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Things change fast at the Missouri State Capitol. Last week, the Senate passed a package of legislation to combat violent crime in Missouri’s metropolitan areas. Senate Bill 1 contained six provisions specifically requested by the governor when he announced an extra legislative session to be…

An extra legislative session called by the governor, which began July 27, continued last week. The General Assembly is tasked with passing a package of legislation to address violent crime in Missouri’s largest cities. The Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Policy Committee hea…

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School is starting for many in the coming weeks, and for some of my family down South, it already has. Several family and friends posted the obligatory first day of school pics via social media, with kids in their cute uniforms or outfits, along with a mask to match. Masks were previously re…

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First came toilet paper and paper towels. We hoarded them, for no good reason other than the fear of not having it six months down the road. There was no toilet paper shortage, paper towels either the experts told us, but still some of you (not me) built up a healthy supply, I guess because …

The governor lifted all statewide stay-at-home orders regarding COVID-19 June 16 and launched Phase 2 of Missouri’s Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan. Although the pandemic is still a concern, our state is ready to get back to work. As businesses reopen and customers return to stores and restaura…

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Some people in the media call it an infodemic, the proliferation of information available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Problem is, some of that information is not true and leads to not only confusion, but reactions that are not good for the community. While social media ha…

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Countless activities, events and occasions have been postponed or cancelled amidst the global pandemic. A few months ago, I would bet most of us had never uttered the words, “social distancing,” or “shelter at home.” Our world seems to be returning to a semi-normal state, as events are start…

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A couple weeks ago my daughter Catherine Wynn, who is also managing editor of this newspaper, wrote a column about the importance of newspapers to young people in our communities. We have been sending the print editions of the newspaper to many parents of school-age children in partnership w…

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My high school graduation is way back there in the rearview mirror, but I remember a lot about it. It was a warmer than usual late spring day when my classmates and I walked down the aisle in the Caruthersville High School gym dressed in red and white. My grandparents were there, my mom and …

Since returning to the Capitol, the Legislature has focused its efforts on passing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. This week, we passed a $35 billion budget that preserves full funding for K-12 education and maintains essential programs of state government. In my opinion, this was no small feat…

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Since school was dismissed for the remainder of this academic year things have changed at a rapid pace for us as parents, employees and the population in general. Many schools have reorganized lesson plans, made packets, delivered packets, all assisting in distance learning for our children.

Since school was dismissed for the remainder of this academic year things have changed at a rapid pace for us as parents, employees and the population in general. Many schools have reorganized lesson plans, made packets, delivered packets, all assisting in distance learning for our children.

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I am sure my sister, Denise Mitchell, has a lot of bad days she doesn’t want to talk about or can’t talk about. Drug overdoses. Gunshot wounds. Gruesome car wrecks. Loving grandmothers and babies dying before her very eyes. The list goes on. It takes a special person to work in the emergency…

Tax Freedom Day is the concept of how many days you must work, starting from January 1, to fully pay for all the taxes you owe for the year. The average Missourian needs to labor to April 9 to pay one's annual taxes: from federal and state income taxes to property taxes, corporate, and other…

The Missouri Senate returned to the Capitol this week for the first time since the governor declared a statewide emergency in response to COVID-19. Legislators arrived on Tuesday and began work revising a supplemental budget bill drafted by the House of Representatives. As a member of the Se…

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Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

During this coronavirus outbreak, our rural communities face unique challenges and require a different response than urban and suburban centers around the country. Unfortunately, these needs are not often understood in Washington. Whether it’s providing immediate and targeted relief for our …

Nearly two weeks after declaring a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governor is now seeking a federal disaster declaration for Missouri. The governor has requested assistance from the U.S. government as the numbers of infected people in our state continues to rise. As …