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November trial set for lawsuit challenging $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

(Missouri Independent) – A trial will be held in early November to determine whether a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene will take over the contract for prison health care in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green set Nov. 3 as the first day in the trial where current […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees set tax levy, hear reports on various matters, and hire new employees

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard reports on housing and other matters on August 24. Resident Life Director Donnie Hillerman reported one new residence hall is open, and he hopes the other new residence hall will open September 1st. There are some displaced students currently staying in Selby Hall in the wing […]

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As Missouri students head back to class, state launches new COVID testing program

(Missouri Independent) – Monday marks the first day of school for thousands of students across Missouri and it’s also when schools can begin enrolling in a new federally-funded testing program aimed at helping facilitate a safe return to the classroom. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday evening that Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., a […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education approves transportation arrangements; implementation of late start schedule

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education approved transportation matters on August 9. They included bus routes and continuing to allow children within one mile of the school to be picked up. The board also approved implementing a late start schedule, free and reduced lunch eligibility criteria guidelines, the Annual Secretary of the Board Report, the […]

St. Joseph School District Website

Audio: St. Joseph School District to require students to wear masks when they return to the classroom on August 23

Students in Pre-K-12, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors in the St. Joseph School District beginning August 23, 2021, the first day of school for the district, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required outdoors.     Following presentations and discussion, the St. Joseph Board of Education voted 5 […]

Spickard School

Spickard Board of Education adopts budget and accepts bids

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education adopted a budget and accepted bids July 19th. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports anticipated revenues for the 2021-2022 budget are $1,033,529, and anticipated expenditures are $1,006,038. There is a surplus of $27,491. The 2020-2021 budget was also amended to match actual revenues and expenditures. Bids were accepted from AE Dairy […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View Board of Education approves amended budget, sets tax rate hearing for August 10

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education this week approved, effective June 30th, the 2020-2021 budget amended to match actual revenues and expenditures. The 2021-2022 budget was also approved. Fund 2 was zeroed out with a transfer from Fund 1 to Fund 2. Anticipated revenues for 2021-2022 are $1,983,464, and anticipated expenditures are $1,912,041.53. There […]

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Missouri Attorney General, Governor send letter to Biden DOJ, fighting encroachment on Second Amendment rights

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Governor Mike Parson sent a letter to President Biden’s Department of Justice fighting back against potential federal overreach and encroachment on Missourians’ Second Amendment rights. The full letter can be found here “Missourians’ and Americans’ Second Amendment rights are enshrined in the Constitution – I will defend those rights […]

Newtown-Harris School Website

Newtown-Harris Board of Education approves employee health insurance plans and senior trip to Branson

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education on March 15th approved paying $575.08 toward employee health insurance plans. Insurance will continue through the Ozark Schools Benefits Association.  Superintendent Lucas McKinnis reported that the district offers seven plans, and insurance costs are less than last year. Employees can upgrade to a PPO plan, but they may have […]

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Audio: Good turnout for teacher vaccinations in rural northeast Missouri

Monday marked the first day of the next tier of Missouri COVID vaccinations, a tier that includes teachers. WGEM’s Frank Healy reports the Lewis County health department in northeast Missouri brought shots to a public clinic and to two school districts.     The new tier includes teachers. Canton School Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer says when […]