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Governor Mike Parson announces two judicial appointments

 Governor Mike Parson announced judicial appointments to the 18th and 31st Judicial Circuits. The Honorable Jeff Mittelhauser, of Sedalia, will be appointed as Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit. Judge Mittelhauser currently serves as an associate circuit judge in Pettis County. He holds a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from the University of Central Missouri and a […]

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Pickup overturns on snow-covered Route M west of Rutledge, injuring three boys, ages 2, 4 and 8

On Sunday morning, November 26, 2023, an accident occurred on Route M, one mile west of Rutledge, Missouri. The incident involved a 2004 Ford F250, driven by Nicholas B. Calcutt, 30, from Kirksville, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the driver lost control of the pickup on a snow-covered road, veered off the […]

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Missouri correctional officer arrested for attempt to smuggle over 100 grams of methamphetamine into prison

Authorities have arrested Trishana Barton, a correctional officer at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri, on charges of trafficking drugs and delivering a controlled substance within a jail facility. Investigators report that Barton smuggled drugs into the prison using counterfeit 7-Up cans intended for an inmate.  A sergeant at the correctional center discovered […]

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Early morning accident on Route Z near Saint Patrick injures man from Iowa

A single-vehicle accident occurred on Route Z, about half a mile northeast of Saint Patrick, Missouri, early in the morning on November 26, 2023. The crash involved a 1995 Ford Explorer, which traveled off the left side of the road, struck the ground and overturned. Justin Tucker, a 30-year-old man from Fort Madison, Iowa, was […]

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Chevy Cavalier collides with trash truck on Highway 5, south of Marceline, injuring two

An accident occurred on Highway 5, approximately three miles south of Marceline in Chariton County, on the afternoon of November 25, 2023. The incident involved a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by a 16-year-old girl from Brookfield, Missouri, and a 2015 Freightliner trash truck driven by Adam C. Heller, a 37-year-old man from Green City, Missouri. […]

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Three injured in accident on Highway H south of Rensselaer

On November 25, 2023, at approximately 2:48 p.m., a car accident occurred on Highway H, two miles south of Rensselaer, in Ralls County, Missouri. Brenda D. Williams, 52, from Burlington, Iowa, was driving a 2023 Nissan Sentra northbound when the vehicle veered off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. Williams, along […]

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Rutledge man injured in single-vehicle accident on Route W in Scotland County

On the evening of November 24, 2023, a single-vehicle accident occurred on Route W, approximately 5 miles west of Rutledge, Missouri. At around 5:59 p.m., a 2023 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 22-year-old Luke E. Triplett of Rutledge, Missouri, veered off the right side of the road and collided with an embankment. The Missouri State Highway […]

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Hawley to oppose defense bill unless it includes compensation for victims of nuclear waste

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has released statements demanding justice for victims of nuclear contamination in the greater St. Louis area. He pledges to oppose the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if it does not include compensation for these victims. Senator Hawley is a steadfast advocate for the Coldwater Creek community and all Missourians impacted […]

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Governor and First Lady Parson invite families to Candlelight Tours and annual tree lighting ceremony

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson cordially invite families to attend this year’s Candlelight Tours and annual tree lighting ceremony at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. The annual lighting of the tree will be followed by this year’s Candlelight Tours. The Candlelight Tours will run until 8:00 p.m. […]

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Retailers pare back their seasonal hiring to prepare for ho-hum holidays

(Missouri Independent) – Black Friday shoppers may notice longer lines and fewer retail associates in some of their favorite stores than in past holiday seasons as retailers scale back seasonal hiring over concerns about consumer spending. JCPenney is hiring 12,000 fewer workers than last year. Macy’s 3,000 fewer. Meanwhile, a Walmart executive said the retail […]

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Ukrainians find warm welcome in Sedalia after fleeing their war-torn country

(Missouri Independent) – Before Russia invaded her country, Yuliana Bezlysiuk was making plans. She had studied business and accounting in Ukraine, earned three degrees and found a job as a clerk at a Ukrainian university. Early one morning in February 2022, all of her plans and dreams disappeared. “In one day, all of my plans […]

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Missouri State Auditor releases monthly reports on municipalities and special district financial information

Missouri State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick recently issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of municipalities and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. One report includes cities, towns, and villages while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection, and other taxing districts. Per state regulation, these entities are required to file annual financial reports […]

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Ford F150 and Freightliner totalled in Interstate 70 crash

An accident occurred on Interstate 70 westbound near mile marker 153.8 on November 22, 2023, at 8:50 a.m., involving a 2002 Ford F150 and a 2020 Freightliner, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The crash happened as Dianne E. Lain, a 20-year-old woman from Mexico, Missouri, driving the Ford F150, attempted to use the […]

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Liberty and Empire announce decreased natural gas rates in Missouri

Missouri’s natural gas customers can expect a significant decrease in their gas rates starting December 3, 2023, as Liberty Utilities and The Empire District Gas Company, both operating under the Liberty banner, adjust their rates. These changes are influenced by the estimated shifts in the wholesale cost of natural gas and alterations in the companies’ […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation reports 193,669 deer harvested during November portion of firearms deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 193,669 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 11-21. Of the 193,669 deer harvested, 105,614 were antlered bucks, 16,081 were button bucks, and 71,974 were does. For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type […]

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Effective family budgeting and gift-giving strategies for the holiday season

The holiday season presents an ideal opportunity to discuss family budgets and plan for the upcoming year, advises Andrew Zumwalt, head of the University of Missouri’s Personal Financial Planning program. Zumwalt highlights that family gatherings are prime times for conversations about holiday gift-giving budgets. Such discussions can help avert financial strain and misunderstandings, he notes. […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Christmas tree farms struggle with severe 2023 drought

(Missourinet/KTTN) – Missouri’s agriculture industry has been severely impacted by the drought in 2023, with the Christmas tree farming sector also experiencing significant struggles. Troy Bollinger of Bollinger Farms in Bonne Terre describes 2023 as a particularly tough year for their operations.     Bollinger notes that while the larger, more established trees are coping […]

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Missouri announces new minimum wage rate for 2024

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has declared that the state’s minimum wage will increase to $12.30 per hour starting January 1, 2024. This adjustment is in accordance with Proposition B, passed by Missouri voters in November 2018, which mandates an 85 cents per hour increase annually through 2023. Post-2023, annual adjustments will […]