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News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

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Springfield doctors and pharmacists will have a new tool to use when prescribing and handing out opiates and opioids.  Springfield City Council approved the implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program for the city Monday night. Hours later, Greene County commissioners approved a database county-wide.

The PDMP will be part of the St. Louis Consortium and will be voluntary for physicians to use and mandatory for pharmacists, according to City Councilman Dr. Tom Prater, who said it will be important in being able to evaluate a patient's needs.

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Springfield City Council could vote in just under two weeks on a prescription drug monitoring program for the city.  A public hearing last night brought those for and against a PDMP before council.

Katie Towns, assistant director of health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said implementing a program locally would help in the fight against opioid addiction.

Brigitte Marrs
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Brigitte Marrs has been named executive director for the Mayor’s Commission for Children. The Springfield organization, formerly Every Kid Counts, aims to act as a catalyst to mobilize and education the community on the health and well-being of local youth. It also provides reporting on this topic.

Marrs has served on the commission since 2013. She replaces Denise Bredfeldt, who plans to retire.

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The City of Springfield is looking for candidates for the Board of Public Utilities.  The board has two immediate vacancies and will have three more vacancies in December.

The 11-member board is made up of citizens and is appointed by the Springfield City Council to serve three-year terms.  According to the city, the board establishes policies on how best to serve customers and sets the long-term direction for the utility.

Applicants must meet a two-year residency requirement.  The board meets at 3 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Bob Stephens
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Two complaints alleging former Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens improperly used public funds and violated conflict of interest laws have been dismissed.

The Missouri Ethics Commission published separate notices on its website Monday saying it found “no reasonable grounds exist” to support the violations in question.

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