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Missouri lawmakers hope to pass a bill that would improve the state’s Amber Alert system. A House committee heard the bill, known as Hailey’s Law, Monday afternoon.

The law would integrate the Amber Alert system into the state’s uniform law enforcement system to make the process move faster, and would require the Amber Alert Oversight committee to meet annually.

Hailey’s Law is named after Hailey Owens, a 10-year-old girl who was abducted and killed by Craig Wood in Springfield in 2014.

Marijuana Decriminalization Up For Debate In MO House

Apr 5, 2019
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Marijuana decriminalization is up for debate in the Missouri House of Representatives.

A bill that was before the House on Thursday would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in an effort to stop what its sponsor is calling a “war on marijuana.”

The bill would reduce the punishment for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana to an infraction. The current law in Missouri makes possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana a Class D felony.

Better Business Bureau

In 2018, nearly 100 consumers in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois reported to Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker being victimized by scam artists, with losses of more than $26,000.

About 16.8% of those scam reports regarded online purchase scams, and 11.6% were reports of debt collection scams.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will soon make changes on an intersection signal in Jackson.


A flashing yellow arrow will be added for left-turning traffic at Walton Drive and US Route 61, near Walmart. When flashing, the yellow arrow will direct drivers to yield to oncoming traffic. When solid, drivers should prepare to stop or complete their turn if they are in the intersection. Solid green arrows will also be displayed when left-turning traffic has the right-of-way.


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Governor Mike Parson has signed an executive order launching a new task force for safety in Missouri’s schools.


According to a press release, the Missouri School Safety Task Force will, from the state’s perspective, study a recently released report from the Federal Commission on School Safety to identify gaps, shortfalls, and suggested policy changes.