Medicaid Expansion

Groups urge swift funding after court upholds Medicaid expansion

Health-care advocates called on Missouri lawmakers to allocate funds for Medicaid expansion right away after the state Supreme Court ruled they must extend coverage to the 275,000 people who fall into what’s known as the Medicaid gap. That means they have incomes above their state’s eligibility for Medicaid but cannot afford marketplace or employer-based insurance. […]

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 […]

Back the Blue

Missouri Attorney General presents “Back the Blue” award to two St. Charles police officers

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt presented two St. Charles City Police Department officers with his “Back the Blue” award. Officer Dillon Porzel and Officer Christopher Scanga were honored with the award in a ceremony at the St. Charles Police Department headquarters. “Our state’s law enforcement make tough decisions and incredible sacrifices every single day. As […]

Grundy R-5 School

Grundy Board of Education approves search for instructor; tax rate hearing set for August 18

The Grundy Board of Education has reviewed a list of items that ESSER Three funding can be used for. Approval was given to purchase updated curriculum in science, health, computer science, and the elementary diagnostic program called I-Ready. Administrators will begin developing plans to implement building improvements. A building walk-through is scheduled for the board […]

Chicken CAFO (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

While Cedar County, Missouri awaits ruling in CAFO lawsuit, a large chicken operation moves in

(Missouri Independent) – When the attorney general’s office asked a judge in 2019 to lift a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law pre-empting county regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that were stricter than the state’s, the argument was straightforward. No one was trying to build a large animal feeding operation in Cedar […]

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 […]

Child Death Investigation

Three from Kansas charged in Linn County with accessory to child neglect resulting in death

Three Kansas residents have been charged in Linn County with being an accessory to abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death stemming from July 2018. Each defendant had a bond set at $50,000 cash only for 63-year-old Sabrina Marie Nemmers of Arma, Kansas, 32-year-old Matthew Blunt of Mulberry, Kansas, and 36-year-old Ashley Dawn […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council responds to concerns over residential trash pickup

Much of the discussion during Monday night’s Trenton City Council meeting involved discussion on trash service complaints. City administrator Ron Urton provided a list of recent complaint calls received by city hall detailing addresses that experienced issues. Two members of the public, Larry Huffstutter and Gaylon McCorkle voiced their concerns. Responses were provided by Rapid […]

Grundy County Law Enforcement Center

Grundy County authorities report the arrest of 3 over the weekend

Four counts have been filed against a man from central Missouri arrested Friday night in Grundy County during a highway patrol traffic stop. Twenty-eight-year-old Bradley Nathan Teal Lybarger appears Tuesday for arraignment in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Lybarger has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, listed as heroin. […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri House passes Medicaid provider tax bill, preventing major budget cuts

(Missouri Independent) – With fewer than 12 hours to spare before the start of a new fiscal year, the Missouri House on Wednesday approved a bill extending medical provider taxes essential to balancing the budget, forestalling more than $700 million in cuts planned by Gov. Mike Parson. Divisions over how and whether to add provisions sought by […]

Severe Weather

Grundy County Emergency Manager reports most damage from last week’s storm occurred near Laredo

Grundy County’s Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs says further review shows an area east of Laredo sustained the most significant storm damage from high winds and/or one “possible” tornado in parts of Grundy County last Thursday night. The probable tornado path, which Briggs commented on Monday, has not yet been officially confirmed by the National […]