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A Missouri State University professor who researches political violence says he’s concerned about a Missouri bill that would establish minutemen who could be called to take up arms in defense of the state. Dr. David Romano, the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Studies, said he sees some similarities between the minutemen force that would be created under Senate Bill 528 and militias in other parts of the world.

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with Romano, and you can hear their interview below.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is trying to attract more Spanish-speaking visitors to state parks by using social media videos.

“We believe Spanish-speaking Missourians are an underrepresented group at state parks and conservation areas,” said spokesman Dan Zarlenga. “We believe that the outdoors and nature, and fishing, hunting, all those kinds of things have universal appeal. And we want to engage as many people as we can in those types of activities.”

A southwest Missouri man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver just a day after the assault on the U.S. Capitol last month.

According to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday, Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, threatened “to assault and murder” Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, “on account of the performance of his official duties.”

HB784 Would Authorize Leaders To Appoint Marshals To Protect Each Legislative Chamber

Mar 3, 2021
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Almost two months after the insurrection against Congress in Washington D.C., Missouri lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would tighten security at the state capitol in Jefferson City.

House Bill 784 would authorize leaders of the Missouri house and senate to appoint marshals to serve and protect each legislative chamber in the general assembly.

The appointed marshals would have the authority to serve papers, carry a concealed firearm and make arrests under state law or a rule of the legislative chamber they serve.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday he will release the remaining $280.7 million he withheld from general revenue spending at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Thanks to our balanced approach to COVID-19, Missouri is in a much better position than what was originally projected,” Parson said in a statement. “Our economy continues to come back strong, and we’re pleased to be able to release the remainder of these funds today.”