COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

(Missouri Independent) – The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Immunity

Audio: Don’t count on natural immunity to protect you from COVID-19 long term

If you have had COVID-19, natural immunity only lasts so long. Lisa Cox, with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, says you cannot count on natural immunity to protect you long term. If you have had the virus but have not been vaccinated yet, Cox suggests getting immunized sooner rather than later.   […]

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Audio: Missouri works to get statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground

Missouri is working to get its statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground. The Legislature passed and Governor Parson signed a bill into law this year, making Missouri the last state in the country to put a program on the books that keeps track of prescription drugs. Greg Gilmore, owner of Grand Pharmacy in […]

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Braymer man charged with murder of Diemel brothers pleads “Not Guilty” to stealing in Caldwell County court

The Braymer man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Johnson County for the death of two Wisconsin men pleaded not guilty October 12 to a felony stealing charge in Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court. Twenty-seven-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson waived formal arraignment. The case was continued to November 9th for a plea or […]

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State of Missouri extends monoclonal antibody treatment contract

 Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri’s six state-contracted monoclonal antibody treatment sites will be operational for an additional 30 days. “Monoclonal antibody treatments have been successful for many COVID-19 patients and have allowed us to lessen the strain on Missouri’s health care systems,” Governor Parson said. “However, this treatment is not a replacement for the vaccine. Encouraging more […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Mercer County reports a COVID-related death; area health departments report 25 new cases of COVID-19

The Mercer County Health Department reports is has been notified of a COVID-19-related death, which was the first one for 2021. That brings the total number of deaths to 10. The health department notes there has been an influx in cases in the last couple of weeks. The number of confirmed cases rose by two […]

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State of Missouri expands access to COVID-19 treatment for high-risk individuals

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a state contract with SLSCO of Galveston, Texas, to provide monoclonal antibody (mAb) infusion treatment for 30 days at sites in the following counties: Jackson, Pettis, Scott, Butler, and Jefferson. This contract follows Governor Mike Parson’s August 11 announcement that $15 million would be committed to staffing, equipment, and […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Putnam County Health Department reports COVID-19 related death

The Putnam County Health Department reports the death of another community member due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total to 14. Seven cases have also been added since August 11th, making that total 573. Twenty cases are active, and there are 39 hospitalizations. The Putnam County Health Department says the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine delivers a […]

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Nelson, who faces murder charges, now to face felony stealing charge in Caldwell County

A case has been filed in another county involving a felony stealing charge for the Braymer man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Wisconsin men. Online court information no longer publicly shows the Johnson County case involving the stealing charge against 27-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson. A case was filed […]

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Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests

(Missouri Independent) – In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit […]

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Trial date set on stealing charge for Braymer man charged with murder of Diemel brothers

A jury trial has been scheduled on a felony stealing charge for the Braymer man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Wisconsin men. Online court information shows 27-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson’s motion for a speedy trial was granted on the charge of stealing a motor vehicle. A three-day jury […]