Michele Skalicky

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service office in Springfield.  A wind chill advisory is in effect through Tuesday morning, with wind chills expected to be as low at -25.  The actual temperature Tuesday morning is expected to be -7, which would break the record of -1 set in 1958.

Those who spend much time outdoors could be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.  If you have to be outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin and don't stay out too long.

The U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution this morning, NPR reports, which allows for passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill without Republican support.

The bill could now be passed with a simple majority,

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, said both sides need to come together on the issue.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is one of the 45 senators who voted Tuesday to declare that it is unconstitutional to proceed with an impeachment trial of a president who is no longer in office. 

According to NPR, Senator Rand Paul pushed for the vote just after senators were sworn in Tuesday afternoon as jurors in the impeachment trial.

A 98-year-old World War II veteran is the first person to get a coronavirus vaccine in Missouri’s 1B-2 category at Mercy Springfield.

Edgar Fox wrote his primary care physician at the beginning of the year and said he wanted to volunteer to receive the vaccine as soon as he could to “encourage skeptics,” according to Mercy.

He said he wasn’t afraid to get the shot.

"A lot of people went to work for this, and I would tell the skeptics they better not procrastinate if they want to get older," he said.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has been sworn in to a full term in office. 

During the Bicentennial Inauguration Monday morning in Jefferson City, Parson said he will continue "to work hard each day for all Missourians."

Parson said he is "humbled and honored" by the trust his supporters have placed in him to lead the state.