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For more information about the United Way’s 2020 campaign and the five pilot companies chosen for 2021, see the special supplement in this weekend's issue of The Missourian.

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The haze lingering in the sky the past couple days around the St. Louis area, including in Franklin County, is smoke originating from wildfires in the western U.S. and southwestern Canada, according to the National Weather Service.

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The Pacific Board of Aldermen approved a controversial residential subdivision at its regular meeting Tuesday.

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JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Robert “RJ” Audrain IV of St. Louis for catching the latest state record longear sunfish under alternative methods. Audrain was fishing from a private pond in Franklin County July 3 when he caught the 5-ounce fish. …

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The Franklin County Health Department reported 104 new cases of COVID-19 from July 17 to July 23, the highest number reported since the county moved to weekly instead of daily reports in May. 

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Autopsies will be performed following the deaths of two inmates at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, according to press releases from the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

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Pacific residents could soon see wastewater increases on their utility bills due to a proposal that would up the user fees from $2.92 per 1,000 gallons to $4.14 per 1,000 gallons.

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Pacific residents could soon see wastewater increases on their utility bills due to a proposal that would up the user fees from $2.92 per 1,000 gallons to $4.14 per 1,000 gallons.

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Amy Ryan, of Wildwood, has launched an exploratory committee to study the possibility of running for Missouri Senate District 26, an office held by Dave Schatz since 2014.

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After almost 14 months, Franklin County is nearing the end of awarding the $12.2 million it received as part of the 2020 federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) money it was allocated.

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Forty-two Franklin County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, pushing the total number of people who have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic to 2,305, according to a weekly release from the Franklin County Health Department. 

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As of Tuesday, 153 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Springfield, up from 31 just over a month ago, according to Greene County figures. That has Mercy Hospital Washington staff concerned the virus will surge again in the Franklin County area in the coming weeks. In particular, they are …

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There was a black bear sighting in Franklin County Thursday. Christy Eads of Union posted on Facebook a picture of a bear she said she saw along Highway AT near the Birch Creek area.

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The Saint Louis Zoo’s proposed habitat for a nearly extinct breed of wolf got the go-ahead from Franklin County’s planning and zoning commission last week.

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School districts across the U.S.  — but not in Franklin County — are expecting a much larger kindergarten class size than usual, putting extra strain on teachers and administrators.

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One of the last stalwarts of mask requirements among local school districts is further loosening its regulations.

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Students and faculty at Riverbend Middle School in Pacific can expect more comfortable temperatures in the halls and classrooms this year, according to principal Andrew Arbeitman.

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Missouri lawmakers began a special session in Jefferson City Wednesday that will revolve around funding the state’s Medicaid program.

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Hundreds of children around Franklin County are receiving free breakfasts and lunches through local public school districts’ distributions this summer, and the meals are not limited to students.