JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s chief executive kicked off the week by honoring a former colleague and wrapped it up by touring an “Opportunity Zone” in St. Louis.

Gov. Mike Parson also met with various groups, monitored the flooding situation in the state, and ran into country singer Easton Corbin.

On Monday, Parson signed HB 448 and 206 into law. Now a portion of Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County will officially be designated as the “Rep. Cloria Brown Memorial Highway.” The legislation aims to honor Brown, who passed away while in office last March after battling cancer.

“Representative Brown was a dedicated, compassionate public servant who always had the best interest of her constituents at heart,” Parson said. “It was an honor to sign today’s bill that will help ensure Representative Brown’s legacy lives on with St. Louis County residents and all Missourians for generations to come.”

Throughout the last couple of weeks, Parson has been keeping a close eye on the flooding that is taking a toll on parts of the state. This led him to pen an op-ed on the subject.

“The Corps can, and needs to, improve the way it manages the system, but we as a state also need to take a stronger role in guiding the federal government’s management of the Missouri River. Our citizens can’t continue to risk their lives, homes, livestock, and futures on a flood-control system that is insufficient to protect them,” Parson wrote.

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Parson presented Democrat state Sen. Jill Schupp with a U.S. flag on behalf of her father, a WWII veteran. The flag was flown over the Capitol in his memory.

Throughout the week, he met with a variety of groups including Northrop Grumman, the Missouri Pharmacy Association, faith leaders from across the state, the Bolivar jazz band, MU extension, and more.