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Missouri Health Director Directing Release of COVID-19 Racial Data

Missouri Health Director Directing Release of COVID-19 Racial Data Missouri’s Health Director is asking medical professionals to provide racial data about patients who become ill or die from COVID-19 as some black lawmakers are raising concern about the lack of information. Randall Williams said yesterday (Wednesday) the state has not released data about the race…Continue Reading

Fulton Public Schools Extending Current Closure Into May

Fulton Public Schools Extending Current Closure Into May The Fulton Public Schools will now be closed until May after extending their current closure during a special school board meeting over Zoom last night. The decision was made in order to align with the federal social distancing order. The district is slated to reopen May 4th…Continue Reading

Isle of Capri Implementing Furloughs

Isle of Capri Implementing Furloughs The Isle of Capri and Hotel in Boonville is implementing furloughs for 350 employees. The casino which is temporarily shut down informed the state of the layoffs in a letter submitted on Tuesday. According to the letter, all affected employees will be granted their temporary leave of absence beginning April…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Teen Killed in Cole County Accident

Jefferson City Teen Killed in Cole County Accident A Jefferson City teen is dead after a 1 car accident yesterday afternoon in Cole County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened on Walnut Acres Road near Stringtown Station Road when a vehicle went around a curve too fast, causing the driver to lose control.…Continue Reading

Body Found in Perche Creek in Boone County

Body Found in Perche Creek in Boone County An investigation is underway in Boone County after a man’s body was found in Perche Creek, which leads into the Missouri River yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. According to deputies someone spotted the body near the Providence River access point.Continue Reading

Charges Filed in Matt Beauchamp Case

Charges Filed in Matt Beauchamp Case An arrest in the Matt Beauchamp case is being reported. According to a press release from Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism, 39 year old Timothy Sullins of Raymondville in Texas County, Missouri has been charged with felony abandonment of a corpse. An investigation into Beauchamp’s disappearance was started by…Continue Reading

Mexico School District Closing Outdoor Facilities

Mexico School District Closing Outdoor Facilities The Mexico School District is closing their outdoor facilities until further notice. In an email sent out yesterday (Monday) the district says the closure includes school playgrounds and areas where individuals gather for team sports. The district says the closure is due to safety concerns of patrons and to…Continue Reading

City of Vandalia Without Power Since Monday Afternoon

City of Vandalia Without Power Since Monday Afternoon The City of Vandalia is without power after a tree fell on power lines and a pole fire yesterday (Monday) afternoon. According to one Vandalia resident the outage started around 3:30 yesterday (Monday) afternoon, came back on for a short period and was lost again. The outage…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Airport Demolition Underway

Jefferson City Airport Demolition Underway Demolition of the terminal building at the Jefferson City Airport is now underway. A deadline of April 10th has been set for contractors to completely level the building. Contractors are saying they should be able to meet that deadline. The terminal has been shut down since major flooding put nearly…Continue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Categorizes Essential Businesses

Department of Homeland Security Categorizes Essential Businesses Missouri is officially uner a stay at home order that began today. The order was signed by Governor Parson and runs through April 24th, however may be extended by the Department of Health and Senior Services. The Department of Homeland Security categorizes the following as essential business. Health…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Stimulus Check Information

COVID-19 Stimulus Check Information How soon people get government stimulus checks due to the COVID-19 outbreak will depend on what banking information the IRS has on file for you. According to Federal government officials Americans who have signed up for direct deposit with the IRS will get their stimulus checks within 2 weeks. If the…Continue Reading

Governor Parson Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Parson Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order A statewide stay-at-home order for the entire state of Missouri will begin Monday, April 6th at 12:01am Governor Parson made the announcement at his daily media briefing yesterday. The order will last until Friday, April 24th at 11:59. The order requires individuals currently living in the state to avoid…Continue Reading

Auxvasse Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes

Auxvasse Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes An Auxvasse Man is now charged with felony child sex offenses and remains in custody at the Callaway County Jail. The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney charged 44 year old Thomas Pittenger Jr. yesterday (Thursday) with Statutory Rape and Sodomy and Attempted Sodomy after an investigation conducted by the…Continue Reading

University of Missouri Postponing Commencement

University of Missouri Postponing Commencement The University of Missouri is postponing commencement. An email to the university community yesterday, from Interim Chancellor Mun Choi saying they will be holding a virtual celebration for graduates. The ceremonies were originally scheduled for May 15th – 17th. At this time, there is no replacement date for a future…Continue Reading

MUPD Warns of Possible COVID-19 Scams

MUPD Warns of Possible COVID-19 Scams The University of Missouri Police Department is warning of potential scams related to COVID-19. In a press release yesterday (Tuesday) the department says to be on the lookout for testing scams that involve fake at-home test kits or fraudulent door-to-door tests. Treatment scams that involve fake cures, vaccines or…Continue Reading

Governor Parson Defends Decision of No Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Parson Defends Decision of No Statewide Stay-At-Home Order Governor Mike Parson is defending his decision to not put into place a statewide stay-at-home order. During yessterday’s (Tuesday) daily COVID-19 press briefing Parson said that he is still not convinced a statewide stay-at-home order is the best idea for the state. The governor said rural…Continue Reading

Columbia Public Schools Resolves Online Issues

Columbia Public Schools Resolves Online Issues Columbia school administrators say some online issues from yesterday are now resolved. Schoology the online platform teachers and students use for learning had some accessibility issues yesterday (Monday) morning. The district says anyone with further problems related to Schoology should email CPSSchoology@cpsk12.org.Continue Reading

Columbia Sports Arenas Could be Transformed Into Hospitals

Columbia Sports Arenas Could be Turned Into Hospitals Several sports arenas in Columbia could be transformed into an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients. Respresentatives of the Missouri National Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the Hearnes Center and Mizzou Arena last week and so far the project is just in the planning stages.…Continue Reading

Governor Parson COVID-19 Update

Governor Parson COVID-19 Update Missouri Governor Mike Parson is saying that it could be sixty to ninety days before the state is past the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parson made the remarks at his daily press briefing yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Parson says he hopes to get new data and statistics on the virus by…Continue Reading

Update From Audrain County Health Department

Update From Audrain County Health Department As of 1:00 this (Monday) afternoon, the Audrain County Health Department has not had a county resident that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to a press release from the department. Numbers provided by ACHD indicate 10 residents being tested with 6 of those coming back negative.…Continue Reading

Road Work in Audrain County

Road Work in Audrain County Several projects will be underway in Audrain County starting today that will temporarily impact traffic. Youngs Creek Bridge, located east of Centralia will be down to one lane traffic, for concrete patching on the bridge. The work will be done from 7am until 4pm starting today through Wednesday. Audrain County…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update in Boone and Cole Counties

COVID-19 Update in Boone and Cole Counties The number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Boone County now stands at 19. The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services gave an update yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. 34 cases remain active in the county, and one person has died due to the virus in Boone County, making it…Continue Reading

Mexico Middle School Teacher Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mexico Middle School Teacher Tests Positive for COVID-19 A Mexico Middle School Teacher is testing positive for COVID-19. According to an email from the school district the employee is not a resident of Audrain County and is a Callaway County resident and is following recommendations, the employee has self-quarantined for 14 days. The Audrain County…Continue Reading

Search For Man Who Jumped Into Missouri River At Boonville Resuming

Search For Man Who Jumped Into Missouri River At Boonville Resuming A search will resume today for a man who jumped over the side of a bridge into the Missouri River at Boonville Yesterday morning. A land, water and air search was underway for the man yesterday after a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper observed what…Continue Reading

Eight People Tested In Audrain County For Coronavirus With No Positive Cases

Eight People Tested In Audrain County For Coronavirus With No Positive Cases The Audrain County Health Department reports they have not received a lab or State jurisdictional notice that any county resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as of yesterday (Thursday). The information was provided yesterday (Thursday) in a daily briefing that 8…Continue Reading

More Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mid-Missouri

More Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mid-Missouri More confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mid-Missouri last (Thursday) night. The Cole County Health Department reports 12 confirmed cases, which is 3 additional cases from yesterday afternoon. According to their website 2 patients have recovered. Another William Woods student is testing positive. According to a news release there…Continue Reading

President Trump Approves Federal Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri

President Trump Approves Federal Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri is now approved. President Trump gave approval yesterday (Thursday) to Parson’s request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance Program be utilized to reimburse eligible expenditures made by local governments, nonprofit…Continue Reading

Hannibal Mayor Issues Shelter in Place Order

Hannibal Mayor Issues Shelter in Place Order Hannibal Mayor James Hark is issuing a shelter in place order./p> Mayor Hark made the announcement yesterday (Thursday) and is asking that all non-essential businesses in Hannibal close, and all residents not conducting essential business like obtaining medical treatments or supplies, groceries or fuel to shelter in place…Continue Reading

City Of Mexico Operating At Level Two Of Health Emergency Plan

City Of Mexico Operating At Level Two Of Health Emergency Plan The City of Mexico is operating under level 2 under their emergency plans due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. Mexico City Manager Bruce Slagle said that a section was already written in to the city code in Mexico that allows them to do…Continue Reading

MU Health Care Have Tested More Than One Thousand People For COVID-19

MU Health Care Have Tested More Than One Thousand People For COVID-19 MU Health Care says they have now tested more than one thousand people for COVID-19 since launching drive-thru testing a week ago. In a news release sent out yesterday (Wednesday) MU Health Care says testing has nearly doubled since they relaxed requirements for…Continue Reading

Missouri Man Arrested After Posting Video Mocking Fears Of COVID-19

Missouri Man Arrested After Posting Video Mocking Fears Of COVID-19 A Missouri man is now charged with terrorist threats after a video surfaced of him licking deodorants at a Walmart. The City of Warrenton Police Department received calls from people all over the world after the video went viral. According to court records Cody Lee…Continue Reading

William Woods Student With COVID-19 Visited South Callaway Early Childhood Building Before Testing Positive

William Woods Student With COVID-19 Visited South Callaway Early Childhood Building Before Testing Positive A William Woods University student that has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the South Callaway Early Childhood building before testing positive. According to a news release from the South Callaway R-II School District the student was completing an observation assignment…Continue Reading

Five People Tested In Audrain County For COVID-19

Five People Tested In Audrain County For COVID-19 Five people have now been tested for COVID-19 in Audrain County with 1 negative test and four tests pending. The numbers were updated at the weekly meeting held with health workers, elected officials and other leadership in Audrain County this (Wednesday) afternoon. According to Audrain County Health…Continue Reading

Missouri Department Of Conservation Temporarily Waiving Fishing Permits

Missouri Department Of Conservation Temporarily Waiving Fishing Permits The Missouri Department of Conservation is temporarily waiving permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags. The waiver starts this Friday, March 27th and will go through April 15th. All season dates, methods, and limits will continue to apply and be enforced. The MDC is asking…Continue Reading

Boone County and City of Columbia Issue Stay at Home Order

Boone County and City of Columbia Issue Stay at Home Order The City of Columbia and Boone County is issuing a stay-at-home order following a news conference this morning. The order goes into effect tomorrow and will last through April 24th. The order requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in one…Continue Reading

City Of Fulton Approves Emergency Actions

City Of Fulton Approves Emergency Actions Emergency actions are now approved by the Fulton City Council after a meeting last (Tuesday) night. The approved measures give the mayor powers to do things like imposing a curfew, shutting down businesses and halting city utility payments. The measures passed by the City Council with a vote of…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Structure Fire

Jefferson City Structure Fire Careless disposal of smoking materials the cause of a fire at a residence in Jefferson City last (Monday) night. According to the Jefferson City Fire Department the fire was at the back of the house in the 100 block of Bolton Drive. The fire was quickly knocked out and the crew…Continue Reading

Judge Orders Evictions Suspended In Boone And Callaway Counties

Judge Orders Evictions Suspended In Boone And Callaway Counties All evictions are being suspended through April 17th in Boone and Callaway Counties. Judge Kevin Crane made the order yesterday (Monday) and also left it up to the head of each law enforcement agency to decide whether or not to arrest people on warrants for failure…Continue Reading

Isle Of Capri Patron Tests Positive For COVID-19

Isle Of Capri Patron Tests Positive For COVID-19 A patron of the Isle of Capri Casino is testing positive for COVID-19. According to the Cooper County Public Health Center the individual visited the gaming floor on March 17th for about 2 hours from 9 am until 11am. The news release says the person lives outside…Continue Reading

SSM-Audrain Updates Visitor Policy Due To COVID-19

SSM-Audrain Updates Visitor Policy Due To COVID-19 SSM-Audrain is updating visiting guidelines again to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Effective tomorrow (Monday), no visitors will be allowed. Pediatric patients will still be allowed to have one parent or guardian and in cases of end of life care, exceptions may be made to allow…Continue Reading

Ashland Declares State Of Emergency

Ashland Declares State Of Emergency The City of Ashland is declaring a state of emergency. At a special Board of Alderman meeting yesterday at City Hall, an emergency declaration was approved related to the coronavirus. As a result the following changes are being made the City Hall Lobby is closed to all visitors and customers.…Continue Reading