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Ashcroft’s office receives final redistricting House map

Ashcroft’s office receives final redistricting House map By Raymore Journal staff Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft expressed his congratulations to the bipartisan commission tasked with redrawing Missouri’s 163 House districts. The House Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission finalized the new map by a unanimous vote.  The last time commission members agreed upon house district maps was 1991. In 2001 and 2011 appointed judges drew the house districts.  “I applaud the hard work of the committee under the leadership of Chair Jerry Hunter and Vice Chair Keena Smith. ...

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Missouri House approves congressional redistricting bill

Missouri House approves congressional redistricting bill By Raymore Journal staff The members of the Missouri House have approved and sent legislation to the Senate that will establish new boundaries for Missouri’s eight congressional districts. The House approved the congressional redistricting plan (HB 2117) by a vote of 86-67. State Rep. Dan Shaul, who chairs the House Special Committee on Redistricting, said the map approved by his committee and the House of Representatives was created with input from legislators representing their constituents, public testimony from citizens across the...

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Ray-Pec schools prep to close; AG Schmitt sues dozens of school districts

Ray-Pec schools prep to close; AG Schmitt sues dozens of school districts By Raymore Journal staff The Raymore-Peculiar School District is warning parents that students may go back to virtual learning if the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues its current trajectory. Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing nearly 40 school districts over mask mandates. Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle is giving parents a fair warning about potential procedures to mitigate issues regarding a lack of staff as COVID-19 cases surge. In a message sent on Jan. 19, Dr....

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Education, health care big winners in Parson’s State of the State address

Education, health care big winners in Parson’s State of the State address By Raymore Journal staff Thanks to a massive injection of federal funding, Gov. Mike Parson has a record-breaking amount of money to disburse throughout Missouri, making room for a minor tax cut and higher wages for state employees and teachers. During his State of the State address, Parson touted his plans for a nearly $47 billion budget for fiscal year 2023, the largest budget in state history. Pandemic-related federal funding is adding more than $10 billion to Missouri’s budget compared to federal funding in previous...

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Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force releases final report

Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force releases final report of recommendations By Raymore Journal staff Governor Mike Parson announced on Jan. 17 that the Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force has released its final report of recommendations to support small businesses across the state. In the report, the task force summarizes its findings and provides potential solutions related to workforce, supply chain, access to resources, broadband, and support for minority- and women-owned businesses. “As our state’s economy has recovered, it’s important to continue to support our small businesses,...

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AP seeks answers from US government on tracking of journalists

AP seeks answers from US government on tracking of journalists By BEN FOX Associated Press The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, AP Executive Editor Julie Pace urged the agency to explain why the name of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Martha Mendoza was run through the databases and identified as a potential confidential...

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