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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Florida company pays $100,000 into Missouri Investor Protection Fund; returns money to Missouri investor

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a consent order against Florida-based WCO Holdings, LLC, and a top executive after allegedly defrauding investors in several states, including Missouri.  Between February 1, 2016, and December 31, 2019, WCO Holdings and managing member Alan K. Brooks sold $700,000 of unregistered, non-exempt promissory notes through unregistered Las […]

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Brookfield teenagers injured when car strikes big rig south of Chillicothe; driver of the car arrested for DWI

The Highway Patrol reports two Brookfield teens sustained injuries when a car ran into the back of a Peterbilt truck five miles south of Chillicothe on Tuesday morning, July 27. The driver of the car was later arrested. The passengers in the car, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were taken by emergency medical […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

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Blunt sponsors bipartisan senate effort to protect wildlife

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America. “Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, […]

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Leadership Northwest Missouri class of 2021 graduates 19 from the region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2021 graduation ceremony in Cameron at the Cameron Community Center. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Julie Robertson, Chair of the Graduation Planning Committee and 2020 LNWMO alum. Tim Wymes, 2020 LNWMO alum, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner. Katelyn Addison and […]

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Sam Meservey is NCMC’s Outstanding Student for July

Samuel Meservey from Chula, Missouri, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Student for July. Sam, an A+ student, is a sophomore working toward his Associate in Arts transfer degree. After graduating from NCMC, Sam plans to transfer his two-year degree to Northwest Missouri State University and complete a bachelor’s degree in business […]

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Bands to have opportunity to win $500 cash prize at Missouri Days Marching Festival

The sounds of high school marching bands will return to Trenton for the Missouri Days Marching Festival after a year’s absence. Following a virtual competition in 2020 due to COVID, the big Missouri Day Marching Festival returns live on October 16th to Trenton, and officials expect a tremendous showing. Sharing the celebration of Missouri’s Bicentennial […]

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Mercer County Fair officials announce results of Beef Show

In the Beef Show held Saturday at the Mercer County Fair in Princeton, Allena Allen of Trenton exhibited the Grand Champion female and received Senior Showmanship honors. Gracie Rogers of Princeton won the Easter Memorial Showmanship Award and exhibited the Reserve Champion bull. Makenzie Epperson of Laredo had the Grand Champion bull. Scout Vangenderen of […]

The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday over Medicaid expansion. (Screenshot from pool video provided by KMIZ-TV)

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the […]

Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon speaks during an April 23 mock trial of the Big Bad Wolf put on for students in local schools. (Photo courtesy Linn County Prosecuting Attorney's Office via Facebook)

Linn County roiled by prosecutor’s charge of racism, sexism in Marceline Police Department

(Missouri Independent) – When Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon saw a photo of one of her campaign shirts defaced with obscene, racist, and sexist writing — and learned it had been on display in the headquarters of the Marceline Police Department — she decided a complaint with the city wouldn’t do any good. So she posted the photo […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court to hear Missouri Medicaid expansion lawsuit case this morning

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday morning, July 13, 2021, in Jefferson City in one of the biggest cases the court has faced in recent memory: Missouri’s Medicaid expansion lawsuit case. Oral arguments will begin Tuesday at 11 a.m.     Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled in late June that […]

Livestock Show

Goat, poultry, rabbit, and beef judging results announced at the Daviess County Junior Livestock Show in Gallatin

Results have been released from the Goat Show at the Daviess County Junior Livestock Show in Gallatin. The grand champion meat buck was shown by Layla Baker, and the reserve champion was shown by Joel Cook.  The grand champion meat doe belonged to Samuel Derks, and the reserve champion was shown by Miriam Cook. The […]

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Texas trucker demolishes big rig on I-35 in Daviess County

A truck driver from Texas received injuries when the big rig he was driving overturned on northbound Interstate 35 in Daviess County Thursday afternoon. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Dunagan of Leander, Texas was taken by ambulance to the Liberty Hospital with serious injuries. The Freightliner went out of control and crossed the median at a location five […]