Voting Rights

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

(Missouri Independent) – Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would […]

Granny Basketball

Audio: Granny Basketball set to tip off at the Ketcham Community Center on Saturday

Granny Basketball will come to Trenton September 25th for a fundraiser for the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center and the Gifted Group of Grundy County. Games will start at the Ketcham Community Center at 2 o’clock that afternoon. Granny Basketball Player Cindy Guthrie says the first game will be grannies versus grannies to show […]

Farmers Market

Audio: Farmers market to be held at Trenton Rock Barn

A farmers market will be held in the Trenton Rock Barn courtyard September 25th to benefit the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center of Trenton. The advocacy center makes money by vendors paying $25 for each booth. Vendors from the area will be open from 8 o’clock to noon. Advocacy Center Development Coordinator Amanda White […]

Immigration

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to […]

Mid America Music Festival 2021

Online auction to benefit Mid-America Music Festival charities now underway

Bids are being taken on four autographed Granger Smith items in an online charity auction to benefit this year’s Mid-America Music Festival charities. Bidding for two hats, a flag, and a t-shirt will go through September 25th at 10 o’clock at night. This year’s charities are Camp Rainbow, the Green Hills Animal Shelter, and the […]

Google

Hawley demanding answers from Google about pro-life censorship

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding an explanation as to why ads placed by Live Action and Choose Life Marketing have seemingly been censored. Choose Life Marketing is a Missouri company that works with pregnancy resource centers throughout the country by developing and circulating online ads detailing women’s […]

Amaren Missouri

“Simply unconscionable”: Advocates push Ameren to keep electric bills low during pandemic

(Missouri Independent) – Ameren Missouri should not increase its electrical rates for its customers as they struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, a coalition of environmental, veterans, and tenants advocates said Wednesday.  The St. Louis-based utility filed with regulators in March seeking a rate increase worth nearly $300 million per year to pay […]

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House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship for millions

(Missouri Independent) – A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers, farmworker workers; those […]

COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Saint Luke’s Health System to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

Saint Luke’s Health System announced it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 30, 2021.  The announcement comes as Kansas City has experienced a dramatic surge in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. Hospitals and health systems across Missouri and Kansas have struggled to find enough ICU beds and staff […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorneys argue Missouri is violating federal law, courts on Medicaid expansion delays

(Missouri Independent) – Attorneys who successfully sued to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion argued in a letter to state officials Thursday that delays in implementation violate not only the court order but also federal law. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Chuck Hatfield and Lowell Pearson joined with Joel Ferber, director of advocacy for Legal Services […]

Regina Murdock, a registered nurse with D&H Drugstore, administers a dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Kali Lindsay, a dietary aide, on Aug. 6, 2021 at clinic at the Neighborhoods by TigerPlace in Columbia, Mo. (Photo by Tessa Weinberg/Missouri Independent)

AARP calls for vaccine mandates as COVID re-enters Missouri nursing homes

(Missouri Indepentent) – With cases on the rise among both residents and staff, the nation’s leading advocacy group for retirees is calling on nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. The number of COVID-19 cases reported each week in Kansas and Missouri nursing homes is rising again for the first time in months. Missouri, where weekly […]

Governor Mike Parson

Missouri to accept Medicaid expansion applications; DSS to begin processing applications on October 1

(Missouri Independent) – Missourians who qualify for benefits under Medicaid expansion can begin enrolling. Still, it may take up to two months until they will find out if their eligibility has been verified and their application has been approved. In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced that in response to a Cole County […]

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem (Screenshot courtesy KRCG-TV)

Judge orders state to immediately allow Missourians to enroll in expanded Medicaid

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri Department of Social Services must allow newly eligible residents that qualify for benefits under voter-approved Medicaid expansion to enroll and cannot impose greater restrictions on them, a Cole County judge ruled Tuesday. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem sided with the plaintiffs who urged him to allow Medicaid expansion to take […]

Mid America Music Festival 2021

Additional funding can still be secured for Mid-America Music Festival charities

The Mid-America Music Festival’s fiscal year does not end until September 30. That means additional funding can be secured for the festival’s charities, including Camp Rainbow, the Green Hills Animal Shelter, and the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center. Festival fans and supporters can further help the charities through its CFM Insurance Royals Suite raffle. […]

NCMC Dean Mitch Holder

North Central Missouri College’s Dean, Mitch Holder, selected for NCIA Board

Mitchell Holder, Dean of Instruction at North Central Missouri College, is a new member of the Board of Directors of NCIA serving Region 5, including the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Mitch is devoted to the mission of community colleges across the country, providing open access education to increase […]

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Governor Parson announces $4 million in grants to combat crimes against children and to fund agencies providing services to crime victims

Governor Mike Parson announced $4 million in new grant opportunities to combat crimes against children and to provide additional funding to agencies that provide services to crime victims. “The last two years have created hardships and strained resources across the nation, but the reported rise in crimes affecting children and the difficulties experienced by agencies […]

The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday over Medicaid expansion. (Screenshot from pool video provided by KMIZ-TV)

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the […]