Ray County Jail Escapee Justin Robinson

Video: Ray County Sheriff posts update on escapee Justin Robinson, posts video of attack on jail officer

The Ray County Sheriff’s Department continues to receive tips and follow up on leads regarding the whereabouts of an inmate who escaped early Tuesday morning from the jail in Henrietta. On Wednesday evening, Ray County Sheriff Scott Childers posted this Facebook video in which he announced a jailer was injured during the escape of two […]

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

St. Louis Circuit Attorney, under fire by Missouri Attorney General, to run for re-election

(Missourinet) – Kim Gardner made it clear Tuesday that she has no intention of resigning as St. Louis Circuit Attorney by announcing that she’s running for re-election.     She’s been facing calls to resign and is currently fighting an effort by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to remove her from office. That was triggered […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol now testing for new troopers

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 119th (Accelerated) and 120th (Traditional) Recruit Classes, scheduled […]

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Audio: Anti-Red Flag law voted down in Missouri Senate committee

(Missourinet) – State Senator Bill Eigel’s Anti-Red Flag law has been voted down in committee on Wednesday morning His proposed bill would have banned red flag laws in Missouri, which allow guns to be taken away from a person because of a court order or a federal protection order. Eigel tells Missourinet that this is […]

After hours on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Doug Beck, D-Affton, and Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, watch the floor leader adjourn (Annelise Hanshaw/Missouri Independent).

Democratic filibuster blocks vote on bill making it harder to amend Missouri Constitution

(Missouri Independent) – Senate Democrats seized control of the Missouri Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to block a Republican proposal making it harder to change the state constitution. The measure that would impose a 60% threshold as the minimum majority for amendments has already passed the House and, if approved in the Senate, would go before voters in […]

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Senate passes bipartisan legislation to overturn Biden’s WOTUS rule

The Senate voted in favor of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves’s (MO-06) resolution to overturn the Biden Administration’s “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule by a bipartisan vote of 53-43. The Biden rule would lead to sweeping changes to the federal government’s authority to regulate what is considered navigable water, with enormous […]

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Contractor in Missouri charged for fraud and theft against the elderly

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office has filed twelve felony counts of Deceptive Business Practice, Stealing by Deceit, and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly against Daniel M. Carbone, 49, of St. Clair, MO. Carbone is accused of criminally defrauding five Franklin County consumers, some of whom are elderly, in connection with his […]

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Missouri man faces 25 years in prison after jury convicts him of methamphetamine conspiracy,

 A Missouri man was convicted at trial for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Pettis County, Mo. Thomas W. Pitts, 35, of Ionia, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Pitts participated in the drug-trafficking […]

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Man from Mexico, living in Missouri, sentenced to 27 years in prison for large-scale drug-trafficking conspiracy

A Mexican national residing in Raymore, Mo., was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Abel Miranda-Diaz, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 27 years in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 21, 2022, Miranda-Diaz pleaded guilty to conspiracy […]

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Second Harvest awarded nearly $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to expand facility

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that it had awarded over $94 million for 70 projects across the state through the Community Revitalization Grant Program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. This program awards competitive grants to applicants, including municipalities, counties, and nonprofit organizations, to benefit households, communities, and small businesses affected by […]

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Missouri to begin Medicaid renewals, vowing as “seamless” a process as possible

(Missouri Independent) – As a pandemic policy expires and Missouri begins rechecking eligibility of around 1.6 million people on Medicaid, social services department leadership pledged Tuesday to make the process “as seamless as possible for as many people as we can.” Over the last three years, states have stopped reverifying whether Medicaid recipients on their […]

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Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, to convene at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, is returning to Northwest Missouri State University, where it is scheduled to convene court Tuesday, April 11. The session, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. A three-judge panel, consisting of Presiding Judge Douglas Thomson, Judge […]

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Bill allowing utilities to charge upfront costs to build nuclear plants advances in Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – The repeal of a nearly 50-year-old voter-approved ban on utilities billing customers for the upfront costs of building nuclear power facilities won initial approval from the Missouri House on Monday. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. John Black of Marshfield, would allow Missouri utilities to add the cost of a new nuclear plant […]

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Missouri Attorney General, and coalition of states, take action to block rule deeming single sex dorms unconstitutional

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey led a coalition of 19 states in filing an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court supporting the College of the Ozarks in their suit against the Biden Administration’s unlawful rule prohibiting single-sex dorms. The amicus brief filed by the attorneys general supports the petition of the College of […]

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Missouri teenager sentenced to 33-years in prison for murdering his 12-year-old brother

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office secured a 33-year prison sentence in the deadly shooting of a twelve-year-old child. “I will always enforce the laws as written, which includes prosecuting violent criminals to hold them accountable,” said Attorney General Bailey. “As a former prosecutor, I am committed to the idea that safer […]

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Woman in Missouri pleads guilty to bank fraud, admits to pandemic fraud

A woman from St. Louis, Missouri on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and admitted committing both check fraud and pandemic fraud.   Nikia A. French, 30, admitted to recruiting people on Instagram who were willing to let French use their bank accounts.  French created counterfeit checks, deposited them in the accounts […]

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Central Missouri man pleads guilty to gun crimes

A man from Missouri admitted to repeatedly possessing firearms after having been committed to a mental institution, in violation of federal law. Joseph Zarky, 24, of Kirkwood, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig to two counts of possession of a firearm after being previously committed to a mental institution. “Police […]

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Missouri Attorney General, coalition of states push back on Biden’s attempt to rescind protection for student religious groups

Missouri Attorney General Bailey and 21 other states directed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, urging his department to retain a provision that compels public universities to comply with the First Amendment or else lose grant funding – a provision put in place to protect religious groups on campuses nationwide. The Biden […]