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Missouri WIC receives formula waiver from USDA

Missouri WIC announced Friday the proactive, voluntary recall of some powdered Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare formulas manufactured by Abbott. Missouri WIC, the Department of Health and Senior Services Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, announces a new program waiver to help participants replace their previously redeemed, recalled formula, even if the Abbott […]

American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall spoke at the organizationā€™s 2022 annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia (photo provided by American Farm Bureau Federation)

American Farm Bureau Federation claims itā€™s the ā€˜voice of agriculture,ā€™ Others beg to differ

(Missouri Independent) – This story was originally published as a collaboration betweenĀ Investigate MidwestĀ andĀ Watchdog Writers Group. The American Farm Bureau Federation calls itself the ā€œvoice of agriculture,ā€ a slogan it trademarked in 2007. But as the divide between agribusiness and small farmers has grown in recent decades, a unified voice of agriculture has become harder to […]

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House committee scales back governorā€™s pay raise plan for Missouri state workers

(Missouri Independent) – Hundreds of custodians, clerks, and cooks working for state agencies would not get the raises Missouri Gov. Mike Parson promised in DecemberĀ under a spending bill approved Monday by the House Budget Committee. On a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposed, the committee approved a spending bill that sets […]

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Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center announces new Family Services Manager

Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center announces Michelle Stark as their Family Services Manager. Stark oversees and facilitates all of the Education Programs Life Options provides in this role. According to Stark, one of her long lifeā€™s desires was to work with pregnant mothers and their babies. Being passionate and skilled in teaching, […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to offer boating safety courses

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is offering boating safety courses to inform boaters how to prepare for the boating season. These approved courses meet the national boating educational standard. ā€œMissouri’s many rivers and lakes offer a variety of boating opportunities,” said Col. Olson. “Please do your part: Take a boating safety class. Join us in […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson delivers State address in Missouri House January 19, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel - Missouri House Communications)

Governor Mike Parson touts Missouriā€™s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson praised his administrationā€™s handling of the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long-term investments in its future.Ā  ā€œThe bottom line is Missouriā€™s economy is strong,ā€ Parson said in his annual State of the State […]

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Community leaders celebrated for commitment to learning

Community leaders in six northwest Missouri counties were part of Maximize Northwest Missouriā€™s 2021 Regional Learning Collaborative that wrapped up late last summer.Ā  ā€œSome of the keywords that participants used to describe their learning experience include: enlightening, motivating, empowering, informative, inspiring, insightful, and team-building,ā€ shared Mary Hinde, president of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administrationā€™s fight against the pandemic,Ā blocking a federal mandateĀ that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 ā€” thoughĀ the court allowedĀ a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Grant of up to $1000 available to promote farmer’s markets in Missouri

Up to $1,000 in an agriculture grant is available to promote farmerā€™s markets in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Agriculture says funding is available for the Farmersā€™ Market Matching Grant Program through Missouri Grown. The grant is designed to be a reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouriā€™s farmersā€™ markets. Itā€™s described as a competitive […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]

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Missouriā€™s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders

(Missouri Independent) – Jackson and St. Louis Counties requested Monday that they be permitted to intervene and appeal a recent court ruling that they argue has ā€œupended the longstanding public health frameworkā€ in Missouri. In a filing submitted Monday afternoon and obtained by The Independent, the two counties asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel […]

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Four health departments report on new cases of COVID-19; Grundy County Health Department reports two COVID-related deaths

The Grundy County Health Department reports two additional COVID-19-related deaths. That brings the total to 56. Fifty-seven cases have been added since December 1st, making that total 1,904. There are 44 active cases. The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been made aware of 17 new COVID-19 cases since December 2nd. Two of those […]