Missouri Senate Chamber from Visitors Gallery (Photo Courtesy Missouri Senate)

‘Clown show’ vs. ‘tyranny’: Missouri Senate GOP divide on display during veto session

(Missouri Independent) –  On one side were tyrannical oligarchs. On the other, petulant children.  Or at least that was the takeaway from the Missouri Senate’s day-long rules debate Wednesday. Gathered for the legislature’s annual veto session, the demons that have haunted the upper chamber for more than a year didn’t take long to reappear.  The […]

Fall Color at Crowder State Park

Find the best places to see fall foliage with Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color forecast

Missouri is blessed with a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines that make the fall season come alive with color. You can find the best places to view the changing foliage using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color report at this link. “Our fall color report is updated weekly from MDC foresters all over […]

Rally Against Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate

Protest against vaccine mandate by St. Luke’s Health System to be held on Tuesday

Organizers expect a peaceful rally on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to show support for what they consider a personal choice on whether hospital employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine. St. Luke’s Health System of Kansas City has mandated all employees receive a vaccine injection in September or October. This includes those that work at Wright Memorial […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]

Group Photo of Missouri Public Safety Medals

Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

North Central Missouri College Website V2 (NCMC)

NCMC Board of Trustees set tax levy, hear reports on various matters, and hire new employees

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard reports on housing and other matters on August 24. Resident Life Director Donnie Hillerman reported one new residence hall is open, and he hopes the other new residence hall will open September 1st. There are some displaced students currently staying in Selby Hall in the wing […]

White House

Audio: White House responds to Missouri Attorney General’s lawsuit vs. Mask Mandates

The Missouri Attorney General’s lawsuit against mask mandates, in any school district, got the attention of the White House Tuesday. Schmitt says a mandate “flies in the face of science, especially given children’s low risk of severe illness and death and their low risk of transmission.  White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a press […]

Gun Laws or Gun Control

Missouri Attorney General joins 20 state coalition fighting unlawful rewrite of federal gun laws

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a 20-state coalition led by West Virginia and Arizona in arguing against the Biden administration’s proposed regulation of firearm parts. In addition to joining the coalition’s comment letter, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed a separate, but similar, comment letter. The coalition’s comment letter can be found at this […]

Legionnaires Disease

Case of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Bethany

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in collaboration with the Harrison County Health Department, is advising recent guests of the Quality Inn & Suites located at 496 S. 39th Street in Bethany, Missouri, of a potential health concern related to possible exposures to Legionella bacteria. DHSS received notification that an individual diagnosed with Legionnaires’ […]

Desks in classroom of school or education or student

Missouri agency begins implementation of new law to regulate unlicensed boarding schools

(Missouri Independent) – Unlicensed youth residential facilities across Missouri are expected to submit materials notifying the state of their existence by mid-October, but background checks for facility staff required under a new law likely won’t be completed by that time. That’s because the Department of Social Services (DSS) is still working to make hires in […]

WOTUS or Waters of the United States

Coalition of lawmakers sound alarm on Biden administration’s plan to redefine “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS

Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) and other top Republican leaders in outlining their concerns regarding the Biden administration’s intention to undo the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule.  The Biden administration’s recent announcement signaled its intent […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (CARE) (MSHP

Missouri State Highway Patrol to participate in “Operation CARE” on July Fourth holiday weekend

The July Fourth weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy one of Missouri’s national parks, recreational opportunities, lakes, and rivers, or a backyard barbecue. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. Safety should be at the top of […]

MoDOT painting lines on roads and highways

Seasonal road striping operations underway, so watch out for slow-moving paint crews

Road striping operations are in progress throughout the state and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when encountering work crews. Drivers may come upon slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway at various locations in the state through August. “Stripes are refreshed periodically for the safety of […]

United States Capitol Building by Florian Pintar on Unsplash

Lawmaker announces that he will reintroduce Taiwan Defense Act

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced he will reintroduce the Taiwan Defense Act (TDA), following new signs of China’s increasing belligerence in the Asia-Pacific and imperial ambitions worldwide. Sen. Hawley’s bill ensures the United States is able to defeat any attempted Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Originally introduced in June 2020, TDA is co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Steve […]

Horse Drawn Vehicle Crash

Two teenagers injured, buggy demolished after pickup strikes buggy north of Kidder

Two teenagers were injured, treated at the scene by EMS, and declined further medical attention following an accident approximately two miles north of Kidder. One of the teenagers injured was listed as a driver of a horse-drawn conveyance, 19-year-old Namoi Herschberger of Kidder, who had what was called a serious injury. A passenger in the […]