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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

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Audio: Missouri’s COVID activity declines for fifth straight week; Governor receives first COVID injection

Missouri’s governor says he and First Lady Teresa Parson have received their first COVID vaccination shot. Governor Parson tells Capitol reporters the shots were administered in Jefferson City.     The governor praised the dedication of Cole County health employees, saying they are doing an outstanding job. He says he’s had a sore arm, but […]

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Audio: Parson’s budget proposal would close half of housing units within Missouri women’s prison

The women’s prison in northeast Missouri’s Vandalia could have about half of its housing units permanently closed. Trevor Foley, with the state Department of Corrections, says Governor Mike Parson’s new state budget proposal would make the change. Gov. Parson’s proposed $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning in July includes about $802 million for […]

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North Central Missouri College earns 2021-2022 “Military Friendly School” designation

North Central Missouri College has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly ® School designation. Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation. The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be […]

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Missouri House committee votes to forgive federal unemployment debts

(Missouri Independent) – Thousands of Missourians facing repayment of mistakenly paid unemployment benefits would get some relief under legislation passed with a bipartisan vote Wednesday in a Missouri House committee. The bill, which will likely be debated on the House floor next week, would forgive debts due to overpayments from federal coronavirus relief programs but would not […]

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Audio: Missouri Senator says students “leaving in droves” to attend college out-of-state

State Senator Greg Razer says Missouri students are “leaving in droves” to attend colleges and universities in Kansas, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. Razer, a Democrat from Kansas City, says some of these states are offering large discounts.     State funding also impacts the ability of Missouri colleges and universities to recruit faculty and […]

Minimum Wage

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

(Missouri Independent) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a […]

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Audio: State still offering free online IT courses to Missourians laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19

Through the end of June, the state is offering free online IT courses to Missourians laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19. Missouri has extended its partnership with CompTIA (tee-a), a nonprofit trade association, to provide the on-demand schooling that can be completed at each student’s own pace. Dr. Mardy Leathers, director of the Office […]

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Grundy County Commission accepts resignation of Public Administrator

The Grundy County Commission Tuesday morning, February 6th, accepted the resignation of Public Administrator Jill Eaton and heard from the Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation regarding a Natural Resources Conservation Service Streambank Stabilization project. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reported the commission would pursue an appointee for Eaton’s position in the next 14 days. That person […]

Healthcare

Special enrollment period to obtain healthcare insurance through federal marketplace begins today

Today begins a special three month enrollment period for consumers to obtain health insurance through the federal marketplace. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid determined that the COVID-19 emergency presents exceptional circumstances in accessing health insurance and provides the special enrollment period through May 15th. Consumers who are eligible to apply and enroll are in […]

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Audra Beverlin named Wright Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Quarter

Audra Beverlin, a patient access representative at Wright Memorial Hospital, was honored as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2020. Jennifer Dixon, Director of Nursing, presented the award to Beverlin at a ceremony held in her honor on February 10. The Employee of the Quarter Award recognizes an employee who […]