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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urge continued vaccination as close monitoring of Delta variant continues

Missouri is experiencing a rise in individuals contracting the Delta variant (B.1.617.2, first detected in India) of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. It was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday that the Delta variant has been reclassified as a “variant of concern” in the United States. The Missouri Department of […]

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Trenton Municipal Utilities to begin upgrading electric and water meters

Trenton Municipal Utilities is upgrading its electric and water meter reading infrastructure with new meter reading technology. Older water meters will be changed out to utilize the new advanced metering infrastructure throughout the summer and fall. Comptroller Rosetta Marsh says many of TMU’s water meters are more than 15 to 20 years old and usually, […]

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Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital expands Pain Management Clinic with addition of Dr. Bradford Noble

Carroll County Memorial Hospital has expanded its Outpatient Specialty Interventional Pain Management Clinic with the addition of Dr. Bradford R. Noble. Dr. Noble attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rehabilitation and completed his fellowship in pain management through the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He completed a portion of his residency training through […]

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Lawmakers introduce legislation to improve adoption process for those adopting children from other countries

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Adoption Caucus, announced that they have reintroduced legislation to improve the intercountry adoption process. “There are millions of children around the world without a safe, stable home,” said Blunt. “We can help connect these children with the families they deserve by making […]

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Missouri launches new benefits and resource portal for veterans and military members

The Missouri Veterans Commission announces the launch of the Missouri Benefits and Resource Portal. In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Economic Development Office of the Missouri Military Advocate, MVC created the portal to serve as an informational tool and service guide to help Veterans find potential benefits and local resources.  “The Missouri Benefits and […]

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Wolfner Library upgrades system, improves material access for patrons

The Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library recently adopted a new system that greatly enhances its ability to provide audiobooks to patrons. Wolfner Library, a part of the Missouri State Library, is now using a duplication on-demand system, which allows for customized digital cartridges with multiple audiobooks based on a patron’s preferences and requests. The […]

Biden Executive Actions on Gun control

Audio: President Biden’s gun plan not sitting well with Republicans in Missouri Legislature

President Biden has signed six executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence. They include tightening buyer restrictions for often untraceable homemade firearms. Another one would make it easier for states to adopt laws that could let the police take weapons from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others. During a press conference, State Senate […]

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New app from Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control allows retail cashiers to verify authenticity of IDs with their phones

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announces it has partnered with the MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division, to launch a free app to aid retail employees and other users in verifying the authenticity of IDs simply by scanning the ID with the camera on a mobile phone or tablet. The “Show-Me ID” app […]

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Audio: Phase Two of Missouri’s coronavirus vaccination plan begins today

Another 880,000 Missourians become eligible today (Monday) to get their coronavirus vaccination.     Phase two of the state’s coronavirus vaccination plan is underway. Missourians who work in higher education, libraries, financial services, government, construction, critical manufacturing, and remaining food and agriculture sectors are all eligible to get immunized. So are the homeless and those […]

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Sullivan County Health Department to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic after receiving over 200 doses of vaccine

The Sullivan County Health Department has received 216 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and will host a clinic in the shop building at the North Central Missouri Electric Coop of Milan on March 23rd from 10 o’clock to noon. The clinic will target Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tiers 1, 2, and 3. Members of […]

Jury Duty

Livingston County Circuit Court to implement new system for more convenient communication with prospective jurors

Beginning in April 2021, prospective jurors in Livingston County can choose to communicate with the court by text or e-mail, as the Livingston County circuit court implements the new Show-Me Jury system. The Livingston County circuit court will mail new Show-Me Jury questionnaires starting April 1, 2021, for jury service beginning June 8, 2021. “A […]

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Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group and Mercer County Clinic offering COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 1B – Tier 3

Update 3/16/2021:  According to Jordan Ferguson, the vaccine is only available to established patients of Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group, and Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic who fit within the Phase 1B – Tier 3 group, or any of the previously released higher-risk tier groups.  Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton and Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic […]

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States question whether new federal stimulus law rules out tax cuts

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package […]