Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22nd tornado.
The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.
Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.
Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.
A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.
Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.
Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.
Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.
Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.
The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.