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Senate perfects bill to allow certain state employees run for local office - The Missouri Senate perfected legislation Thursday that would allow for some state employees to run for local public office. The legislation would allow state employees not subjected to the Merit System or the Uniform Classification and Pay System to run for a political office.

Missouri Tigers beat Vanderbilt with second-half run The Missouri Tigers basketball team is coming on strong lately, and they continued with a road victory Wednesday night. Mizzou defeated Vanderbilt 61-52 for its first SEC road win of the season. With the win, the Tigers improved to a.500 record on the season at 14-14, and move to 6-9 in the conference.

Henry Elementary Hires New First Grade Teacher Clinton, MO - The Clinton School District is excited to announce it has hired Caitlin Steward Lemasson to teach first grade at Henry Elementary beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Lemasson is a Clinton High School alumni, where she spent all 13 years as a Cardinal before graduating in 2013.

Henry Elementary Hires New Special Education Teacher Clinton, MO - The Clinton School District is excited to announce it has chosen Jacqueline Green as the new special education teacher at Henry Elementary beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. For the past five years, Jackie has been a 5th and 6th grade teacher in the Pleasant Hill School District.

Missouri Speaker of the House Haahr creates committee to address state's response to coronavirus - Speaker of the Missouri House Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, announced Thursday the creation of the Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention. The committee will host a public forum for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to share their response to the coronavirus.

MDC honors DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures for outstanding partnership Non-profit hosts many conservation programs for youths and adults. Kansas City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation recently honored DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures for their partnership in connecting people with nature and the outdoors. DuckHorn received the MDC Outreach and Education Partnership Award on Feb.

Authorities looking for other victims after Overland Park couple charged with rape After an Overland Park couple were charged with rape and sexual assault in the Lake of the Ozarks area, authorities are asking for other possible victims to come forward.

Chef Tommy Andrew's Nomad Now Open Inside Tamm Avenue Bar Chef Tommy Andrew has long been a talent in kitchens across St. Louis — and now he's opened a fresh and exciting concept all his…

Missouri Minute: FTC challenges Arch Coal-Peabody venture; Ford recalls KC-built trucks Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Davis attributed the spike to the IT consulting and services firm's global merger strategy, which has driven the company to make more than three dozen deals over the last two-plus decades. The company's offshore revenue increased every quarter of 2019 and was up more than 20% for the year, Davis said.

Coronavirus in the Midwest: FAQ with 41 Action News 41 Action News reached out to viewers to see what questions they have about COVID-19, which are answered below.

Kansas And Missouri Schools Are Taking The Threat Of Coronavirus Seriously Kansas and Missouri are at low risk for the coronavirus, but schools in the Kansas City metro are having "robust conversations" about how to protect students in case an outbreak occurs in the U.S. Their solutions include teleschool, a way to disinfect a whole classroom at a time and the old standby: If you're sick, stay home.

PSU International Food and Culture Fair preview - KOAM Jesse Irwin stops by Pittsburg State University to learn about the PSU International Food and Culture Fair. He does some dancing, tries some dishes, and talks to PSU students. The International Food and Culture Fair will be Saturday, February 29th a the Bicknell Center.

Birthdays - KOAM Jesse and Michael run through 4-states birthdays for February 27th. Comments comments.

Morning weather - KOAM Michael Hayslip has your morning weather forecast for February 27th. Comments comments.

Travel agents notice effect of coronavirus on travel The spread of coronavirus is affecting travel to certain parts of the world.

Get To Know Your New Coaching Staff: Curtis Luper Coach Loop has 24 years of coaching experience, 19 of those with running backs and 11 as a recruiting coordinator. Perusing his bio on the official website, there's a LOT of talk about his recruiting successes, mainly at Auburn and the various Top 25 rankings that Rivals has bestowed upon him.

Overland Park could change rental licensing fees An Overland Park City Council member wants to change how the city handles rental licensing fees.

National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week Is March 2-6 According to the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, it will be participating in the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Preparedness.

SW Missouri Congressman Long Says GOP Will Retake U.S. House In Fall; Files For Re-Election Blunt was elected to the U.S. Senate that November. Long was re-elected in 2018, defeating Democrat Jamie Schoolcraft with 66 percent of the vote. The district includes Springfield, Joplin, Branson, Monett and Bolivar. Long also predicts that Republicans will retake control of the U.S.

Henry County Route H CLOSED West of Montrose Friday, Feb. 28, For Pipe Replacement Work What: Henry County Route H CLOSED between County Road SW-1601 and South Deepwater Creek west of Montrose. When: 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, February 28. Details: MoDOT crews replacing a deteriorating drain pipe underneath the road. Traffic Impacts:.

Mizzou wins first SEC road game The Mizzou Tigers won their first SEC road win of the season with a 61-52 victory over Vanderbilt in Nashville on Wednesday night. It was their first true road win since a December game at Temple. Senior Reed Nikko scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, and sophomore Xavier Pinson added 17 points in 21 minutes to lead Mizzou.

Mizzou Men's Hoops Nabs Road Win at Vandy, 61-52 - Mizzou Men's Basketball secured its first SEC road win of the season with a 61-52 victory over Vanderbilt in Nashville on Wednesday night. Senior Reed Nikko scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, and sophomore Xavier Pinson added 17 points in 21 minutes to lead Mizzou.

Thursday Morning Blog: Warmer temperatures but still some rain chances. - Doug - KOAM We are rolling through the week and full steam ahead toward the weekend. At least we got rid of all the rain and snow we have had this week. I need to run some errands before work today. I think I hate errands more than just about anything. However, at least our temperatures will be warming up….

First Look: Rise Coffee Debuts Stunning Remodel and New Menu Items Jessie Mueller took a year to think about what Rise Coffee really needed. She first opened the space in 2013, and…

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