Updated with comments from McCaskill conference call.
The entire state of Missouri is now a federal agriculture disaster area.
Seventeen of the state's counties, mostly in the Bootheel, had already received that declaration. Today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends that declaration to the other 97 counties and the city of St. Louis.
Governor Jay Nixon is signing legislation Wednesday designed to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation. Senate Bill 689 expands the definition of financial exploitation against seniors and those with disabilities to include “undue influence…”