Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

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Communities and organizations in north Missouri receive project funding from USDA

Area organizations will receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to build and improve critical community facilities across rural Missouri. The Putnam County Special Projects Organization, Incorporated will use a $14,700 loan and a $7,800 grant to purchase a fire truck that will be leased to the Liberty Township Fire Protection District. The […]

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USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

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Audio: Deadline is today for 4-H Energizer registration to be held in Hamilton

January 27th is the last day to register for a 4-H Energizer to be held in Hamilton next week for 4-H members to explore multiple project areas. Extension County Engagement Specialist in 4-H Youth Development Chelsea Corkins says the event will be at the Hamilton Middle School and Penney High School on February 5th. Registration […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Several file for positions on area boards and governing bodies that require no election

Some governmental jurisdictions in Grundy County will forgo an election on April 5th. That is because of a law that allows them to go without an election when the number of candidates is equal to the number of positions to be filled. The candidates will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time […]

Governor Mike Parson

Parson pay raise plan in limbo as $5.4 billion spending bill awaits vote

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri state employees counting on seeing a big raise in their February paychecks may be disappointed, as lawmakers fiddle with a $5.4 billion spending bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson. When the Republican governor in December proposed a 5.5 percent pay raise for all state workers, he said he wanted it in effect by […]

Legionnaires Disease

DHSS investigating Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Missouri hospital

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation.  Out of an abundance of caution, DHSS is […]

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Missouri 4-H Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from current or former Missouri 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study. Applications are due March 1, 2022. Missouri 4-H youths are encouraged to showcase their personal growth and development as well as their career goals on their scholarship applications. “For more than 70 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation, […]

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Republicans and Democrats agree on new map for 163 seats in Missouri House of Representatives

A panel of 20 Republicans and Democrats reportedly have agreed on a new map for the 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives. It’s a proposed map that makes several changes for our area legislative district. The House Independent Citizens Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which needed support from 14 members to […]

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Area Teachers and Voice of Democracy essay winners honored at VFW District meeting in Carrollton

Essay winners and teachers were honored at the VFW District One meeting held Saturday in Carrollton. Voice of Democracy Essay winners were 1st place Rhea Krumpelman of Marceline R-5 High School, 2nd Place Mason Morris of Princeton R-5 High School, and 3rd place Abby Jones of the Tina-Avalon High School. Patriots Pen Essay winners were […]

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Man from Hopkins injured in Friday crash; accused of multiple offenses

A northwest Missouri man received serious injuries in a traffic crash late last Friday night in eastern Nodaway County. Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Poppa of Hopkins was taken to Mosaic Life Care in Maryville. The crash happened seven miles northwest of Parnell on Route NN, in the area of Route E, as the eastbound car driven by […]

Voting Rights

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. […]