New law, less sunlight: Missouri takes down contract website (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New law, less sunlight: Missouri takes down contract website. “Gov. Mike Parson’s administration shut down access Monday to a website that allows Missourians to track who is winning potentially lucrative state contracts. In an announcement posted on an Office of Administration’s procurement website, officials say a new law is forcing them to remove contract award information from public access for privacy reasons. The new law, which was signed by Parson, went into effect Sunday.”

Daily Journal Online: New Missouri State Archives’ YouTube channel is launched

Daily Journal Online: New Missouri State Archives’ YouTube channel is launched. “Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced the launch of a new YouTube channel curated by the Missouri State Archives, a division within his office. The platform offers the public unprecedented access to historic films created by Missouri state government, along with recordings of the State Archives’ Thursday Evening Speaker Series and other Missouri history-related content.”

Springfield News-Leader: Missouri court documents will be available online to anyone starting next summer

Springfield News-Leader: Missouri court documents will be available online to anyone starting next summer. “Rule changes announced by the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday will allow anyone to access public court records through the state judiciary’s online database, Case.net, starting on July 1, 2023. Currently, only summaries of cases are available online; to access documents and other filings, you need to find a public access terminal at your nearest courthouse.”

Missouri Independent: Appeals court hears arguments over Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app

Missouri Independent: Appeals court hears arguments over Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app. “A panel of state appeals court judges heard arguments last week over whether former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff used self-destructing text-message apps in 2017 to illegally circumvent Missouri’s transparency laws. While Greitens was still serving as governor, it was revealed he and his staff were using a text-messaging app called Confide. The app allows someone to send a text message that vanishes without a trace after it is read. It also prevents anyone from saving, forwarding, printing or taking a screenshot of the message.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri launches data dashboard to track rising drug overdose deaths

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri launches data dashboard to track rising drug overdose deaths. “In addition to an online COVID-19 data dashboard showing the seriousness of the pandemic, the state of Missouri has launched another public dashboard to track the increasing number of drug overdose deaths. Drug overdose has become the leading cause of death among Missouri adults age 18 to 44, state health officials say. More than 70% of the deaths involve opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.”

State of Missouri: Governor Parson Announces End To Covid-19 Crisis In Missouri

State of Missouri: Governor Parson Announces End To Covid-19 Crisis In Missouri. ” Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced an end to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri and that the state will be shifting to an endemic phase of the pandemic on Friday, April 1, 2022. A whole-of-government COVID-19 emergency response was taken for more than two years, an effort that responded to the needs of all Missourians during the global pandemic and sustained state operations as more was learned about the novel virus. Vaccines, testing resources, and treatments are now readily available for all Missourians, and much of the population now has some immunity to the virus.”

Springfield News-Leader: Federal grant expands library’s online photo collection of Ozarks’ life and history

Springfield News-Leader: Federal grant expands library’s online photo collection of Ozarks’ life and history. “A $10,000 federal grant is expanding the Springfield-Greene County Library’s online digital collection of photographs ‘vividly documenting a period of rapid change in Springfield and the Ozarks.’ Part of the digital collection ‘From the Darkroom,’ library staff will add 5,000 more digital images to the nearly 29,000 images already acquired. Those images originate from the Springfield News-Leader’s estimated 2.7 million photographs and negatives from 1945 to 2011.”

Missouri Independent: Parson digs in against evidence absolving reporter he accused of being a ‘hacker’

Missouri Independent: Parson digs in against evidence absolving reporter he accused of being a ‘hacker’. “Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday once again refused to accept the conclusions of an investigation by the highway patrol and Cole County prosecutor surrounding a reporter who uncovered a security flaw in a state website. Speaking to a gathering of reporters and editors in the governor’s mansion for Missouri Press Association Day, Parson restated his accusation that a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stole the personal information of teachers.”

Report: Missouri Governor’s Office Responsible for Teacher Data Leak (Krebs on Security)

Krebs on Security: Report: Missouri Governor’s Office Responsible for Teacher Data Leak. “Missouri Governor Mike Parson made headlines last year when he vowed to criminally prosecute a journalist for reporting a security flaw in a state website that exposed personal information of more than 100,000 teachers. But Missouri prosecutors now say they will not pursue charges following revelations that the data had been exposed since 2011 — two years after responsibility for securing the state’s IT systems was centralized within Parson’s own Office of Administration.”