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Construction begins soon on Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir

After approximately 30 years of hard work and persistence, Little Otter Creek Reservoir is becoming a reality. The final permits to begin construction were issued in late October 2020. Bud Motsinger, Presiding Commissioner of Caldwell County credits the success of this endeavor to the patience and support of the Citizens of Caldwell County and the […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol extends application deadline to February 1, 2021

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 112th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on […]

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Missouri begins issuing additional $300 Federal supplement to the unemployed

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security this week began processing $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments to eligible unemployed workers under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020.  Eligible claimants should begin seeing their payments within the next few days, depending on how long their bank […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature’s 2021 session begins January 6

The Missouri Legislature’s new session begins Wednesday at the state Capitol in Jefferson City – with some COVID-19 measures. Senate President Dave Schatz of eastern Missouri’s Sullivan says health screenings will be done and temperatures will be checked when people enter the Capitol.     Schatz, a Republican, says Senators are not required to wear […]

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Five-day virtual workshop on industrial hemp begins January 11, 2021

The University of Missouri Extension offers a virtual workshop about industrial hemp from 12:30-2:00 p.m. January 11 through the 15th. Topics include a legislative summary and regulatory update, agronomic practices, and pests, uses for hemp, crop enterprise budgets, and processing and contracts. Presenters include MU Extension specialists, CBD-hemp growers, and processors, processors from the Tiger […]

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Motorists travelling north into southern Iowa will encounter a Winter Storm Warning that includes heavy snow

The National Weather Service office at Pleasant Hill says it’s conservative when it issued a Winter Weather Advisory for north central and northeast Missouri for Tuesday from 12 noon until 6 am Wednesday. A NWS map shows the advisory area from St. Joseph, east to Trenton and Kirksville, and other locations to the north. The […]

Audio: Senator wants to close some underperforming K-12 schools in Missouri

The chair of the Missouri Senate Education Committee wants to shut down some of the state’s underperforming K-12 public schools. Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina, has pre-filed a bill that would require the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to publish online each year a list of Missouri schools that perform within the bottom 5% […]

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Audio: Senate leader expects 2022 Missouri budget to be tough, but not as tough as 2023

Missouri’s next state budget year that begins in July is expected to have a revenue decline of about 419 million dollars. Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia thinks the projection of state revenue is very conservative. He says budget leaders are viewing the state’s finances through a two-year lens this time around because […]

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Audio: Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black on the upcoming 101st General Assembly and COVID-19

The 101st General Assembly of the Missouri legislature begins January 6th with members being sworn in. Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black of Chillicothe will begin his third term. Black reports he has asked to remain on the Budget Committee. He has also asked to continue to be the Appropriations Chair for Education and the […]