Audio: Missouri school district requires doctor’s note from students who want to learn virtually

Many Missouri K-12 school students are back to learning today. The Kennett School District in far southeast Missouri is now requiring a doctor’s note for students who want to learn remotely. Superintendent Chris Wilson says COVID-19 positives and quarantines are declining around the Kennett area.     Wilson says a specific diagnosis for a student […]

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Missouri Highway Patrol reports traffic fatalities increase over Thanksgiving holiday weekend compared to 2019

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period–from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2020. During the Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers report the following traffic statistics for 2020: Crashes ─ 321 Injuries ─ 72 Fatalities ─ 9 DWI ─ 100 Drug Arrests ─ […]

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Trump Administration invests more than $1 million in rural business development in Missouri

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, today announced 20 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,068,984 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “When rural, small businesses expand and do well, it leads to a positive impact on the […]

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Audio: Missouri public defender system launches pilot program in attempt to reduce overcrowded jails

The Missouri Public Defender System has rolled out a pilot program in five cities that aims to reduce overcrowded local jail populations. The Uptrust program will send text messages to defendants to remind them about court dates and other legal appointments. Public Defender System Director Michael Barrett thinks the new software could have an impact […]

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Audio: Missouri’s New Medicaid Director Todd Richardson to Face Challenges

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson will resign his seat in the Legislature on Thursday to become the new MO HealthNet Director. Medicaid provides low-income families and individuals with health care coverage. Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Steve Corsi says Richardson will face challenges.     Rural hospitals in Farmington, Kennett, Osceola, and Reynolds […]

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Audio: Missouri’s school nurses key to managing kids’ asthma

A common childhood disease can negatively affect school performance, but Missouri’s school nurses are doing everything they can to turn that around. Asthma affects one in 12 school-aged children and, when poorly controlled, it’s likely to cause disruptions for the entire classroom.  It’s estimated that 150,000 school-aged children in Missouri have asthma, but school nurses […]