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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

Veterans

109 veterans have died of COVID-19 in Missouri veterans homes since September 1

The Missouri Veterans Commission’s Veterans Homes continue to fight COVID-19, and according to spokesman Jamie Melchert, they are continuing daily testing using PCR and antigen testing; training on the proper use of PPE and enhanced PPE; cleaning and disinfecting and enhanced training in these areas; infection control inspections and additional training; additional supervision, including from […]

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Harrison County reports 4 new cases of COVID-19, 2 in Daviess County, 24 in Livingston County, 21 in Mercer County

The Harrison County Health Department announces four additional COVID-19-related deaths for a total of five. The total number of cases increased by seven to 400. The number of active cases dropped by 31 to 67. Two COVID-19-related deaths have been added in Daviess County since November 12th, which the health department reports brings the total […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Audio: Missouri among top “unsafe” places to spend Thanksgiving.

Missouri ranks among the most unsafe states to spend Thanksgiving this year, according to a recent study.     The personal finance website WalletHub.com released its report on Wednesday on the Safest States to Spend Thanksgiving. Missouri ranked 47. WalletHub said it looked at all 50 states in terms of positive COVID-19 tests and deaths […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate; promotes “Show Me You Care” campaign

Missouri’s governor has been using stops this week to tout a program called the “Show Me You Care” campaign, which emphasizes the need for you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and to social distance. Governor Mike Parson says everyone must step up to stop the spread of COVID. The state Department of Health […]

Unemployment

Missouri’s unemployment rate in October up slightly compared to 2019

The Missouri labor market showed mixed results in October 2020. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 6,400 jobs over the month, but over-the-year job losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic remained stubbornly high. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points from September 2020 to October 2020, but the civilian labor force decreased […]

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Seven charged in connection with COVID-relief fraud scheme involving at least 80 fraudulent loan applications

Seven individuals across two states were charged in an indictment unsealed for their alleged participation in a scheme to obtain approximately $16 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Amir Aqeel, 52, and Pardeep Basra, 51, both of […]

NCMC Holiday Lighting 2020

North Central Missouri College continues holiday lighting tradition

North Central Missouri College Main campus in Trenton, MO, kept its recent holiday tradition of lighting the tree and lights located in front of Geyer Hall for the second year in a row. Although looking significantly different than 2019, NCMC still launched the holiday season on campus with a welcome from President Dr. Lenny Klaver […]

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Two receive minor injuries when pickup strikes utility pole and parked car on 22nd Street in Trenton

Two people received minor injuries when one vehicle struck a parked car Saturday night near 22nd Street and Pleasant Plain. A police report released Monday morning shows a pickup truck was traveling on 22nd when it ran off the road, sideswiped a utility pole, and hit a parked car. Police quoted the driver, 23-year-old Billy […]

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Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

(Missouri Independent) – President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place […]

Dr. Alex Garza of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

Video: ‘The virus is winning’: Health officials call for statewide mask mandate in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson needs to issue a statewide mask mandate and “safer-at-home” policy to prevent the state’s health system from becoming overwhelmed, Dr. Alex Garza, the incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said Friday. “Unfortunately, as has been painfully obvious to even a casual observer, we are […]