(Nationwide) – Young Missouri hunters killed nearly 14,000 deer over the weekend. The Missouri Department of Conservation says hunters ages 6 to 15 were involved in the early state of deer hunting season. The next one for children will take place from 25 to 27 November. The first part of the adult firearms deer hunting season in Missouri runs from November 12-22.
(State-wide) – As Missouri residents turn back their clocks by an hour this weekend, the state’s top fire chief has some fire safety tips to offer residents. Fire Marshal Tim Bean urges people to have fire alarms working. He says installing and maintaining smoke detectors can reduce the death toll by 50 percent. Heaters should only be plugged directly into wall outlets, and keep anything that may burn to at least three feet away from all heating appliances. Radiators account for about 43 percent of home heating fires and 85 percent of deaths from them. Bean says today’s houses burn faster and hotter than structures built several decades ago.
(Jefferson City) – NAACP Jefferson City is offering rides to the polls to vote in next week’s general election. There may be other groups doing the same. A valid government-issued photo ID is required to vote, such as a driver’s license, ID card, U.S. passport, or military ID. If you don’t have one and you want your vote to count, you can fill out the ballot paper and the election staff must verify your voter signature. Parliamentary elections will be held on Tuesday. You can vote for the absentee without justification until next Monday at your local election office.
(Jefferson City) – Democratic legislature wants to pass a law that can remove firearms from firearms considered dangerous. Democracy Senator Doug Beck of St. Louis plans to propose the Missouri Red Flag Act to ensure that those who pose a threat to themselves or others do not have access to firearms. He passed a similar bill at state legislative sessions in 2021 and 2022, seeking to prevent individuals from possessing firearms due to orders to protect against domestic violence. A Republican-controlled legislature is unlikely to support this kind of proposal, but Governor Mike Parson says Missouri should invest more in mental health resources rather than gun legislation. Senator Beck, citing the recent school shootout in St. Louis, said the need for a red flag law has never been clearer. The bill for the 2023 Missouri legislative session begins on December 1.
(St. Louis) – The drought along the Mississippi River creates problems for a wide variety of stakeholders. The Mississippi River Towns and Cities Initiative is holding a briefing on Tuesday (11/11) to address this issue. The initiative is a coalition of 102 mayors from across the Mississippi basin, which covers nearly a third of the country. The Mississippi River provides drinking water to over 20 million people in 50 cities. As more than a third of the rainfall in the United States ends up in the Mississippi River, and the persistent drought results in historically low levels of rivers, it affects everything from the fall harvest to tourism and river trade. The briefing will be attended by USDA, US Coast Guard meteorologists from NOAA and America Cruise Lines.