Great Northwest Day

Great Northwest Day at the Capitol to be held as virtual event in 2021

The Great Northwest Day at the Capitol will go virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Great Northwest Live Event will advocate regional priorities with state legislators from February 1st through 3rd. Participants are encouraged to ask questions on the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol Facebook page. The schedule includes a legislative […]

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Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

(Missouri Independent) – The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin […]

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Audio: Missouri Capitol heightens security after FBI warning of armed protests; House discusses emergency plans

The Missouri Capitol has extra law enforcement keeping an eye on the building after reports of possible “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol. The increased presence follows an FBI warning of threats of an “uprising” in the days leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. During […]

Officer Involved Shooting

Officer involved shooting takes place at Missouri State Highway Patrol headquarters in Lee’s Summit

On Monday evening at around 9:30, employees heard gunshots outside the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A Headquarters, ay 504 SE Blue Parkway, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Preliminary investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol revealed troopers inside the building responded to an exterior doorway where a subject was observed holding an assault rifle. The […]

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No charges to be filed against Cleveland officers over 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice

The Justice Department announced that the career prosecutors reviewing the independent federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio, found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.  The department notified counsel for Mr. Rice’s family […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]

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North Missouri could see rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow on Tuesday and Wednesday

Quiet weather persists through Monday evening, after which a storm system moves through the region Tuesday morning through Wednesday. Wintry precipitation is probable Tuesday morning, with some glazing possible due to freezing rain leading to some slick roadways, before transitioning to all rain by Tuesday afternoon and evening. There may be a transition back to […]

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University of Missouri Research looks at technology to kill weeds

If it’s a weed, spray it. That’s the mindset that most in the agriculture industry held for years, however, that thinking no longer works as more weeds become resistant to herbicides, says Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weed scientist. Bradley uses waterhemp as an example. Waterhemp is one of 14 herbicide-resistant weed species in […]

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Audio: Trenton City Administrator, Ron Urton, provides an update on the 17th Street Bridge project

The old 17th Street Bridge in Trenton was torn down in the summer so the location would have a new one, but there have been delays in the construction project which is now not expected to be finished until next year. Trenton City Administrator Ron Urton provided an update on the situation.     Delays […]