Missouri Governor Calls Special Legislative Session for Medicaid Funding

by: Bryce Derrickson, Ozarks First Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced a special session starting Wednesday to focus on extending the Federal Reimbursement Allowances (FRA), according to a press release from the Governor’s Office. The special session will also focus on related allowances, taxes and assessments needed to fund Medicaid before July 1. Parson says more …

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William Tollett New Director of Harrison House of Hope

by: JonChristopher Collins The new Executive Director of Harrison House of Hope stops by “Around The Table” on KHOZ Tuesday. William Tollett has served for 16 years in the community of the homeless, addicted and abused. He discusses the three main programs the Harrison House of Hope as well as the street outreach involving two …

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Taney County Health Department Releases Updated COVID Numbers

by: Scott McCaulley The Taney County Health Department has released updated numbers on COVID-19 Cases in the county. A release from the department issued Tuesday lists the updated numbers as reported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at 5,111 confirmed cases which include 87 confirmed cases for the week of June 13. …

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Identity and Condition of Roller Coaster Accident Victim Released

by: Christina Randall and Francis Lin, Ozarks First The 11-year-old boy who was severely injured on a Branson rollercoaster Sunday night has been identified, and his grandmother is sharing the latest on his condition. Aalondo Ford is currently at Mercy Hospital in Springfield and has already gone through two surgeries for his injuries. The nightmare …

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Arkansas Governor Creates Outdoor Recreation Office

by: Bill Smith, KARK/Ozarks First Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces a new state office Monday designed to support outdoor recreation efforts in Arkansas. The new Office of Outdoor Recreation will exist under Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) and will be focused on developing new opportunities to showcase the state’s wide variety of outdoor …

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AYS Podcast: Stone County Health Department Talks Parkinson’s

by: Scott McCaulley The latest edition of the “At Your Service” Podcast features a discussion with the Stone County Health Department about Parkinson’s Disease. Pam Burnett and Monica Mueller review some of the warning signs for Parkinson’s, which is a brain disorder that leads to coordination issues with the body. There is also discussion on …

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No Honor America at College of the Ozarks This Year

by: JonChristopher Collins College of the Ozarks will not host their Honor America for the public this year. According to a press release, administrators “hope to offer the annual community celebration of Independence Day again in 2022.” They will have a small event for students who are working on campus this summer for the Summer …

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11 People Injured in Accident Involving Shuttle Bus Near Ridgedale

by: Scott McCaulley 11 people sustain minor to moderate injuries in a traffic crash involving a shuttle bus early Monday morning near Ridgedale. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the crash took place as the shuttle bus, driven by 78-year-old James Ray of Holiday Island, was turning onto Highway 86 and collided with a car …

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Person Injured in Roller Coaster Accident in Branson (UPDATE)

by: Scott McCaulley (Update 6/21 10:50 am) Information given to Ozarks First indicates that a 12-year-old boy is in a Springfield hospital after being seriously injured at the Branson Mountain Coaster on West 76 Country Boulevard Sunday evening, according to the Branson Police Department. (Update 6/21 at 8:20 am) A post on the Branson Professional …

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