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COVID-19 surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations decline

(Missouri Independent) – In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly reports on new cases. With only three active cases on April 21, the urgency for frequent updates seemed to have passed. But the coronavirus came roaring back this […]

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Nurses share lessons from pandemic on International Nurses Day

This International Nurses Day, nurses in Missouri are raising concerns about the long-term mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as urging the healthcare industry to prepare for future health crises. Heidi Lucas, state director of the Missouri Nurses Association, said nurses worry about possible future spikes. While more people are getting the vaccine, […]

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University of Missouri Extension releases 2021 mental health toolkit

The University of Missouri Extension and Show-Me Farm Safety recently released a new Together We Can toolkit to help rural Missourians access mental health resources. “Missourians are strong and resilient in the face of the challenges and uncertainty that can come with farm life,” says Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement and […]

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Audio: Jury deliberates two hours before convicting northern Missouri man of killing his secret fiance

A jury in mid-Missouri’s Cole County deliberated for more than two hours on Thursday before returning guilty verdicts against a northern Missouri man charged in the 2018 death of his secret fiance.     54-year-old James Addie has been convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the April 2018 death of Molly Watson, […]

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Audio: Stress from the pandemic will cause 10% of Missouri teachers to quit

A Missouri State University survey of eight-thousand K-12 public school teachers says 1 in 10 educators plan to leave the field this year. Doctor Jon Turner, an associate professor at the university, says about 62-percent of those likely to quit point to challenges caused by the coronavirus. He says rural teachers have weathered the pandemic […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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FEMA to begin providing financial assistance with funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID-19

FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. To be eligible […]

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Biden Administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

(Missouri Independent) – The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. “The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation encourages public to leave wildlife wild this spring

As you head outdoors this season to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather, you may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they appear to be abandoned, but that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds the public that interfering with wildlife can do […]

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Dr. Beth Caldarello selected as North Central Missouri College Outstanding Employee

Dr. Beth Ann Caldarello, Library Director from Trenton, MO, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee for April. Beth Ann, an NCMC Alumni, has been employed at NCMC for eight years and holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Masters in Library Science.  Dr. Caldarello, along with her team Shellee, […]

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Highway Patrol corporal named Missouri State Employee of the Month for unique handling of traffic stop

Jeffrey W. Huff, a corporal in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A, has been named Missouri State Employee of the Month for March for the care and compassion he demonstrated while responding to a teenager experiencing suicidal thoughts. Huff became eligible for the state recognition after being named Department of Public Safety Sworn Employee […]

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Audio: Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden says Greitens still unfit for office; Schatz has similar feelings about the ex-governor

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia has strong words about fellow Republican Eric Greitens running for the U.S. Senate.     Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 after allegations about federal campaign donation violations, taking a half-nude photo of his former mistress without her permission, improperly taking a donor list to bankroll his […]

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Audio: Talk show host Hugh Hewitt says he is afraid Republican Eric Greitens will be “Todd Akin 2.0

Conservative syndicated radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt says he is afraid Republican Eric Greitens will be “Todd Akin 2.0”. Greitens joined Hewitt’s show to talk about his run for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. Akin, a former Missouri congressman, said in a 2012 interview that the female body can prevent pregnancy in cases of […]

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Lawmakers introduce legislation to protect rural health clinics from added financial strain during COVID-19 crisis

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.) introduced legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities. The bipartisan Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021 would make a technical fix to protect existing rural health clinics from a sudden and unexpected Medicare […]