Winter Weather

Missouri Department of Transportation sets statewide winter weather drill for October 21

Snowy weather is just around the corner. In preparation, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. With high turnover rates and many positions still open, the training is more critical than ever. “With nearly 20% of our plow operators with less than one year of […]

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

(Missouri Independent) – The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was […]

Immigration

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to […]

Farm Scene

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

(Missouri Independent) – Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding, for now, a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve water meter replacement policy, set water rate for water supply district

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved a damaged water meter replacement policy on September 13th and set the wholesale water rate for Public Water Supply District Number 2. The damaged water meter replacement policy states that the City of Gallatin has been installing automated metering infrastructure meters at city properties. The meters consist of a […]

Not Guilty Plea

Chillicothe man charged with causing the death of an individual pleads “Not Guilty”

A Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in May that reportedly caused the death of another man pleaded not guilty in Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court August 5. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived formal arraignment, and the case was continued to September 16 for a plea or trial setting. Wilson […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Chillicothe man charged with multiple felonies in crash that killed man from Hale bound to Division One of circuit court

A case has been certified to Division One of Circuit Court for a Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in Livingston County in May that reportedly caused the death of another man. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division on July 28. He is […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve contract with Friends of Gallatin; city crews continue with water and electric infrastructure installation

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved a resolution and two ordinances on July 26. The resolution involved appointing Julia Filley as the city prosecutor at $100 per hour. One ordinance involved entering into a contract for services with the Friends of Gallatin regarding Chautauqua in September. The other ordinance involved establishing a procedure to disclose […]

Motorcycle Crash

Mercer resident injured after motorcycle hits mattress in highway north of Trenton

A Mercer resident was hurt on Saturday afternoon approximately one-half mile north of Trenton when the motorcycle he was operating hit a mattress on Highway 65. Twenty-year-old Jacob Graham was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton with moderate injuries. The highway patrol reports the mattress had blown from the bed of a northbound 2015 […]

Booking photo of Thirty-three-year-old Yassine Bouyassine (Photo courtesy Morgan County Sheriff)

Audio: Missouri man in custody and accused of making terrorist threat

A Versailles man is in custody in central Missouri’s Morgan County jail charged with Making a Terroristic Threat.     Thirty-three-year-old Yassine Bouyassine is accused of telling two co-workers on July 8 that he was going to blow up their workplace. Bouyassine worked at Gates Corporation in Versailles.  According to court documents, Bouyassin allegedly referenced […]

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Missouri State Auditor launches audit of Lawrence County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said today her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Lawrence County, located in southwest Missouri. The most recent audit of Lawrence County was completed in December 2016, with the county receiving an overall rating of “poor.” A follow-up report, released in 2017, showed county officials had made some progress addressing the issues […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson calls special session, setting up debate on contraceptives, Planned Parenthood

(Missouri Independent) – A special session to extend provider taxes essential to the state’s Medicaid program will begin at noon Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was issued just minutes after a noon deadline set by Parson on Monday. The call came after seven members of the Senate Conservative Caucus sent him a letter demanding […]

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Missouri State Auditor begins citizen-requested audit of community of Town and Country

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today announced her office has begun an audit of the city of Town and Country, located in St. Louis County. Residents of Town and Country requested the audit through the petition process. “My office will conduct an independent review of the financial practices of Town and Country government to ensure […]

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Missouri State Auditor launches audit of Harrison County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced today that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Harrison County, located in northwest Missouri.  The county received a rating of “fair” from the most recent state audit, issued in November 2015. “Audits can help local officials take steps to make government more efficient and effective for taxpayers,” Auditor […]