The University of Missouri has started a research center on disaster and terrorism in hopes of boosting training for mental health workers.
Assistant communications professor J. Brian Houston recently received a $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He wants to study the long-term emotional turmoil faced by disaster and terror victims.
The center will employ a university social worker to train school teachers and counselors in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans in crisis intervention.
A new Johns Hopkins University study suggests a connection between decreased gun regulations and increased crime in Missouri.
Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase law in 2007. That means that you don’t need a sheriff’s permit to buy a gun. Johns Hopkins researcher Daniel Webster said after this law was repealed, homicides jumped by 25 percent in the state [PDF]. Many other states still require a sheriff’s permit, which Webster said is a good idea.
State lawmakers are considering several proposals to improve infrastructure that could hit Missourians' wallets.
One proposal could require residents to pay a higher sales tax in order to pay for transportation projects, and another would let electric utilities seek a surcharge to recoup costs from infrastructure projects.
A third measure would call for issuing several hundred million dollars in bonds to fund improvements on college campuses and state facilities. Taxes that Missourians pay could go to paying off the bonds.
The Columbia Regional Airport announced Frontier Airlines will stop services to and from Orlando, Fla. effective May 13, leaving passengers who had already booked flights for the summer out of luck. The carrier began flying to and from Orlando last November.
In a statement, airport officials said they are still trying to find out why Frontier is stopping its services. What’s more, officials said they only found out about the discontinued flights from passengers – not the airline.
In some Christian denominations, it’s getting more common to see women preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Still, it’s a slow cultural shift – some denominations don’t allow female pastors, and many churches that do are just getting female pastors for the first time. All that’s to say that being a clergy woman has its own set of challenges – and those challenges come into play on the dating scene.