Anti Vaccination Rally at Capitol 2 -15-2021

Missouri lawmakers look to undermine Biden COVID vaccine mandate

(Missouri Independent) – Members of the Missouri House on Wednesday floated the idea of pursuing legislation to undermine a mandate from the Biden administration meant to increase vaccination rates in the U.S. The House Judiciary Committee held what Rep. David Evans said was the first in a series of discussions about vaccine mandates, including an executive order […]

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Trenton Chamber of Commerce to hold Missouri Day decorating contests

The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Missouri Day decorating contests. The theme is “What it means to be a Missourian.” There are business and residential categories for the yard and porch contest, sponsored by Citizens Bank and Trust. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the window contest, sponsored by the Farmers […]

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North Mercer Board of Education approve boys and girls golf; adopt payment policy for employees on COVID quarantine days

The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education September 8th determined the district will pay employees for all COVID-19 quarantine days that are linked to contact tracing through the school. Superintendent Dan Owens reports the district will also pay for 10 days of quarantine for all other reasons. An amendment was approved to the supplemental salary […]

Laclede Pershing Days

Pershing Days set to kick off this weekend in Laclede

Pershing Days will be celebrated this weekend in Laclede in Linn County. Activities begin tonight, continue tomorrow, and conclude on Sunday. The schedule tonight includes the 5 o’clock ice cream and cake social served by the Laclede Fire department. Free-will donations are accepted, with proceeds going to the Pershing Days Committee. The band “Cheap Date” […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

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Audio: Standardized test scores for Missouri’s K-12 public school students are on tap to be released in October

Standardized test scores for Missouri’s K-12 public school students are on tap to be released in October. Due to the pandemic interrupting in-person schooling, many education leaders nationwide have warned that they anticipate test scores to show a learning loss. During a House Budget Committee hearing this week, state Education Commissioner, Dr. Margie Vandeven, says […]

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As Missouri students head back to class, state launches new COVID testing program

(Missouri Independent) – Monday marks the first day of school for thousands of students across Missouri and it’s also when schools can begin enrolling in a new federally-funded testing program aimed at helping facilitate a safe return to the classroom. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday evening that Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., a […]

Coronavirus Update

Sullivan County Health Department reports new cases of COVID-19, seven breakthrough cases

The Sullivan County Health Department August 17th reported two additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,086. Thirty-eight of the cases were active. Health Department Administrator Deborah Taylor reports about .6% of the total cases have been breakthrough cases. She says cases are milder for vaccinated residents than those who were not vaccinated. The health […]

Coronavirus Update

Area health departments report 44 new cases of COVID-19; over the counter COVID-19 tests making case numbers difficult to track

Four COVID-19 cases have been added in Mercer County since August 12th: one confirmed and three probable. The health department reports 195 confirmed cases and 194 probable cases. Eighteen cases are active, and nine deaths have been reported. The Mercer County Health Department notes that the numbers are based on the information it is given. […]

Coronavirus Update

Grundy County reports a COVID-related death and 17 new cases of COVID-19; Daviess County reports 19 new cases, Livingston County 13

The Grundy County Health Department announces an additional COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 42. Seventeen new cases have been reported since August 9th, making that total 1,413. Sixty-one cases are active, which the health department reports is the highest number of active cases since January 19th. The active cases include 24 Grundy County residents […]

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Adam Hall announced as Missouri Day Marching Festival judge

The Missouri Day Marching Festival announces its partnership with Central States Judges Association. This year’s Marching Festival will welcome five members from the CSJA to judge various events on October 16, 2021, in Trenton. Adam Hall has been a member of the Central States Judges Association since 2005. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education and […]

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Researchers find cattle are losing adaptations to environmental stressors

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment–which the herd has spent generations adapting to–to a place with a different climate, a different elevation, or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees […]

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Livingston County Health Center reports Delta, Alpha and Iota variants of COVID-19 confirmed in county

The Livingston County Health Center reports four COVID-19 cases have been added since July 8th, bringing the total to 2,030. The number of active cases remained at 33. The health center reports Delta, Alpha, and Iota variants have been confirmed in Livingston County, but the office does not have a “concrete” number on variants. Not […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital. (Photo by Justin Kelley - MU Healthcare)

“Surge response team” arrives in Missouri amid COVID-19 spike caused by Delta variant

(Missouri Independent) – As federal officials land in Missouri at the request of the state to assist with combatting a wave of new COVID cases spurred by the Delta variant, Gov. Mike Parson publicly rebuffed outreach strategies President Joe Biden touted. On Tuesday, a member of the newly-created federal surge response team arrived in the […]