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Audio: Missouri’s St. Louis County makes Juneteenth a holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. St. Louis County has made Juneteenth a holiday. The observance on June 19th marks […]

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Audio: Missouri’s COVID activity declines for fifth straight week; Governor receives first COVID injection

Missouri’s governor says he and First Lady Teresa Parson have received their first COVID vaccination shot. Governor Parson tells Capitol reporters the shots were administered in Jefferson City.     The governor praised the dedication of Cole County health employees, saying they are doing an outstanding job. He says he’s had a sore arm, but […]

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Audio: Missouri discusses plan to meet social and emotional needs of K-12 students

Missouri is working to develop a statewide plan to help meet the social and emotional needs that K-12 public school students are struggling with. At a Missouri Board of Education meeting, member Kim Bailey says the coronavirus pandemic has intensified these problems. Bailey, a licensed mental health and trauma specialist, says the plan would build […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate Committee hears testimony on Second Amendment Preservation Act

Legislation establishing a Second Amendment Preservation Act had support from rural Missourians during a Tuesday Senate committee hearing in Jefferson City. Battlefield GOP State Senator Eric Burlison, the bill sponsor, predicts President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration will push for gun control.     Burlison’s bill declares that it’s the duty of the courts and law enforcement […]

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Missouri Department of Corrections implements technology to cut COVID-19 infection rate within prisons

Implementation of three technological innovations in the Missouri Department of Corrections aims to cut COVID-19 infection rates in Missouri state prisons and other facilities. These strategies: Kill the virus in the air Kill the virus on surfaces Detect the virus in wastewater The department now has ionization generators — air purifying devices that destroy 99.4% […]

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Audio: Missouri Senator emphasizes rural broadband during address to Missouri Farm Bureau

Missouri’s senior senator says he’s working to ensure that the Show-Me State is getting a healthy share of federal broadband funding. Republican Roy Blunt addressed Missouri Farm Bureau members during their annual meeting this weekend, saying the Re-Connect program has invested 200-million dollars in Missouri, which is 20 percent of all support nationwide.     […]

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Audio: Governor Parson reacts to investigative report into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes

Missouri’s governor said Thursday in Jefferson City that he wants some answers, after reading a 53-page independent investigation into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes. Governor Mike Parson ordered the investigation, which was conducted by St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale. The governor emphasizes that he’s limited in what he can say because he doesn’t know […]

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Grundy County Health Department reports county now at “Category 2: Critical Risk”

The Grundy County Health Department reports the county’s positivity rate for the past seven days is 23.8. New cases per 100,000 are 335. That puts Grundy County in Category 2: Critical Risk according to Governor Mike Parson’s community guidelines. The guidelines recommend business occupancy limits reflect social distancing, and social group sizes are 25 or […]

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Missouri lawmaker: State employees and teachers should receive pay raises, not elected officials

A veteran state lawmaker from southeast Missouri will file a resolution this week, aimed at blocking proposed pay increases for state lawmakers and for statewide elected officials. State Rep. Andrew McDaniel, R-Deering, was first elected to the Missouri House in 2014 and will be a senior member in January during his final House term in […]

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Audio: Missouri issues public health warning for local governments to implement, and a travel advisory

Missouri’s governor has issued a statewide public health warning because of the continued increase in new COVID cases statewide. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there have been 27,358 new COVID cases in Missouri in the past week, which is an average of 3,908 new COVID cases per day. The DHSS new […]

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Audio: Governor Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate; promotes “Show Me You Care” campaign

Missouri’s governor has been using stops this week to tout a program called the “Show Me You Care” campaign, which emphasizes the need for you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and to social distance. Governor Mike Parson says everyone must step up to stop the spread of COVID. The state Department of Health […]