MDC to close nature centers and visitor centers starting Thursday

 The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it will close its nature centers, visitor centers, and education centers around the state to visitors effective Thursday, March 19, to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The indoor facilities will be closed to the public through April 15 and MDC will reassess the situation at that point. Nature center trails remain open.

County Clerk says April 7 election will proceed, despite governor’s order

    Although Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced today that the state’s April 7 Municipal Elections would be postponed due in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County Clerk John Martin says he plans to go forward with holding the local elections in April as planned.

City officially declares emergency, closes Visitors Center and Municipal Court

    At their meeting Tuesday night, the Cuba aldermen passed a special ordinance declaring a state of emergency in the city for the next 60 days. Immediately after the vote, Mayor Ray Mortimeyer announced several other measures that are being put into place in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Governor announces April 7 municipal elections postponed until June 2 in response to COVID-19 

Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.

Researchers developing coronavirus detection system to screen travelers

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are developing an airborne-biohazard system that could help screeners spot air travelers with lung diseases due to coronavirus and other viruses. Professors in electrical and computer engineering are using machine learning to build a robust system to alert authorities to airborne biohazards as travelers pass through TSA security checkpoints.