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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

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Audio: Missouri’s COVID activity declines for fifth straight week; Governor receives first COVID injection

Missouri’s governor says he and First Lady Teresa Parson have received their first COVID vaccination shot. Governor Parson tells Capitol reporters the shots were administered in Jefferson City.     The governor praised the dedication of Cole County health employees, saying they are doing an outstanding job. He says he’s had a sore arm, but […]

Coronavirus in Prisons

Audio: Missouri prison system experiences significant drop in COVID-19 cases

In early December, the Missouri Department of Corrections began installing 1,400 air purifying devices and using disinfectant sprayers within the prison system. Since then, department spokesperson Karen Pojmann tells Missourinet the number of coronavirus cases has fallen by 80%. The agency reports 7,612 staff and inmates have been infected with the virus since last spring – 147, or […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center revise visitor guidelines

Saint Luke’s top priority is to care for patients and staff and keep everyone as healthy as possible. As the continued spread of COVID-19 has slightly declined in the region, Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital have revised their visitor guidelines to allow level 4 visitation, starting February 4. Hedrick and Wright Memorial were […]

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Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

(Missouri Independent) – The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin […]

Coronavirus Update

Sullivan and Harrison counties report 8 new cases of COVID-19; one death in Sullivan County

On Saturday evening, the Sullivan County Health Department reported four more cases and one additional death attributed to COVID-19. Sullivan County has had 12 deaths and 791 cases since testing began. The number of active cases was 34 as of Saturday evening, decreasing one from Friday’s report. There also was one active probable case. The […]

Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans

Audio: Former Missouri GOP Party director says disturbing messages from Trump supporters led to her resignation

Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans says she resigned a few weeks early. Her term expired this month. Evans tells Missourinet she made the decision after getting troubling messages from Trump supporters trying to keep him in the White House. “The calls were becoming increasingly angry and demanding and threatening – never to […]

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Audio: Hawley doubles down on challenging election process after violence at U.S. Capitol

Despite violence breaking out at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to derail the certification of election results, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley is doubling down on his challenge to the election process. On the Senate floor Wednesday night, Hawley, a Republican, says those who engage in violence will be prosecuted. But he says millions of Americans are […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]