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Missouri unemployment rate drops to 3.4% in April, 2022

Missouri non-farm payroll employment decreased slightly from March 2022 to April 2022, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 5,300 jobs over the month. Private industry employment decreased by 4,200 jobs and government employment declined by 1,100 jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate […]

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U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

(Missouri Independent) – Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

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Missouri launches online dashboard displaying opioid overdose related data

With 1,878 deaths, 2020 had the highest number of fatal drug overdoses to date in the state of Missouri – a 19% increase from 2019. 1,375 of these deaths involved opioids. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services launched a new, interactive dashboard showing data regarding both fatal and nonfatal overdoses, where they occurred […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Samuel J. Gillam, age 37, of Iron County, Missouri, has been sentenced to serve 240 months (20 years) in federal prison for the offense of Receiving Child Pornography. Gillam appeared for his sentencing hearing before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, […]

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Missouri man faces additional child pornography charges

A Missouri man was indicted by a federal grand jury on nine additional counts of producing child pornography, as well as additional counts of distributing and receiving child pornography. Andrew J. McCardie, 35, of Farley, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Tuesday’s superseding indictment […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 24 years in prison for shooting at officer during high-speed chase and meth trafficking

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for shooting at a police officer during a high-speed chase that began in Carthage, Missouri, and for illegally possessing methamphetamine to distribute. Raul A. Gonzalez Reyes, 35, of Stotts City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 24 years in federal prison without parole. […]

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Missouri postal service employee sentenced to prison for fraudulent claims

 A Missouri woman was sentenced in federal court for fraudulently claiming reimbursements for travel expenses for her work for the U.S. Postal Service. Monique S. Koger-Little, 48, of Lee’s Summit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one year and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Koger-Little […]

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Justin Moore with Heath Sanders to perform August 20 at Missouri State Fair

Country music superstar Justin Moore will headline the final concert of the 2022 Missouri State Fair, performing on the State Fair Grandstand stage, presented by CFM Insurance on Saturday, Aug. 20. Opening for Moore is newcomer Heath Sanders. Multi-platinum hitmaker and Arkansas native Justin Moore has built a loyal following over the past decade with […]

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Audio: Prosecutor seeks to have 1998 murder conviction thrown out

The prosecuting attorney for eastern Missouri’s Washington County is moving to toss out the murder conviction of a 38-year-old man convicted of killing his mother.      Michael Politte was 14 years old in 1998 when his mother’s burned body was found in their mobile home. Police quickly focused on Politte as the suspect, and […]

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Tyson Foods wrote draft of Trump order keeping meatpacking plants open during pandemic

(Missouri Independent) – Lawyers for Tyson Foods, one of America’s largest meatpacking companies, drafted an early version of a 2020 executive order that allowed plants to continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Congressional report based on company emails shows. It’s been reported that the meatpacking industry wrote a draft version of President Donald Trump’s […]

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Winners and losers of Missouri’s raucous 2022 legislative session

(Missouri Independent) – The 2022 legislative session ended last week the same way it began back in January: With the Missouri Senate bogged down and barely able to function thanks to bitter divisions within the Republican majority.  Over the course of five months, there were filibusters, procedural hijinks, and ugly back-and-forths between members of the Senate’s conservative […]

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Appeals court hears arguments over Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app

(Missouri Independent) – A panel of state appeals court judges heard arguments last week over whether former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff used self-destructing text-message apps in 2017 to illegally circumvent Missouri’s transparency laws.   While Greitens was still serving as governor, it was revealed he and his staff were using a text-messaging app called Confide. […]

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Governor Parson announces launch of website for Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act funds

Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a public website to help guide access to Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The website,, enables visitors to learn about how ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Funds are being spent in Missouri. The website will also provide information on how Missouri organizations, non-profits, municipalities, businesses, communities, […]

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Audio: Farm interests applaud new eminent domain restrictions in Missouri

Missouri lawmakers ended the session with changes to eminent domain laws. House Bill 2005 sponsor Mike Haffner led the effort – triggered when a private electric transmission line project was permitted to cross the state.     The bill now limits eminent domain use by private companies to acquire land, but Missouri Cattlemen’s Executive Vice […]

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‘Seclusion kills’: Missouri lawmakers pass limits on hospital COVID visitor restrictions

(Missouri Independent) – Two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri lawmakers sent to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk legislation that aims to ensure residents can access their family members in the face of visitor restrictions at hospitals. A House bill unanimously passed on the final day of the legislative session with 129 votes in support, and shortly after […]

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Bill to create prison nursery clears Missouri legislature on final day of session

(Missouri Independent) – Infants born to women in prison may soon get to remain with their mothers for their first 18 months, under a bill on its way to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. The bill would direct the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish a nursery within a women’s correctional facility by July 2025. It […]

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Missouri joins other states in lawsuit against Biden administration for reinstating California exemption in Clean Air Act

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office joined a lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s decision to allow California to set burdensome and oppressive emissions standards in the manufacturing of motor vehicles as an exemption under the Clean Air Act. “Over 40 percent of the nation’s motor vehicles are manufactured in California and the […]