Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General statement on school districts continuing to enforce mask mandates, quarantine orders

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement addressing school districts that continue to illegally enforce mask mandates and quarantine orders despite the recent Cole County ruling.     “School districts have never been given the authority by the legislature to enact public health orders like mask mandates or quarantine orders – the recent […]

Coronavirus Update

Livingston County Health Department reports COVID-related death; 5 health departments report on new COVID cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports a COVID-19-related death. The total number of deaths is 83.  Thirteen cases have been added since January 13th, bringing that total to 2,821. The number of active cases went down by 17 to 129. Another COVID-19-related death has been added for Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that, […]

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COVID-related death reported for Mercer County; Two health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Mercer County. The health department reports 13 deaths total.  Confirmed cases increased four since December 7, bringing that total to 257. Probable cases increased by five to 293. There are 23 active cases for Mercer County. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms one COVID-19 case since December 7th, […]

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Four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday

The Livingston County Health Center reports 26 COVID-19 cases have been added since December 2nd, bringing the total to 2,455. The number of active cases went down six to 43. Twenty-four COVID-19 cases have been added in Linn County since November 30th. The health department reports 1,990 total cases, and 32 are active. There are […]

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Three health departments report on new cases of COVID-19; new COVID-related death also reported

Another COVID-19-related death has been added for Caldwell County. The health department reports 25 deaths total. The number of cases has increased by 75 since November 16th, which raises the total to 1,406. There are 40 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms three additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,305. Sixteen cases […]

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Five area health departments report on COVID-19 cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports an additional COVID-19-related death, bringing the deaths to 79 total. Eighteen cases were also added since November 29th’s update, making that total 2,435. There are 36 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms five additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,302. There are 13 active cases.As of […]

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Greene County taxpayers footed a $25,000 legal bill in connection with 2017 ballot measure ethics probe

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the audit of the Greene County Commission that included the involvement of a former Greene County commissioner in a 2017 sales tax ballot measure campaign. Among its findings, the audit found that taxpayers paid more than $25,000 in legal invoices sent to the personal address of now-former Presiding Commissioner […]

Coronavirus Update

Four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

Five COVID-19 cases have been added for Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that, as of November 18th, there were 1,342 cases total, and 34 were active. There had been 1,074 confirmed cases and 268 probable cases. The Livingston County Health Center reports 10 COVID-19 cases have been added since November 12th, raising the […]

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Breakthrough infection data added to Missouri’s COVID-19 dashboard

A new addition to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services statewide COVID-19 dashboard finds that vaccination remains a strong defense against the virus, and that older age and health co-morbidities are strongly correlated with “breakthrough infections.”  The new data identifies COVID-19 breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated. The analysis is the result of a partnership […]

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Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

(Missouri Independent) – The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal […]

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Managing potassium and phosphorus when prices are high

Farmers understand fertilizer prices fluctuate with time. “We are living through a substantial shift in potassium and phosphorus prices, from low prices in the 2020 growing season to the highest prices in the past decade for fertilizer purchased now for the 2022 growing season,” says John Lory, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist. A […]

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Report confirms disparities in getting behavioral health support

Women and young people have faced increased behavioral health challenges since before the pandemic, according to a new report, which assessed the state of well-being for women and children. The study from the United Health Foundation looked at more than 100 measures, from physical health to emotional, social, and behavioral health determinants. Dr. Ravi Johar, chief […]

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Trenton Utility Committee reviews qualifications of two firms for water and sewer rate studies

The council committee that oversees Trenton Municipal Utilities on Tuesday evening reviewed the qualifications of two companies interested in doing studies on Trenton water and sewer rates. TMU staff reviewed the qualifications of Toth and Associates and for Raftelis. Utility director Ron Urton said the staff recommends using Toth and Associates based on good experience […]

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Grundy County Commission meets with firms regarding streambank stabilization project

The Grundy County Commission on October 19 met with the Howe Company and Binder Irrigation of Table Rock, Nebraska regarding the streambank stabilization project for the Thompson River west of Trenton. County Clerk Betty Spickard reports work on the project could start on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The project is anticipated to be completed before […]

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Two area health departments report updates on COVID-19 cases

One new case of COVID-19 has been added to the rolls in Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that, as of October 15, there were 1,263 total cases, and five were active. There had been 1,018 confirmed cases and 245 probable cases. The Harrison County Health Department October 15 reported 47 total breakthrough cases. Those […]

Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report 16 new cases of COVID-19

Six COVID-19 cases have been added in Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that, as of September 22nd, there were 1,246 total cases. The number of active cases stayed at 17. There had been 1,012 confirmed cases. The Harrison County Health Department notes there have been 44 breakthrough cases. They involved 17 residents who […]

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Lawsuit filed by lobbyist accuses MOSERS of violating Missouri Sunshine Law

(Missouri Independent) – A new lawsuit will test whether public agencies can hide how much they are paying attorneys and determine how far they must go in searching for records sought under the Missouri Sunshine Law. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 10 in Jefferson City by lobbyist John Gaskin of Flotron McIntosh, accuses the Missouri State Employees […]