February 13, 2016

Photo Gallery: Gov. Nixon at podium for State of State address

5:51 p.m.
The night begins with a budget preview meeting with State Budget Director Dan Haug, before Gov. Nixon’s address.

Budget preview meeting before Gov. Nixon's address

Budget preview meeting before Gov. Nixon’s address

Updated 6:36 p.m.
Mike Lear prepares for TV interview on local ABC Station before governor’s address

Mike Lear prepares for TV interview on local ABC station before governor's address

Mike Lear prepares for TV interview on local ABC station before governor’s address

Updated 6:40 p.m.
The gallery begins to fill. The State of the State will be streamed live at Missourinet.com

Gallery beginning to fill

Gallery beginning to fill

 Updated 6:51 p.m.
Missourinet’s Mike Lear on local ABC station
Missourinet's Mike Lear on local ABC station

Missourinet’s Mike Lear on local ABC station

Updated 7:02 p.m.
Governor Nixon enters chamber to give State of State address
Gov. Dayton enters chamber for State of State address

Gov. Nixon enters chamber for State of State address

Update 7:51 p.m.

Gov. Nixon at the podium giving his State of State address

Gov. Nixon at podium

Gov. Nixon at podium

Politico: Missouri drops in rank among states

Reported, compiled by Jared Rogers-Martin

The online magazine Politico released its annual “state of the union” rankings of each state based on data from national organizations like the FBI, U.S. Census and the Center of Disease Control. According to their report Missouri has slid in the rankings on a national scale for the third straight year.  When Politico complied the report for the first time in 2014, they ranked Missouri as the 31st best state. This year Missouri graded out as the 35th best state in the union down from 33rd the year before.

Missouri Obesity RateHealth inequalities tend to be the proverbial Achilles heel for Missouri. The report highlights information from the CDC acknowledging that obesity levels in the Missouri jumped to 30.9% of the population up from 27.2 % in 2014. The average life expectancy at birth in the state is 77.5 years but that number is in the bottom third of the national levels for the same rankings.

There are high points to the Politico report in Missouri. The average Annual Per Capita income has risen for the third straight year to $26,006 and the unemployment percentage has dropped for the third consecutive year to only 4.7 percent of the population.

Missouri Crime RateOf all the categories Missouri ranked highest in its home ownership rate. 66.9 percent of Missourians own their own home, which is the 18th best rate in the nation.

Gov. Nixon launches Operation Recovery, signs executive order for flood cleanup

Governor Jay Nixon says cleanup and debris removal are underway after late December floods along the Meramec, Bourbeuse and Mississippi rivers. Nixon has dispatched the Missouri National Guard to lead “Operation Recovery,” to help clear as much as half-million tons of debris.

Wednesday, Nixon signed an executive order to allow the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to temporarily waive regulations for debris and trash disposal, while protecting public health and safety.

A recreational vehicle sits wedged against a tree along the Meramec River in Eureka, Missouri on January 6, 2016. The most severe damage from flooding occurred in the St. Louis region where heavily-populated communities, including many that had never before been flooded, were inundated by floodwaters from the Meramec, Bourbeuse and Mississippi rivers. Nixon says that, based on geospatial imagery of the inundated areas, an estimated 7,100 structures were impacted in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties, resulting in as much as a half-million tons of debris, according to estimates. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

A recreational vehicle sits wedged against a tree along the Meramec River in Eureka, Missouri on January 6, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The St. Louis region was hit hardest, with 7,100 structures were impacted in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties, according to the governor’s office.

Over the weekend, the federal government granted Nixon’s request for an emergency declaration and now the state will focus on damage assessments for a federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, helping families with uninsured losses from water damage.

The governor says people who get help may have to face a difficult choice of whether to return to flood-prone areas. Yet, he says he would hesitate to limit development along riverfronts.

 

Nixon announced these steps at a press conference in St. Louis, in which he thanked community volunteers, faith-based organizations and disaster agencies for delivering supplies and aid.

Operation Recovery contractors will begin picking up debris next week in participating communities and the Environmental Protection Agency will begin hazardous materials removal at the end of the week.  Debris should be placed curbside, without blocking the roadway.

“This is one of those things that’s going to be a trying time until it’s cleaned up,” Nixon said. “But we’re going to be here every step of the way.”

 

Hot shooting leads Mizzou to hoops victory over Northern Illinois

MIZ BBMizzou Men’s Basketball (4-3) started the game on a 12-0 run and eventually turned away Northern Illinois (7-1), 78–71, Friday night at Mizzou Arena, giving the Huskies their first loss of the season. Freshman guard Terrence Phillips (Orange County, Calif.) sparked the run with a three-pointer, three of his 13 points, marking the second game in a row that the Tigers have started off on a run of 12 points or more.

The Tigers were led by freshman forward Kevin Puryear (Blue Springs, Mo.) who scored 17 points, followed by Phillips, who also dished out six assists. Sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant (Springfield, Ga.) came off the bench and finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Russell Woods (Chicago, Ill.) scored seven points within two minutes of game action early on in the second half and finished the game with nine points. [Read more…]

Blues falter late to fall in shootout to the Islanders

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo each scored in the shootout to give the Islanders a 2-1 win over the Blues at the Barclays Center.

Mikhail Grabovski scored in the third period for New York to tie the game at one.

Thomas Greiss stopped 31-of-32 shots to earn the win for the Islanders, who won their fourth straight game.

Kevin Shattenkirk tallied the lone goal for St. Louis, which has lost three of its last four games. Brian Elliott made 24 saves in the loss.