Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to limiting lawsuits alleging contagious disease exposure

The Missouri House has given initial approval to limiting lawsuits alleging a business or organization exposed someone to a contagious disease. Neosho Representative Ben Baker says his bill would exempt them from criminal or civil liability unless they “knowingly and purposely” caused someone to be exposed to a clinical disease.     The measure would […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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Audio: Missouri House passes bill intended to help the state’s growing HIV problem

Missouri pharmacists could be allowed to give HIV preexposure and postexposure medication without a prescription. The state House has unanimously passed a bill that would allow them to provide customers with a 30-day supply once every two years. Representative Phil Christofanelli, a Republican from St. Peters, is sponsoring the bill. Christofanelli, who is openly gay, […]

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Biden to unveil $2 trillion plan to rebuild infrastructure, move to clean energy

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband, and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the president will […]

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CDC says fully-vaccinated people can gather without masks, offers other precautions

According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can gather indoors with fully-vaccinated people without wearing a mask. The CDC website says: For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after […]

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Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes protections against COVID-19 lawsuits

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would protect some businesses and organizations from COVID-19 exposure lawsuits. The legislation is designed to protect businesses like health care providers, manufacturers, schools, and churches from such lawsuits in many instances. Under the bill, the lawsuits must be filed within a year of an alleged COVID-19 exposure. […]

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Audio: Missouri Teacher of the Year award winners co-author letter urging immediate vaccination of Missouri educators

Most Missouri K-12 public schools have been offering in-person classes at least partially for several months, yet most teachers are not eligible to get a coronavirus vaccination. They will all be eligible in the next phase but that could be a couple of months away. Darbie Valenti-Huff, with the St. Joseph School District in northwest […]

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Putnam County Health Department reports 15 new cases of COVID-19

The Putnam County Health Department reports 15 additional cases of COVID-19 since its last update on February 5th, which brings the total to 479. One person is being actively monitored by public health. Thirteen individuals have died from complications associated with COVID-19. The Putnam County Health Department reports it will not receive vaccine this week […]

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Audio: Resident of Northeast Missouri has state’s first confirmed case of UK Coronavirus variant

The state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) says an adult in northeast Missouri’s Marion County has the state’s first confirmed case of a COVID-19 variation initially detected in the United Kingdom. A press release from DHSS says the version, known as B.1.1.7, was identified in a sample from the individual.     The […]

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Health departments in Missouri fighting a lack of vaccine as new tiers open up on state COVID-19 plan

Wondering where to go to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri? On Friday, the state launched an interactive map detailing where over 1,100 providers are located across the state. But not all locations identified on the map as providing the vaccine, actually have vaccines on hand to administer. And reports that the federal government has already exhausted its […]

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Public interest groups sue EPA for re-approving controversial herbicide dicamba

Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers’ crops and homeowners’ gardens. Last fall, the EPA green-lighted dicamba use for five years, the third time the agency registered dicamba products. George Kimbrell, legal director at […]

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Governor Parson announces activation of first Tier of Phase 1B of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Governor Mike Parson has announced the activation of Phase 1B – Tier 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Federal partners have informed the state that they plan to significantly increase vaccine supply next week and that individuals 65 and older and those with the presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions should be […]

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Livingston County Health Center receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

Livingston County Health Center received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to the Tier 1A Population in the county.    The CDC defines Tier 1A as “Paid and unpaid people serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and cannot work from […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sets into motion plans for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services signed the standing order for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration after final review of recommendations made earlier today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “The first week of vaccinations among health care workers in Missouri went extremely well,” said Williams. “We […]

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Missouri health department “Questions and Answers” for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The state health department has officially signed off on dispensing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine statewide. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued its standing order today. The vaccine is being dispensed this week to health care professionals who work with COVID-19 patients or those who are the most vulnerable to get it. Long term care […]

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Environmental Protection Agency proposes new safety measures for Chlorpyrifos

The EPA is taking the next step in its regulatory review of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used for a large variety of agricultural uses and non-agricultural uses. Today, EPA is proposing measures to reduce the risks identified in the agency’s September 2020 draft risk assessments to better protect human health and the environment. As outlined in the proposed […]

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Audio: CDC in Missouri today to begin first-of-its-kind COVID-19 study within K-12 schools

The CDC is in Missouri today to begin a first-ever COVID-19 study within some K-12 schools. Two groups of students who are considered close contacts to someone with COVID-19 will be tested over a 30-day period. The first group includes those wearing masks who are allowed to continue in-person classes. Missouri Department of Health and […]