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Missouri state rep. will introduce bill to outlaw hand held devices behind the wheel

House Republican Galen Higdon of St. Joseph is planning to introduce a bill in the next session to ban all use of handheld devices behind the wheel. The former 30-year law enforcement officer says although it’s important to do away with texting and handling cell phones while driving, he’s happy to see hands free technology […]

Flakka the Zombie drug

Flakka: The drug that causes bizzarre behavior found in Eastern Missouri community of Sullivan

Police in the community of Sullivan in eastern Missouri report they responded to multiple reports of bizarre human behavior last weekend. KMOV-TV reports the behavior is likely the result of the ‘Flakka,’ a synthetic drug known to cause crazy behavior. Sullivan Police say they responded to reports of people barking like dogs, running nude, and […]

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Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, November 13-19

Every minute of everyday emergency responders across Missouri work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.  Across the country every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.  The Federal Highway Administration has declared […]

Health News

House panel seeks solutions to cost spikes in state’s health care markets

A Missouri House panel seeking to fix problems in Missouri’s health care markets gathered Wednesday.  Among the options it’s considering is adopting a plan by the Trump administration to let states opt out of some of the 10 essential health benefits required under Obamacare. Chris Molendorp with the Missouri Hospital Association says the advantage or […]

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Audio: Missouri Congressman says GOP tax plan would be $900 billion tax increase

Eastern Missouri Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay says the GOP tax plan is reckless and would repeal the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes. The plan currently under consideration in the House also includes eliminating a deduction that helps seniors cover high medical costs, an adoption tax credit and forces professional teams to […]

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USDA invests nearly $119 million in Missouri rural electric infrastructure

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. Of these investments, nearly $119 million was invested in Missouri. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities […]

Minimum Wage

Audio: Missouri State Representative Ellington wants to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour

A Missouri lawmaker says the average person who works a minimum wage job is living in poverty. Brian Hauswirth from the MissouriNet has the story.     The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the state minimum wage for 2017 is $7.70 per hour. Ellington filed similar legislation in January. His bill was […]

Baby Crime

St. Joseph teen sentenced to probation in baby’s death

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph teenager whose infant died after she fell asleep with the child has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Eighteen-year-old Kyla Watson was sentenced Tuesday for endangering the welfare of a child. The St. Joseph News-Press reports Watson admitted in September that on June 1 she used Xanax […]

Missouri Attorney General expands opioid investigation to include three distributors

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his fight against the ongoing opioid crisis announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to three major opioid distributors. These investigative demands, the equivalent of a subpoena, require the distributors to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation into the pharmaceutical industry’s […]