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Linn County officials issue health advisory due to increased cases of COVID-19

The Linn County Health Department and Linn County Commission have issued a health advisory due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the county. The advisory reports Linn County is seeing a rapid spread of the virus and increased community transmission, which is overwhelming local and regional health care systems, depleting available resources for […]

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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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Audio: CEO of Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center discusses COVID-19 and other topics

An executive order is in effect in Chillicothe and Livingston County for people to wear face masks while in public. Chief Executive Officer Steve Schieber of Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital believes the requirement should extend to other counties in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19.  Steve discusses COVID-19 in […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol now seeking applicants for 112th recruit class

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 112th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on […]

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Audio: Governor Parson says “It’s about local control,” holidays must be different

Mask requirements are happening at the local level. After Governor Mike Parson on Thursday sent towns and counties an ADVISORY for keeping down the rampant spread of the virus, leaving them the option.     But Parson says, it’s more than just masks, distancing, not staying inside with anyone more than 15 minutes, plus handwashing. […]

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Livingston County to institute face mask mandate on November 20, 2020

An executive order will go into effect in Livingston County on November 20th establishing the requirement to wear a face mask in certain locations to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19. The executive order by the Livingston County Health Center, Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly, and Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas requires all persons at least […]

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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 […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Public hearing held on environmental impact of East Locust Creek Reservoir

The National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act required a study be performed on the impacts and alternatives to the East Locust Creek Reservoir. ELCR had an approved Environmental Impact Statement in 2006, however, a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was needed to update the alternatives analysis to meet the current United States Army […]

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Department of Conservation reminds hunters of hunter orange requirements ahead of firearms deer season

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters not to forget their hunter orange before heading out the door for the opening weekend of firearms deer season Nov. 14-24. Hunters must wear a hunter orange hat and a hunter orange vest, shirt, or coat. The color must be visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not […]

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Kids reported abuse at schools where Missouri has no oversight. Lawmakers want to change that

(Missouri Independent) – Despite dozens of students coming forward sharing allegations of abuse they suffered at Christian reform schools across Missouri, the state Department of Social Services said Monday that they have no oversight over such facilities. That’s because they’re unlicensed — and allowed to be under a Missouri law that exempts facilities operated by religious organizations. […]

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‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

(Missouri Independent) – Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis […]