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Hawley questions why Department of Homeland Security is focusing on “Woke Climate Agenda” instead of border crisis

Senator Josh Hawley wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers on the agency’s Climate Change Professionals Program and why they are focusing on woke partisan government programs while ignoring the crisis at our southern border. Senator Hawley wrote, “In a press release, you said, ’The Climate Change Professionals Program will be instrumental in […]

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Audio: TSA seizes record number of guns in Missouri airports

Missouri has set another record, his time its firearms seized at airports.     Transportation Security Administration officers at Missouri airports say they’ve found 183 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage last year. St. Louis Lambert International Airport broke the statewide record with officers finding 102 guns found, that’s more than all Missouri airports combined in […]

Bridge Work

88-year-old Lewis Creek Bridge on Highway 139 scheduled for replacement

A project begins soon to replace the 88-year-old Lewis Creek Bridge on Highway 139, approximately one mile north of Meadville. This is to be the third bridge to be replaced under the Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program. The Lewis Creek Bridge is scheduled to close Monday, January 24th, and remain closed through […]

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Milan receives Downtown Revitalization Grant from Missouri Main Street

Milan has been selected in a competitive application process to participate in a cost-sharing Community Empowerment Grant that provides training, mentoring, and technical services to revitalization programs in Missouri’s historic commercial districts. The grant is provided by Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. MMSC staff will visit with Milan’s community leaders to evaluate existing and future […]

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Trenton High School announces Courtwarming candidates

The Trenton High School Courtwarming candidates have been announced. Candidates are seniors Teya Cooksey, Morgan King, Gracyn Rongey, Caleb Johnson, Nate Burkeybile, and Kaden Owen; juniors Mercy Schweizer and Gaven Kelsall; sophomores Madi Moore and Milo Simpson; and freshmen Arianna Ortega and Aiden Weyer. Courtwarming crown bearers will be Case Saul and Emersyn Coe. Coronation […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 7 years in prison for possessing illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he was carrying at the time he was arrested for rape and sex trafficking in Lawrence County, Mo. David Arnold, 48, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to seven years and one month in federal prison without […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

(Missouri Independent) – The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty to robbing a family and business at gunpoint

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was charged in two separate federal indictments pleaded guilty in federal court to the armed robberies of a local business and a family in their residence. Chase M. Murphy, 20, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to two counts of robbery and one count of using a […]

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Billions headed to Missouri transportation fund from gas tax hike, infrastructure bill

(Missouri Independent) – With $6.5 billion on the way from the federal infrastructure bill and a newly increased gas tax, Missouri is ready to take a big bite out of $4.5 billion in unfunded highway needs, Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said this week. But that doesn’t mean the state is ready to tackle […]

Natural Gas

After cold snap upended markets, natural gas could be pricey this winter

(Missouri Independent) – After a historic cold snap depleted natural gas reserves in February, prices for heating could be as much as 30% higher this winter, prompting concerns about increasing bills for Kansas and Missouri customers. Kansas is already grappling with the $1 billion fallout from this winter’s cold snap when natural gas prices rose by […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

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Gene Kauffman Scholarship applications now available

The Board of Directors of the Gene Kauffman Scholarship Foundation, Inc. has announced that scholarship applications will be available for the Spring, 2022 semester, beginning Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. The Board encourages all who meet the following qualifications to apply for this scholarship. As per the wishes of Kauffman, the scholarship is available to female, […]

Halloween Child Safety

Chillicothe Police Department offers Halloween safety tips

The Chillicothe Police Department has provided some Halloween safety tips. The tips include walking safely by crossing the street at corners and crosswalks, looking both ways before crossing a street, walking on sidewalks, and watching for vehicles that are turning or backing up. Trick or treaters are advised to not dart into the street or […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital announces Hope Award winner

The Saint Luke’s Hope Award celebrates employees who exemplify spirituality, integrity, and compassion while carrying out the healing ministry of Saint Luke’s Health System. Saint Luke’s Health System began with the founding of Saint Luke’s Hospital by the Episcopal Church. The Church named the hospital after Saint Luke, author of the Gospel of Luke in […]

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Audio: Additional agents could police Missouri’s new carryout cocktails law

Additional agents could be on the horizon to police Missouri’s new law allowing restaurants to sell to-go cocktails.     In a proposed budget for the next fiscal year, the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is asking Governor Parson and the state Legislature for an extra four agents to help ensure that restaurants […]

Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

Saturday is “National Move Over Day” to remind drivers to protect emergency personnel working on the side of the road

Saturday, October 16, 2021, has been designated National Move Over Day to remind drivers to help protect emergency personnel working on the side of the road. In 2020, three people were killed and 51 injured in the 231 traffic crashes involving parked emergency vehicles displaying emergency lights. Preliminary statistics indicate there have been 168 traffic […]