A new virus has been discovered in northwest Missouri, where in June 2009 it sickened two men who live miles apart.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far it's unclear what causes the virus, which is called the Heartland virus. The CDC says an investigation is under way to determine if the illness stems from bites from ticks or other insects.
Symptoms of Heartland virus include fever, diarrhea and fatigue. Both patients were treated at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph and recovered after about a month.
Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position. After several months of searching, the Jefferson City Council hired Robin Milne as the new Director of Finance last week. Milne was scheduled to start as Director on October 1, 2012.
Jefferson City Communications Manager Michelle Gleba says that the City Council will begin to interview replacement candidates in the coming months.
In this week's faith and values update, we learn about a religion that was founded in Vietnam less than 100 years ago. It’s called Cao Dai, and those who practice it see it as one religion to unify the rest.
Dignitaries of Cao Dai came Columbia earlier this week to do a presentation on the religion and spread the word about the religion – but not in the way you might think.
Proselytizing is forbidden in the religion, so they weren't trying to gain converts. Instead, they were looking for prospective researchers.
Downtown Moberly will be without power for a few hours on Sunday morning. Ameren Missouri will be upgrading a 4 kilovolt line to a 12 kilovolt line. Ameren spokesperson Kent Martin said the power outage won’t affect too many local businesses.
“About 105 customers will be affected by the outage. It’ll begin about six o clock in the morning; it should end no later than ten, we’re hoping it’ll be sooner than that. We’ve scheduled it on a weekend when the most of these are commercial customers, businesses will be affected and most of them will be closed at the time,” Martin said.
The Columbia Hospitality Association says it’s concerned with a proposed lodging tax increase. The tax, which would increase current lodging taxes by three to seven percent, would help fund improvements to the terminal at Columbia Regional Airport. President of CHA, Heather Hargrove says that bearing the burden of restructuring or building a new airport terminal is not fair to other industries, the lodging industry in particular.
Columbia public schools are implementing programs that bring more male role models into the school environment. The new program is called the Males On Duty Squad, or MOD Squad. These male volunteers serve as crossing guards and play with students during recess and lunch. Shepard Elementary Principal Jacquie Ward said that the largely female faculty introduced the program to fulfill students’ need for positive male role models.