Coronavirus in Prisons

Report: Missouri receives failing grade for handling of COVID-19 in prisons

(Missouri News Service) – One out of every three people incarcerated in the United States has contracted COVID-19, and a new report shows how state prison systems – including in Missouri – have failed to properly handle the public-health crisis. The Prison Policy Initiative report evaluates how corrections departments have responded in four areas: limiting the […]

Coronavirus Update

Two area health departments report 15 new cases of COVID-19

Six COVID-19 cases have been added in Harrison County. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that, as of September 14th, there were 1,220 total cases. Nineteen cases were active. There had been 987 confirmed cases and 233 probable cases. Twenty COVID-19-related deaths had been reported for Harrison County. COVID-19 cases have increased by nine in Putnam […]

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Missouri lawmakers look to undermine Biden COVID vaccine mandate

(Missouri Independent) – Members of the Missouri House on Wednesday floated the idea of pursuing legislation to undermine a mandate from the Biden administration meant to increase vaccination rates in the U.S. The House Judiciary Committee held what Rep. David Evans said was the first in a series of discussions about vaccine mandates, including an executive order […]

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Audio: Mask requirement in school triggers Pleasant Hill School Board meeting to turn violent

To mask or not to mask is a question that many local leaders have had to decide, including Tuesday night in Missouri, where that question fueled a rowdy response from some parents. Fights broke out, and one person was handcuffed after a school board meeting in western Missouri’s Pleasant Hill. KMBC-TV in Kansas City reports […]

New report indicates pandemic will cause Social Security funding shortage

The pandemic presents some future funding challenges to benefits for older Americans, according to the 2021 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports. Walt Dawson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at Oregon Health and Science University, said the programs are foundational to Americans’ health and economic security as they age.  While the reports are […]

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House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship for millions

(Missouri Independent) – A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers, farmworker workers; those […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report on COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases increased in Mercer County September 1st: one more confirmed and three more probable. The health department reported 211 confirmed cases and 225 probable cases. Thirty cases were active. There were three current COVID-19-related hospitalizations for Mercer County. The Livingston County Health Center reported September 1st three COVID-19 cases had been added since August […]

Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters to get harvested deer sampled for Chronic Wasting Disease

With deer hunting in Missouri opening for archery season on September 15 and firearms portions in the coming months, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters to know key information about chronic wasting disease.  MDC will be holding mandatory CWD sampling during the opening weekend of firearms season and voluntary CWD sampling all season for […]

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Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

(Missouri Independent) – The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorneys argue Missouri is violating federal law, courts on Medicaid expansion delays

(Missouri Independent) – Attorneys who successfully sued to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion argued in a letter to state officials Thursday that delays in implementation violate not only the court order but also federal law. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Chuck Hatfield and Lowell Pearson joined with Joel Ferber, director of advocacy for Legal Services […]

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Livingston and Mercer counties report 6 cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday

The Livingston County Health Center reports five COVID-19 cases have been added since August 25. Thirty-one cases are active out of the 2,214 total. An additional probable COVID-19 case has been added in Mercer County since August 25. The health department reports 210 probable cases and 204 confirmed cases. Twenty-four of the cases are active. […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees set tax levy, hear reports on various matters, and hire new employees

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard reports on housing and other matters on August 24. Resident Life Director Donnie Hillerman reported one new residence hall is open, and he hopes the other new residence hall will open September 1st. There are some displaced students currently staying in Selby Hall in the wing […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report updates on COVID-19, one health department reports a COVID-related death

The Livingston County Health Center reported August 24 another COVID-19-related death, bringing the count to 77 since the pandemic’s beginning. The health center reminds the public that those individuals who lost their lives were friends, neighbors, and acquaintances and not just a number on a board. Four COVID-19 cases were added since August 23rd, which […]

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Missouri Attorney General files class action lawsuit against school districts forcing masks on kids

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed a class-action lawsuit against school districts forcing a mask mandate on schoolchildren and teachers. The lawsuit, which is a reverse class action that was filed earlier this morning, names Columbia Public Schools, the Board of Education for the School District of Columbia and their board members, and the […]