Coronavirus Update

Livingston County Health Center reports 12 cases of COVID-19; Daviess County 2 cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports the addition of 12 COVID-19 cases since May 10th. That brings the total number of confirmed positive cases to 1,479. Twenty-three cases are active. Two COVID-19 cases have been added in Daviess County since May 5th, which the health department reports make the total 679. Three cases are active. […]

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Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying under oath to Missouri legislature

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill […]

Missouri State Fair 2021

Missouri State Fair exhibitor camping registration opens May 3, 2021

Missouri State Fair livestock exhibitors interested in camping will be able to submit camping reservations starting at 9 a.m. this Monday, May 3, via an online portal or by submitting a downloadable and printable form, both available on the Fair’s website. Campers should choose either the online reservation request system or fax in the paper form.  The online […]

Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial in Jefferson City

Missouri to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during memorial service on Capitol grounds

The Department of Public Safety announced details of two ceremonies to be held on April 30 and May 1 at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to honor Missouri law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate price for protecting their communities. DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Deric Clark will be one […]

Missouri Department of Conservation reports CWD results for 2020-2021 season

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports it has completed its monitoring, management, and testing efforts for its 2020-2021 chronic wasting disease surveillance year. From those efforts, MDC reports it collected more than 15,300 tissue samples from mostly hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing. MDC has confirmed 44 new cases of CWD from the deer tested. The […]

Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: “Missouri vaccinators to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine”

Missouri COVID-19 vaccinators will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. This decision was made following the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it has studied and confirmed that the pause on its use can be lifted. It was concluded that the known […]

Representative Rick Roeber Lee's Summit

Panel recommends Missouri House expel Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from the Legislature. The committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, said evidence obtained over the course of its four-month investigation confirmed Roeber had sexually abused two of his children in 1990 when they […]

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Sullivan County Health Department vaccinates 196 residents; Harrison County adds two cases of COVID-19 to totals

The Sullivan County Health Department vaccinated 196 residents with their booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the North Central Missouri Electric Cooperative of Milan on April 16th. They were previously registered and met Phases 1A and B, 2, and 3. The health department notes it received the vaccine shipment on April 7th […]

Breast Health

Lawmakers introduce bill to make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) announced that they have introduced the bipartisan Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis Act. The legislation would make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable. “Early breast cancer detection saves lives,” said Blunt. “Unfortunately, many Americans had to postpone preventive care – including breast cancer screenings […]

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After weeks of being COVID free, Mercer County Health Department announces active case of COVID-19

The Mercer County Health Department reports it was notified on April 8th of an active COVID-19 case after several weeks of no new cases. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 168. There have been 174 probable cases and nine COVID-19-related deaths reported for Mercer County. The health department encourages the public to continue […]

COVID-19 South African Variant

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports state’s first confirmed case of South African variant

 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting the first identification in a Missouri resident of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.351, which was first identified in South Africa in December 2020 and began being reported in the United States in late January.  The B.1.351 variant was identified in a sample from an adult living […]

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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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Missouri Veterans Commission elects Commission Chair and Vice-Chair

The Missouri Veterans Commission welcomed three new Commissioners and elected a Commission Chair and Vice-Chair during the March 26, 2021 meeting. Randy Alewel, Kelly McClelland, and Steve Maples were appointed to the Commission by Governor Mike Parson on February 4, 2021, and recently confirmed by the Missouri State Senate. During the March 26 meeting, Kelly […]

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Audio: 65% of Missourians 65 and older have received at least their first coronavirus vaccination

About 65-percent of Missourians 65 and older have been given at least their first coronavirus vaccination. During a Missouri House committee hearing, Robert Knodell, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, confirmed the figure. He says the state is going to reach a point when supply is not a challenge.     Governor Parson says Missouri’s […]

Mercer County Health Department

Mercer County Health Department administers almost 3,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Mercer County Health Department reports it has been part of administering 2,672 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the first week of February. Those doses of the vaccine included more for Smithfield employees on March 25th. Phase 2 will open Monday and includes library staff, higher education, and the homeless. Phase 3 will open vaccines […]