State and Regional News

Group begins effort to put measure legalizing marijuana on November ballot

On Thursday, a broad coalition of Missourians, named Missourians for a New Approach, launched an effort to gather signatures for an initiative petition that would place a question on legalizing adult-use marijuana on the 2020 ballot in Missouri. The effort is being backed by many of the same Missourians and groups that passed a medical marijuana constitutional amendment with 66% in 2018.

Missouri experiences significant traffic death reduction in 2019

Preliminary statistics indicate Missouri experienced a 4.9 percent decrease in traffic crash fatalities compared to the previous year. In 2019, there were 876 people killed in traffic crashes compared to 921 people killed in 2018.

Online version of ‘Blue Book’ now available

    Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft unveiled the online 2019-2020 Official Manual, also called the “Blue Book.” Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, Ashcroft sought out female legislators to provide their thoughts on the significance of the amendment. These quotes appear throughout the book, which can be found online at

MO HealthNet successfully reducing opioid use across Missouri

MO HealthNet’s fight against the opioid epidemic affecting Missouri families and communities is showing dramatic reductions in participant use.  A comparison of MO HealthNet (MHD) pharmacy claims data shows opioid morphine milligram equivalents (MME) dispensed per calendar year (CY) dropped by 30 percent in 2019 and is down by 65 percent since 2012.

Call the right play: Plan ahead for Super Bowl weekend

    For the first time in 50 years, Missouri’s very own Kansas City Chiefs are Miami bound for Super Bowl LIV. As you cheer on your home team next weekend, the only crash you should hope to hear is the crunch of football players colliding – not that of your vehicle into another.