Education and Teachers

Audio: Should Missouri K-12 teachers get a bonus for sticking around next school year?

Missouri Board of Education President Charlie Shields wants the state to check into whether a bonus can be given to K-12 teachers to help keep them next school year. During today’s board meeting, Shields says he wants the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to do some “serious” exploring of what measures the […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol extends application deadline to February 1, 2021

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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Two vehicles collide head-on killing one, third vehicle then strikes crashed vehicles in northbound lane of I-35

One person was killed and three others seriously hurt in a head-on crash involving a car and SUV on Interstate 35 south of the Lathrop exit. Fatally injured was the driver of the car, 48-year old Scott Ford of Kansas City. Three passengers in the sports utility vehicle were taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in […]

Lack of adequate funding has left county taxpayers bearing incarceration costs of state prisoners

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the County Reimbursement Program, which reimburses county governments for certain costs for housing and transporting state prisoners. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections. The audit found that a combination of delayed reimbursements due to lack of state funding and increasing incarceration […]

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Employer survey details employer perspectives on pandemic and skill needs

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) released new statewide employer survey results to correspond with its 2020 Missouri Economic & Workforce Report, which was published earlier this fall. The Economic & Workforce Report tracks the state’s economy and workforce by fiscal year (July 2019 – June 2020). The corresponding employer survey results focus […]

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No charges to be filed against Cleveland officers over 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice

The Justice Department announced that the career prosecutors reviewing the independent federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.  The department notified counsel for Mr. Rice’s family […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]

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Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District recalled to scene of grain bin fire

The Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District returned to a grain bin about two miles north of the intersection of Routes O and Y on Tuesday, December 22nd. Grundy County Rural was called to the bin on the Gary Bunnell property as mutual aid for the Spickard Fire Protection District on December 17th. Grundy County […]

University of Missouri Extension to help expand mental health resources in rural areas

Missouri’s rural counties lack mental health services despite growing financial stress and suicide rates with all of Missouri’s 99 rural counties facing a shortage of mental health professionals; 57 of them have none. The University of Missouri Extension hopes to change that through a multistate project to help farmers, ranchers, and farm families find affordable […]

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Department of Transportation FARM bridge program to replace 41 bridges in northern Missouri

The Fixing Access to Rural Missouri Bridge Program will replace 41 bridges primarily in Northern Missouri. The $26 million design-build project was enabled by receipt of a $20.7 million federal grant under the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports design-build is a delivery method that includes hiring one contracting team to […]

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North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees presented various reports, approve audit and purchases

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard various reports the evening of December 22nd. Multiple reports involved information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dean of Instruction Mitch Holder filled in for Vice President of Academic Affairs Doctor Tristan Londre. Holder reported students were appreciative of the on-campus experience during the fall semester. He is […]

Driving Under the Influence or DUI or DWI arrest

Cameron teenager arrested on drug-related DUI allegation

A Cameron teenager has been arrested in Clinton County on several allegations. Seventeen-year-old Caleb Burns was arrested shortly after 6:00 pm on Saturday evening.  The arresting officer accused Burns of driving while intoxicated on drugs, being in possession of fewer than ten grams of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain his lane, […]