U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee / US Senate

Senator Roy Blunt held a hearing Tuesday in Washington on how to safely integrate drones into the national airspace.

Blunt chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

He said in his opening statements that while the benefits of drone technology were fairly clear, the committee needed to better understand these rapidly developing technologies.

“We’re working to insure that we have balance that continues to encourage innovation, but public safety is at the forefront.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The State of Missouri has been awarded a $10 million opioid crisis grant.  It’s the second year in a row the state has received the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who has spearheaded efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in the state praised the move.

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is expressing disappointment at President Donald Trump’s tweet this week, which said a federal program that allows undocumented children to remain in the U.S. is effectively “dead.”

The Republican Senator told reporters in Jefferson City Wednesday he hopes it’s not too late for a solution that allows them to stay.

Clinton Police Department

The officer killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening in Clinton is 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton.  He had taken the position in the Clinton Police Department of police officer, Gary Michael, who was killed on the job last fall, according to the Missouri Governor's office.

Morton and two other police officers were shot while responding to a 911 call.  His colleagues were wounded.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued this statement following the shooting: 

Doug Hubley / Bates College

U.S. senators from Missouri issued statements following President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address.