Missouri National Guard Headed To D.C.

Jun 4, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri will send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. amid sometimes violent protests in the nation's capital.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that this year alone, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias will cost the United States $305 billion dollars. Those costs are primarily in health care, and they are projected to climb.

But there can be legal expenses, too. 

If there’s one thing experts agree on, it’s that it’s best to be prepared and know what’s available in your region.

So in this segment of our Sense of Community series, Dementia in the Ozarks, we’re looking at legal resources for lower-income and elderly residents with dementia.

There’s been another possible exposure to COVID-19 in a local business.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says a person who was infectious and symptomatic visited Sam’s Club on E. Sunshine in Springfield on Friday, May 29 between 5 and 6 p.m.  They were not wearing a face covering.

When a person becomes a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, they face new challenges in their lives—and some even find new joys.  And having others with similar experiences they can talk to can make a big difference.

That’s where Alzheimer’s support groups come in.  Since stay-at-home orders were declared in March, support groups offered by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri are meeting via virtual platforms or telephone.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four St. Louis police officers were shot and wounded after peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent overnight, and a retired police captain was shot to death by looters at a pawn shop.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two incoming Missouri college students who participated in a video that appeared to mock the killing of George Floyd have withdrawn.

Ferguson Elects First Black Mayor As New Protests Roil US

Jun 3, 2020

FERGUSON, Mo. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over police treatment of black communities roil the nation.

Springfield’s Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, planned for August, is canceled due to the coronavirus.

City of Springfield spokesperson, Cora Scott, said in a news release that they believe canceling the event "is the right thing to do to protect participants, staff, spectators and the community."

The city will offer refunds or the option to apply fees toward the 2021 festival.

Learn more here.  

The Springfield Art Museum will reopen Tuesday, June 9, to limited, walk-in traffic.  It’s been closed since March due to the coronavirus.

Museum officials say they’ve developed rigorous re-entry protocols.  Those include: 

Two teenagers who were planning to attend Missouri State University this fall have decided to withdraw.  The withdrawal comes after they were involved in what MSU is calling racially charged incidents on social media.

MSU president, Clif Smart, released a statement Tuesday in which he said his first impulse was to rescind the offer of admission to the students.  But he said, as a public university, MSU is legally required to uphold the principles of free speech embodied in the Constitution. 

Voters in Taney County have approved a sales tax for law enforcement.

The sales tax of three-eighths of one percent will be in place for a period of 15 years.  It will replace a 1/8 cent sales tax currently in place that will sunset at the end of 2021.

According to the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, the tax revenues will be used for the sheriff’s office and jail, the county juvenile department and the prosecuting attorney’s office. 


Willard resident, Shirley Fouraker, has been married to her husband, Bob, for nearly 60 years.  And last July, he was diagnosed with moderate dementia/Alzheimer’s.  She talked about her role as caregiver earlier this year.

“At the time it wasn’t that bad, but this last month it progressed really, really fast.  In fact, I went today to put his name on a waiting list at a nursing home,” said Fouraker.

 The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says a COVID-19 positive individual worked as a cashier in a Springfield convenience store prior to being diagnosed with the dis

Mark Applegate works for the local SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging.  He writes a blog called "Digital Cornbread," which just passed its one-year anniversary online back in March, when we first started working on these KSMU "Sense of Community" stories.

In it, he chronicles the journey he, his sister, Pam Lavin, their stepfather, John Alexander, and their mother, Brenda, have taken since Brenda went into a nursing home in Republic because of advancing Alzheimer's Disease.

Trump Threatens Military Force Against Protesters Nationwide

Jun 2, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halt the violent protests that have convulsed cities from coast to coast.

All of the results are in from direct contacts of COVID-19 positive hair stylists at Great Clips who chose to be tested.  The direct contacts were clients of two hair stylists who had tested positive for COVID-19 and who had worked at the S. Glenstone hair salon while symptomatic. 

Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, told Springfield City Council Monday that 45 of 140 direct contacts took the department up on an offer to be tested.  He said all of those people tested negative for COVID-19.

The stylists and their clients all wore masks.

CoxHealth is partnering with Springfield Community Gardens to plant five acres of vegetables and fruit on about 27 acres of land it owns to the west of Ferrell Duncan Clinic on E. Primrose. 

The project will feature two high tunnels at first with plans to eventually have five on the site.

In March, during one of the Alzheimer's Association's classes on Living with Memory Loss presented at The Library Center in Springfield, Deb Bryer from the  Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter got the crowd in a jovial mood.

"I'm going to ask a question:   if you can answer 'yes' to the question, you get a 'kiss.'" As the attendees started laughing, she was quick to add, "It's a CHOCOLATE kiss! We're keeping it clean in here!"   

Medical marijuana in Missouri was legalized in 2018 and medical marijuana cards have been approved for thousands of Missourians.  

Now, some Missourians wonder whether that could help patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, particularly people who experience agitation and anxiety as the disease progresses.  

Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions involving memory loss. The stress from these changes can make a dementia patient feel agitated, anxious, and in some cases angry.

The Alzheimer’s Association will host an online roundtable discussion about the challenges of caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is open to the public. Experts will discuss caregiving problems and possible solutions. They will also talk about local resources for patients with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers during the pandemic. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests business leaders are optimistic the economy will start to recover later this year in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Convulsing In Protest, US Cities Brace For More Unrest

Jun 1, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — After six straight days of unrest, America heads into a new work week with neighborhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and political leaders struggling to control the coast-to-coast outpouring of rage over police killings of black people.

Protests Remain Tense In Kansas City, Ferguson

Jun 1, 2020

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Protests in Missouri's two largest metro areas devolved from peaceful demonstrations to spurts of chaos late Sunday and early Monday, with vehicles and buildings damaged and officers firing tear gas after being pelted with rocks, fireworks and molotov cocktails.

  Hundreds of demonstrators marched up and down Glenstone and Battlefield in Springfield Saturday to protest racism and excessive force by law enforcement.

Dementia, by definition according to the National Institutes of Health, is the loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning to the point that it interferes with a person’s daily activities.  Some types of dementia include Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, and vascular dementia.  

All this week, at 7:45 AM and 4:44 PM, our Sense of Community series, Dementia in the Ozarks, is diving into this topic from a local perspective.

First 42 Coronavirus Tests At Missouri Salon All Negative

May 29, 2020

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Test results are in for the first 42 clients at a Missouri hair salon who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus by two infected stylists, and they all tested negative.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is testing 140 clients of a Springfield Great Clips. The first results were announced late Thursday.

Missouri Governor Says Pick Safety Over Voting If Concerned

May 29, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (The Kansas City Star) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says Missourians who don’t feel safe voting in person in local elections because of the coronavirus should not do so.

The state moved local elections from April to June 2 over concerns about the spread of the virus. The Kansas City Star reports that Parson says the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of local elected officials.

Ruling Means Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Stays Open

May 29, 2020

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility.

The director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department believes the 20 cases in the last 24 hours represent the second wave of illness in the community.

Clay Goddard said the cases were identified early, "and they've been contained in their course of illness early."  He said that's important in stopping the chain of infection. 

Of the 2o cases, six were at Wilson's Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation in Springfield.  Every patient and every staff member were tested after a patient at the facility tested positive.