Grundy County Museum

Audio: Photos from 5th graders to be showcased at Grundy County Museum

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in the opening this year of the Grundy County Museum, organizers continue to plan for the feature exhibit. “Photography Then and Now” will be featured on the main floor once the museum does open for the season. To showcase local involvement, 5th graders county-wide are encouraged to […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Missouri Legislature adopts medical marijuana changes

The Missouri Legislature has passed changes to the state’s new medical marijuana industry. The FBI informed the state health department, which licenses and regulates the medical marijuana industry, that the department will not have access to its national fingerprint background check database. Representative Lane Roberts, R-Joplin, says his legislation would clear up that problem. “Because […]

Elderly person in Wheelchair

Audio: Missouri Health Director says he’s not sure when nursing homes, assisted living centers will reopen to visitors

Missouri’s nursing homes and assisted living centers caring for senior citizens remain closed to visitors due to the coronavirus. State Health Director Randall Williams says Missouri will follow the guidance of the federal government when determining a future reopening.     The most recent state data shows more than 80 nursing homes or assisted living […]

Food Stamps or SNAP

Audio: SNAP and Food Stamps are now an option for grocery shopping online

The Missouri Department of Social Services says SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits households can use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy food online from Amazon and Walmart, and other retailers might be added.     To get started with online purchasing, Food Stamp/SNAP participants can connect directly with the online store. A […]

Gavel and old law books (court or trial)

Judge Thomas Alley gets “OK” to begin reopening of local courts

Presiding Judge Thomas Alley of the Third Judicial Circuit Court reports he’s reviewed COVID-19 health conditions and received guidance from the Missouri Supreme Court to begin the process of re-opening local courts. This applies to the counties of Grundy, Mercer, Harrison, and Putnam which are in the third circuit of Missouri. Judge Alley stated these […]

Audio: Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program legislation heading to a conference committee

Legislation that would create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is now heading to a Missouri House-Senate conference committee. While both chambers have approved PDMP, they’ve approved different versions. Scott City GOP State Representative Holly Rehder delivered a passionate floor speech on Monday, urging colleagues not to judge people “unless you’ve walked a mile in […]

Missouri Department of Public Safety Website

Missouri Department of Public Safety: Traffic violations and domestic violence incidents on the rise

The Missouri Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten says highway traffic has picked up since the state has reopened for business But traffic violation numbers have passed those of a normal year—already.     Director Karsten says that violence at home has increased while people have had to stay at home.     Karsten asks residents […]

Missouri State Parks

Audio: Missouri parks to gradually return to normal operations; beach and camping lovers will have to wait

Missouri’s State Parks will gradually return to normal business operations. On Monday, concession-operated lodging, dining, marina, and retail operations will begin reopening at the discretion of the individual concessionaires. Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer says park campgrounds and park-run lodging will remain closed.     On May 11, Castlewood, Elephant Rocks, Watkins […]

Unemployment

Audio: Workers who are afraid to go back to work will not qualify for unemployment benefits

Some Missouri businesses are preparing to reopen Monday, and Labor Department Director Anna Hui says Missourians who are afraid of going back to work due to the coronavirus will not qualify for unemployment benefits.     Workers could still request unemployment benefits if they have limited hours. Hui says the department is working to launch […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Missouri Governor supports Trump’s ordering of meatpacking plants to stay open

Despite coronavirus outbreaks among some of the nation’s meatpacking plants, President Trump is expected to order them to stay open. At least 3,000 workers among 48 meatpacking plants around the country have tested positive for the virus. Governor Parson agrees with the president’s move.     The state is testing workers this week at meat […]

Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments on overtime pay case for corrections officers

The Missouri Supreme Court heard remote oral arguments on Wednesday in a high-profile case involving the Cole County circuit court’s 2018 decision to award more than $113 million in overtime pay for Missouri corrections officers. It’s a case that’s been working its way through the court system for eight years, and it’s a case that could […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson says almost every Missouri business will be able to reopen May 4

Governor Parson says almost every Missouri business will be able to reopen its doors on  May 4.  During a virtual coronavirus briefing, the governor says he’s developing policies and guidelines for communities to follow.     St. Louis City, St. Louis County have indefinitely extended their stay-at-home orders. Kansas City’s runs until May 15.