Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Audio: Missouri pediatricians group responds to attorney general’s lawsuit about school masking requirements

The Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is responding to Attorney General Eric Schmitt suing to block mask mandates in Missouri’s K-12 public schools. Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, says a mask mandate “flies in the face of science, especially given children’s low risk of severe illness and death and their […]

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Fireworks, Food and Family: Cookout costs remain steady for Fourth of July

Much like Christmas and birthday wish lists, kids compile their own “wish list” of fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration. The youngest took inventory of firecrackers leftover from last year (aka, a stash he had hidden) and determined we need roman candles, bottle rockets, parachutes, and artillery shells. This year’s explosions and bright lights […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council informed 17th Street Bridge to open by late June or July 4th weekend

Work is progressing on the 17th Street Bridge project in Trenton with City Administrator Ron Urton telling the council Monday night that if weather conditions allow, he anticipates the new bridge can be opened by late this month or by the July 4th weekend. In his report, Urton noted base rock and curbing have been placed […]

Sales Tax

Grundy County on track to see $500,000 in the coffers for each category of sales tax if trend continues

With an influx of quarterly payments, Grundy County sales tax figures continue to be considerably ahead of the pace of one year ago. The report received today (Monday) shows the year-to-date sales tax collections of nearly $255,000 in each of three categories, general revenue, law enforcement, and the ambulance service. The figures are almost $21,000 […]

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rates: Five area counties above state average while eleven counties are below state average

Five area counties have unemployment rates above the state average while eleven others are below the statewide rate for February, the most recent month available. The Missouri unemployment rate average is 5%. Above that mark are Linn County at 7.8%, Caldwell at 6.0%, Clinton and Sullivan counties are 5.7%, and Carroll County is 5.2%. Unemployment […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Twelve Months Later: Despite pandemic, Missouri moved forward

Since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was detected in Missouri one year ago, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to combat the virus, keep Missourians safe, and move Missouri’s economy forward.  “Since COVID-19 struck Missouri one year ago, we have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach, fight the virus, and […]

Audio: Rhonda Vincent to be inducted into Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, February 6th

After a delay of nearly one year because of COVID-19 precautions regarding large crowds, country and bluegrass singer and musician Rhonda Vincent will be inducted on Saturday into the membership of the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  The ceremony is scheduled during the Saturday night show which begins at 7 o’clock. Rhonda Vincent, an […]

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Budget group calls for stimulus payments for struggling Missourians

Some Missouri policy experts say federal COVID-19 relief money should be allocated to help struggling Missourians and spur local economies. The current supplemental appropriations bill under consideration at the Missouri Statehouse would use federal COVID relief funds to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund. It would happen at the same time the state decreased the unemployment tax […]

Unemployment

Unemployment rates in northern Missouri take a huge dive compared to August

County unemployment rates are down considerably when comparing the September numbers with August. The Division of Employment Security reports Missouri’s unemployment rate last month dropped to 4.3% compared to an August rate that was 7.1%. For Grundy County, the state report shows 108 unemployed out of a civilian labor force of just over 4,300. That’s […]

Unemployment

Grundy County unemployment rate up a full percentage point, northern Mo counties at 4.6% to 7.8%

Grundy County’s unemployment rate went up by a full percentage point when comparing August with July. Those are the most recent months available from the state of Missouri in a county by county listing of the jobless rates. Online information shows Grundy County’s August rate is five point six percent, which is based on 248 […]

Planned Parenthood

Missouri panel grants abortion license renewal request for St. Louis Planned Parenthood

A state judge has ruled today the St. Louis Planned Parenthood meets requirements to get its abortion license renewed. The State Administrative Hearing Commission’s decision is a major blow to Gov. Mike Parson’s administration attempting to shut down the only abortion clinic in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health denied the clinic license one year […]

Cattle in ring at sale

First Show-Me-Select fall sale better than farmers thought with $1,672 average

Show-Me-Select replacement heifers sold for $1,672 average on 190 head. The sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards was the first of six sales across Missouri this fall. This year’s price topped a $1,586 average from one year ago, says Eldon Cole. The University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Mount Vernon, manages the sale. The heifers come […]