• Missouri jobless rate more than doubles to 9.7% due to virus Posted on 22 May 2020 at 11:48pm

    ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, state officials said Friday.

    Still, Missouri's jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%.

  • Missouri man arrested, accused of stealing beehives Posted on 22 May 2020 at 6:47pm

    NEW CAMBRIA — Police in northern Missouri have arrested a New Cambria man accused of stealing a dozen beehives over four counties.

    Television station KTVO reports that Ricky Elam was arrested Wednesday following the execution of a search warrant near his home that turned up the stolen beehives.

  • LOCAL LOOKOUT: Mid-Missouri man hides rocks for people, makes days Posted on 22 May 2020 at 7:36pm

    FULTON – Jess Carneal works about 40 hours a week at Brooklyn Pizza in Fulton. But when he’s not working, he’s probably painting rocks.

    Since starting his new hobby earlier this month, he said he has painted and hid 10 rocks along Court Street in the Brick District. About six have been found.

  • Trump deems houses of worship 'essential' amid pandemic Posted on 22 May 2020 at 5:30pm

    President Donald Trump announced Friday that his administration is issuing guidance deeming places of worship "essential" during the coronavirus pandemic, calling on governors to reopen religious institutions for services.

    Trump threatened to "override" governors if their states did not follow the new federal recommendations, but it was unclear what authority the President was referring to. The recommendations are voluntary.

  • Attorney General warns Medicaid recipients of facilities taking stimulus checks Posted on 22 May 2020 at 4:11pm

    COLUMBIA - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is warning people who receive Medicaid to not let nursing homes or assisted living centers take their economic impact stimulus check, according to a press release. 

    The attorney general's office said there are reports that some Medicaid recipients were required to sign over their checks to the facility they live in, because the facilities claim the checks count as resources under the rules of federal benefit programs. This rule states that resources must be used to pay for services at the facilities. 

  • Elective medical procedures and screenings take on new normal Posted on 22 May 2020 at 3:44pm

    COLUMBIA – One local dentist's office is seeing almost 90% of their normal capacity before the COVID-19 pandemic and is back to doing elective procedures. 

    All American Dental reopened completely when the state’s stay-at-home order ended. They open at 8 a.m. every weekday, now not just for emergency procedures.

  • Local pub, cafe to keep operation changes despite regulation ease next week Posted on 22 May 2020 at 5:19pm

    COLUMBIA— Boone County Public Health announced Friday all businesses can reopen under limitations starting next Tuesday.

    Bars and restaurants can operate at 50% seating capacity.

  • Hallsville School District to have in-person, online summer school Posted on 22 May 2020 at 3:22pm

    HALLSVILLE - Hallsville School District announced Friday they are planning to have on campus and online summer school, according to a press release. 

    The release said students entering grades K-8 will have on campus summer school in July and high school students will have online school.

  • Woman who kept husband in freezer sues for return of body Posted on 22 May 2020 at 3:13pm

    LIBERTY — A woman who kept her husband’s body in a freezer in her bedroom at their southwest Missouri home is suing for the return of his remains.

    Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, was charged in November with abandoning a corpse after police found Paul Barton’s body in the freezer.

  • Taking stock of your mental health during the pandemic Posted on 22 May 2020 at 2:32pm

    (CNN) -- The reality of job losses, economic uncertainty, social isolation, homeschooling kids, canceled vacations — all piled on top of fear of an unseen and deadly virus that attacks via the air we breathe — is taking its toll.

    Most of us are stressed. Really stressed.