Crime and Courts

Court news for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Among the cases dispensed with on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court include 19-year-old Alejandro Bruno Cuevas of Paola, Kansas, who plead guilty on two misdemeanor counts and had a felony drug charge dismissed by the prosecution. Cuevas entered pleas to possession of liquor by a minor and unlawful possession of […]

Gavel and Law book

Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Department of Health and Human Services authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration for children

Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Dr. George Turabelidze, State Epidemiologist, signed the standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals 12 to 15 years in the state of Missouri. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to […]

Caldwell County Health Department

Caldwell County Health Department asking residents to respond to Maternal Child Health Needs Survey

The Caldwell County Health Department invites residents to respond to a Maternal Child Health Needs Survey. Residents are asked to rate several issues from most to least important to help the health department determine where it should concentrate its efforts. Questions involve the importance of reducing childhood and adolescent obesity, health care for children, improving […]

School Bus

Missouri schools allowed to relax COVID-19 quarantine rules if both people properly wearing masks

Governor Mike Parson and state education director Margie Vandeven have loosened the guidelines for making students and staff quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19 if both people were properly wearing masks. Vandeven explained at a press conference Thursday: “Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in […]

Sex Change News Graphic

Missouri could criminalize sex changes and related treatments for those under 18

The Missouri Legislature is being asked to ban doctors and their workers from assisting with or doing sex changes to those under 18. Representative Adam Schnelting is proposing to charge them with a felony and yank their professional licenses for providing gender reassignments, hormonal therapy, and puberty blockers, which are different from surgically changing genitalia. […]

Healthcare

Missouri improves in America’s Health Rankings for women, infants and children

Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Missouri’s rank advanced to 37th overall in America’s Health Rankings – Health of Women and Children Report 2019, up from 41st in 2018. Within women’s health specifically, Missouri jumped eight spots on the ranking list. The report uses over 60 metrics to compare and rank the health […]

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A vaccine now recommended for all children ages 2-18

Nationwide, cases of hepatitis A are on the rise. Many states, including Missouri, are currently experiencing outbreaks, and the hepatitis A vaccine is the best way to prevent hepatitis A infection. The hepatitis A vaccine is a two-dose vaccination. However, the first dose of hepatitis A provides 95 percent protection for up to 11 years […]

Individual Vaping

Audio: Missouri issues health advisory associated with vaping

The Department of Health and Senior Services has issued a health advisory to providers and partners regarding severe lung disease associated with vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have now been 193 potential cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping in 22 states from June 28-August 20. The CDC is […]

Trenton Fire Department

Trenton Firefighters respond to upper lake in Trenton

At approximately 12:40 pm on Monday, August 15th Firefighters responded with Grundy County EMS, Grundy County Sheriffs Department, and Trenton Police Department personnel to a situation at Upper Lake Trenton. An adolescent boy found himself stranded in the lake after his boat became entangled in something under the water.  Firefighters provided a rope to a bystander in […]