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Hy-Vee no longer requires vaccinated customers and employees to wear masks, unless locally mandated

The health and safety of Hy-Vee’s customers and employees have been the company’s top priority since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the grocer has consistently followed the CDC’s recommendations as guidance is provided. Given the CDC’s mask announcement on Friday, starting today Hy-Vee no longer requires fully vaccinated customers and employees to wear face coverings […]

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Advocates fear homeless crisis with federal eviction moratorium on shaky legal ground

(Missouri Independent) – At least once a day, housing advocate Melissa Pashia speaks to someone living in a car.  Once the situation gets to this point, it’s hard to get people back into stable housing, said Pashia, a housing resource specialist for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.  “Landlords don’t want to […]

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Missouri State Auditor begins audit of Carter County government

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced today that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of the Carter County government. The county, located in southern Missouri, received a rating of “good” from the most recent state audit, issued in September 2016. “Audits can help local officials take steps to make government more efficient and effective […]

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Missouri Secretary of State receives referendum petition on “Gas Tax” Senate Bill 262

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office received a referendum petition for Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 262.  The referendum petition – Petition 2022-R001 – submitted by Jeremy Cady representing Americans for Prosperity, is now open for public comment. The public comment period, pursuant to Section 116.334, RSMo, allows Missourians to […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature expected back for special session to vote on healthcare renewal tax

The Missouri Legislature is expected to head back for a special session later this year to vote on a healthcare renewal tax. In a rare move, the Missouri Senate adjourned the legislative session several hours early Friday without passing the legislation. The Federal Reimbursement Allowance also referred to as FRA, helps to fund about two […]

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Audio: Conservative group wants to send gas tax hike to Missouri voters

(Missouri Independent) – On Monday morning, Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, filed paperwork with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office to begin the process of putting the 12.5-cents a gallon tax increase on a statewide ballot. To succeed in forcing a referendum on the bill, the campaign would have to gather about 110,000 […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in conservation-related […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol: “Every available trooper to be out enforcing traffic laws during Memorial Day weekend”

The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. Over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 10 people died, and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers made […]

Audio: Missouri Legislature fails to pass fix for 46,000 Missourians given too much in unemployment aid

The state Legislature did not end up passing a bill this session that would let about 46,000 Missourians keep extra unemployment relief the state mistakenly gave them. Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia says a fix could be part of a special session.     Early on, Governor Parson supported the idea of the […]

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Audio: Missouri study underway to identify species of ticks and to better deal with tickborne illnesses

A study is underway in Missouri to find out which species of ticks are present here, to better identify the bacterial pathogens they carry. Matt Combes with the Missouri Conservation Department says half of the counties have no information that can be verified. Ticks gathered this summer and next will be tested for bacterial pathogens […]

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Audio: St. Joseph man involved in drive-by shooting which killed toddler sentenced to ten years in prison

The person behind the wheel in that deadly drive-by shooting in August that killed a St. Joseph toddler has been sentenced to ten years in prison. KFEQ’s Brent Martin has details on Te’Avion Hawkins’ sentencing.     Hawkins was the driver of the vehicle last August that pulled up alongside the car in which Raelynn […]

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Audio: Missouri House Speaker disappointed Senate did not approve photo ID and initiative petition reform

Missouri’s GOP House Speaker and the House Elections Committee chairman are disappointed that the GOP-controlled Senate did not approve legislation on voter ID and initiative petition reform. Speaker Rob Vescovo tells Missourinet he’ll review Election Chairman Dan Shaul’s request that the governor call a special session.     The Missouri House gave final approval in […]

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Medicaid provider taxes imperiled as compromise on abortion issues eludes lawmakers

(Missouri Independent) – The pathway to renewing provider taxes essential to funding Medicaid before Missouri lawmakers adjourn for the year became much narrower when issues raised by abortion opponents forced removal of the taxes from a health care bill. When a conference committee met to work out differences between the House and Senate on the bill, […]

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Two suspects detained, 9 victims rescued, during human trafficking operation at Holiday Inn East Hotel in Columbia

The Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies conducted a successful joint human trafficking operation at the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Friday night. The joint operation, organized by the Columbia Police Department, the […]

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Push for disclosure of Missouri medical marijuana records runs into veto threat

(Missouri Independent) – An effort by lawmakers to require disclosure of ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses was derailed on Thursday when state regulators suggested a possible gubernatorial veto.  On Tuesday, the Missouri House voted to require the Department of Health and Senior Services provide legislative oversight committees with records regarding who owns […]

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Coalition of Attorneys General urge Zuckerberg to halt plans for kids’ Instagram

Tennessee’s attorney general is part of a group that wants Facebook to stop its plans to create a kids’ version of Instagram.  The group contends using social media can be detrimental to children’s health and well-being, and that kids aren’t equipped to navigate the challenges. Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery signed the letter, along with more than […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes “Second Amendment Preservation Act” gun rights bill

The Missouri Senate has passed a contentious gun rights bill. The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” attempts to invalidate federal gun regulations. Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo of Independence spoke in favor of an amendment that would have closed a loophole letting convicted domestic violence abusers own a gun. The amendment to the overall bill failed. […]