COVID-19 Delta Variant

COVID cases among children rising as Missouri Delta variant wave enters fifth month

(Missouri Independent) – Clay LaRue, superintendent of the Van Buren R-1 School District, made a tough decision Sunday. With COVID-19 cases spiking in Carter County in southeast Missouri, and many of those infections among very young children, LaRue shut down the district’s pre-kindergarten program for two weeks. He had previously directed faculty, staff, and students […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Commentary: As schools reopen, an epidemiologist on what works — and what’s not worth the effort

This article is a commentary, the views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, Doctor Brandon Guthrie, and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KTTN/KGOZ radio, the staff, management, and webmaster. Dr. Brandon Guthrie is an epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Washington. His specific research […]

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem (Screenshot courtesy KRCG-TV)

Judge orders state to immediately allow Missourians to enroll in expanded Medicaid

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri Department of Social Services must allow newly eligible residents that qualify for benefits under voter-approved Medicaid expansion to enroll and cannot impose greater restrictions on them, a Cole County judge ruled Tuesday. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem sided with the plaintiffs who urged him to allow Medicaid expansion to take […]

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Department of Transportation roller vehicle overturns during loading; driver life flighted to hospital

The Highway Patrol reports a Norborne man sustained serious injuries when the Missouri Department of Transportation roller vehicle he was loading overturned off the trailer.  An air ambulance transported 26-year-old Chilton Elliott to the Truman Medical Center. The vehicle was being loaded onto a trailer when it overturned, striking the ditch. The incident occurred on […]

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Patrol reports the arrest of three on multiple allegations

The highway patrol reports a Shakopee, Minnesota resident, 22-year old Keagan Bozicezich, was arrested Friday afternoon in Harrison County and accused of felony possession of heroin, felony resisting arrest, plus unlawful use of paraphernalia, speeding, and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Bozicezich was taken to the Harrison County Jail. Twenty-eight-year-old Gabrille Brown of Carrollton was arrested […]

Survey

Landowners and tenants invited to respond to 2021 Missouri rental rate survey

Landowners lease roughly 35% of Missouri crop, pasture, and woodland acreage to renters every year. Rented acreage has increased in recent years as more land has transitioned to the next generation, interest rates have incentivized land investments, and interest in carbon markets and working land conservation has grown, said Ben Brown, extension economist with the […]

Bull Elk

Missouri Department of Conservation announces five hunters drawn for 2021 elk permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulates the five Missourians drawn for the state’s 2021 elk hunting season this coming fall and winter. MDC will issue one permit each to the five lucky Missourians randomly drawn from 9,714 permit applications, including one drawn from 84 resident-landowners who applied and 9,630 from other Missourians. The five applicants […]

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UTV and SUV crash near Hale injuring three; one driver accused of DWI

The highway patrol reports three people were injured, two of them seriously, in a two-vehicle crash involving a UTV and an SUV, early Sunday evening in southeastern Livingston County, three miles northeast of Hale. One of the drivers, 24-year-old Christopher Hartbert of Hale, received minor injuries; however, two female passengers were seriously injured. They are […]

Third District State Representative Danny Busick

Audio: Third District State Representative Danny Busick wants to keep gas stations doing business in rural areas

Third District State Representative Danny Busick wants to keep gas stations doing business in rural areas and says that if a gas station owner wants to pass on the business to someone else, there are many regulations.     Busick explains he wants to develop a way to allow small stations to operate, maybe under […]

MoDOT painting lines on roads and highways

Seasonal road striping operations underway, so watch out for slow-moving paint crews

Road striping operations are in progress throughout the state and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when encountering work crews. Drivers may come upon slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway at various locations in the state through August. “Stripes are refreshed periodically for the safety of […]