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.

Blue Alerts provide law enforcement with an early warning of threats against police officers, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They also help to apprehend suspects who have killed or seriously injured an officer. And they are now included in the AMBER Alert System in Missouri.

A black bear season could begin as early as the fall of 2021 in Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public comment.  Michele Skalicky talked with MDC bear biologist, Laura Conlee.

How many bears do you estimate we have in Missouri?

"We estimate that we have between 540 and 840 black bears in the state."

Where are they at in Missouri?

Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s office said he has begun the process of obtaining federal disaster assistance for the state.  That’s in response to severe storms and tornadoes on May 3 and 4 that resulted in damage in parts of the Ozarks.

The governor is requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency review damage reports and documentation from 19 Missouri counties.  Those include Dallas, Douglas, Hickory, Howell, Laclede, Polk and Wright.

Nearly $12 million will go to Missouri health centers for coronavirus response.

Farmers in Missouri are facing increased challenges as the result of climate change, especially heavy rainfall events.  Last year, flooding on the Missouri River left cropland underwater and idle for most of the summer.