President Biden signs law making Juneteenth an official holiday (Photo is screenshot of Whitehouse video of signing event)

Video: Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday. State offices will close in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the […]

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Lawmakers introduce Bill to improve housing services for survivors of human trafficking

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Dick Durbin (Ill.), as well as U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty (Ohio) and Ann Wagner (Mo.), introduced legislation that would commission a study reviewing current homelessness and housing services for survivors of trafficking. “We can […]

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Vicky Hartzler makes it official, joining 2022 Missouri GOP Senate primary

(Missouri Independent) – Vicky Hartzler made her entry into the 2022 U.S. Senate race official Thursday, kicking off her campaign at a firearms store surrounded by supporters.  One day before Republicans gather in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days meetings, Hartzler said her experience in Congress will make her the best candidate over the […]

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Audio: North Central Missouri College in Trenton holds graduation

Students graduated from North Central Missouri College on Saturday, May 8th with a variety of associate degrees and certificates. Student Senate President Jacquelyn Perez welcomed guests and congratulated the graduates for beating the odds.     Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn also addressed the graduates. She acknowledged that each one had a long […]

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Chillicothe man faces two felony charges after threatening to shoot neighbors

A Chillicothe man faces two felonies after an incident in the 600 block of Webster Street in Chillicothe on May 3rd in which he allegedly threatened to shoot his neighbors. Thirty-five-year-old Chamen Richard Bell has been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree harassment. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, no surety, and Supervision Services. […]

Soil Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematodes to Prevent Potential Yield Losses

Free soybean cyst nematode tests available to farmers

Missouri farmers can submit two free tests to beat the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) by contacting their county University of Missouri Extension center or the SCN Diagnostics laboratory. Testing soil before planting soybean is vital, says MU Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. SCN is the No. 1 soybean disease in the U.S. and Canada, with […]

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Panel recommends Missouri House expel Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from the Legislature. The committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, said evidence obtained over the course of its four-month investigation confirmed Roeber had sexually abused two of his children in 1990 when they […]

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Weekend “Battle of the Bands” results in close competition

The Battle of the Bands Friday and Saturday night in Trenton resulted in close competition among those who voted. The Friday night winner of the rock battle was “90 Days Band” while Saturday night’s winner of the country battle was “Steven Bankey and the Flatlanders.” Four bands entertained each night for about one hour each. […]

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Livingston County Sheriff reports Chillicothe man presented with life-saving commendation

A Chillicothe man was recently presented a life-saving commendation following his actions in February. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports Eugene Meyer drove down a rural county road he seldom travels the morning of February 14th when the temperature was around 0. Meyer noticed a two-year-old standing in a ditch, stopped, and placed the child […]

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Trenton High School wins Scholar Bowl competition for Grand River Conference

Trenton High School is the winner of the Scholar Bowl competition for the Grand River Conference. In the finals, Trenton defeated Gallatin. The semi-final contests saw Trenton beat North Andrew, and Gallatin defeated South Harrison of Bethany. Trenton’s scholar bowl team had six wins and one loss during the regular season to take eastern division […]

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Audio: Missouri House unanimously passes plan to address abuse allegations at religious boarding schools

The Missouri House has unanimously passed a bipartisan plan in hopes of putting a stop to alleged child abuse at religious boarding schools.     An investigation by the Kansas City Star has found for decades, students at some of these boarding schools have been beaten, raped, starved, restrained, and isolated for days or even […]

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Brookfield man charged with property damage and escape

A Brookfield man has been charged with felony first-degree property damage after a police officer responded to a call about lights being on on a vehicle. Fifty-three-year-old Todd Aaron Boh has also been charged with felony escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for a felony and misdemeanor assault—fourth degree. Boh pleaded not […]

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Audio: Lawmakers to question Missouri DSS chief about boarding school abuse investigations

The head of the Missouri Department of Social Services is scheduled to appear before a panel of lawmakers Wednesday about the agency’s handling of abuse investigations within boarding schools. The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight has called a Wednesday afternoon hearing to question the department’s acting director, Jennifer Tidball. The Kansas City Star has […]

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Roy Blunt is out. So who’s in? A list of possible Missouri GOP senate candidates

(Missouri Independent) – Roy Blunt’s decision not to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate will have cascading effects across Missouri’s political universe.  The state has no shortage of ambitious Republican officials, each of whom can make a legitimate claim at being the strongest candidate.  So will the 2022 GOP primary turn into a […]

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March 15 last day to complete enrollment for 2021 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office […]