Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to limiting lawsuits alleging contagious disease exposure

The Missouri House has given initial approval to limiting lawsuits alleging a business or organization exposed someone to a contagious disease. Neosho Representative Ben Baker says his bill would exempt them from criminal or civil liability unless they “knowingly and purposely” caused someone to be exposed to a clinical disease.     The measure would […]

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Missouri monthly unemployment rate inches down to 4.2% in March, 2021

Missouri non-farm payroll employment recovered strongly in March 2021 after a loss in February, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 15,400 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in March 2021, down from 4.3 percent in […]

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Audio: Governor Parson says vaccine passports are not going to happen in Missouri

Some state and local governments around the country are talking about whether to require vaccine passports before entering certain places. The passports are in the development stages and are intended to show proof of a coronavirus vaccination. They have been touted as a way to make governments, businesses, and travelers more comfortable with touristy activities. […]

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Audio: Roll up your sleeves, Missourians, new virus vaccination phases to begin earlier than expected

Governor Mike Parson has announced a new coronavirus vaccination phase will open on March 29 – earlier than originally anticipated. During a Capitol press conference today, Parson says Missouri is well ahead of schedule in its vaccination plan. “The federal government has informed us that COVID-19 vaccine allotments to Missouri are projected to increase significantly […]

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Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors hear presentation on retirement plan

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors heard a presentation about an employee retirement plan on March 16th. Jeff Pabst with the Missouri Local Government Retirement Employees System (LAGERS) also answered questions. The board discussed the status of the energy project. Sunnyview Nursing Home Administrator Jerry Doerhoff noted the nursing home district is […]

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir March 19, 2021

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Missouri, Caldwell County Commission, USACE, and Caldwell County SWCD will host a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction on the Little Otter Creek Reservoir on March 19th, 2021. After over two decades of planning, design, reviews, and permitting, the Little Otter Creek Reservoir will begin […]

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States question whether new federal stimulus law rules out tax cuts

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package […]

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Governor Parson announces special funding to help Missouri’s youth

Governor Mike Parson announced a special cycle of the Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), making $21.8 million available to assist nonprofit organizations and other entities providing services to at-risk youth. “Missouri nonprofits have been a lifeline for many Missourians throughout the COVID-19 crisis, providing critical services during […]

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Missouri unemployment rate drops to 4.3% in January, 2021, down from 4.4% in December, 2020

Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased in January 2021, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 5,900 jobs over the month, but over-the-year job losses were back above 100,000 following benchmark adjustments to 2020 estimates. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent […]

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Audio: Missouri U.S. House of Representatives respond to stimulus package passed on Saturday

A one-point-nine-trillion-dollar pandemic relief package heads to the U-S Senate after approval by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.     The plan featuring $1,400 stimulus checks passed early Saturday with no Republican support. Missouri GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says it’s “serving as an excuse to spend our tax money on unnecessary things completely unrelated to the […]

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Grundy County Commission holds discussion on a variety of topics

The Grundy County Commission discussed various topics with township representatives on Friday evening, February 12th. Included in the discussion was the upcoming ballot issue concerning brush removal from county right of way, road repair, and maintenance documentation. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports requests for rock size and quantities will be used for acquiring bids from […]