Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

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Audio: House Bill would reimburse law enforcement officers for police academy training

A bill passed by the Crime Prevention Committee in the Missouri House is in line with the governor’s call for recruiting and better training for police officers. Joplin Rep. Lane Roberts- chairman of the committee- is the sponsor of legislation to reimburse law enforcement officers who go through the state’s police officer training academy.   […]

Grain Belt Express

Audio: Missouri lawmakers and residents argue the future of Grain Belt Express

The Grain Belt Express is again bringing out passionate arguments at the statehouse. Republican Representative Mike Haffner’s bill makes it more difficult for the electricity transmission project to traverse Missouri.  The measure would require county commissions’ approval before the line can cross that county.  It’s another effort to keep Invenergy from using its public service […]

USDA website

USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

Missouri Soybean Association Website

Matt Wright elected to lead Missouri Soybean Association

This week Missouri Soybeans hosted the Missouri Soybean Association board in Jefferson City, MO for their annual meeting. During the meeting, the Association unanimously selected several farmer-leaders to step up in leadership positions to serve Missouri’s soybean growers. To lead MSA, Matt Wright was voted to serve as the president for 2022. Wright is a […]

4H or 4-H National Website

Audio: Deadline is today for 4-H Energizer registration to be held in Hamilton

January 27th is the last day to register for a 4-H Energizer to be held in Hamilton next week for 4-H members to explore multiple project areas. Extension County Engagement Specialist in 4-H Youth Development Chelsea Corkins says the event will be at the Hamilton Middle School and Penney High School on February 5th. Registration […]

Summit Natural Gas

Natural gas rates rates to decrease for Summit Natural Gas customers

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) customers will see natural gas rates drop under a filing that takes effect on February 1, 2022. Gallatin Division: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.65 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under […]

Princeton Rotary Club to host Trivia Night as scholarship fundraiser for Princeton students

A trivia night will be held to raise scholarship funds for the Princeton Rotary Club and support Princeton R-5 students. The event will start at the Princeton Elementary School on February 19, 2022, at 6 pm. Teams with up to six members can participate for $60 per team. Desserts and soft drinks will be available […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors announces salary for new Sunnyview administrator

The Board of Directors has announced the salary of the new administrator of Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments in Trenton. The salary is $80,000 per year for Trish Smith, who began the position on January 25, 2022. The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors hired her at a special meeting on January 24th. […]

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Audio: FBI in eastern Missouri focusing on safety of souvenir military explosives

The FBI in eastern Missouri has launched its first-ever project to recover military ordnance, explosive devices that are stored at home where owners may be unaware of the potential danger. Interim Special agent in Charge Spencer Evans of the St. Louis Division.     These explosives could seem harmless, says Agent Evans, including civil war […]

Audio: Missouri school board group responds to attorney general’s lawsuits against schools

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is suing 45 K-12 public school districts around the state for what it calls illegally enforcing mask mandates. All of Missouri’s charter schools have mask requirements but they are not being sued. Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, cites a recent Cole County Court ruling he […]

USDA website

USDA urges producers to submit applications for 2021 grazing loss assistance by January 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds ranchers and livestock producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2021 grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2021 LFP assistance is Jan. 31, 2022.  “Ongoing, widespread drought conditions have resulted in significant financial losses […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Caldwell County reports COVID-related death; Five area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Caldwell County. The health department reports the total as 28. Forty-nine COVID-19 cases have been added since January 20th, bringing that total to 1,731. There are 80 active cases. The Livingston County Health Center reports 61 COVID-19 cases have been added since January 24th, raising the total to […]

Inmate at Chillicothe Correctional Center dies

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports an inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center has died. Sixty-four-year-old Peggy Goodin was pronounced dead at the Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Friday morning, January 21, 2022. An autopsy will be conducted. Goodin was serving a seven-year sentence for delivery of a controlled substance from Scotland County […]

House Fire

Trenton Fire Department responds to vacant house on Chestnut Street in Trenton

A fire damaged a vacant house at 1429 Chestnut in Trenton on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2022. Trenton Fire Department Lieutenant Jeremy Summers reports there was heavy smoke and fire damage to the attic, heavy smoke damage to the entire house, and moderate fire damage to the kitchen. Summers says off-duty Firefighter Dustin Whorton noticed […]