Smithfield Food Website

Mercer County Sheriff confirms explosion at Smithfield contract farm

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office confirms there was a minor explosion on January 11th at a contract farm for Smithfield Hog Production of Princeton. Smithfield Hog Production, Missouri General Manager, Michael Rainwater released a written statement saying the company is “deeply saddened” that a team member was “involved in a serious accident.” Rainwater said “Smithfield […]

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 […]

U.S.Senator Josh Hawley

Members of Congress in Missouri respond to pro-Trump rioters invading Capitol

As a joint session of Congress began the process of approving the electoral college results of the 2020 presidential election, pro-Trump rioters pushed past U.S. Capitol Police and entered the House chambers and Senate offices. Vice-president Mike Pence and members of Congress evacuated to “safe quarters” inside the office buildings. Then they began tweeting their […]

Cameron Veterans Home

Onsite review of Cameron Veterans Home finds facility failed in many areas relating to COVID-19 outbreak

A report released from Armstrong Teasdale regarding COVID-19 at Missouri veterans homes provided overviews of Pathway Health’s on-site facility infection control and COVID-19 evaluation reports for veterans homes. An on-site review of the Cameron Veterans Home took place on October 26th and 27th. A summary indicates the home failed to plan for sufficient isolation and […]

East Locust Creed Reservoir Website

East Locust Creek Reservoir timber harvest announced

The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission has posted a Request for Qualifications for an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Phase 1A for timber harvest.  This will be, likely, the smallest of multiple phases of timber harvest and tree clearing.  It is approximately 90 acres where the future East Locust Creek Reservoir (ELCR) dam […]

Foster Care

Audio: Missouri social services workers develop plan to help more youth aging out of foster system

Four Missouri Department of Social Services workers have won a state government challenge for proposing a plan to support more foster children aging out of the system. Rene’ Brinkman, Shasta Miller, Bobbie Thomas, and Nicole Robinson head a unit in southeast Missouri helping older youth prepare to transition into independent adults. Brinkman says their plan […]

Fatal Crash

Unionville woman and two men from Kirksville die in head-on crash west of Novinger

Three northeast Missouri residents died in a head-on crash early Monday morning one and a half miles west of Novinger. The two drivers were killed at the scene while one passenger died nearly three hours later at a hospital. The state patrol identified the victims as 36-year-old Nicholaus Ford of Kirksville and his passenger, 30-year-old […]

Gavel and Missouri Flag

Governor’s office releases names of 24 people pardoned, 4 others getting sentences commuted in Missouri

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson pardoned 24 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of four others. At the time of the announcement, the names of the individuals were being withheld giving officials time to notify family members.  Today, the Governor’s office has released their names. Commutations: Gary Mitchell Jason Norman Darrell Harris Anne Coke Pardons: […]