• New Madrid, Mo. - Officials who represent the region's largest employer today announced layoffs that will affect 125 to 200 area workers. Noranda President and Chief Executive Officer Layle K. "Kip" Smith said job cuts are related directly to a decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to deny competitive power rates to the New Madrid smelter. Layoffs are expected to come in phases during the next six months, Smith told a crowd of employees, dignitaries and press. Those cuts will reach across all sectors of the company's staff, including both administrative and plant personnel, he said. In addition to eliminating jobs, Smith said the company will suspend a $30 million capacity expansion project at the plant. "Unfortunately, this

    Sep 02,
  • Dexter, Mo. - Police here report to SEMO Times a wave of counterfeit money distributed across the city. Police reports Friday indicate phony bills popped up at several locations in Dexter, including Thursday at 1608 W. Business 60; 819 W. Business 60; and 1603 W. Business 60. Saturday police reported fake currency passed Friday at 707 W. Specialty in the city. These events are being investigated by the department's Criminal Investigations Division, police said Saturday. Also, Dexter Police Department Asst. Police Chief Maj. Larry Patterson, Jr., said recently a possible telephone scam is being perpetrated against residents. The major noted a resident reported being contacted by a man who claimed to represent Direct Television. The caller identified himself as a

    Aug 30,
  • A respiratory viral infection new to the Midwest struck a northern Missouri city during the past month, according to reports. The virus, human enterovirus 68 (HEV68) caused concern for staff at Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital, reports indicate. SEMO parents with children who are asthmatic might watch for symptoms to become more acute than normal. There is no vaccine to prevent HEV68. Antiviral drugs to treat the illness still are on drawing boards. Those who suffer from HEV68 display asthma-like symptoms, and those hardest hit seem to be asthmatic children, doctors said. Their usual symptoms are aggravated and breathing becomes more difficult. Although the virus usually manifests in clusters of four to 30 people, the Kansas City hospital was overrun

    Aug 30,

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