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USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

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Audio: The “Great Resignation” and what it could mean in Missouri

We’re hearing a lot about “The Great Resignation” – an unemployment trend seen as the cause of labor shortages and business shutdowns. Government reports show a record monthly high of 4.5 million Americans quitting their jobs this past November alone. University of Missouri economist and labor specialist Peter Muesser says the nickname for the trend […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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CDC awards Missouri public water systems for fluoridation quality

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that 26 community water systems have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those […]

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Audio: New report says childcare breakdowns cost Missouri’s economy $1.35 billion annually

A new report says childcare breakdowns have cost Missouri’s economy an estimated 1.35-billion dollars annually.     The report, released by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, says the lack of affordable and accessible childcare has driven many Missouri parents to quit their jobs in recent years. It says 61-percent of Missouri parents reported missing work […]

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USDA to make up to $800 million available to provide economic relief to biofuel producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. The announcement includes $700 million to provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The Department will make the funds available through the new Biofuel Producer […]

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Trenton Kiwanis Club, KTTN open applications for Christmas Wish Project

The Trenton Kiwanis Club in conjunction with KTTN has opened the application process for the Christmas Wish Project. Elementary and preschool students in Trenton will have application forms sent home with them next week or families who would like to enroll for the project can pick up applications at KTTN during normal business hours. Individuals […]

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USDA invests more than $350,000 to repair or rehabilitate homes in rural Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $358,270 to improve equitable access to safe housing for rural Missouri homeowners. USDA Rural Development has long partnered with various organizations, together making a larger impact in rural Missouri, Thomas said. The Housing Preservation Grant Program is […]

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Missouri Attorney General sues Springfield schools in quest to find critical race theory documents

(Missouri Independent) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that Springfield Public Schools wants to avoid scrutiny of its curriculum and training materials — and is violating the Missouri Sunshine law to do it. The district improperly demanded a deposit of more than $37,000 to search its records for instances where it incorporated elements […]

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Audio: A record number of people have quit their jobs recently, and it’s being referred to as “The Big Quit”

If you need a job, many Missouri employers need you. Missourinet’s Joey Parker looks into “The Big Quit.”     Nearly four and a half million people quit their jobs in September, breaking August’s record quit numbers.  There are currently some 180, 000 jobs in Missouri alone.  Seventy-nine percent of those openings are permanent full-time, […]

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Experts say flu shots, COVID-19 Boosters go hand-in-hand

People are being urged to check with their healthcare providers about getting a flu shot, to help protect them from an illness during the holiday season. Seasonal flu activity dropped dramatically last year at the height of the pandemic, but as life gets back to near normal, researchers are also expecting a return of influenza.  The Centers […]

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USDA awards funds to 13 organizations to create livable communities attracting people and jobs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is awarding $3 million in cooperative agreements to 13 organizations. These organizations will provide technical assistance to people living in rural and Tribal communities so they can apply for and access government resources for projects that will attract jobs and […]

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Missouri leads 11 state coalition in filing suit to halt federal vaccine mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt co-led an eleven-state coalition with Montana, Arizona, and Nebraska in filing a lawsuit against Joe Biden and the Biden Administration to halt their vaccine mandate on private employers with more than 100 employees. Missouri and the coalition of states are the first states to file suit against the vaccine mandate […]

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Audio: Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black on legislation, vaccine mandates and schools

Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black is finishing his fifth year in the legislature. He says he has gotten into a niche with a group of people who work with him on legislation. He is on the Missouri State Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees. He reports there is a piece of legislation he has […]

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Breast Health Radiologist, Dr. Amy Patel, speaks to NCMC students and staff

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month throughout October, North Central Missouri College hosted a guest lecture with Dr. Amy Patel. Dr. Patel, a Chillicothe native, is a Board-Certified Radiologist who specializes in Breast Imaging. She is a Breast Radiologist and Medical Director of The Breast Care Center at Liberty Hospital, while also serving as […]

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Audio: Grundy County Emergency Management Director, Glen Briggs, on Sunday’s severe weather in north Missouri

Severe storms with radar indications of rotational winds capable of producing a tornado prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning late Sunday afternoon for southeast Harrison County, northern Grundy County, and southern Mercer County. There was no known touchdown. Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports tornado sirens in Trenton were […]