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New Hiring Incentives at Macomb Police Department

Signing bonuses and a new work day structure are among the changes the Macomb Police Department is making to attract and retain officers.

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Distrust in the News

Aug 3, 2021

Columbia Journalism Review reported on the findings from a couple journalism-related researchers. Jacob L. Nelson and Seth C. Lewis said they conducted 60 Zoom-based interviews with a diverse sample of adults in the United States. They said they wanted to understand the relationship between the sources that people turn to for their news, the stories that they tell themselves about the news, and the steps they take to distinguish fact from fiction.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed what is now called Hayli’s Law, which prohibits local and state officials from regulating lemonade stands or any nonalcoholic beverages sales by anybody under the age of 16.

Hayli Martenez, now 13, was blocked by the Kankakee County Health Department from selling the drinks because of her family’s dispute over a water bill. The family’s water was shut off for a time, but state Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said Hayli was using bottled water to make the lemonade.

While Missouri is known for many crops, lavender is not necessarily one of them — but one couple in mid-Missouri decided to give it a try.

Katie Lockwood and her husband both work for the University of Missouri System's IT department but have also been hobby farmers for 20 years.

Rich Egger

Macomb celebrated the 97th anniversary of the birth of the late civil rights leader Dr. C.T. Vivian. Community leaders hope to make it an annual event.

Rich Egger

The McDonough County Health Department said community spread of COVID-19 in the county is now at what the CDC calls a substantial level.

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On a hot day in July, Darrell, who is serving time at the Clarinda Correctional Facility, pulled a black carrot out of the ground from one of the prison's three large gardens. He stared at the carrot in amazement and laughed. 

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The recently-fired head of Iowa's nursing home for veterans allegedly collected more than $105,000 in extra pay and benefits in less than two years.

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Dr. Andy McGadney said he was prepared to "hit the ground running" when he took over as Knox College's 20th president on July 1.

Natalie Krebs

Gov. Kim Reynolds has released a statement calling the updated COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "not grounded in reality or common sense."

Pharmacists Will Be Able To Prescribe Hormonal Birth Control

Jul 28, 2021

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday that will allow pharmacists in the state to dole out hormonal birth control, including the pill.

The new law, which takes effect in January, requires pharmacists to get education that will include how to counsel patients and an assessment for screening.

State Senator Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat, sponsored the measure.

“We believe that family planning and reproductive health care are personal choices that should never be limited by economic or social status,” she said.

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While Missouri is known for many crops, lavender is not necessarily one of them — but one couple in mid-Missouri decided to give it a try.

Katie Lockwood and her husband both work for the University of Missouri System's IT department but have also been hobby farmers for 20 years.

KATIE PEIKES / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

On a hot day in July, Darrell, who is serving time at the Clarinda Correctional Facility, pulled a black carrot out of the ground from one of the prison's three large gardens. He stared at the carrot in amazement and laughed. 

Katie Peikes

The Biden administration plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade. Renewable fuels are part of the plan, but some researchers say ethanol doesn't help that much. The ethanol industry says steps it's taking could make it more of a player in slowing climate change.  

Updated July 9, 12:09 p.m.: President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Friday directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make rules to increase competition in the meat industry, according to a White House announcement. 

The new rules are part of 72 initiatives to increase competition in the economy.

As Isaac Fisher walks in his pasture near Chattanooga, Oklahoma, he sees tracks and patches of grass that have been rooted up. When he visits his milo and wheat fields, he sees the same bald patches. He knows what’s causing the destruction: feral hogs. 

 

For him, it’s frustrating to see his fields like this.

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