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Missouri FFA Association announces winners of proficiency awards at State FFA Convention

The Missouri FFA Association has released names of the winners of numerous proficiency awards at the state convention held at Sedalia late last week. Ninety-two students won either first or second place in 46 proficiency areas. After a review of the list, first place winners among those in area FFA Chapters include Kale Campbell of […]

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Brylee Williams of Princeton FFA Chapter named Area 2 Star in Agribusiness

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Brylee Loren Williams of the Princeton FFA Chapter as the Area 2 Star in Agribusiness and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Bryan and Joni Williams of Princeton. Her advisor is Bryan Williams. Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding work […]

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Brylee Williams is state winner in Agricultural Education Proficiency award

Brylee Williams of the Princeton FFA Chapter won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Proficiency Award at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural education is one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Vocational […]

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Southern Missouri man arrested for possession of child porn

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Steven Michael Williams, 27, of Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, for possession of child pornography. The arrest resulted from an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit and the […]

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Audio: Missouri House Health Committee Chairman says former DHSS Director Williams “Did a fine job”

Two key Missouri lawmakers from opposite parties view Tuesday’s resignation of state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director, Dr. Randall Williams, very differently. Missouri House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Stephens (R-Bolivar) praises Dr. Williams, while House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says the resignation was long overdue. Chairman Stephens says Williams […]

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Audio: Head of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services resigns

Missouri’s director of the Department of Health and Senior Services has resigned.     A press release from Governor Parson’s office says the governor has accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams. Parson’s deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, will serve as the acting director of the state health department. The governor says […]

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) effective immediately. Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and taken a leading role in vaccine rollout and distribution in Missouri. “As Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert brings valuable knowledge and leadership experience to our team and the entire state of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “For more than a year, he has also played a leading role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts, and I am more than confident in him to take over as Acting Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.” Governor Parson accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams earlier today. “Dr. Williams has been a huge asset to Missouri, especially this past year in dealing with COVID-19,” Governor Parson said. “We greatly appreciate all the work he has done for the people of our state and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Governor Parson names Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services effective immediately.  Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and […]

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Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine paused in Missouri until further notice

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administration is being paused in Missouri until further notice. “In an abundance of caution and as per federal guidelines, we are pausing vaccination with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine until further notice in Missouri,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). “We […]

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Brookfield woman charged with child neglect and domestic assault

A Brookfield woman accused of injuring a girl has been charged with the felonies of domestic assault—third degree and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Online court information shows 59 year old Virginia Dean Williams posted bond of $500. An arraignment is scheduled in Linn County May 13th. A probable cause statement from […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports state’s first confirmed case of South African variant

 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting the first identification in a Missouri resident of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.351, which was first identified in South Africa in December 2020 and began being reported in the United States in late January.  The B.1.351 variant was identified in a sample from an adult living […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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State of Missouri establishes weekly COVID-19 testing event schedule

Testing has been a pillar of the State’s response to COVID-19 for the past year. The increasingly widespread availability of testing resources and available laboratories made it possible for the State of Missouri to host intermittent testing events in communities throughout the state to provide greater accessibility to testing options and to learn more about […]

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Trenton High School Choir students take part in Virtual Solo and Ensemble Competition

Trenton R-9 High School Choir students participated in a virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest. Trenton Choir Director Tyler Busick notes that instead of the district and state-level events, the contest was considered state-level. At the state level, students receive gold, silver, or bronze. Gold choir ensembles for Trenton included two mixed double quartets, a women’s […]

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Audio: 15 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine ruined. How will that affect Missouri’s supply?

Workers at a Baltimore plant accidentally mixed up ingredients – ruining about 15-million doses of Johnson and Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. The state plans to host a mega vaccination event next week in southwest Missouri’s Springfield with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. During a Capitol press conference, Missouri Health Department Director Randall Williams explains if the […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes bill that would ban police chokeholds

Police chokeholds could be banned in Missouri. The Missouri Senate has overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging bill that would ban them. Parkville Senator Tony Luetkemeyer’s plan would also let Kansas City police officers live outside of city limits, and ban officers from having sexual contact with someone they have detained or jailed.     The plan […]