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Audio: Bipartisan support in Missouri legislature involving federal stimulus checks and taxation

There is bipartisan support for legislation ensuring that Missourians cannot be taxed on their federal stimulus checks. Missouri House Budget Committee chairman Cody Smith of Carthage presented his bill Wednesday in Jefferson City,     Smith tells lawmakers it’s important to act, noting that under Missouri’s tax code, federal stimulus checks related to COVID are […]

Sex Trafficking

Defendant sentenced to 36-years in prison on multiple counts of sex and drug trafficking

Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Wier to 36 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $333,100 in restitution to three sex trafficking victims. In September 2020, a federal jury convicted Bixler of 15 federal felonies related to his […]

Safer Streets

Safer Streets Initiative leads to over 500 charges in first two years

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that, to date, his Safer Streets Initiative, which was launched in early 2019, has resulted in 516 charges against 289 defendants across the state. Additionally, 356 firearms have been taken off the streets as a result of the initiative.   “Since taking office, prosecuting violent crime in Missouri’s major […]

Veterans

Major Richard Star Act would allow combat-injured veterans to receive both disability and retirement pay

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits. “It’s long overdue that these heroes – who could no longer continue serving due to injuries they sustained in combat – get the benefits they earned,” said […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor appoints Trenton resident to Coordinating Board for Higher Education

Governor Mike Parson has appointed a Trenton resident to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. C. Phillip Hoffman’s appointment was one of five appointments Parson announced to boards and commissions on February 24th. Hoffman worked for his family’s agriculture input supply business since 1976. GFG Agriservices acquired the family business in 2014. He and his […]

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Gallatin woman charged with felony child abuse

A Gallatin woman accused of grabbing her 12-year-old daughter by the hair and throwing her around a room earlier in February has been charged in Daviess County. Online court information shows 39-year-old Mandie Collins faces felony abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Collin’s bond is $5,000 cash with conditions including being supervised by […]