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Rachael Cohoon / KSMU Radio

Missourians expressed views on what government rules are helping and hurting state workers during a public hearing in Springfield this week.

It’s part of a series of forums across the state aimed at alleviating the burden of state government red tape on citizens and businesses. Gov. Eric Greitens has called on all state agencies to review its rules.

Leaders from the Missouri Department of Labor, including newly appointed Director Anna Hui, met with citizens in downtown Springfield Thursday.

The Professional Car Society

The Professional Car Society’s International Meet will be held tomorrow (7/22) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cowan Civic Center, 500 E. Elm in Lebanon.  The car club is designated to the preservation of vintage hearses, ambulances and limousines.  The public's invited to a car show tomorrow, and admission is free. KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with the club's president, Tony Karsnia of Minnesota, about the meet.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

More than $88 million in construction projects either approved or underway is transforming the look of the Missouri State University campus.

The most recent project to be green lit is Hill Hall, which the Board of Governors approved a contract for this week. It calls for major renovations for one of the school’s original buildings, and with it the College of Education and Psychology Department. It’s projected to be ready for by fall 2018.

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Authorities shut down 13 Springfield businesses Thursday believed involved in human trafficking. The joint investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Springfield Police Department is part of broader efforts in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana in attempts to bring down a single trafficking ring.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, and Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announced the action in a joint statement.  

Eric Greitens
Charlotte Hatch / KSMU

Calling the opioid epidemic a “modern plague,” Governor Eric Greitens asked Missourians Thursday to join the fight against the issue. Thursday’s comments at an opioid summit in Springfield came just days after he signed an executive order establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

Greitens, who lost a cousin last year to a heroin overdose, implored community members and advocacy organizations to step up their efforts.

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