Take Back Drugs

DEA “Take-Back Day” set for April 24, 2021

Law enforcement will collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take-Back Day. Medications will be collected at various locations on April 24th from 10 to 2 o’clock. Area locations in Missouri will include the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond Police Department, Excelsior Springs Police Department main lobby, Kearney Police […]

Recall Alert

Midwestern Pet Foods voluntarily recalls products due to possible salmonella health risk

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Feed & Seed Program issued a consumer alert following a voluntary pet food recall published by Midwestern Pet Foods. No pet or human illness has been reported at this time. According to the company’s announcement, the voluntary recall applies to specific expiration dates and pet food brands, including CanineX, Earthborn […]

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Detection of COVID-19 variant in wastewater, during second round of testing, found 1 location with detectable levels of virus

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) continues to partner with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, University of Missouri – Columbia, wastewater operators, and others to monitor trends of the COVID-19 by testing wastewater in communities around the state. Recently, the team has been testing wastewater to look for the presence of […]

First place winner, Northeast Nodaway High School competing in the boomilever competition

Area high schools compete in Science Olympiad at NCMC

Several high schools recently participated virtually in Science Olympiad hosted by North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri. Those high schools included Maysville, Northeast Nodaway, Pattonsburg, South Harrison, and Stanberry. The event covered several areas of the sciences, including life, earth, space, physical, chemistry, technology engineering, and inquiry. As a few examples, in one event, […]

Pasture with stone wall

University of Missouri study looks at nitrogen products for pastures

University of Missouri Extension forage researchers studied the effects of treated urea products on soil fertility, forage yield, and quality.  This information can help producers control risk on nitrogen investments, improve tall fescue forage yields and improve water quality. MU Extension specialist Ryan Lock led the study to evaluate commercial nitrogen products in unbiased, replicated […]

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Special meeting of Spickard Board of Education and Board of Aldermen called to resolve water issues at school

An announcement has been made of a special meeting on Saturday afternoon to discuss the water situation at Spickard, including the school. No in-person classes will be held on Friday at the Spickard school due to lack of water; instead, Friday will be another AMI Day which is alternative methods of instruction. The meeting is […]

Eaglepicher Technologies website (built mars rover batteries)

Made in Missouri: Batteries that power Mars rover, Perseverance, made in Joplin

The new Mars rover is powered by batteries manufactured by EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin, Missouri. There were 14 EaglePicher silver-zinc batteries on the Atlas V launch rocket. Two of the company’s thermal batteries powered the spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing stages, including igniting the pyrotechnics that opened parachutes. The rover’s main power system consists […]

Environmental Protection Agency EPA

EPA takes action to investigate PFAS contamination

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to address PFAS, the agency is making new information available about EPA testing that shows PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers.   Through a coordinated effort with both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a pesticide manufacturer, the agency has determined that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers that are used to […]

Wastewater map of wastewater plants being tested for COVID markers

Statewide project testing wastewater for markers that cause COVID-19 underway

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and researchers at the University of Missouri – Columbia have been collaborating on a statewide project to test domestic wastewater for genetic markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Missouri’s Coronavirus Sewershed Surveillance Project is funded by a Centers for […]