Feb 19

Adoption & Foster Care and Behavioral Health in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Thousands of young people are in Missouri’s foster care system.

Many need caring foster parents. Some need “forever families”. This week, Summer Renne from the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition updates us on the realities and myths of kids in foster care. She also explains how you can help even if you cannot be a foster or adoptive parent right now.

Also, is the opioid abuse crisis a criminal problem or is it a health problem?

Katie Reichard from the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health tells us why she thinks increased mental and other health care have to be a part of the solution.


On the web:

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition

Missouri Association for Community Behavioral Health

MOVP Summer Renne Feb 2018MOVP Katie Reichard Feb 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/adoption-foster-care-and-behavioral-health-in-missouri/

Jan 30

#MOLeg 2018: What Will Actually Get Done This Year at the Capitol?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Almost within minutes of Governor Eric Greitens’ State of the State Address, headlines in Missouri were not about his policy objectives for the state. The headlines were about accusations of an extramarital affair that happened shortly before he was elected.

The Governor has admitted to having an affair in 2015.

What does that mean to the dynamics at the State Capitol? Lawmakers and executives still have policy decisions to make.

This week, Brad Jones from the Missouri chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business outlines what they hope to see done. Jones also assesses the current – and often tense – climate in the Capitol right now.

Also, political commentator and Fontbonne University Professor Mark Kasen provides his assessment of the policy debates and politics dominating the Legislative Session at this point.

On the web:

NFIB Missouri

MOVP Brad Jones Jan 2018MOVP Kasen Jan 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/moleg-2018-what-will-actually-get-done-this-year-at-the-capitol/

Jan 25

Raise the Age and Cyber Aware

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Should 17 year old criminal suspects be tried as adults or go through the juvenile justice system

Right now, in Missouri, there’s no debate; they are prosecuted as adults. A proposal in the state legislature would change that. It would require 17 year old suspects to go through the juvenile system unless the circumstances warrant otherwise. Prosecutors could still have them tried as adults but would have to make their case for that separately.

Jeree Thomas from the Campaign for Youth Justice supports the change and explains why on this week’s episode.

Also, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our personal and financial information online.

AT&T Missouri President John Sondag* updates us on some new tool available to help you spot scams and protect your credit, your money, and maybe your physical safety.


On the web:

Campaign for Youth Justice

AT&T’s Cyber Aware

MOVP Jeree ThomasMOVP Sondag Jan 2018

(*) AT&T Missouri is a sponsor of “Missouri Viewpoints”

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/raise-the-age-and-cyber-aware/

Jan 10

The Reality of Human Trafficking in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The two words are ugly when strung together: human trafficking.

But it’s real and it’s happening in Missouri.

This week, we hear from Christine McDonald, who survived being trafficked for sex for two decades – 17 of those years she was trafficked in Missouri.

She talks about her story and also discusses a new documentary about the life she lived and that others live now. The film is called “Human Trafficking in the Heartland” and features McDonald, among other victims.

Christine now works to help others escape “the life”.

On the web:

Christine McDonald

Cry Purple (Christine’s first book)

The Same Kind of Human (Christine’s new book)

MOVP McDonald Jan 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/the-reality-of-human-trafficking-in-missouri/

Jan 02

The Big Stories in Missouri: Reviewing 2017 and Previewing 2018 with Missourinet

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – One thing we can all agree on: 2017 was a year of change in Missouri. A new president, a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new state treasurer, and a new secretary of state.

Political infighting among Republicans in the Legislature. Multiple special legislative sessions .The green light from voters to build a billion-dollar airport in Kansas City. Violence in St. Louis after a police officer is acquitted of murder. The effort to bring hundreds of jobs to an impoverished part of the Bootheel. The rise and fall of hopes for Mizzou’s basketball program.

These are among the top stories of 2017.

This week, Missourinet News Director Brian Hauswirth discusses the lasting affect of these and other events that shaped our state this past year. He also gives his thoughts on what are likely to be the big stories of 2018.

Special thanks to 93.9 “The Eagle” and host Branden Rathert for contributing a video that became part of this episode.

On the web:


93.9 The Eagle (KSSZ)

MOVP Hauswirth-2

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/the-big-stories-in-missouri-reviewing-2017-and-previewing-2018-with-missourinet/

Jan 02

A Preview of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – January 3rd is the official beginning of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session. In many ways, it will look and sound like the 2017 session because many of the same issues will be priorities for both major parties.

This week, State Representatives Jean Evans (R) and Tracy McCreery (D) preview the Session with their perspectives from their respective sides of the political aisle.

On the web:

State Representative Jean Evans

State Representative Tracy McCreery

MOVP Jean Evans 2017MOVP McCreery Dec 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/a-preview-of-the-2018-missouri-legislative-session/

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