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Audio: Hawley pushing back against Biden’s vaccine mandates because of how religious exemptions are handled

Senator Josh Hawley is pushing against President Biden’s vaccine mandates – because of how they handle religious exemptions. The guidance also allows agencies to determine if “the nature of the employee’s job may be such that no safety protocol other than vaccination is adequate.”  Hawley says there must be more of a process, even a […]

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USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care, and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Today’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizing economic growth in rural America and investing in the backbone of our country […]

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Missouri Department of Transportation sets statewide winter weather drill for October 21

Snowy weather is just around the corner. In preparation, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. With high turnover rates and many positions still open, the training is more critical than ever. “With nearly 20% of our plow operators with less than one year of […]

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Motorcycle rider strikes deer in roadway on Highway 6

One driver was injured early Tuesday evening in a motorcycle-deer accident on Highway 6 in Adair County. Sixty-six-year-old Walter Green of Kirksville received moderate injuries and was taken to the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. The westbound motorcycle struck a deer in the road, two miles west of Kirksville. Extensive damage was noted for […]

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Senator Hawley: Biden vaccine mandate shows contempt for religious liberty

U.S. Senator Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to co-chairs of the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce – the Office of Personnel Management Director, Kiran Ahuja; General Services Administrator, Robin Carnahan; and Covid-19 Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients – demanding answers on President Biden’s vaccine mandate, which fails to provide adequate safeguards for the sincerely held religious beliefs of federal […]

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Spickard Board of Education declines the use of “Test to Stay” COVID protocol

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education voted October 18, 2021, to DECLINE the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education COVID-19 Test to Stay option for students and staff. The board accepted a bid from Ace Roofing for cafeteria roof repairs for $11,172. A Princeton bus mechanic proposal was approved. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports the Princeton […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation graduates 15 new conservation agents

The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulates 15 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2021 Conservation Agent Training Academy. The agent class of 2021 took the Conservation Agent’s Oath during a special graduation ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Richardson Fine Arts Center on the Lincoln University campus in Jefferson City. MDC Director Sara Parker […]

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Newtown-Harris Board of Education hires new personnel, sets date for parent-teacher conferences

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education approved hiring and substitutes October 12th. Molly Norman was hired as a paraprofessional. Substitutes approved were Jasey Wollenzien and Cindy Hartman. The board also approved the Local Compliance Plan for Special Education. Superintendent Doctor Lucas McKinnis reported the roof was completed and is in better condition. Work was scheduled […]

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USDA Invests $15 million to construct a regional water distribution system in Northwest Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced that the USDA is investing an additional $15,018,000 to Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission for the development of a regional water distribution system. This funding brings USDA’s total investment for this project to $46,945,210. “Some areas of rural Missouri suffer significantly […]

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Saturday is “National Move Over Day” to remind drivers to protect emergency personnel working on the side of the road

Saturday, October 16, 2021, has been designated National Move Over Day to remind drivers to help protect emergency personnel working on the side of the road. In 2020, three people were killed and 51 injured in the 231 traffic crashes involving parked emergency vehicles displaying emergency lights. Preliminary statistics indicate there have been 168 traffic […]

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UTV crashes near Maryville sending one to hospital by helicopter, driver accused of DWI

A Maryville resident received serious injuries when a utility terrain vehicle crashed north of Maryville. Sixty-year-old Phillip McGinley was ejected from the UTV and flown by medical helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Mcginley was a passenger on the UTV, which was operated by 31-year old Adam Mattson of Maryville. Mattson […]

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State of Missouri creates American Rescue Plan Act spending toolkits for local governments

 The State of Missouri has created and made available spending toolkits to help local governments identify allowable uses for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) local funds.  “We want to assist our local partners in making strategic, responsible investments that will serve Missourians for generations to come,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Our first priority is to ensure taxpayer […]

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USDA invests more than $1 million to support rural Missouri businesses

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced 19 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,006,698 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “USDA Rural Development has worked tirelessly to support rural Missouri businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Thomas. “The Rural Business Development Grants […]