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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Grundy County Health Department reports 3 COVID-19 deaths; cases increase by 8 in Grundy and Mercer counties

The Grundy County Health Department reports it received confirmation of three COVID-19-related deaths. That brings the total to 32. It is noted that it may take several weeks to receive an official notice after someone dies. There may be several notifications at once when information is released. COVID-19 cases increased by six for Grundy County, […]

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Missouri Attorney General takes action after Satanic Temple seeks to disqualify Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a response in Judy Doe v. Michael L. Parson, defending Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s faith after it was called into question by a member of the Satanic Temple. Judy Doe, a member of the Satanic Temple, filed a motion to disqualify Justice Barrett last week. Read the […]

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Department of Conservation announces daily waterfowl draw procedures for 2020 with COVID-19 restrictions

Procedures will be determined via communication with local county health departments and department staff.  Four procedure levels are available for 2020. All party leaders will be required to wear a mask while in a draw room facility and use hand sanitizer upon entry. Only party leaders will be allowed in the building and must have […]

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Suspect attempts to take their own life during execution of warrant in Mooresville

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports a fugitive shot himself or herself in the head with a handgun during an attempted warrant service in Mooresville on Thursday, November 5th. Emergency medical services were requested and attempts to provide first aid were given. An ambulance arrived, and an air ambulance was also summoned. The injured person […]

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Student loan default rate continues to decrease in Missouri

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Missouri’s three-year loan default rate decreased two-tenths of a percent, keeping Missouri’s rate lower than many of its neighboring states and on par with the national rate. Missouri’s student loan default rate dropped from 9.9 percent to 9.7 percent. The national rate decreased from 10.1 percent to 9.7 […]