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Gov. Nixon travels to Afghanistan with Council of Governors


On Sunday, Nixon spent time meeting with troops from Missouri currently deployed to Afghanistan, including members of the 220th Engineer Company, based in Festus, and the 276th Engineer Company, based in Pierce City/Springfield. This is the fourth trip to ...

Pierce City PD to host DWI checkpoints


The Pierce City Police Department is gearing up for several driving while intoxicated checkpoints in the coming months. Patrolman Shelby Berry reported receiving approximately $4,000 from the Missouri Department of Transportation Traffic and Highway Safety ...

Rotary Club names September student of the month


Dentistry: Dylan Arens, Pierce, Neb. Dental hygiene: Daniele Garcia, South Sioux City; Megan Meier, Missouri Valley, Iowa. College of Medicine: Mitchell Chlopek, Jennifer Laflan, Alan Spanel, Norfolk, Neb.; John-Emmett Mahon, South Sioux City; Nickolas Van ...

Pierce City can't forget tornado but tries to move on


Miller visits Pierce City for an big football game on Friday night. To many in southwest Missouri, Pierce City will long be known for a tornado that destroyed its business district 11 years. Here, however, residents have rebuilt and tried to move past ...

Clara M. O'Hara


PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Clara M. O'Hara, 86, a homemaker, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City. Burial will be in St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Sarcoxie, Mo. Visitation will be ...

Pierce City Post Office to Remain Open, Cut Back on Hours


PIERCE CITY, Mo. -- Pierce City's post office will not be closing. Postal workers say there was never any intention of actually closing the Pierce City Post Office, but rather cutting back on hours. At a public meeting tonight, residents found out that the ...

Pierce City Post Office to Stay Open


Residents in Pierce City learn the fate of their city post office tonight at a public meeting. PIERCE CITY, MO.--- For the last 57 years, the Pierce City Post Office has been important for resident Teresa Heeter. "My mail, at my age, is important to me.

Pierce City, Missouri


"About three years ago I was at a conference, and there was a lady sitting next to me. I asked her where did she live, she said, 'Pierce City.' And I said, 'My dad's parents lived there 100 years ago.' She grabbed my hand and said, 'I'm so sorry.'"

Roy Earl Pierce, 64, Cameron, MO


Survivors: Son, Steven Pierce, Warrensburg, MO; 2 sisters, Phyllis Reed, Cameron and Evelyn Dawson, Daytona, FL; 5 brothers, Donald Pierce, Denver, CO, Don Everett Pierce, Kansas City, MO, Ron Pierce, Kidder, MO, John Pierce, Kansas City, MO and Gean ...

Pierce City woman injured in crash dies


A 39-year-old Pierce City woman died on Sunday of injuries she suffered in a one-car wreck about 3 a.m. Saturday, according to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol . Stephanie Westgate, 39, was pronounced dead about 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Freeman West ...

Missouri judges skeptical of child abuse appeal


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges appear skeptical about an appeal from a Springfield man convicted of abusing his 13-year-old son by limiting food and locking him in a church bathroom. Judges heard arguments Wednesday from an ...

Humane Society of Southwest Missouri appoints Compton as Development Director


Humane Society of Southwest Missouri (HSSWMO) Executive Director Darin Landrum announced the appointment of Ann Dryden Compton as the organization’s full time Development Director. She will oversee all aspects of donor relationships, corporate ...

Missouri Utility's Proposal Has Major Focus On Renewables


Ameren Missouri has filed a 20-year plan that the utility says supports cleaner energy in the state, including major expansions of wind and solar power. Every three years, the utility files its Integrated Resource Plan with the Missouri Public Service ...

Ameren Missouri Announces 20-Year Plan for Cleaner Energy, Including Major Expansions for Solar and Wind Power


ST. LOUIS, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren Missouri filed today with the Missouri Public Service Commission its 20-year plan that supports cleaner energy in the state of Missouri, including major expansions of solar and wind power. The utility's ...

Missouri lawmakers to start review of water patrol


Missouri state representatives will hold a hearing Wednesday to review management, trooper training and a 2011 merger between the state highway and water patrols. The review follows the death of a 20-year-old handcuffed man who drowned May 31 in the Lake ...

Missouri House leader wants to give voters the option to end the lottery


Calling it a “dishonest way to fund public education,” the Republican set to become speaker of the Missouri House said Wednesday he plans to allow voters to decide whether the state’s 30-year-old lottery should come to an end. Rep. John Diehl, a ...

Missouri pension funds ahead of national norms


Missouri’s public employee retirement plans generally are in better financial shape than those nationwide, though there is cause for concern about some, according to a state audit released Tuesday. Auditor Tom Schweich’s report examined 89 public ...

Missouri boy battling terminal cancer scores touchdown in first game


A six-year-old Missouri boy battling terminal cancer served as captain of a local football team last weekend, and scored a touchdown with the help of some teammates. When he was just 3-years-old, doctors diagnosed Liam Myrick with stage 4 high-risk ...

Missouri parts ways with wing and former transfer


Missouri is parting ways with 6-foot-7 wing Cameron Biedscheid, according to a release from the school. A former member of Notre Dame’s team his freshman year, Biedscheid transferred to the Tigers in January and would have been eligible after the first ...

Missouri police dog immortalized in video of robbery suspect capture dies in line of duty


A beloved Missouri police dog who captured an armed robbery suspect last year in a chase caught on video has died in the line of duty. Brunie, an award-winning canine cop for the Kansas City Police Department, was helping Belton, Mo., cops pursue a suspect ...



SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR PIERCE CITY

If you use cell phones, pay attention to this limits for secure exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy.

Working closely with federal health and securety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for secure exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for secure exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

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SAR Information from individual manufacturers can be found on the below websites:

FCC SAR Database - You can normally find the SAR value of a cellular phone through the FCC database if you can get the FCC ID number from the instrument.

The FCC ID number is normally shown somewhere on the case of the phone or device. In many cases, you will have to remove the battery pack to find the number. Once you have the number proceed as follows. Go to the following Web address:www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid. Once you are there you will see instructions for inserting the FCC ID number. Enter the FCC ID number (in two parts as indicated: "Grantee Code" is comprised of the first three characters, the "Equipment Product Code" is the remainder of the FCC ID). Then click on "Start Search." The grant of equipment authorization for this particular ID number should appear. The tallest SAR values reported in the equipment certification test data are normally included in the comments section of the grant of equipment certification.

Additional information on Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) can be found on

For general information, you may contact the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau in the following ways:

Via Internet at www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs-bureau Consumer Center, Voice: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) and TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322)

For this or any other consumer publication in an alternative format (electronic ASCII text, Braille, large print or audio) please write or call us at the address or phone number below, or send an email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

Looking For More Information?

You can contact the FCC at:

Federal Communications Commission Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) VOICE 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY

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My identity was stolen. What should I do?

Identity theft occurs when someone steals your name and other personal information, such as your Social Security or driver’s license numbers, and uses it without your permission.

What to do if Someone Steals Your Identity If you think you may be a victim of identity theft: The FTC’s ID Theft Affidavit is a form that you can use to report information to businesses, notifying them that there is a fraudulent debt in your name. Download a copy of the ID Theft Affidavit (PDF | requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) or call the FTC’s ID Theft Hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) to get a copy. Security Freeze Some states allow you to place a “security freeze” on your credit report, which will keep businesses from issuing credit to a thief. The cost of a security freeze varies from state to state, and is not available in every state. Contact your state consumer protection office for more information about your state security freeze laws.
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The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the great work of teachers throughout the country, who give of themselves to improve educational opportunities for all students.

 We support the work of teachers through initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.

Teach to Lead

Leading from the Classroom

Teach to Lead is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

The initiative seeks to:

  • Highlight existing state and district systems that are working to support teacher leadership;
  • Share resources to create new opportunities for teacher leadership; and
  • Encourage people at all levels to commit to expanding teacher leadership.

link to video of speech about Teach to Lead

Watch Arne Duncan´s speech announcing Teach to Lead and listen to his discussion with teachers at the National Board´s Teaching and Learning conference. [Transcript]

 "Teacher leadership means having a voice in the policies and decisions that affect your students, your daily work, and the shape of your profession. "
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
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A House Child-Proof Risk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children

Every year children are injured by hazards found in the home and around it. The good news is that the risk of injury can be reduced or avoided if child safety devices are used and reminded older children who activate or connect the devices after turning them off or disconnected.

Most of these safety devices are relatively inexpensive and are readily available in hardware stores, playground equipment, supermarkets, drug stores that sell products to make home improvements, on the Internet and through catalogs. Safety devices should be firm enough to prevent access of children and at the same time easy to use for an adult.

To be effective, they must be installed properly. Follow the installation instructions carefully. Also, remember that no device is completely childproof; have been known to youngsters who have found a way to disable or disconnect.

Here are some child safety devices that can help reduce injuries in young children. The red numbers correspond to those found in the drawing on the back of the house.

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Every year children are injured by hazards found in the home and around it. The good news is that the risk of injury can be reduced or avoided if child safety devices are used and reminded older children who activate or connect the devices after turning them off or disconnected.

Most of these safety devices are relatively inexpensive and are readily available in hardware stores, playground equipment, supermarkets, drug stores that sell products to make home improvements, on the Internet and through catalogs. Safety devices should be firm enough to prevent access of children and at the same time easy to use for an adult.

To be effective, they must be installed properly. Follow the installation instructions carefully. Also, remember that no device is completely childproof; have been known to youngsters who have found a way to disable or disconnect.

Here are some child safety devices that can help reduce injuries in young children. The red numbers correspond to those found in the drawing on the back of the house.

 

1.

Use  latches and locks  on cabinets and drawers in the kitchen, bathrooms and other areas to help prevent incidents of poisoning and other injuries. Install locks and latches on cabinets and drawers can help prevent children from gaining access to medicines, cleaning products, matches or cigarette lighters, as well as knives and other sharp objects.

Even products with safety caps must be locked and kept out of reach of children. This packaging is not childproof.Buy locks and latches that can be easily installed and used by an adult, but at the same time be firm enough to withstand children halons.

2.

Use  Safety Gates  to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children from entering the bedroom and other areas that are potentially dangerous.

Install safety gates that children can not be removed easily, but that adults can open and close easily. At the top of the stairs only use gates that screw to the wall. Use safety gates that meet current safety standards. Replace old doors that have a "V" as the space between bars is large enough so that the head and neck of a child entrapment.

3.

Use  Knob Covers Doors and Locks  to help prevent children from entering areas that are potentially dangerous. The knob covers and door locks can help keep children away from dangerous places.

Make sure the guard door knob to be firm and to allow an adult to open the door quickly in an emergency.

4.

Use  anti-scald devices  for faucets and shower and set the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water. The devices used to prevent burns for adjusting the temperature of the water can help reduce the chance of burns.

5.

Use  SMOKE ALARMS  at every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside sleeping areas used to alert your family in case of fire. Examine the smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working. Replace the batteries at least once a year or consider using batteries that last 10 years.

6.

Use  Window Guards Window and Mesh Networks and Security  to help prevent falls from windows, balconies and terraces. Check these safety devices frequently to make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained properly. Do not open windows more than four inches. The space between the bars of the grates should not be more than four inches. If you have security bars for windows, make sure at least one window in each room can be easily used for escape in case of fire. The metal nets are not effective for preventing children from falling out of windows.

7.

Use  Receipts edges or corners  to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces. Ensure that guards are tight on the furniture and in the corners of the chimney.

8.

Use  safety covers on outlets Plates  to help prevent electrocution incidents. Safety covers for outlets and plates can help protect children from electrical shock and possible electrocution. Make sure children can not remove the safety covers that easily and are large enough to prevent children can choke on them. If you replace the receptacles, buy those that are resistant to handling children.

9.

Use a  Detector Alarm Carbon Monoxide (CO)  to help prevent incidents of CO poisoning. All consumers should install alarms carbon monoxide near sleeping areas in their homes. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

10.

CPSC recommends the use  of curtains and blinds without cords  in homes where small children were strangled to prevent it. Children can wrap the cord around the neck or reach a cord that seem inaccessible and entangled in the loop formed. If your windows have curtains and blinds 2000 or previous years and can not buy new slip, call the Security Council Curtains and Blinds (Window Coverings Safety Council, WCSC) at 800-506-4636 or visit  www.windowcoverings. org  to request a free repair kit. A potentially deadly bond can be formed in the blinds when a child pulls the cord up inside the blind. Consumers should know that the repair kit WSSC does not eliminate the danger of the cords hanging freely from many shades and blinds common.

11.

Use  fasteners to Avoid Fallen Furniture and Appliances . Furniture, TVs and ranges can tip over and crush children. Deaths and injuries occur when children climb onto, lie down or push on television stands, cabinets, bookcases, desks, chests and stoves. For added security, anchor these products to the floor or attach them to the wall. Independent stoves should be installed with supports to prevent rollovers.

12.

Use  Layers of Protection Around Pools and Spas . It is essential that the pool and spa are completely surrounded by a wall. This should include a fence 4 feet tall and has gates that are closed and secure themselves.If the house is one side of the barrier, the doors leading to the pool should have an alarm or the pool should have a power safety cover. The pool alarms can serve as an additional layer of protection.

Sliding glass doors must be secured after each use is not an effective barrier to prevent access to the pool.

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You have the right to a safe workplace

You have the right to a safe workplace. The Law on Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was enacted to prevent death, injury or illness of workers in their workplaces. The law requires employers to provide free working conditions hazards and unsafe conditions. The Act (OSH Act) created the Administration Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards that protect the safety and health at workplaces. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers can make a complaint to OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious risks. Contact us with questions or to make a complaint . We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help.

The rights of workers under the OSHA Act

Workers have the right to conditions of work without risk of serious harm. Site to ensure safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to conduct an inspection of the workplace.
  • Exercise their rights under the law of revenge free or discrimination.
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent damage and OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Having access to the results of the tests done to find hazards in the workplace,
  • Read the archives of injuries and work-related diseases ;
  • Access to copies of your medical records ;

Who covers the OSHA

Private sector workers Most employees in the country are under the jurisdiction of the OSHA law. OSHA covers employers and private sector workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions of the United States, either directly by the OSHA Federal, or anOSHA-approved state program . State Programs health and safety should be at least as effective as federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the Office of Federal or state program of the nearest OSHA, see the map of the regional offices. Employees of state and local government Employees who work for state and local governments are not covered by the federal OSHA, but have protection under the OSHA law if they work in states that have a state program approved by OSHA. Four states and a territory of the USA. UU. have OSHA-approved plans that cover only public sector employees. These include: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Workers in the private sector in these four states and the Virgin Islands are covered by federal OSHA. Federal workers Federal agencies must have a safety and health program that meets the same standards as private employers. Although OSHA does not assign fines to federal agencies, yes the monitors and responds to complaints from their workers. The States Postal Service (USPS) is covered by OSHA. Not covered by the OSHA Act:
  • Freelance workers;
  • Members of the immediate family of the owners of a farm that did not employ outside workers; and
  • Workplace hazards that are regulated by another federal agency (eg Administration Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Coast Guard)

Standards OSHA: Occupational

OSHA standards are regulations that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards and risks. There are OSHA standards for the construction , agriculturemarine operations , and general industry. latter category are the standards that apply to most workplaces. Standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals to which workers can be exposed;require the use of certain safe practices and equipment; and require employers to monitor hazards and keep reports of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements to: provide fall protection; prevent the collapse of excavations; prevent some infectious diseases; ensure that workers entering confined spaces safely; prevent employees from being exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos; put guards on machines; provide respirators or other safety equipment; and provide training for certain dangerous jobs. Employers must also conform to the General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act ​​requires employers to keep their workplace free of hazards that are recognized as serious. This clause is usually cited when no OSHA standard applies directly to danger.

Workers can request that OSHA inspect your workplace

Workers or their representatives, may file a complaint and request OSHA to conduct an inspection of your workplace if they believe there is a serious danger or your employer is not complying with OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA to keep your identity confidential. 's a violation of the OSH Act an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or discriminated against in any way for filing a complaint or exercise other rights of OSHA. You can make a complaint online , download the form and mail or fax to the office of the nearest OSHA ; or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Most of the complaints received from the Internet can be resolved informally by phone with your employer. Written complaints that are signed by an employee or representative and sent to the OSHA office nearest are more likely to result in an OSHA inspection at your workplace. When the OSHA inspector arrives, workers and their representatives have the right to:
  • Be present during the inspection.
  • Talk to the OSHA inspector privately.
  • Take part in meetings between the inspector and the employer before and after the inspection.
When no union representative or the employee, the OSHA inspector must speak confidentially to a reasonable number of employees during the course of the inspection. When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA can issue citations and fines. A citation includes the methods that an employer can use to fix the problem, and the date when these corrective actions must be completed. Workers have the right to challenge only the date when the problem has to be solved. But employers have the right to dispute whether there is a violation, or any other part of the citation. Workers or their representatives must notify OSHA if they want to be involved in the appeal process, if the employer challenges a subpoena. "If you send a complaint requesting an OSHA inspection, you are entitled to a copy of the results of the OSHA inspection and request that they be revised if OSHA decides not to issue citations."

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide a workplace free of serious hazards and follow all health and safety standards of OSHA .Employers have to find and fix security issues and health. OSHA also requires employers to try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in working conditions, rather than simply wear masks, gloves, ear plugs, or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE for short in English). Switching to safer chemicals, processes to trap harmful gases, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to eliminate or reduce risks. Employers also MUST:
  • Inform employees about the dangers workout, tags, alarms, color-coded systems, information sheets on chemicals and other methods.
  • Save accurate reports of injuries and work-related diseases .
  • Testing in the workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards
  • Providing hearing tests or other medical tests required by OSHA standards
  • Locate OSHA citations, data on injuries and illnesses, and the OSHA poster at the jobsite in a place where employees can see them.
  • Report to OSHA within 8 hours after an incident in the workplace where there is a death or when three or more workers to go to hospital.
  • Not discriminate and not retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the law.

You can not be punished or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the law of the OSHA

OSHA law protects workers who complain to their employer, OSHA or other government agencies on working conditions that are not healthy or safe, or environmental problems. You can not be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way for exercising their rights under the law of OSHA. OSHA There is help for whistleblowers . If you have been punished or discriminated against for asserting your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation have occurred to most complaints. No form is required, but you must send a letter or call the office nearest OSHA explaining the situation and the alleged discrimination.

What if there is a dangerous situation at work?

If you believe that your work conditions are not healthy or safe, we recommend that you notify your employer of the conditions, if possible. You can make a complaint with OSHA about a hazardous job at any time. But you should not leave the job site only because you made ​​a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is insufficient time for OSHA consider, and, whenever possible, you have shown the condition to your employer, you may have a legal right reused to work in a situation where you would be exposed to danger.

Additional information for workers

Does OSHA has reviewed my employer? You can research the history of inspection through their employer seeking establishment of OSHA . Just enter the name of your company and choose the dates you want to examine. What is the danger most commonly cited in my industry? You'll need to know the standard industry classification code (SIC, for its acronym in English) from their employer . Once you know your four-digit code, visit the OSHA Standards that are frequently cited , enter your SIC code and see the information for the last year. Does OSHA provides technical information on hazards? OSHA provides technical information to help workers, employers and professionals in health and safety issues, to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. For example, you can find information on pathogens, and ergonomic machine guards or fall protection. What is the OSHA materials that may be of interest to workers? OSHA publishes a variety of publications on many topics. Some of the most useful publications for workers are listed below. See OSHA publications for a complete list of materials published by the agency. You can also order publications online.


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