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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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Gov. Mike Parson during State of the State address

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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Suspect shot by police in Ferguson after firing on officers

Suspect shot by police in Ferguson after firing on officers Police shot and killed a man in a Ferguson street after he twice fired on officers following a report that he had been brandishing a weapon, authorities said. The St. Louis County Police Department said Monday that detectives are investigating the fatal shooting, which occurred Sunday night. Four county police officers were involved, and they ranged in age from 26 to 40 and in experience from two to 16 years in law enforcement. Police did not immediately identify the man who died or name the officers involved. Ferguson was the site...

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Tornado in Kansas and Missouri

Storm victims include Missouri girl, aunt’s ‘special angel’

Storm victims include Missouri girl, aunt’s ‘special angel’ By JOHN HANNA Associated Press Trey and Meghan Rackley and their three daughters sought shelter in a windowless bathroom in their southeast Missouri home as storms raged across the middle of the country. To prove they were in their “safe space” with the storm approaching Friday evening, the girls’ mom texted her Aunt Sandy a photo of the three in and next to the bathtub — all of them smiling, 9-year-old Annistyn holding her favorite doll. Fifteen minutes later, Sandra Hooker said, a tornado splintered...

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Kansas University Basketball

No. 8 Kansas roars past Mizzou 102-65 in Border War’s return

No. 8 Kansas roars past Mizzou 102-65 in Border War’s return By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer It took nearly a decade for Kansas and Missouri to renew the Border War. It took about 10 minutes for the Jayhawks to turn it into a border rout. Ochai Agbaji scored 21 points, Christian Braun and Dajuan Harris had 13 apiece, and the eighth-ranked Jayhawks rolled to a 102-65 win over the Tigers on Saturday in the first meeting of the longtime Big 12 rivals as nonconference opponents. David McCormack added 11 points and Remy Martin 10 for the Jayhawks (8-1), who have won eight of the past...

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Female Executives

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can By BOB SMIETANA of Religion News Service and HOLLY MEYER of The Associated Press Jacki King, the women’s minister at Second Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, first felt a call to ministry as a college student. She decided to follow it, giving up her pre-med major and her spot on a college softball team for ministry training at a small Bible school with a mostly male student body. She picked Criswell College because it was where her pastor was a dean. She wanted to teach the Bible the way he did. King thought at the time she only...

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