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USDA launches resource guide to assist rural communities seeking disaster and recovery assistance

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today unveiled a resource guide as part of National Preparedness Month to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance. This guide follows the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan, which targets investments to support infrastructure in communities that are most physically […]

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Spickard Fall Festival organizers announce results of activities at the festival

The Spickard Fall Festival was held on September 11, 2021, with a multitude of activities for residents.  Officials at the festival have announced the results of numerous activities and competitions during the festival. Kiddie Parade Winners: Best Electronic Single Rider:  1st Place Cora Brown daughter of Justin and Becca Brown, Princeton 2nd Place Emmitt Chapman […]

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Virginia’s black farmers push lawmakers to provide debt relief, end lawsuits delaying USDA loan forgiveness

Farmers of color are urging Congress to end a slew of lawsuits delaying a loan-forgiveness program designed to make amends for years of loan discrimination against minority farmers. White farmers are claiming in court Congress’s $4 billion debt relief for Black farmers, part of a COVID-19 stimulus package, amounts to reverse discrimination. John Boyd Jr., president of […]

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Governor Parson mobilizes Missouri National Guard to support Hurricane Ida relief effort

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has mobilized the Missouri National Guard to assist in post-Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in Louisiana. In support of the relief effort, the Missouri National Guard will alert, mobilize, and deploy approximately 300 Soldiers to assist. “As our fellow states never fail to come to our aid in times of […]

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Vote for the best looking law enforcement cruiser in “2021 America’s Best Looking Cruiser Contest”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking part in the American Association of State Troopers’ “2021 America’s Best Looking Cruiser Contest” and invites the public to vote for the MSHP’s cruiser. The 2021 MSHP submission features a marked, black MSHP Dodge Charger sitting in front of a rustic barn with the U.S. flag painted on […]

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Iowa program aims to usher in next generation of farmers

Iowa farmers have been busy with the spring planting season. As operations hire workers for the summer, a nonprofit connects them with aspiring ‘ag’ professionals who could represent the industry’s future labor force. For nearly a decade, the group Practical Farmers of Iowa has carried out its Labor-4-Learning initiative, where participating farms provide on-site training for […]

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Audio: Human remains found in Rock Bridge State Park verified as that of Mengqi Ji

Authorities say human remains found in Columbia’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in late March have been verified to be those of a missing woman. Reporter David Gaines from our Columbia affiliate KFRU has the update.     Columbia Police held a press conference Tuesday verifying the remains belong to Mengqi Ji, who was last […]

Chillicothe Area Arts Council to host Rhonda Vincent in a “Meet & Greet Listening Party”

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is set to host a “Meet & Greet Listening Party” with Rhonda Vincent on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  The event will be held at The First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1601 Bryan Street, in Chillicothe. Tickets are $25.00, and all tickets must be purchased in advance.  Those attending will have […]

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Audio: Missouri House Transportation Committee Chair files gas tax legislation, modeled after South Carolina

The Missouri House Transportation Committee chairwoman has filed gas tax legislation that has a new aspect: a possible rebate.     Festus GOP State Representative Becky Ruth has filed a bill to raise Missouri’s gas tax by two cents annually for five years. Missouri’s 17-cent gasoline tax has stayed the same since 1996. Under her […]

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American Coalition for Ethanol says EPA’s proposed ethanol rule is a tough pill to swallow

A proposed biofuels rule from the EPA is getting criticism from ethanol supporters. The part of the rule ethanol supporters like would address E-15 labeling and infrastructure requirements and not act on 66 petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions. Growth Energy’s Chris Bliley tells Brownfield EPA’s proposed rule is in the middle between good and bad.  […]

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PETA seeks criminal probe after revealing steers shot in head at Warner Locker near Maysville

PETA has obtained a U.S. Department of Agriculture report revealing a recent violation of law at Warner Locker outside Maysville, Missouri. In response, the group sent a letter this morning calling on DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney Erik Tate to review the matter and, as appropriate, file criminal cruelty-to-animals charges against the facility and its manager […]

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Michael Parson sworn in to full term as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri

Governor Michael L. Parson was sworn in to a full term as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration.  Governor Parson’s career in public service began with six years in the United States Army and over 22 years in law enforcement, including serving as Sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005. […]

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Audio: Hawley doubles down on challenging election process after violence at U.S. Capitol

Despite violence breaking out at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to derail the certification of election results, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley is doubling down on his challenge to the election process. On the Senate floor Wednesday night, Hawley, a Republican, says those who engage in violence will be prosecuted. But he says millions of Americans are […]

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Audio: Danforth says Hawley’s Electoral College effort is “highly destructive attack” on America’s constitutional government

Former Missouri U.S. Senator John Danforth is weighing in on fellow Republican Josh Hawley’s effort to contest General Election results. Danforth, who endorsed Hawley, says “Lending credence to President Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen is a highly destructive attack on our constitutional government.” He says it is “the opposite of conservative; it […]

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Grundy County Jewett Norris Library to feature “Curbside Christmas Crafts” for children

The Grundy County Jewett Norris Library will be hosting “Curbside Christmas Crafts” for children which will be available each week through December.  Miss Verna Houck announces the weekly December “Curbside Christmas Crafts” for children. Watch The Jewett-Norris Library Facebook page each Monday morning for Verna’s craft demonstration and then call the library at (660) 359-3577 […]

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Poinsettia: America’s most popular flower

Poinsettia is our nation’s most popular potted flowering plant. What makes this remarkable is that most poinsettias are sold between the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Despite its short sales period, poinsettia contributed $170 million to the U.S. economy last year, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Native to southern Mexico and […]