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Missouri woman pleads guilty to meth trafficking after high-speed chase

A Missouri, woman who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase at night with no headlights pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking methamphetamine. Gina N. Nunez, 43, of Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. By pleading guilty, Nunez […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty after crashing into federal deputy marshals while attempting to flee in stolen truck

A Missouri, man who injured two United States deputy marshals by crashing into them while attempting to flee in a stolen truck pleaded guilty in federal court to forcibly resisting federal law enforcement officers. Ray E. Clevenger, 46, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two counts of forcibly […]

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Audio: Missouri to get federal money to strengthen crops

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says nine projects across Missouri will receive grant funding.     The money is from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  It’s to strengthen the market for Missouri-grown specialty crops. More than $428,000 in federal funds will be used to build relationships between Missouri schools and local farmers.  The […]

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Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearm following high-speed police chase

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a high-speed chase through oncoming traffic and crashing into several police vehicles. Kyle K. Kessler, 35, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to nine years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 15, […]

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Trenton Board of Education approves after school tutoring pay rate, hear presentation on Summer School program

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education approved an adjustment to after-school tutoring pay on October 12, 2021. The pay rate was changed from $25 to $30 to match the quarantine tutoring program. Trenton Middle School Principal Daniel Gott said teachers select students to be tutored in the after-school program. Superintendent Mike Stegman reported there were […]

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Report: Missouri receives failing grade for handling of COVID-19 in prisons

(Missouri News Service) – One out of every three people incarcerated in the United States has contracted COVID-19, and a new report shows how state prison systems – including in Missouri – have failed to properly handle the public-health crisis. The Prison Policy Initiative report evaluates how corrections departments have responded in four areas: limiting the […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to offer first accelerated academy for 114th Recruit Class

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces it will offer its first 15-week accelerated academy to law enforcement professionals interested in becoming a trooper. This accelerated training is the Patrol’s newest approach to hire the most qualified applicants for the position of trooper. To be eligible, candidates must possess an active Missouri Class […]

Audio: Mosaic Medical Center executive in Albany to lead Missouri Hospital Association

A northwest Missouri health care executive will soon be moving to Jefferson City to lead the statewide hospital group. Mosaic Medical Center President Jon Doolittle will leave the hospital in rural Albany to become the Missouri Hospital Association’s (MHA) president during a critical time for health care.     Doolittle tells St. Joseph affiliate KFEQ […]

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Blunt sponsors bipartisan senate effort to protect wildlife

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America. “Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, […]

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Stolen school van recovered after pursuit in Cass County

At approximately 2:50 am Monday, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically on I-49 south of Harrisonville. The caller stated that the vehicle had followed them to a business on 291 Highway north of Harrisonville and was driving around the area. The deputy located the vehicle […]

Illegal Firearms and firearm theft

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison, without parole, for illegal firearm

A Missouri, man who led police officers on a chase in a stolen car, causing a collision with another vehicle, was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Cameron D. Smith, 25, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Jan. 27, […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in federal prison without parole for stolen firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for possessing a stolen firearm. Donte Hardy, 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to nine years and four months in federal prison without parole. On April 23, 2021, Hardy pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm. Hardy was arrested on Jan. […]

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COVID-19 surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations decline

(Missouri Independent) – In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly reports on new cases. With only three active cases on April 21, the urgency for frequent updates seemed to have passed. But the coronavirus came roaring back this […]

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Audio: Missouri Board of Education unanimously approves permanently allowing accelerated substitute teacher training

The state Board of Education has signed off on permanently allowing an accelerated substitute teacher training option. Aspiring substitutes will be able to fulfill the standard 60 college credit hours or they can complete an online training program of at least 20 hours.  Last fall, the board temporarily allowed the online course to help close […]

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Passenger of truck life-flighted to Research Hospital after being struck by vehicle

A Lexington man received serious injuries when he got out of a truck and was hit by the vehicle when the driver accidentally accelerated. Sixty-year-old Ronald Mings, a passenger in the truck, was flown by medical helicopter to Research Hospital in Kansas City. The accident happened Saturday afternoon south of Richmond as the truck was […]