March 13, 2012National Federation of the Blind of Missouri Press Release

The Missouri Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri oppose balancing the budget by cutting health care for blind Missourians.Columbia, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri, March 13, 2012: The President of the Missouri Council of the Blind, Denny Huff, and the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, Gary Wunder, stand with Governor Nixon in saying: "Cutting healthcare for the blind, prenatal care for women, services for people with developmental disabilities, and child care for low-income families is not the way to balance Missouri's budget."It is just plain wrong," says Denny Huff, President of the Missouri Council, who is himself blind."  Huff says, "This would really be devastating to many of the recipients of the Medicaid provided for the blind."The House Appropriations-Health, Mental Health and Social Services Committee propose to restore funding for higher education in part by cutting health care for 2,858 blind people receiving the Missouri Blind Pension. Gary Wunder, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, notes, "Most people receiving medical assistance as a result of the Missouri Blind Pension have a very limited income—most are not employed. Paying medical costs out of pocket wouldn't be an option. Many will not qualify for private insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions, and those who do will find the monthly premium so high that to purchase private insurance will be impossible.This proposal has come from somewhere out in right field—no discussion, no impact statement, no consideration to how people will do without the medical care they have been provided since... continued...
 

    March 9, 2012Wagenlander Circulation Workshop

Brushing up on growing the audience

Newspaper people from Missouri and Illinois gathered at the Westport Chalet in St. Louis on Feb. 24 in St. Louis for a workshop on growing the audience. Steve Wagenlander, director of audience development for The Evening Post Publishing Co. in Charleston, S.C., presented at the session, which was sponsored by the Missouri Press Foundation and Illinois Press Foundation. Wagenlander talked about ways to increase audience -- for the newspaper and for online content, the cost of gaining a reader, the value of retaining a reader, circulation incentives, ways to cut expenses and other aspects of circulation and audience growth and retention. You need to know how much it costs to get a new reader, because if you don't know that, you can't know how much time, effort and money to spend to keep a customer. He hinted that newspapers usually spend far too much money trying to get new readers and far too little on keeping the readers they already have.

 

 

 

    March 9, 2012MPA/ MPS Board Meeting

MPA / MPS boards met Feb. 8

The boards of directors of the Missouri Press Association and Missouri Press Service held their first meeting of 2012 on Feb. 8 at the offices of The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City. The Day at the Capitol reception for legislators was held that evening, and the annual Day at the Capitol activities were held the next day. During the board meeting, 2011 MPA President Joe May, at left in front, presented 2012 President Phil Conger with a briefcase filled with material Conger need this year. Others attending the board meeting were, from left, Jack Whitaker, Hannibal; Bill Miller Jr., Washington; Kevin Jones, St. Louis; Vicki Russell, Columbia; Jeff Schrag, Springfield; Jim Robertson, Columbia; Richard Gard, St. Louis; Mark Maassen, Kansas City; Trevor Vernon, Eldon; and Dennis Warden, Owensville. The board's next meeting will be in mid-June in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Show-Me Press Association.

 

  

 

 

 

    March 8, 2012Sunshine Week Press Release

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition will celebrate national Sunshine Week by hosting a public forum on March 15 to educate citizens on how they can hold government officials accountable.

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Missouri Sunshine Day
March 15, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia

5 p.m.
Welcome and presentation to Sunshine Heroes: Jim Robertson, president, Missouri Sunshine Coalition

5:20 p.m.
Fundamentals of Missouri's Open Meetings and Records law
Presenter: Jonathan Groves

5:50 p.m.
Resources for open records
Presenter: David Herzog

6:10 p.m.
Public records and campaign disclosure
Julie Allen, Missouri Ethics Commission

6:30 p.m.
A review of selected case studies
Presenter: Jean Maneke

7:00 p.m.
Adjourn 

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Complete news release below.

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    March 1, 2012Missouri Energy Development Association Press Release

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., March 1, 2012 – The Missouri Energy Development Association (MEDA) applauds a formal complaint filed by a Missouri citizen this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). The complaint challenges the take-over of Renew Missouri by the Berkeley, California-based Earth Island Institute Inc. (EII), a nonprofit entity which is using Renew Missouri's name to conduct a political campaign in Missouri. Complete news release below.FROM: Missouri Press Flash News! ServiceTO: News DeskMarch 1, 2012Note: This Flash News! item is being distributed by Missouri Press Service. MPS is not the source of the news. If you need further information or verification, contact the person listed in the news release, do not "reply" to this message.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MEDAMISSOURI ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONPRESS RELEASEContact:Trey DavisPresident(573) 634-8678 Office(573) 424-1587 Celltrey@missourienergy.orgMEDA FIGHTS TO PROTECT MISSOURI FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSESEncourages investigation into campaign finance relationship between Berkeley, California-Based Earth Island Institute Inc. and Renew MissouriJEFFERSON CITY, MO., March 1, 2012 – The Missouri Energy Development Association (MEDA) applauds a formal complaint filed by a Missouri citizen this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). The complaint challenges the take-over of Renew Missouri by the Berkeley, California-based Earth Island Institute Inc. (EII), a nonprofit entity which is using Renew Missouri's name to conduct a political campaign in Missouri.The complaint charges EII with multiple campaign finance violations relating... continued...
 

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