Latest Fact-checks in Missouri Viral image stated on February 5, 2020 in a Facebook post: Says a photo shows Patrick Mahomes wearing a shirt that says, “The Great State of Kansas.” Eric Schmitt stated on November 25, 2019 in a roundtable: "You have literally 140 people dying every day of opioid-related overdoses." Jeff Jensen stated on November 20, 2019 in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio: "It’s nothing I do, but the probation office here in the Eastern District of Missouri is the best in the country. They have about a 7.5% recidivism rate, compared to national averages of 70 or 80%" Jean Evans stated on October 7, 2019 in Missouri Times article: "Missouri, in general, has more crime, percentage-wise, than the rest of the country. So, we are seeing overall crime throughout the country is going down but not here in Missouri." Brian Treece stated on October 17, 2019 in a press conference: Columbia, Mo., is "one of the fastest growing cities in the region, the only city in the state to grow jobs faster than the nation as a whole." Nicole Galloway stated on October 12, 2019 in a mass email: "Missouri has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country." Kay Hoflander stated on October 11, 2019 in a fundraising email: "All signs seem to point to Hillary (Clinton) laying the groundwork to run for president again." Mike Parson stated on September 8, 2019 in a campaign announcement: "Wages are on the rise — in fact we were the top small-business wage growth state in the nation." Glenn Kage stated on September 16, 2019 in a Missouri Times interview: "General Motors is making record profits." Chain email stated on October 25, 2019 in a chain email: "14,000 abandoned wind turbines litter the United States." Josh Hawley stated on September 10, 2019 in a tweet: "Meth production in MO has cratered over last decade. MO Hwy Patrol reported 1,326 meth lab seizures in 2006, only 50 in 2018." Sam Graves stated on August 29, 2019 in a newsletter: "The average bridge in Missouri is 48 years old — most were only designed to last for 50 years." Vicky Hartzler stated on September 9, 2019 in a congressional newsletter: "Statistics indicate Americans have experienced 29.3 (billion) illegal robocalls so far this year, marking a 64 percent increase since 2016." Nicole Galloway stated on August 12, 2019 in her campaign announcement: Says her office "uncover(ed) $350 million in waste and fraud; it led to 40 criminal charges against both Republicans and Democrats." Roy Blunt stated on August 13, 2019 in a Facebook post: "U.S. agricultural & food exports are expected to increase more than $2 billion annually under #USMCA" Tracy McCreery stated on April 8, 2019 in a legislative debate: "Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds and 25-34 year olds in Missouri." Patricia Pike stated on April 11, 2019 in a legislative debate: "Over 30 states passed the legislation to ban powdered alcohol," and Missouri is not one of them Cody Smith stated on February 21, 2019 in a statement: "On our current trajectory, we’ll be 2,000 prison beds short by 2021... We’ll need two new prisons soon, at the cost of $485 million over the next five years." Cody Smith stated on March 6, 2019 in a capitol report: "Our state transportation department already has a heavy debt load and has paid more than $700 million in debt payments in just the last two years." Dave Muntzel stated on February 25, 2019 in legislative remarks: "One-fourth of the vehicles on (Missouri’s) highways are defective." Cindy O’Laughlin stated on February 14, 2019 in an opinion piece: "When comparing state by state, the data clearly demonstrates that over 20 other states with (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) are still substantially worse off than Missouri in terms of curbing the effects of opioid abuse." Cheri Toalson Reisch stated on April 1, 2019 in in the state House during discussion of a criminal justice bill: "We have an unemployment (rate of) 1.5 in Boone County, and we can’t find enough workers." Maxine Lipeles stated on February 24, 2019 in a newspaper article: "All the ponds in Missouri for which we have data are causing groundwater contamination. … This is a statewide issue." Nick Schroer stated on February 12, 2019 in a podcast: "There are statistics out there that show the number of women who died from illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade, that number has skyrocketed since with women dying more with legal abortions." Dave Griffith stated on February 12, 2019 in a hearing: "Every county in the state of Texas has a veterans court." Eric Burlison stated on February 13, 2019 in a Senate hearing: Says SJR 11 "seeks to fix what is very quickly becoming a problem in Missouri — initiative petitions and referendums are being filed at record highs." Denny Hoskins stated on January 31, 2019 in an interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune: "Missouri still owes $60 million on bonds issued to build the 23-year-old Edward Jones Dome, the former home of the St. Louis Rams." Clif Smart stated on February 14, 2019 in a tweet: "Missouri ranks 45th in the nation in per capita state fiscal support for higher education and Missouri State is last among Missouri schools." Tommie Pierson Jr. stated on February 18, 2019 in a Missouri Legislative Black Caucus press conference: Says "zero" African Americans have presented to the House Budget Committee in 2019. Mike Parson stated on January 24, 2019 in an interview on KCUR: "We are always going to need architects, doctors, we’re going to need professionals with four-year degrees. But 65 to 70 percent of the people in Missouri don’t have degrees."