A check of deer hunters reporting kills using the Missouri Conservation Department's Telecheck system found several violations. 

During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s forestry division staff, with 182 fire departments receiving checks of up to $4,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear and firefighting equipment for wildfire as well as structure fire suppression efforts.

The total funding awarded to Missouri fire departments through this year’s matching funds grant program is $354,467. Fire departments are required to match 50 percent of the funds, which are provided by the MDC and the U.S. Forest Service’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Program.

Throughout the last 30 years, more than $7 million has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment.

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