Maggie Fernandez

Maggie Fernandez is Putnam County Career and Technical Student of the Month

The Putnam County R-1 School District recently recognized Maggie Fernandez as the Career and Technical Education Student of the Month for February 2021. Student winners are chosen by the vocational faculty based on a set of criteria that includes: attendance, grades, cooperation with fellow students and teachers, enthusiasm for subject(s), attitude both in the classroom […]

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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 […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson signs Executive Order 20-19 extending state of emergency in Missouri

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Missouri and across the Midwest, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-19 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March 31, 2021.  This will allow continued flexibility in deploying critical resources around the state as well as the continued utilization of the Missouri National Guard […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

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 […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Missouri’s Governor Parson wants Missourians to “step up” and wear masks without a mandate

Governor Mike Parson changed rules on school quarantines to allow kids and staff to stay in school after COVID-19 exposure – if both people were wearing masks properly. He will not mandate masks statewide, but he is asking Missourians to QUOTE  “Step up.”     Parson says relaxing the mask quarantine guidelines will not only […]

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Audio: EPA grant will help Missouri schools test for lead contamination in water

Bipartisan legislation that’s aimed at providing protections for safe drinking water in Missouri schools has been signed into law by Governor Mike Parson. One of the key provisions in House Bill 2120 is from veteran State Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, the former Senate Minority Leader. That provision allows Missouri schools to submit a test of […]

Audio: Pettis County Sheriff writes open letter to citizens about threats made against officers and a child

Protesters held signs Thursday night in west-central Missouri’s Sedalia to show their support for a 25-year-old woman killed last weekend by a Pettis County deputy. Hannah Fizer of Sedalia was shot to death after allegedly threatening to shoot the officer, but a gun was not found in her vehicle. Don Hockaday, a protest organizer, says […]

Unemployment

Audio: Governor Parson says unemployment insurance fund cannot help all Missourians seeking benefits

More Missourians than ever before are out of work. Since the coronavirus started creeping its way into the state’s economy in mid-March, more than 339,000 people have requested unemployment aid. That’s nearly double the number of jobless claims filed in all of 2019. During his coronavirus briefing, Governor Parson says he does not think the […]

Sex Offender

Audio: State audit shows law enforcement needs to step up efforts to capture 1,200 missing sex offenders

A new state audit has found that about 1,200 registered sex offenders are missing – with 800 of them considered to be the most dangerous of offenders. Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tom Reddin says adults and children must be cautious because the sex offender registry is one tool.     State Auditor Nicole Galloway […]