Coronavirus Update

Grundy County reports 8 new cases of COVID-19; Putnam County to offer Pfizer vaccine clinic

Eight COVID-19 cases have been added in Grundy County since July 20th. The health department reports 1,294 total cases. Twenty-six cases are active. The Livingston County Health Center reports one COVID-19 case has been added since July 20, bringing the total to 2,065. Twenty-seven cases are active. The Putnam County Health Department will hold a […]

Charges Filed

Texas woman faces charges in Caldwell County after taking vehicle without permission; leaving 5-year-old on side of highway

A woman from Texas faces charges in Caldwell County after she allegedly took a vehicle without permission and left her five year old son on the side of a highway July 19th. Online court information shows 24 year old Josephine Louise Barrera of San Antonio, Texas has been charged with the felonies of first degree […]

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Governor Parson signed four bills into law on Tuesday afternoon

Governor Mike Parson signed four additional bills into law on Tuesday afternoon.  SB 36 – Capitol Complex Tax Credit:  Creates a $10 million tax credit for rehabilitation or renovation of buildings in the Capitol Complex.  SB 57 – Funding for Criminal Behavior Deterrence:  Creates the Economic Distress Zone Fund, which provides funding to nonprofits that […]

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COVID-19 vaccine clinics to be held in Putnam and Sullivan counties

The Putnam County Health Department reported on June 11 that it received notification of another COVID-19 case. That brought the total to 523. One person was being actively monitored by public health, and 509 had been released from public health monitoring. Thirteen COVID-19-related deaths had been reported. The Putnam County Health Department noted that some […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Sullivan County Health Department now offering COVID-19 vaccine for children

The Sullivan County Health Department can now administer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals at least 12 years old. The office is taking a list of names for parents or guardians interested in the Pfizer vaccine for themselves or their children. The health department also offers the Janssen Johnson and Johnson vaccine for adults and scheduling […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Hy-Vee pharmacies administering free COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations are now administering free COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 12 to 15, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group. Hy-Vee has been offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to individuals 16 […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Department of Health and Human Services authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration for children

Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Dr. George Turabelidze, State Epidemiologist, signed the standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals 12 to 15 years in the state of Missouri. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to […]

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Lawmakers approve Missouri operating budget

Missouri foster care advocates are praising Friday’s passage of the $35.1 billion state operating budget, saying it provides unprecedented support for the foster families who care for the thousands of children in Missouri foster care. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) tells Missourinet that the budget provides a $90 million increase for foster and adoptive […]

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Missouri WIC income guidelines updated for 2021-2022

Missouri WIC announces the release of the updated Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) effective April 1, 2021. WIC is the Department of Health and Senior Services Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) releases annual adjustments to the IEGs used in determining eligibility […]

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Video: Lawmakers introduce bill to subject Major League Baseball to antitrust Laws

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced a bill to remove the antitrust exemption that has been in place for Major League Baseball to subject them to existing law. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), with over 20 cosponsors, has produced companion legislation in the House. “MLB […]

Tax Credit

Lawmakers propose permanent tax credit to stimulate development in nation’s underserved areas

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) have introduced a measure to permanently extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), which has created jobs and driven investment in neighborhoods with high poverty and unemployment rates. The New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act (S.456) will permanently authorize a 39 percent federal tax credit for […]

GRM Networks

GRM Networks to sponsor high school students on youth tour to Washington; will offer scholarships to area students

GRM Networks will sponsor two high school juniors on an all-expense-paid trip to the 2021 Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour June 5-9 in Washington, D.C. Youth representing GRM Networks will join other students representing rural telecommunication providers from across the United States as they learn about legislative and government processes and the importance of […]

Pattonsburg Schools

Pattonsburg School District to close November 23rd through December 7th due to positive case of COVID-19

The Pattonsburg R-2 School District will close from November 23rd through December 7th due to having a positive COVID-19 case in the building. Superintendent Bill Pottorff reports that, due to close contacts, there is not enough staff to provide services. Packets will be provided for students to continue the education process. Teachers will be in […]

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Missouri sends initial shipment of COVID-19 antigen tests to schools statewide

State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests […]

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State releases guidance for Missouri long-term care sites to offer visits again

Missouri has unveiled revised guidance for long-term care places, including nursing homes and assisted living centers, to restart visits inside or outside. A press release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says each facility gets to decide whether to adopt the guidance. Centers without any cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents, […]