfacing & ADA work – November 1, 2021
Roundabout – November 1, 2021

 

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Caldwell County Route U closure will continue tomorrow

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Caldwell County Route U closure will continue tomorrow
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St. Joseph, Mo.  – A culvert replacement on Caldwell County Route U will require closure of the road an additional day. Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation closed a section of Route U today between Route 13 and Dustin Road. They will reopen that section this afternoon and close it again at approximately 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, to complete the work. The roadway should reopen by 3 p.m. During the closure, motorists will need to use an alternate route.
All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention to all roadway signing and barricades.
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Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension – what this means for you

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Wayne Lovern receives his COVID-19 vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on April 13, 2021 halted use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that has been given to 6.8 million people in the U.S. The pause is due to reports of blood clotting in six people who have received the vaccine. One woman died, and another has been hospitalized in critical condition. Dr. William Petri, an infectious disease physician and immunologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, answers questions to help put this development in context.

What is this potential side effect of the J&J vaccine for COVID-19?

The potential side effect is a blood clot in the veins that drain blood from the brain. This is called central venous sinus thrombosis. In the vaccine-associated cases of this, platelets in blood, which are important for making clots, have been lower than normal. While researchers do not know for certain why this is so, platelet counts could be lower perhaps because they have been used up making these clots.

How many people have experienced this possible reaction?

About one in a million: Six cases out of the 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine administered in the U.S. These six cases all occurred in women ages 18-48, and from 6 to 13 days after vaccination. That’s about half as likely as getting struck by lightning in a year. What is being determined now is what is the normal background number of cases we might see in the general population without the vaccine as a factor. This will make it possible to determine if the clotting problem is a vaccine side effect or not.

What do I do if I got the J&J shot?

The CDC and FDA are recommending that people who have received the J&J vaccine within the last 3 weeks who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath should contact their health care provider.

Fortunately this type of blood clot is treatable with the use of blood thinners or anticoagulants. If a patient has low platelets, however, a doctor would not prescribe the widely used anticoagulant heparin but instead another kind of blood thinner. Untreated, these blood clots can be fatal.

What are the CDC and FDA specifically recommending for the J&J vaccine?

Because of this rare occurrence, even though it has not been shown to be due to the vaccine, the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in use of the J&J vaccine until these cases can be further reviewed.

What are the next steps?

The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on April 14, 2021. The ACIP is an independent board of 15 scientific and medical experts selected by the health and human services secretary that advises the CDC on vaccines for children and adults. People with ties to vaccine manufacturers are excluded from the ACIP membership because of potential conflict of interest.

The ACIP will review the available evidence and make recommendations to the CDC, based to a great extent on the likelihood that the complication is vaccine related.

Is this similar to what happened with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe?

A similar rare problem of blood clotting with low platelets in the cerebral venous sinus and also in the abdominal veins and arteries has been seen in connection with the use of theAstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine used in Europe. There, 182 cases were reported in 190 million doses – again, roughly 1 in 1 million people vaccinated. The European Medicines Agency investigated this and concluded that central venous sinus thrombosis with low platelets should be listed as a possible “very rare side effect” of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

On April 13, 2021, Johnson & Johnson announced it is delaying the rollout of its vaccine in Europe in response to the U.S. review.

What is the take-home message?

The U.S. has a total of three vaccines authorized under emergency use authorization for COVID-19, and this side effect has not been observed in the other two vaccines, developed by Moderna and Pfizer. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines do not use the same technology used in the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines. So vaccination against COVID-19 can continue, while efforts are made to determine if the clotting disorder is related by chance or a true, but extremely rare, side effect of the J&J vaccine.

I believe it is a testament to the emphasis by the CDC and FDA on vaccine safety that J&J vaccinations have been paused while this is studied by independent scientists and medical experts.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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St. Louis Work Zones for April 15 – 21

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St. Louis Work Zones for April 15 – 21
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I-270 at West Florissant closes this weekend

ST. LOUIS – Drivers who plan to travel I-270 in north St. Louis County should use alternative routes this weekend as crews will completely close both directions of I-270 to remove the West Florissant Avenue bridge.
Crews will start closing lanes in both directions of I-270 at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, with all lanes being closed by 9 p.m. for the bridge demolition. I-270 is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 19. Detour routes for the closure will be marked.
West Florissant Avenue will be closed over I-270 for four months. The new West Florissant Avenue bridge over I-270 will open to traffic in August 2021.
For more on roadway closures due to construction, additional work zone information and real-time roadway weather conditions go to http://traveler.modot.org/map.  For real-time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com. All work is subject to change and may be shifted due to inclement weather.
 
Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:
I-64, St. Louis City, three lanes closed eastbound across the Mississippi River at the Poplar Street Bridge until October.
I-64, St. Louis City, Ewing bridge over the interstate is closed until late July.
I-64, St. Louis City, one right lane closed eastbound between Compton and Ewing until late July.
I-44, St. Louis County, one lane closed westbound between I-270 and Bowles through early 2022.
I-44, St. Louis County, one eastbound lane closed at I-270 until mid-May.
I-270, St. Louis County, eastbound I-270 off-ramp to Washington Street/Elizabeth Avenue closed until mid-2021.
I-270, St. Louis County, eastbound Dunn Road at Washington/Elizabeth closed until fall.
I-270, St. Louis County, northbound and southbound West Florissant over I-270 closed until August.
Route 67, St. Louis County, northbound ramp to westbound I-270 closed till mid-2022.
 
Please see the list of daily road closures, weather permitting:
 
Thursday, April 15
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-44, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound at I-270.
I-55, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed northbound and southbound from Lindbergh to Weber.
I-64, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed eastbound from Olive to I-270.
I-270, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., one lane closed northbound from Dorsett to I-70.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed northbound from Dorsett to I-70.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound from St. Louis Mills to Elm.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., one lane closed eastbound from Elm to St. Louis Mills.
Route 30, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound at Seibert and Weber.
Route 94, St. Charles County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound to eastbound Route 364 ramp.
Route F, St. Charles County, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route D to Route 94. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
I-44, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., one lane closed westbound from Route 100 to Route 30.
Route 50, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound from Old Route 50 to Denmark. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closure.
Route FF, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., flaggers will direct traffic from Route F to Route W.
 
Friday, April 16
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-55, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed northbound and southbound from Lindbergh to Weber.
I-64, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed eastbound from Olive to I-270.
I-270, St. Louis County, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound near Route 367.
I-270, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. for four months, northbound and southbound West Florissant over I-270 will be closed.
I-270, St. Louis County, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, all eastbound and westbound lanes at West Florissant will be closed.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed northbound from Dorsett to I-70.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound from St. Louis Mills to Elm.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., one lane closed eastbound from Elm to St. Louis Mills.
Route 30, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound at Seibert and Weber.
I-44, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., one lane closed westbound from Route 100 to Route 30.
Route 50, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound from Old Route 50 to Denmark. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closure.
Route FF, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., flaggers will direct traffic from Route F to Route W.
 
Saturday, April 17
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed northbound from Dorsett to I-70.
 
Sunday, April 18
No Scheduled Closures
 
Monday, April 19
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-55, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed northbound and southbound from Lindbergh to Weber.
I-64, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed eastbound from Olive to I-270.
I-44, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two lanes closed westbound at Lindbergh.
I-270, St. Louis County, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound near Route 367.
I-270, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. for 2 weeks, one lane closed southbound between St. Charles Rock Road and Dorsett.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., additional southbound lane closed (two total) between St. Charles Rock Road and DorsettI-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed northbound from Dorsett to I-70.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound from St. Louis Mills to Elm.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., one lane closed eastbound from Elm to St. Louis Mills.
Route 30, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound at Seibert and Weber.
Route F, St. Charles County, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route D to Route 94. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
I-70, St. Charles County, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., one lane eastbound and westbound from Route Z to Route A.
I-44, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., one lane closed westbound from Route 100 to Route 30.
Route 50, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound from Old Route 50 to Denmark. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closure.
Route AJ, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route 50 to Route YY. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
Route FF, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., flaggers will direct traffic from Route F to Route W.
Route 61/67, Jefferson County, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., one lane closed northbound from Wolf Hollow Road to Route K.
 
Tuesday, April 20
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-55, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed northbound and southbound from Lindbergh to Weber.
I-64, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed eastbound from Olive to I-270.
I-270, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. for two weeks, one lane closed northbound between Dorsett and I-70.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., additional southbound lane closed (two total) between St. Charles Rock Road and Dorsett.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., additional northbound lane closed (two total) between Dorsett and I-70.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound from St. Louis Mills to Elm.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., one lane closed eastbound from Elm to St. Louis Mills.
Route 30, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound at Seibert and Weber.
Route F, St. Charles County, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route D to Route 94. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
I-44, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., one lane closed westbound from Route 100 to Route 30.
Route 50, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound from Old Route 50 to Denmark. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closure.
Route AJ, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route 50 to Route YY. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
Route FF, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., flaggers will direct traffic from Route F to Route W.
Route 61/67, Jefferson County, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., one lane closed northbound from Wolf Hollow Road to Route K.
 
Wednesday, April 21
I-44, St. Louis City, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes closed eastbound and westbound from I-44/I-55 to Grand.
I-44, St. Louis City, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., periodically Jefferson ramps at I-44 will be closed.
I-55, St. Louis County, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed northbound and southbound from Lindbergh to Weber.
I-64, St. Louis County, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., up to two lanes closed eastbound from Olive to I-270.
I-270, St. Louis County, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound near Route 367.
I-270, St. Louis County, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., additional southbound lane closed (two total) between St. Charles Rock Road and Dorsett.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed westbound from St. Louis Mills to Elm.
Route 370, St. Louis County, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., one lane closed eastbound from Elm to St. Louis Mills.
Route 30, St. Louis County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound at Seibert and Weber.
I-44, Franklin County, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., one lane closed westbound from Route 100 to Route 30.
Route F, St. Charles County, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route D to Route 94. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
Route 50, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., one lane closed eastbound and westbound from Old Route 50 to Denmark. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closure.
Route AJ, Franklin County, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., one lane closed in each direction from Route 50 to Route YY. Flaggers will direct traffic through the closures.
Route 61/67, Jefferson County, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., one lane closed northbound from Wolf Hollow Road to Route K.
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Work on Thompson River Bridge begins tomorrow

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Work on Thompson River Bridge begins tomorrow
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 13:45

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Thompson River Bridge on Route 190, just west of Chillicothe, will narrow beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, for completion of a bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge was rehabilitated last year as part of Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. The bridge, which reopened to two-way traffic Dec. 18, 2020, was the 100th bridge in the program to reopen.
There are a few items remaining for the contractor to complete. The contractor, Comanche Construction, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin tomorrow. The work is expected to continue through mid-May. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.
Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, sign up online for work zone updates, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map, or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). In addition, MoDOT provides updated information via social media.
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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project

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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 13:40

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers that the bridge on Holt County Route B over Interstate 29 will close tomorrow, April 15, for a bridge deck replacement project. Crews from Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. will close the route to all traffic tomorrow morning. The roadway is expected to remain closed through July 2021. This project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
During the closure, motorists will be directed over a signed detour on U.S. Route 59 and Route 120.
Throughout the project, one lane of I-29, near mile marker 72, may be closed in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction. Delays should be expected in this area.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorist are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions, pay attention to all roadway signing and to never drive around barricades.
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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project

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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 12:15

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers that the bridge on Holt County Route B over Interstate 29 will close tomorrow, April 15, for a bridge deck replacement project. Crews from Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. will close the route to all traffic tomorrow morning. The roadway is expected to remain closed through July 2021. This project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
During the closure, motorists will be directed over a signed detour on U.S. Route 59 and Route 120.
Throughout the project, one lane of I-29, near mile marker 72, may be closed in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction. Delays should be expected in this area.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorist are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions, pay attention to all roadway signing and to never drive around barricades.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project

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REMINDER: Holt County Route B to close tomorrow as part of bridge deck replacement project
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 12:10

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers that the bridge on Holt County Route B over Interstate 29 will close tomorrow, April 15, for a bridge deck replacement project. Crews from Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. will close the route to all traffic tomorrow morning. The roadway is expected to remain closed through July 2021. This project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
During the closure, motorists will be directed over a signed detour on U.S. Route 59 and Route 120.
Throughout the project, one lane of I-29, near mile marker 72, may be closed in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction. Delays should be expected in this area.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorist are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions, pay attention to all roadway signing and to never drive around barricades.
For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 08:09

Traffic alert: Route 97/White Oak Creek Bridge CLOSED During Daytime Hours for Bridge Repair

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Traffic alert: Route 97/White Oak Creek Bridge CLOSED During Daytime Hours for Bridge Repair
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 11:35

Where: Missouri Route 97 bridge over White Oak Creek in Lawrence County south of Lockwood
When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 through Wednesday, May 5
What: Crews working to replace bridge joints
Traffic Impacts:
All Route 97 lanes CLOSED at either end of the bridge during daytime hours
All Route 97 lanes open at night and weekends
Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching work zone
Drivers will have access to entrances at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel across the bridge
No signed detour
Drivers should find alternate route
(Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule)
 
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 07:31

Sidewalk & Drainage Improvements in Webb City, Alba Scheduled to Begin Week of April 19

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Sidewalk & Drainage Improvements in Webb City, Alba Scheduled to Begin Week of April 19
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 11:25

Jasper County – Drivers should watch for contractor crews making sidewalk improvements and working close to traffic along McArthur Drive (Missouri Route 171) in Webb City and Main Street (Jasper County Route O) in Alba beginning the week of April 19, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
Improvements include making sidewalks and pedestrian areas conform to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements as well as stormwater improvements.
Crews will be doing the following work:
Beginning week of April 19, contractor crews will reconstruct a nine-foot wide sidewalk/trail in Webb City along McArthur Drive (Route 171) between Frisco Greenway Trail and Dawson Drive
The sidewalk/trail begins on the north side of McArthur Drive, crosses the highway at Oronogo Street and continues east to Dawson Drive
In addition, contractor crews will install pedestrian signals, crosswalks, pedestrian ramps and signs

Once the work in Webb City is complete, contractor crews will move to Alba to reconstruct a sidewalk and make stormwater improvements at intersection of Main Street (Route O) and High Street (Jasper County Route D)
Contractor crews also will install pedestrian crossings, crosswalks, pedestrian ramps
Traffic Impacts:
Most work will be done during daytime hours (7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday)
In Alba, drivers will find occasional lane closings and flaggers directing traffic through the work zone where crews have closed lanes
All lanes in Alba will be open during nighttime hours and weekends

In Webb City, occasional lane closings will be done at night (8 p.m.-6 a.m., Monday-Friday)
All lanes in Webb City will be open to traffic during weekends

Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching work zones
Drivers should find alternate routes around work zones
Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.
Project Information
Prime contractor: APAC Central Inc., Springfield
Total cost: $813,000
Completion date: November 1, 2021
 
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Traffic alert: Southbound I-49 OPEN in Joplin; Northbound I-49 Scheduled to CLOSE Monday, April 19

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Traffic alert: Southbound I-49 OPEN in Joplin; Northbound I-49 Scheduled to CLOSE Monday, April 19
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 10:35

Project

I-49 Pavement Replacement Project

What/Where: Southbound I-49 OPEN to traffic south of I-44 in Joplin following completion of Phase I of pavement replacement project

When: As of 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13

Details: Southbound I-49 was closed the week of April 5 from I-44 south approximately 1.4 miles in Joplin to replace concrete pavement. Phase II of this project, both northbound lanes of I-44, is scheduled to begin Monday, April 19. All northbound lanes will CLOSE ‘round the clock for up to 16 days between I-44 and a point approximately 1.4 miles south. Route FF (32 Street) northbound ramps also will be CLOSED. Drivers will be directed to signed detours using Business Loop 49 (Range Line Road/Gateway Drive), I-44 and Missouri Route 59.

Once pavement replacement is finished in the northbound lanes, contractor crews will go back and perform a smoothing process in the southbound- and northbound lanes to complete the final driving surface.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the schedule. 

 

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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 06:34

Route W in Cape Girardeau County Reduced for Pavement Repairs

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Route W in Cape Girardeau County Reduced for Pavement Repairs
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Wed, 04/14/2021 – 10:15

SIKESTON – Route W in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.
This section of roadway is located from Route 177 to Lexington Avenue in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Weather permitting, work will be underway Wednesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.
 
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SSM Health receives clothing donation from Central County Fire & Rescue

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SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital and Central County Fire & Rescue Community Outreach met this week to hand off a supply of clothing donations that will be used to furnish the hospital’s Mother Odilia’s Closet READ MORE

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City of Dardenne Prairie named Tree City USA for 13th consecutive year

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The City of Dardenne Prairie has been named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The city achieved Tree City USA recognition READ MORE

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Deck Pour to Temporarily Close U.S. Route 61 Northbound at Warren Barrett Drive in Hannibal

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Deck Pour to Temporarily Close U.S. Route 61 Northbound at Warren Barrett Drive in Hannibal
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Tue, 04/13/2021 – 22:15

HANNIBAL – A temporary closure of northbound U.S. Route 61 in Hannibal is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, at 11:00 p.m. extending into the early morning hours of Thursday, April 15 until 4:00 a.m. so crews can pour the deck on the passing lane of the bridge over BNSF Railroad.  “ With this milestone accomplished, once the final items of work in the passing lane are completed, preparations to shift traffic will begin in order for work to start on the driving lane, ” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Untiedt.    The road will be closed between Warren Barrett Drive and Market Street.
While there will be no signed detour, traffic will be routed to Warren Barrett Drive to Missouri Route 79 and back onto to U.S. Route 36.  Message boards and signage will be placed at various locations to assist motorists.
Motorists will need to use caution while traveling through the area during these times.  Remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions.
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Missouri bills would create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day,’ name portion of interstate after him

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Rush Limbaugh, the late lightning-rod radio host whose success spawned many imitators of his slashing style, would be honored with a road and a day under two bills sponsored by a lawmaker who represents his hometown.

A six-mile stretch of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau would become the Rush Limbaugh Memorial Highway. And his birthday, Jan. 12, would be celebrated each year as Rush Limbaugh Day. State Sen. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, promoted the bills Tuesday in public hearings in two Senate committees.

The bill creating a day to honor Limbaugh does not create a new state holiday. Schools, government offices and banks would remain open. It does, however, encourage participation “in appropriate events and activities to remember the life of the famous Missourian and groundbreaking radio host.”

The late radio host Rush Limbaugh, born in Cape Girardeau, is one of the personalities whose bust is in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the Capitol Building. (Rudi Keller/Missouri Independent)

In her presentations, Rehder said the first time she heard Limbaugh on the radio she was offended and had a fight with her husband over what he said.

“The first time my husband slept on the couch, it was an argument over the Rush Limbaugh Show,” Rehder said.

Limbaugh was an acquired taste, she said. 

“I agreed with him, but I sure didn’t like the way he went about it,” Rehder said.

No votes were taken on either bill on Tuesday. If either is approved in committee, the bill would have to be passed in both the Senate and the House by the time the legislative session adjourns for the year on May 14.

Limbaugh was born Rush H. Limbaugh III in 1951 in Cape Girardeau to a family that had statewide prominence because of the top legal minds in the family.

His grandfather, Rush Limbaugh Sr., authored the Nonpartisan Court Plan that governs selection of Missouri appellate judges, and the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau is named after him.

The younger Limbaugh got his first job in radio at age 20, and then worked a number of years as a disc jockey, commentator and, for a time, group sales director for the Kansas City Royals. He launched the radio show that brought him fame and wealth in 1988, about one year after President Ronald Reagan’s administration repealed the Fairness Doctrine requiring broadcasters to present opposing views when shows covered political topics.

“Rush Limbaugh forever changed the political landscape and talk radio,” Rehder said.

Limbaugh made incendiary attacks on his opponents a hallmark of his show. He called feminists “feminazis,” said “all composite pictures of criminal suspects look like Jesse Jackson” and, in 2012, Limbaugh called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she favored no-cost contraception coverage in health insurance plans.

Despite anger over his statements, Limbaugh’s popularity remained high and his audience was the biggest in talk radio. The same year he attacked the Georgetown law student, then-House Speaker Steve Tilley selected Limbaugh for the Hall of Famous Missourians and a bust of the radio host is just outside the House chamber in the Capitol Building.

During the Senate General Laws Committee meeting, state Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, said she had compiled a list of Limbaugh’s insults and attacks and didn’t think that he deserved a day of honor.

“I don’t know what message it sends to everyone who lives in this state that we are honoring someone who at times used pretty hateful rhetoric,” Arthur said.

Rehder said that beyond his radio show, Limbaugh dealt publicly with addiction and was generous to his hometown.

“All humans are flawed so anyone we would pick to commemorate in this way would have their detractors,” Rehder said.

Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, agreed and said the sum of someone’s life and impact, not one portion of it, should be the measure of whether they should be honored.

“We have entire counties named after some of the most racist individuals on the planet,” Burlison said, noting that Jackson County is named after President Andrew Jackson.

During the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral homes in the southeast United States, Jackson “death-marched thousands of people because of their race.”

Limbaugh deserves a day in his honor, Burlison said.

Limbaugh “may not have been perfect in every word he said,” Burlison noted, adding “there is no doubt the impact he had.”

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Republican accused of abuse by his children resigning from Missouri House

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Rep. Rick Roeber, a Lee’s Summit Republican facing accusations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young, is resigning from the Missouri House.

In a letter to other lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, Roeber said his final day as a state legislator will be Friday.

He makes no mention of the accusations against him or the House Ethics Committee investigation that has been ongoing for months. Instead, he says he is stepping down because, “it has become necessary for me and my soon to be wife to relocate out-of-state to be closer to our extended families.”

Roeber’s announcement came shortly after The Independent reported on a letter Vescovo wrote to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Backer stating that over the course of a House Ethics Committee investigation of the allegations, “we have learned information that needs to be forwarded to the proper authorities in your jurisdiction.”

Roeber has regular weekend visits with a minor child, the letter states, and “given the severity of the allegations raised by Rep. Roeber’s children, we are concerned for the safety of this minor child.”

Baker responds later that day in an email to Vescovo, saying she contacted the chief of police in Lee’s Summit and “will work with him to devise a plan.” She also requested transcripts from the House investigation so her office could review them “for potential criminal activity.”

Late last year, The Kansas City Star reported that Roeber’s adopted daughter, Anastasia, said he made improper sexual advances toward her in 1990, when she was 9 years old.

Her sibling, Samson Roeber, said he was physically abused by Roeber as a child, and a third sibling, Gabrielle Galeano, said she was aware of the abuse against both Anastasia and Samson. 

Their mother, Michelle Keller, who was once married to Roeber, told The Star — and previously testified under oath — that Anastasia told her she was molested by him in 1993.

Roeber was also accused of sexual abuse by a fourth sibling, who was not named by The Star, in a case that was investigated by the Jackson County office of the Division of Family Services in 2001. 

That investigation found probable cause that “sexual maltreatment” of the child had occurred, The Star reported, but two years later the Missouri’s Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board overturned the finding.

Missouri law says records of the board’s deliberations are confidential, so the basis for the decision is not clear. 

Roeber has denied all allegations of abuse.

In the letter announcing his resignation, Roeber says he never intended to serve more than one term in office, and he has already “done what I set out to do in the Missouri Legislature in 2021.”

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Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Missouri legislators investigating Rick Roeber ask prosecutor to ensure ‘safety’ of child

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Citing the “severity of the allegations” against Republican state Rep. Rick Roeber, legislative leaders have asked Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to help ensure the safety of a minor child with whom Roeber reportedly has regular contact.

Shortly after The Independent reported on the existence of the letter, Roeber announced he was resigning.

Roeber, of Lee’s Summit, was elected to a seat in the Missouri House in November despite allegations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young.

The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into the allegations in January. 

On April 6, House Speaker Rob Vescovo and Ethics Committee Chairman Travis Fitzwater wrote a letter to Baker stating that over the course of the investigation “we have learned information that needs to be forwarded to the proper authorities in your jurisdiction.”

Roeber has regular weekend visits with a minor child, the letter states, and “given the severity of the allegations raised by Rep. Roeber’s children, we are concerned for the safety of this minor child.” 

Baker responds later that day in an email to Vescovo, saying she contacted the chief of police in Lee’s Summit and “will work with him to devise a plan.” She also requested transcripts from the House investigation so her office could review them “for potential criminal activity.” 

Both the letter and Baker’s response were obtained by The Independent though a records request to the Legislature under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. The identity of the child was redacted from the letter. 

Through a spokesman, House leaders declined comment. Neither Roeber nor a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office responded to requests for comment Tuesday morning. 

Late last year, The Kansas City Star reported that Roeber’s adopted daughter, Anastasia, said he made improper sexual advances toward her in 1990, when she was 9 years old.

Her sibling, Samson Roeber, said he was physically abused by Roeber as a child, and a third sibling, Gabrielle Galeano, said she was aware of the abuse against both Anastasia and Samson. 

Their mother, Michelle Keller, who was once married to Roeber, told The Star — and previously testified under oath — that Anastasia told her she was molested by him in 1993.

Roeber was also accused of sexual abuse by a fourth sibling, who was not named by The Star, in a case that was investigated by the Jackson County office of the Division of Family Services in 2001. 

That investigation found probable cause that “sexual maltreatment” of the child had occurred, The Star reported, but two years later the Missouri’s Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board overturned the finding.

Missouri law says records of the board’s deliberations are confidential, so the basis for the decision is not clear. 

Roeber has denied all allegations of abuse.

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Roeber’s second wife, Rebecca, was elected to the Missouri House in 2014.

She died in July 2019, four months after an automobile accident on her way to the Missouri Capitol. She was survived by two children and four grandchildren.

Two weeks after her death, Rick Roeber announced he was running for Rebecca’s legislative seat, saying he hoped to see his wife’s legacy continue in Jefferson City.

The allegations involving his children from his first marriage surfaced more than a year later, and just weeks before Election Day. The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police rescinded its endorsement of Roeber, and a bipartisan group of legislators called for him to withdraw from the race.

Roeber rebuffed the calls for him to abandon his campaign, and he defeated his Democratic opponent by 300 votes. 

Before Roeber could be sworn into office, House leaders announced he would not be allowed to join the House GOP caucus, a move that essentially exiled him from the legislative process

An ethics investigation was soon launched, and Roeber was shuffled into a tiny, windowless office on the Capitol’s fourth floor. 

That ethics inquiry is still ongoing, though its proceedings are not public. 

When the investigation is complete, the committee has the authority to recommend punishment. 

Earlier this year, the ethics committee recommended censure for a Democratic lawmaker from St. Louis for lying about an alleged sexual encounter with an intern and attempting to cover it up by threatening a House employee.

The House has the authority to expel a member with a two thirds vote. Only one member of the Missouri House has ever been expelled, in 1865. The charge at that time was disloyalty to the Union.

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April 13, 2021 | First, Second Dose Vaccination Events This Week

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The Dept of Public Health will host drive-through vaccination events this week at the Family Arena. The first- and second-dose events are operated by appointment only, and invitations to schedule appointments are being distributed.

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Portion of Seeburger Road to Close April 20 Through Mid-July for Bridge Replacement

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The St. Charles County Highway Department will close Seeburger Road south of the railroad tracks/South Shore Drive and north of Missouri Route B starting Tuesday, April 20, through mid-July, to allow for removal and replacement of a deteriorated bridge.

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Portion of Seeburger Road to Close April 20 Through Mid-July

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The St. Charles County Highway Department will close Seeburger Road south of the railroad tracks/South Shore Drive and north of Missouri Route B starting Tuesday, April 20, through mid-July, to allow for removal and replacement of a deteriorated bridge.

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Missouri to immediately pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots

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Syringes of COVID-19 vaccinations are filled during MU Health Care’s vaccination clinic in the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Missouri will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as recommended by federal authorities who are investigating six instances of blood clots that have arisen after its use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued the recommendation Tuesday morning “out of an abundance of caution.”

Shortly after, Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, issued an order barring the vaccine’s administration effective immediately.

“In an abundance of caution and as per federal guidelines, we are pausing vaccination with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine until further notice in Missouri,” Williams said in a statement.

Vaccine providers are asked to appropriately store any Johnson & Johnson vaccine on hand and label it “quarantine-do not use” until further notice, according to a news release from DHSS.

The pause will likely affect appointments scheduled for this week, with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services informing residents with appointments to expect to hear from their provider about rescheduling after Wednesday’s meeting to review the cases.

Meanwhile, Missouri already anticipated seeing hundreds of thousands of fewer vaccine doses this week, with 77,900 fewer of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Tuesday’s pause may further delay vaccination clinics as the state faces a smaller supply.

Out of 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered in the U.S., the CDC and FDA are reviewing six cases of a rare blood clot after receiving the vaccine. The blood clot, known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, was present with low levels of blood platelets in women between 18 to 48 years old, according to a joint statement by Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director and Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Symptoms occurred six to 13 days after the vaccine was administered, and must be treated with alternatives other than the typical anticoagulant drug called heparin, according to the statement.

The pause is recommended until the CDC can convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Wednesday for further review. The FDA will then review that analysis as it investigates, according to a news release.

“We anticipate having more information shortly to make further decisions about overall vaccine distribution in light of this new development and will continue to update citizens who have been vaccinated with the J&J vaccine after the advisory committee meets at the federal level tomorrow,” Williams said.

People who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should contact their health care provider, who are asked to report any adverse effects. Missourians may also contact the COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411.

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Crews to close Route AF on Wednesday, April 14, for cross culvert replacements

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Crews to close Route AF on Wednesday, April 14, for cross culvert replacements
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FRANKLIN COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route AF in Sullivan during the day on Wednesday to replace cross culverts.
Crews will close Route AF between E West Road and Spring Bluff Road from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.
Motorists can use Spring Bluff Road and East/West Road on the opposing ends of the closure to access Route AF.
For more on roadway closures due to construction and additional work zone information go to http://traveler.modot.org/map. For real-time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com. All work is weather permitting and may be shifted due to inclement weather.
 
 
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Securities Division Seeks Repayment from Agent Who Allegedly Swindled Nearly $60K from St. Louis-Area Investor

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For immediate release:                  April 13, 2021
Contact:                                         JoDonn Chaney, Acting Communications Director
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TRAFFIC ALERT: Eastbound Sunshine Street Right Lane Closure

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Eastbound Sunshine Street Right Lane Closure
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East of Glenstone Avenue In Springfield April 14 & 15

Where: Eastbound Sunshine Street (Greene County Route D) right lane closed between Link Avenue and Enterprise Avenue in Springfield

When: 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wednesday & Thursday, April 14 & 15

Details: Contractor crews will connect storm drain pipes

Traffic Impacts:

Eastbound Sunshine Street (Route D) right lane closed between Link Avenue and Enterprise Avenue
Eastbound Sunshine Street (Route D) left lane open
Westbound Sunshine Street (Route D) open
Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone
Traffic delays are expected
Drivers should look for alternate route
(Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule)

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Closure extended for ramps on U.S. Route 36 at 8th and 9th streets

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Closure extended for ramps on U.S. Route 36 at 8th and 9th streets
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St. Joseph, Mo. – The closure of the ramp from 8th and 9th streets to westbound U.S. Route 36 has been extended for another week. The ramp work that is part of an ongoing construction project to repair and resurface U.S. Route 36 between the Missouri River and 0.75 miles east of Route AC, which is being led by contractors from Magruder Paving, LLC.
The ramp will remain closed around-the-clock through Friday, April 23. Motorists must use an alternate route during the closure.
All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention to all roadway signing and barricades.
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St. Charles County COVID-19 update: 36,602 confirmed cases; 68,525 vaccination regimen completed

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St. Charles County Government and the Department of Public Health staff are working closely with local, regional, state and federal partners to investigate COVID-19, monitor individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and READ MORE

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O’Fallon Police Blotter: March 1 – 7, 2021

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Scramble starts for Missouri’s share of federal COVID-19 cash

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With Missouri in line for almost $3 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, cities, schools and other agencies are lining up to give state lawmakers ideas on how to spend it.

The American Rescue Plan bill signed by President Joe Biden in early March will deliver $2.8 billion for general support to state spending and $195 million for state and local construction projects.

For the parade of presenters seeking a slice of that pie, a two-hour hearing Monday of the House Subcommittee on Federal Stimulus Spending was the chance to highlight projects long-deferred or too costly for local resources.

Jamie Rouch, the finance director of Branson, said her city of 11,000 people needs infrastructure to support as many as 100,000 tourists. She asked for $14 million to replace 5 miles of water mains, $4 million for a flood protection project, $26 million for a sewage treatment plant and $14 million to install sewer lines to newly annexed areas.

And that was just the town’s top priorities, she noted.

“We have quite a list so if you want me to stop, let me know,” Rouch said.

The subcommittee, chaired by state Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, consists of four Republicans and two Democrats from the House Budget Committee. The subcommittee’s major task will be to screen requests in advance of expected recommendations from Gov. Mike Parson for spending bills coming in special sessions later this year, Richey said.

“This is going to be a helpful fact-finding mission to help establish the scope of need across the state for appropriations of the federal stimulus dollars for capital needs and deferred maintenance issues,” Richey said.

The House has already passed a $32.2 billion state budget plan for the coming fiscal year that is awaiting Senate action. The House Budget Committee will vote Tuesday on a supplemental appropriations bill that has about $1 billion in total spending and is preparing a capital improvements bill for maintenance and construction costs.

In addition to long-term planning, the committee must also be ready to make suggestions if quick action is needed, Richey said.

“There seems to be interest to look at what might be able to be done now before we finish this legislative session,” he said.

So far, the U.S. Treasury hasn’t issued guidance for how states can use the $195.3 billion in direct aid but the legislation allocating the money directs its use to pandemic response, replacing lost revenue and “the negative economic impacts” of the COVID-19 emergency.

The aid bill is funded by federal borrowing, Richey reminded the committee, and asked that projects that win favor have a long-term positive impact on the economy.

“It is my perspective that these dollars aren’t necessarily representative of taxpayer dollars that are just simply coming back but they are representative of taxpayer indebtedness we are creating,” he said.

All the state’s colleges and universities made their requests during Monday’s hearing. For the 13 four-year campuses, the total request was about $420 million, almost all to renovate or make major repairs to existing buildings.

When the request included new instruction or lab space, the focus was on job-readiness.

Corey Bradford, president of Harris-Stowe State University, asked for $48 million for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics education building. The St. Louis-based school has a growing reputation for its undergraduate STEM programs, he said, including recognition in 2019 as the best program at an historically black college or university.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol asked for $88 million to build a new training academy. The current structure is more than 50 years old and recruits live in dormitories built at the same time, Cathy Brown, director of the patrol’s Fleet Facilities Division, told the committee.

The gym was not designed with separate male and female dressing areas and other facilities, she noted, and the general appearance is dismal.

“Our goal is always to try to find recruits around the state and retain those, and you never get a second chance to form a first impression,” she said. “And so when folks show up and see our academy, it’s embarrassing.”

Along with the aid to the state, Missouri cities and counties would receive $2.5 billion to help them recover from revenue losses due to the pandemic. The money comes from $130.2 billion set aside in the legislation for cities and counties nationwide.

The state funds can be combined with some of those local funds to help finance big projects, said Travis Wilson, director of economic development for Florissant.

Wilson asked the committee to provide $125 million to extend Highway 141, with runs from Arnold to Earth City, into north St. Louis County.

“While I understand that funds are obviously limited and it is a big ask, any funds would be appreciated,” Wilson said.

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Wentzville Board of Aldermen April 14 agenda: Permit for church preschool; easements for road construction

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The Wentzville Board of Aldermen will meet on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Wentzville City Hall. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, but with occupancy limited to 40 people READ MORE

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The gender vaccine gap: More women than men are getting COVID shots

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Mary Ann Steiner drove 2½ hours from her home in University City to the tiny Ozark town of Centerville to get vaccinated against COVID-19. After pulling into the drive-thru line in a church parking lot, she noticed that the others waiting for shots had something in common with her.

“Everyone in the very short line was a woman,” said Steiner, 70.

Her observation reflects a national reality: More women than men are getting COVID vaccines, even as more men are dying of the disease. KHN examined vaccination dashboards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in early April and found that each of the 38 that listed gender breakdowns showed more women had received shots than men.

Public health experts cited many reasons for the difference, including that women make up three-quarters of the workforce in health care and education, sectors prioritized for initial vaccines. Women’s longer life spans also mean that older people in the first rounds of vaccine eligibility were more likely to be female. But as eligibility expands to all adults, the gap has continued. Experts point to women’s roles as caregivers and their greater likelihood to seek out preventive health care in general as contributing factors.

In Steiner’s case, her daughter spent hours on the phone and computer, scoping out and setting up vaccine appointments for five relatives. “In my family, the women are about a million times more proactive” about getting a COVID vaccine, Steiner said. “The females in families are often the ones who are more proactive about the health of the family.”

As of early April, statistics showed the vaccine breakdown between women and men was generally close to 60% and 40% — women made up 58% of those vaccinated in Alabama and 57% in Florida, for example.

States don’t measure vaccinations by gender uniformly, though. Some break down the statistics by total vaccine doses, for example, while others report people who have gotten at least one dose. Some states also have a separate category for nonbinary people or those whose gender is unknown.

A handful of states report gender vaccination statistics over time. That data shows the gap has narrowed but hasn’t disappeared as vaccine eligibility has expanded beyond people in long-term care and health care workers.

In Kentucky, for instance, 64% of residents who had received at least one dose of vaccine by early February were women and 36% were men. As of early April, the stats had shifted to 57% women and 43% men.

In Rhode Island — one of the states furthest along in rolling out the vaccines, with nearly a quarter of the population fully vaccinated — the gap has narrowed from 30 percentage points (65% women and 35% men) the week of Dec. 13 to 18 points (59% women and 41% men) the week of March 21.

A few states break the numbers down by age as well as gender, revealing that the male-female difference persists across age groups. In South Carolina, for example, the gender breakdown of vaccine recipients as of April 4 was slightly wider for younger people: 61% of vaccinated people ages 25-34 were women compared with 57% female for age 65 and older.

Dr. Elvin Geng, a professor at the medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, said women of all age groups, races and ethnicities generally use health services more than men — which is one reason they live longer.

Arrianna Planey, an assistant professor who specializes in medical geography at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said it’s often women who manage medical appointments for their households so they may be more familiar with navigating health systems.

Decades of research have documented how and why men are less likely to seek care. A 2019 study in the American Journal of Men’s Health, for example, examined health care use in religious heterosexual men and concluded masculine norms — such as a perception that they are supposed to be tough — were the main reason many men avoided seeking care.

Attitudes about the COVID pandemic and the vaccines also affect who gets the shots.

Dr. Rebecca Wurtz, director of public health administration and policy at the University of Minnesota, said women have been more likely to lose jobs during the pandemic, and in many cases bear the brunt of teaching and caring for children at home.

“Women are ready for this to be done even more than men are,” Wurtz said.

Political attitudes, too, play a part in people’s views on coping with the pandemic, experts said. A Gallup poll last year found that among both Democrats and Republicans, women were more likely to say they took precautions to avoid COVID, such as always practicing physical distancing and wearing masks indoors when they couldn’t stay 6 feet apart from others.

In a recent national poll by KFF, 29% of Republicans and 5% of Democrats said they definitely would not get the shot.

Paul Niehaus IV of St. Louis, who described himself as an independent libertarian with conservative leanings, said he won’t get a COVID vaccine. He said the federal government, along with Big Tech and Big Pharma, are pushing an experimental medicine that is not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and he doesn’t trust those institutions.

“This is a freedom issue. This is a civil liberties issue,” said Niehaus, a 34-year-old self-employed musician. “My motto is ‘Let people choose.’”

Steiner, who plans to retire at the end of the month from editing a magazine for the Catholic Health Association, said she was eager to be vaccinated. She has an immune disorder that puts her at high risk for severe illness from COVID and hasn’t seen some of her grandchildren in a year and a half.

But she said some of the men in her life were willing to wait longer for the shots, and a few nephews haven’t wanted them. She said her brother, 65, received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in early April after her daughter made it easy by arranging it for him.

Steiner, who has now received both doses of the Moderna vaccine, said she doesn’t regret taking the more difficult step of traveling five hours round trip to get her first shot in February. (She was able to find a closer location for her second dose.)

“It’s for my safety, for my kids’ safety, for my neighbors’ safety, for the people who go to my church’s safety,” she said. “I really don’t understand the resistance.”

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

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Utility work will narrow U.S. Route 169 (Belt Highway) in St. Joseph

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Utility work will narrow U.S. Route 169 (Belt Highway) in St. Joseph
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St. Joseph, Mo – Communications utility work will impact traffic on U.S. Route 169 (Belt Highway) in Buchanan County beginning tomorrow. Sellenriek Construction will close the southbound right lane of the Belt Highway near Sherman Avenue tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Drivers should stay alert and obey all traffic signs, barricades and flaggers to safely navigate through the work zone.
All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones and to not move or drive around barricades.
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