Road Closed

Sullivan County Route FF to temporarily close for improvement project in Green Castle

A long-awaited project on Sullivan County Routes 6, FF & D in Green Castle is scheduled to get underway Monday, March 8. The project includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, curb and gutter improvements, and some resurfacing. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with BRS Construction, LLC, of Edina, to complete the project. […]

U.S.Senator Josh Hawley

Hawley announces legislation to require $15 minimum wage for billion-dollar corporations

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced a plan to require companies with revenues of $1 billion or more to pay their employees $15 per hour. Senator Hawley’s plan would result in an immediate wage increase for millions of workers while avoiding a one-size-fits-all increase that would disadvantage small businesses. Small business employees earning less than […]

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Audio: Bipartisan support in Missouri legislature involving federal stimulus checks and taxation

There is bipartisan support for legislation ensuring that Missourians cannot be taxed on their federal stimulus checks. Missouri House Budget Committee chairman Cody Smith of Carthage presented his bill Wednesday in Jefferson City,     Smith tells lawmakers it’s important to act, noting that under Missouri’s tax code, federal stimulus checks related to COVID are […]

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Senator Josh Hawley introduces alternative to minimum wage hike, a pay raise through tax credits

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced he will introduce new legislation to give blue-collar workers a pay raise. For nearly four decades, workers making below the median wage have experienced stagnant wages, and this past year, the problem has been made worse by unprecedented layoffs, reduced hours, and income disruptions due to the government shutting down […]

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri

Blunt on panel investigating Jan 6 attack: Families of police were watching this in real time

Senator Roy Blunt is a leader/ranking member on the Senate panel investigating the police response to January 6’s deadly attack on Congress and the Capitol. He says the event caused many types of trauma to Americans.     Senators questioned now-resigned leaders of the Capitol Police and Congressional security. The takeaway on Tuesday is that […]

Road Work

Highway 6 resurfacing project in Sullivan County to begin in Green Castle

Weather permitting, Monday, March 8, motorists will see a project begin on Missouri Route 6 in Sullivan County. The project goes through the city limits of Green Castle for a length of approximately 0.50 miles. Much of the project will include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, along with drainage and curb and gutter improvements. […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Audio: House Budget Committee Chairman says Missourians should NOT be taxed on COVID stimulus checks

The House Budget Committee chairman says Missourians shouldn’t be taxed on federal stimulus checks. Brian Hauswirth spoke with Committee Chairman Cody Smith.     House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith of southwest Missouri’s Carthage says under the state’s tax code, federal stimulus checks related to COVID are subject to personal income tax. Smith says Missourians […]

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Woman first in the nation charged with misappropriating monies designed for COVID medical provider relief

A Michigan woman was indicted on allegations that she intentionally misappropriated government funds that were designed to aid medical providers in the treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19 and used them for her own personal expenses. Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin of […]