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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

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Audio: Governor Parson says “It’s about local control,” holidays must be different

Mask requirements are happening at the local level. After Governor Mike Parson on Thursday sent towns and counties an ADVISORY for keeping down the rampant spread of the virus, leaving them the option.     But Parson says, it’s more than just masks, distancing, not staying inside with anyone more than 15 minutes, plus handwashing. […]

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Audio: Missouri issues public health warning for local governments to implement, and a travel advisory

Missouri’s governor has issued a statewide public health warning because of the continued increase in new COVID cases statewide. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there have been 27,358 new COVID cases in Missouri in the past week, which is an average of 3,908 new COVID cases per day. The DHSS new […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate; promotes “Show Me You Care” campaign

Missouri’s governor has been using stops this week to tout a program called the “Show Me You Care” campaign, which emphasizes the need for you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and to social distance. Governor Mike Parson says everyone must step up to stop the spread of COVID. The state Department of Health […]

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Missouri Board of Education talks about ongoing challenges schools are facing during pandemic

The Missouri Board of Education discussed Tuesday the obstacles and additional workload that teachers and other school workers are dealing with this year. Member Don Claycomb said he expects a much greater number of teachers to leave the profession due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Apparently some feel pushed to the wall,” he said. Missouri already […]

Missouri Senate committee begins work on violent crimefighting package

A Missouri Senate committee is reviewing a plan that aims to help reduce the state’s violent crime rate. Sen. Doug Libla, the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee chairman is sponsoring the bill the Legislature is tasked with passing during the special session underway. In Kansas City, at least 107 people have been murdered so […]

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Missouri Farm Bureau announces positions on upcoming ballot issues

Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, announced its positions on several issues that will be before voters on the November ballot. The state Board of Directors took action based on the grassroots policies developed by and voted upon by representatives of our more than 130,000 member families across Missouri.    Amendment 1 […]

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Missouri residents fight for local control in regulating CAFOs

Missouri has seen a rise in concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, whether they produce cows, hogs or chickens. Now, residents and environmental groups are concerned about a bill they say will take away local governments’ ability to put public-health protections in place. House Bill 1614, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, would prevent […]