Audio: Missouri’s school nurses are on the front lines of COVID-19 response within classrooms

The Missouri Association of School Nurses says school nurses are playing an even more critical role during the COVID-19 crisis. The state had about 1600 school nurses among Missouri’s more than 500 K-12 public school districts. Linda Neumann (pronounced newman), executive director of the association, says school nurses have been going above and beyond the […]

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Several new laws go into effect in Missouri today

Several bills become law today that the Missouri Legislature passed during the second regular session of the 100th General Assembly. Here is a snapshot of the top bills approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mike Parson: Partial motorcycle helmet law repeal House Bill 1963 is a sweeping transportation bill allowing motorcycle drivers 26 years and […]

Audio: Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal to bring widespread rain, possible severe weather to north Missouri

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are moving into Missouri, prompting watches. The National Hurricane Center said in its 4 a.m. update the center of the storm is about 80 miles southeast of Springfield, Mo., and has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. A flash flood watch is in effect for areas in and near […]

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Senior Life Solutions services at Wright Memorial Hospital now offered remotely

Senior Life Solutions at Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton has made a transition to providing services remotely due to COVID-19 safety precautions. The outpatient group therapy program for seniors began offering teletherapy to its patients last month. Teletherapy allows them to receive care while remaining at home. The services are provided via telephone or computer […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital offers tips to cope with anxiety and isolation during COVID-19 pandemic

Americans of all ages are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 14 million older adults in the U.S. live alone and are especially vulnerable during this time. Their research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of […]

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Help is available if Veterans experience stress or other concerns

Veterans Service Officer Wayne Kleinschmidt encourages family and friends of veterans to talk openly with the veterans if they show signs of stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental well-being concerns. Kleinschmidt notes those signs could include excessive worrying or dread, irritability or agitation, restlessness or difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and anxiety or panic attacks. Family and […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions recognized as finalist for Program of the Year award

Wright Memorial Hospital announces that the hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program has been recognized as a finalist for the National Program of the Year award. To date, there are 90 Senior Life Solutions programs across 26 states nationally. Top-performing programs are recognized annually based on their excellence in demonstrating the program’s values of care, compliance, […]

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Polo School District implements crisis plan due to crash that killed two teenagers

The Polo R-7 School District has implemented its Crisis Plan this week following a vehicle accident in southern Caldwell County Sunday that killed two teens from Polo. Middle School and High School Principal Jonathon Pickrell provided information that shows the plan involves guidelines for understanding and responding to a crisis, including emotions teachers may observe […]

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Audio: Missouri schools hire therapist to help with growing need for mental health services

The Sikeston School District in southeast Missouri has hired a licensed therapist to help with an increased need for mental health services among students. Third-grade teacher Jessica Mercer says the decision is welcome news.     “Just the things that they go through at home or they go through with other students, you wanna spend […]

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Senior Life Solution program raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is working to raise awareness.  According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an average of 129 deaths by suicide occur per day and there are an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts per year. Talk of suicide should never be […]