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Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Democrats that drops paid family leave

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinances, choose not to adjust sewer charges for additional water usage

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on October 25, 2021, approved two ordinances, which amended the city code and entered into a contract. A section of the city code was amended relating to alcoholic beverages. It now says “all opening and closing days and hours for a license issued…shall be in accordance with the provisions of […]

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Missouri Attorney General joins suit against Biden Administration to stop federal funding of abortions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt yesterday joined a lawsuit brought by Ohio and ten other states against the Biden Administration, challenging a federal rule change that would allow taxpayer dollars to be used to encourage and support abortions. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio, seeks to reinstate rule changes made […]

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Grundy County Commission approves cost of living pay raise for county employees; Commission accepts bids for vehicles

The Grundy County Salary Commission on October 26, 2021, approved a two percent cost of living adjustment increase for county employees. The adjustment is pending the outcome of the county budget for 2022. All elected officials at the meeting voted in favor of the proposal, except for Sheriff Rodney Herring who abstained. Herring said he […]

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North Central Missouri College Trustees to meet Tuesday

Trustees of North Central Missouri College meet Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021, at 5:30 at the Frey Administrative Center. Following a series of reports, trustees will consider Head Start salary adjustments, bids and purchases, declaration of surplus property, the first reading of a board policy, and scheduling of a special meeting or changes. Personnel matters […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for child pornography

A Missouri man who downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography was sentenced in federal court. Nicholas Goins, 36, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Goins to spend the rest of his life on supervised release […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of October 25, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of October 25 – 31. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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Audio: Natural gas rates will soon go up for Ameren Missouri customers

Natural gas rates will go up soon for Ameren Missouri customers as the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved the utility company’s request that will increase the natural gas rate for residential customers.     Due to a cold-weather event last February significantly impacting certain natural gas prices, Ameren asked for the change. Ameren tells […]

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Audio: Missouri is offering free help with Medicare open enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is open through December 7. Part D drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans can be changed during this time. Scott Miniea, the executive director of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, says it offers free help to eligible residents and their caregivers.     Questions can be asked and one-on-one counseling can […]

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BTC Bank receives regulatory approval for the acquisition of Home Exchange Bank and 1st Cameron State Bank

BTC Bank has received regulatory approval for the acquisitions of Home Exchange Bank and 1st Cameron State Bank. The conversion of banking systems is to take place on November 8, 2021. Acquired locations include 1st Cameron State Bank’s two locations in Cameron, Missouri, along with three Home Exchange Bank locations in Jamesport, Oregon, and Gilman […]

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Two charged in connection with death of Chillicothe teenager plead “Not Guilty” in first court appearance

Two Chillicothe residents entered pleas of not guilty October 19th after they were charged following a suspicious death investigation involving a 17-year-old girl. The court denied requests for bond change for 23-year-old Tehya Renae Kelley and 32-year-old Jeremiah Tremaine Horton. No bond was allowed previously. Bond hearings are set for October 27th. Kelley has been […]

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Spickard Board of Education declines the use of “Test to Stay” COVID protocol

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education voted October 18, 2021, to DECLINE the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education COVID-19 Test to Stay option for students and staff. The board accepted a bid from Ace Roofing for cafeteria roof repairs for $11,172. A Princeton bus mechanic proposal was approved. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports the Princeton […]