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State of Missouri to carry out sentence of Kevin Johnson today

Governor Mike Parson confirmed that the State of Missouri will carry out the sentence of Mr. Kevin Johnson on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri. “Mr. Johnson has received every protection afforded by the Missouri and United States Constitutions, and Mr. Johnson’s conviction and sentence remain for his horrendous […]

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Latest reports from Missouri State Auditor detail more than $11.4 billion Missouri has received in federal relief for COVID-19

The latest monthly reports from State Auditor Nicole Galloway detailing the state government’s use of federal stimulus dollars intended for the COVID-19 response shows Missouri received $11.4 billion between April 2020 and September 2022. As the state’s financial watchdog, the State Auditor’s Office has issued reports since June 2020 examining the Missouri government’s distribution and […]

Young Deer Hunter

Missouri Department of Conservation reports young hunters harvested 2,881 deer during late youth portion of the season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows young hunters ages 6-15 harvested 2,881 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2022 deer hunting season, Nov. 25-27. Of the 2,881 deer harvested, 1,302 were antlered bucks, 322 were button bucks, and 1,257 were does. Within the Green Hills Region of northern Missouri, the […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 8 people died in traffic crashes during 2022 Thanksgiving holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports eight people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period–from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022. There were no boating crashes or boating fatalities. There were two drownings. During the Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers report the following traffic […]

Logan Yandell, pictured in 2009, alleges he was sexually abused at Kanakuk Kamps from by its former director, Peter Newman. (Photo submitted)

Former camper suing Missouri-based Kanakuk Kamps claiming ‘fraudulent’ abuse settlement

(Missouri Independent) – A Branson Christian summer camp is being sued by a former camper who alleges leadership concealed their prior knowledge of a director’s sexual misconduct to persuade his family to sign a settlement and non-disclosure agreement. Logan Yandell, now 27, filed a lawsuit last week against Kanakuk Kamps alleging he was sexually abused from around […]

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Home and Community-Based Services cuts threaten services for aging population in Missouri

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which focuses attention on the unpaid care work of family members. The care provided by families often is enabled and supported by state-funded wrap-around services. Over the last few decades, Missouri and other state governments around the nation have funded Home and Community-Based Services – or HCBS – as […]

Audio: Federal judge rules Missouri daughter cannot witness her father’s execution

(Missourinet) – A federal judge ruled on Friday that the daughter can’t witness her father’s execution.      A federal judge denied the motion for 19-year-old Khorry Ramey to attend the scheduled execution of her father, Kevin Johnson Junior on Tuesday, November 29th. The American Civil Liberties Union, on Ramey’s behalf, filed a lawsuit requesting […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man who was subject of undercover investigation in United Kingdom sentenced to 19 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child

A Missouri man who was the subject of an undercover investigation in the United Kingdom has been sentenced in federal court on child sexual exploitation charges. Kody Ryan Kelso, 31, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also […]

Audio: Missouri trucking company wants state to tweak requirement for truckers

(Missourinet) – A Missouri requirement is costing the trucking industry time and money. The federal government requires truckers to get physicals every two years. Brent Witte, with Witte Brothers Exchange in Troy, says many states let truck drivers submit this information online, but not in Missouri. Truckers here are required to go in person to […]

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Missourians seeking food assistance saw call center wait times increase over the summer

(Missouri Independent) – In May, Missouri residents applying for food assistance by phone had to wait on hold an average of 56 minutes to reach the required interview process, a delay a federal judge deemed “unacceptably long.” Yet over the summer, wait times continued to increase each month, according to data obtained this week by The Independent. […]

Small Business Saturday November 26, 2022

“Small Business Saturday” promotes spending in the local economy

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday reminds shoppers to patronize local retailers, craftspeople, and restaurants as they prepare for the holidays. A small-business economic impact study conducted for American Express reported of every dollar […]

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Governor Parson announces Andrew Bailey as Missouri’s next Attorney General

During a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that he is appointing Andrew Bailey as the next Attorney General of the State of Missouri. Mr. Bailey’s appointment will fill the vacancy created by the election of Attorney General Eric Schmitt to the U.S. Senate. Mr. Bailey currently serves as General Counsel […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation reports 197,724 deer harvested during November portion of firearms deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 197,724 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 12-22. Of the 197,724 deer harvested, 102,633 were antlered bucks, 16,929 were button bucks, and 78,162 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,175 deer harvested, Texas with […]

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What to know about buying recreational marijuana in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – On Nov. 8, Missourians voted “yes” on Amendment 3, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, meaning you’ll now be able to buy weed, like marijuana flower or edibles, in the coming months. Starting Dec. 8, the state will begin transitioning its medical marijuana licenses to recreational licenses, but that doesn’t mean that […]

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Turkey population restoration efforts a model for new conservation efforts

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, many may not realize a century ago, wild turkeys were near extinction. Conservation groups point to their restoration as evidence of what is possible and needed for many other species facing threats. Congress is considering the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, to address the estimated one-third of U.S. wildlife species facing an elevated […]

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Missouri and Louisiana Attorneys General to depose Dr. Anthony Fauci in social media lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is scheduled to be questioned under oath as part of a lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to suppress free speech, the Missouri attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry […]

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Missouri woman pleads guilty to $100,000 pandemic loan fraud, faces 30 year prison sentence

A woman from Florissant on Monday pleaded guilty to federal charges and admitted fraudulently obtaining two pandemic-era loans totaling more than $101,000. Lakenya M. Hobbs, 40, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud. Hobbs admitted scheming to defraud the […]