Asian Longhorn Tick

Asian Longhorned Tick confirmed in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri State University, has confirmed the first finding of an Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in Missouri. Missouri becomes the 16th state with a presence of the tick species, following the first confirmed report of the Asian […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issues COVID-19 guidance

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued updated COVID-19 guidance last week. Missouri School Boards Association Deputy Executive Director Brent Ghan, early in the afternoon of July 27, said the association supported the guidance and urged school districts to look at it. He called vaccination a public health prevention strategy to help end […]

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Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]

Vehicle Wreck with 4 Juvenile Occupants Simpson Park Chillicothe

Crash at entrance of Simpson Park injures four; 54-year-old woman arrested on drug allegations

Chillicothe Police, just after 6 a.m. Sunday, responded to a single-vehicle accident that injured four minors. The accident occurred at the Walnut Street entrance of Simpson Park. Officers reported a juvenile driver lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the left side of Walnut Street, and went into a creek. The juvenile driver and three […]

Weed Zapper

Weed electrocution research sparks interest as herbicide resistance impedes current methods

Move over, herbicides. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s toting some powerful guns loaded with electricity to kill weeds.  This shocking new method of weed control was demonstrated at the 2021 Pest Management Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia.  As more weeds develop resistance to herbicides, electrocution […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two on Thursday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reporting arrests Thursday evening, July 22, 2021, in Daviess and Caldwell counties. A man from Tomball, Texas, 39-year-old Harry Hicks, was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. The highway patrol in Daviess County accused Hicks of resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center revise visitor guidelines to Level 3

Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center have revised their visitor guidelines to allow Level 3 limited visitation, as of July 23. Wright Memorial and Hedrick were previously at a ‘Level 4’, which allowed patients only one visitor per day. Level 3 visitor guidelines allow two visitors per patient per day in inpatient areas and […]

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Patrol arrests two on DWI and drug-related allegations

Highway Patrol troopers working in Daviess County have made separate arrests this week of two drivers for alleged alcohol consumption and drug usage. Sixty-year-old Savannah resident Ricky L. Smith was arrested Wednesday evening and accused of felony driving while intoxicated as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He’s also accused of failure to […]

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Trenton Police Department reports the arrest of two women

A Trenton resident, 46-year-old Stephanie Miller, has been arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, synthetic cannabinoid. Court information accused her of possessing methamphetamines on Thursday. Bond is $5,000 cash with a July 27 appearance in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident, 31-year-old Kelsey Lea McCaughey, has […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 15, 2021

In Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, a Trenton man pleaded guilty and was sentenced regarding a felony drug possession charge from April 14. Six other misdemeanor counts were dismissed by the state. Edwin Floyd Gordy the fourth was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections. Judge Thomas Alley suspended the execution of […]

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As COVID-19 causes hospitals to fill, Springfield asks Missouri for temporary care site

(Missouri Independent) – Facing a looming shortage of beds caused by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, healthcare providers in Springfield are asking the state to set up temporary hospital beds so existing hospital space can be dedicated to caring for the most severely ill. The alternate care site would treat patients stable enough to be removed […]

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News from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Preliminary hearings were waived by four defendants when they appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Chillicothe resident Tesse Janell Carman faces two felony drug possession counts and three misdemeanor counts stemming from a June 25 arrest. Tristan Lee Vencill of Trenton is charged with delivering a controlled substance from August […]

The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday over Medicaid expansion. (Screenshot from pool video provided by KMIZ-TV)

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the […]