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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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Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

(Missouri Independent) – President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place […]

Unemployment

Audio: Missouri pays out approximately $2 billion in unemployment claims during pandemic

Missouri’s governor and state officials say initial unemployment claims have dropped from about 100-thousand in late March to about 20-thousand in early June. Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui addressed the issue during a Statehouse news conference on Tuesday.     The state fully reopened for business on Tuesday, and Director […]

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Braymer man makes court appearance on “felony tampering with a motor vehicle” charge

A hearing was held in the Associate Division of Caldwell County Circuit Court Thursday morning for the Braymer man arrested for allegedly driving a rental truck to travel to a farm near Braymer without permission of the two missing brothers from Wisconsin. Garland “Joey” Nelson appeared via Polycom video, and the case was continued, per […]

Remains Found Graphic

Clinton County Sheriff: Human remains discovered in case of missing Diemel brothers

Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish announced during a news conference in Polo on Wednesday afternoon that investigators found human remains at the search area in Braymer where agencies have been searching for two missing Wisconsin brothers. Fish said the remains were found on Tuesday, however, the cause of death has not been determined, and the […]

Branson Duck Boat

Audio: Announcement from attorneys representing Missouri Duck Boat victims coming today

Lawyers representing victims of the Duck Boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson are holding a news conference today in Kansas City. Seventeen people were killed when the vehicle sank while taking on four waves during a storm. Attorney Andrew Duffy says the Duck Boat industry has irresponsibly portrayed their excursions as fun and […]

Food Stamps or SNAP

Audio: State Auditor to announce results of probe into Missouri’s delivery of food stamps

State Auditor Nicole Galloway will announce results of an examination of the state’s delivery of the federal program that used to be known as food stamps.     The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is managed by the state’s Department of Social Services. Galloway announced the audit more than a year ago to examine safeguards […]