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New funds and strategy may boost “massive task” of reducing lead exposure for Missouri kids

(Missouri Independent) – It’s clear that lead exposure is a problem for Missouri’s children. An estimated 4.5% have elevated levels of lead in their blood, more than almost any other state in the country. What’s far more difficult is figuring out where children are getting exposed to lead, said Carlton Waterhouse, President Joe Biden’s pick for […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Grundy County Health Department reports a COVID death, report 42 new cases of COVID-19

The Grundy County Health Department reports it received confirmation of another COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 48. There have also been 42 cases added since September 8th, which makes that total 1,619. Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson says the office was busy September 9th through 11th working on cases. There have been 68 cases […]

Coronavirus Update

Area health departments report on COVID-19 cases; announce dates of vaccine clinics

The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been notified of two female residents dying from complications of COVID-19. That brings the total number of deaths to 16. There have been 589 total cases, and five are active. Forty-three COVID-19-related hospitalizations have been reported for Putnam County. The Grundy County Health Department reports it received […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Grundy County reports 2 more COVID-related deaths; new cases of COVID-19 reported in four area counties

The Grundy County Health Department reports it has received confirmation of two additional COVID-19-related deaths. That brings the total to 46. Twenty-eight new COVID-19 cases were added since the health department’s last update a week ago on August 24th. The office notes it was “a quiet weekend” with no new cases reported. There are 1,549 […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

6 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Harrison County; health department to offer vaccine on July 30

Six COVID-19 cases have been added in Harrison County. The health department reports 13 cases are active out of the 1,088 total. Nine hundred eight cases have been confirmed, and 180 are probable. There have been 18 COVID-19-related deaths. The Harrison County Health Department notes there has been no confirmation of the Delta variant in […]

President Biden and Dilawar Syed Social Media photo

Senator Hawley and colleagues call for another hearing on SBA nominee after ties to anti-Israel group revealed

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and seven colleagues sent a letter to Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Ben Cardin (D-Md.) calling for an additional hearing on Dilawar Syed, President Biden’s nominee for SBA deputy administrator. The senators’ concerns come from recent inflammatory statements from Emgage Action, a vocally anti-Israel political action committee of which Syed is a member […]

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Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end Senate practice

(Missouri Independent) – Even the stuffy, florid name of the procedure, “filibuster” sounds like something conceived around a table of wig-wearing Founding Fathers. While the name has its roots in the 18th Century (with pirates nonetheless), the concept and practice in the United States Senate is much younger, not being implemented in a modern form until […]

Fall Turkey Hunting Season

Learn about Missouri wild turkey numbers and management efforts through a Missouri Department of Conservation webcast

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites turkey hunters, landowners, and managers interested in wild turkeys and others to join its Wild Webcast on “Wild Turkeys in Missouri: Population Trends and MDC Management” on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at noon. MDC Wild Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl will discuss factors contributing to Missouri wild turkey numbers and […]

B.1.1.7 variant of COVID

Livingston County Health Center confirms United Kingdom and Indian variants of COVID-19 circulating within the county

Livingston County Health Center has announced lab confirmation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services of both U.K. and Indian variants of COVID-19 circulating in Livingston County. B.1.1.7-UK is labeled a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has shown to be 50 percent more contagious than […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

Morel Mushrooms

Missouri Department of Conservation to offer free webcast on mushroom hunting

Warming spring weather brings nature to life with trees, shrubs, and bulbs sending out their spring flowers. It also prompts the popping up of another spring favorite for many Missourians – MORELS! The elusive and edible morel mushroom shows itself during April and into May and is a flavorful favorite for many mushroom lovers. Morels […]

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Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of the interior, where she […]

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Harrison County reports COVID-19 related death; Grundy County receives confirmation of vaccine shipment

Another COVID-19-related death has been reported in Harrison County, on February 24th bringing the total to 17. Three more cases of COVID-19 were added, making that total 1,009. Eight hundred fifty-four cases are confirmed, and nine cases are active. The Grundy County Health Department has received confirmation of COVID-19 vaccine shipments for this week and […]

Covid-19 vaccine

Grundy County Health Department to assist with mass vaccination clinic on Thursday

The Grundy County Health Department pm Monday morning reported the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at six, which is up by one from Thursday. Since testing began, the total number of cases is 1,055, which is an increase of five from Thursdays’ report. The total includes 814 confirmed cases, with the rest listed as […]

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Grundy and Linn County health departments receive shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

The Grundy County Health Department received the second shipment of COVID-19 vaccine it requested for Phase 1A recipients. Those individuals include patient-facing health care providers and staff. Administrator Elizabeth Gibson reports the health department has requested doses for Phase 1B Tier 2. That group includes individuals at a higher risk due to age or health […]

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Audio: Hawley blocks quick confirmation of Homeland Security head Alejandro Mayorkas

Sen. Josh Hawley said Tuesday that he would block a procedural move to bypass full committee consideration of the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to lead DHS.     “Mr. Mayorkas has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden’s promise to roll back major enforcement and […]