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As news about the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, the News Tribune wants to ensure the community is up-to-date. Below are links to up-to-date local event announcements, business closings and changes, and news articles about COVID-19.
Announcements and Resources
Runge Nature Center to reopen Tuesday: The Missouri Department of Conservation's Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City will reopen July 7 with public health precautions in place.
Missouri announces $448M in state budget restrictions: Missouri's budget for 2021 got smaller Tuesday as Gov. Mike Parson and the state's Budget Director Dan Haug announced $448 million in restrictions that mean no pay raise for state workers and less money for education.
Cole County courts to resume grand jury proceedings: Judges at the Cole County Courthouse plan to call the county's grand jury back into session this month and may hold jury trials as they work to resume regular judicial activities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cole County authorizes antibody testing for first responders: The Cole County Commission on Tuesday approved a proposal to do COVID-19 antibody testing for hundreds of emergency responders in the county.
Missouri's coronavirus death toll passes 1,000 mark: Missouri surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday amid a resurgence of the disease that has seen cases skyrocket in recent weeks.
Cole County confirms 11 active COVID cases: Cole County is reporting double-digit active COVID-19 cases for the first time in several weeks.
Tax credit, loans available to small agriculture businesses The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority is accepting applications for two programs aimed to help rural small businesses, especially meat processors.
Outdoor worship continues for area churches: For a few area churches, outdoor services have provided a way for worshipers to congregate while still social distancing amid the continuing pandemic.