Gov. Nixon says he’s not a fan of legislation that would make it harder for workers to prove they were fired because of discrimination. The legislation passed the House and Senate and awaits action by the governor. The bill would require workers who claim discrimination in wrongful firing lawsuits to prove that bias was a “motivating” factor, not just a “contributing” factor as is now the case. The bill also limits damages that fired workers could recover. Nixon says the law undoes decades of civil rights legislation, something he says is “unacceptable.” The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry backed the measure, saying it simply aligns Missouri’s law with federal statutes.
Gov. Jay Nixon today activated the Missouri National Guard to help with response efforts in parts of the state impacted by flooding and threats to levees after receiving significant rain, particularly in southern and southeast Missouri.
“I have directed Maj. General Danner to immediately move Guard units into place where they can best help in protecting health and property,” Gov. Nixon said. “The Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard have demonstrated their ability to help with natural disasters numerous times over the years, most recently in the work they did before, during, and after the blizzard and record snowstorm this winter. I have full confidence in the Guard to assist local emergency officials around the state.”
The Governor today signed Executive Order 11-08 to activate the Missouri National Guard. Under the Governor’s order, Guard units will be deployed immediately to support local emergency agencies. Gov. Nixon has been receiving updated briefings from his emergency management team, including senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management Agency to assess the current weather situation and review the latest forecasts.
An early morning blaze yesterday displaced a family on Easter. Columbia firefighters were called to 1013 Crump Lane just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. There, they found smoke coming from the residence, and flames were showing from a window. The couple got out safely. Investigators are not sure what started the blaze. Damage is estimated at $50,000.
Local soldiers are being greeted with joy from family and friends after a safe return from Afghanistan. Sgt. Terry Roderick and Specialist Kaleb Robertson have each recently returned from Afghanistan. The Camden County natives were given a heroes reception Saturday afternoon through the streets of Camdenton. Sgt. Terry has done tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Specialist Robertson has served in Afghanistan and could be re-deployed.
Heavy storms hit Missouri Friday evening, causing severe damage throughout the state.
The wind was fierce as tornadoes hit Lambert-St Louis International Airport Friday night. Connie Ladyman works for Frontier Airlines, and she was working that night.
Ladyman says that she and others at the airport made a mad dash to get passengers to safety, and no one was hurt in any of the storms that hit the state on Friday and more storms are expected this week.
For a dozen years, Missouri has offered low-income senior citizens some type of aid to pay for their prescription drugs. But that may be about to end.
The Missouri Rx Plan, which helps pay the medicine costs of 212,000 seniors and disabled residents, is due to expire Aug. 28 unless lawmakers renew it. So far, they have not done so. And a Senate budget plan is banking on its demise, redirecting millions of dollars that normally would fund the prescription program to other government purposes. Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration is urging lawmakers to not let the program lapse. Missouri lawmakers have until May 6 to pass a budget. They have until May 13 to pass a bill reauthorizing the program’s existence. Some lawmakers wonder if the need for such aid is diminishing because of a new federal health care law that reduces out-of-pocket prescription costs for people covered by Medicare.
Fort Leonard Wood has closed access through the East Gate, because of flood waters from the Big Piney River. MoDOT has closed J Highway leading up to the East Gate. All other gates are open.