Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorney General says Missouri lawmakers can refuse to fund Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri lawmakers were not obligated to fund Medicaid expansion, and the courts cannot force the state to pay the medical bills of people who would be eligible under an initiative that amended the state constitution, the state attorney general’s office argued in documents filed Monday in Cole County Circuit Court. The filing from Attorney […]

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Audio: Jury deliberates two hours before convicting northern Missouri man of killing his secret fiance

A jury in mid-Missouri’s Cole County deliberated for more than two hours on Thursday before returning guilty verdicts against a northern Missouri man charged in the 2018 death of his secret fiance.     54-year-old James Addie has been convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the April 2018 death of Molly Watson, […]

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Audio: Closing arguments set for Thursday in high-profile Addie Murder trial; Court TV has live coverage

Closing arguments are set for Thursday in Jefferson City in a high-profile northern Missouri murder trial that’s being broadcast live nationwide on Court TV.     54-year-old James Addie is charged with first-degree murder for the 2018 death of Molly Watson, his fiance. Addie and Watson both worked at the Moberly Correctional Center (MCC). The case was […]

Household Expenses, budget or mortgage

Missouri spending bill would offer money for mortgage help, utility bills

(Missouri Independent) – Help may be coming for Missouri homeowners behind on their mortgage payments because of COVID-19 income losses. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday added $150 million in federal mortgage assistance funds to the supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year, one of several new sections using money from pandemic relief bills passed by Congress […]

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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Stith retires after 20-years on the bench

A 20-year chapter ends today for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith. After serving on the high court for two decades, Stith is retiring. The photos have come down off her office walls. Stith has packed up her certificates and awards she proudly showcased in her third-floor office along West High Street in Jefferson […]

Lamar Johnson

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court issues opinion in high-profile Lamar Johnson case

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from convicted murderer Lamar Johnson of St. Louis, a case that has received national media attention. It’s also a case that has attracted attention from elected prosecutors from across the nation and Missouri. The 47-year-old Johnson has been incarcerated since 1995, serving a life sentence without parole […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Missouri Senator releases short statement on vote to acquit former President Trump

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting against the conviction of former President Donald Trump: “I said before this trial started that I believe the constitutional purpose for presidential impeachment is to remove a president from office, not to punish a person after they have left office. None of the […]

Conceal Carry Guns Missouri

Missouri Attorney General and 22 other states argue allowing citizens to carry is fundamental right and deters crime

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, along with 22 other state Attorneys General, filed an amicus brief in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett in the United States Supreme Court. The brief, led by Missouri and Arizona, argues that permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in self-defense outside the […]

Missouri Sunshine Law

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court to hear key “Gross vs. Parson” Sunshine Law case on Wednesday

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear remote oral arguments tomorrow (Wednesday) in Jefferson City in a key Sunshine law dispute between GOP Governor Mike Parson’s office and a former Democratic candidate for attorney general.     The biggest issue, in this case, is whether public governmental bodies such as the governor’s office can charge costs […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 9, 2020

Among cases, Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court, Galt resident Shandon Levi Gann, charged with first-degree assault on a Trenton man, appeared for a bond hearing before Special Judge Matthew Krohn from Princeton. The court received evidence and heard arguments regarding setting a bond, and afterward, Judge Krohn denied any change […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and […]

Garland Joseph Joey Nelson

Garland Joseph Nelson appears in court, has several motions denied, others are granted

A motion hearing was held in Johnson County Tuesday, October 20th for a Braymer man charged with two felony counts of murder—first degree in the deaths of two brothers from Wisconsin. Online court information shows the court ruled on seven motions regarding Garland Joseph Nelson after hearing arguments. Motions denied included for an order permitting […]

Presidential Election 2020

Missouri Supreme Court: There is no constitutional right to absentee or mail-in voting

The Missouri Supreme Court rejected the arguments of voting rights groups that voters who are afraid of contracting COVID-19 at the polls should not have to get a notary public to sign their mail-in ballots. The Missouri Conference of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and two citizens appealed that “The trial court erroneously […]

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Audio: Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments in November notary requirement case

The Missouri Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in an appeal that aims to remove a notary requirement for mail-in voting for the November election. In April, the Missouri NAACP, the ACLU, and three registered voters sued the state and others, arguing that the steps to vote by mail during a pandemic are unconstitutional. ACLU […]