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U.S. House votes to remove bust of Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott decision

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who in 1857 wrote the Dred Scott decision (Dred Scott pictured above article) that stripped all Black Americans, free or slave, of their citizenship. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120 with only 67 […]

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Audio: For the first time since the Civil War, the Missouri House votes to expel one of its own

The Missouri House has voted unanimously to expel Lee’s Summit Representative Rick Roeber. The House Ethics Committee released an investigative report this week about allegations that Roeber, a Republican, abused his four adult children when they were younger. It says two of the children were allegedly sexually abused and two others reported being physically abused. […]

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Audio: Missouri’s St. Louis County makes Juneteenth a holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. St. Louis County has made Juneteenth a holiday. The observance on June 19th marks […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Audio: United Cooperative President talking with northwest Missouri farmers about growing hemp

Tiger Fiber is breaking ground on a hemp processing plant near St. Louis and is looking at possible locations for a processing plant in northwest Missouri. Selby says hemp could become a great new cash crop for northwest Missouri farmers.     United Cooperatives of Plattsburg and Osborn has made an investment in Tiger Fiber, […]

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U.S. Postal Service to roll out stamp celebrating Missouri’s upcoming birthday

On August 10, 2021, Missouri turns the ripe age of 200 years old. The U.S. Postal Service plans to release several new stamps in 2021, including one to showcase Missouri’s bicentennial birthday. The stamp art is an existing photograph by prominent landscape photographer Charles Gurche. It features the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in southeast […]

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2020 was a bloodbath for Missouri Democrats. Will 2022 be any better?

(Missouri Independent) – There’s no point trying to spin it: While the 2020 election was a mixed verdict nationally, with Republicans gaining congressional seats and minimizing Senate losses even as Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, the Missouri verdict was unequivocal. It started atop the ticket with Trump’s dominance. He and Gov. Mike Parson set […]

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Stars and Stripes Museum kicks off fund-raising campaign with Spirit of Democracy event

Not many Missourians know that the U.S. military’s daily newspaper, Stars and Stripes, was founded here on Nov. 9, 1861. Union soldiers occupying the town commandeered the printing press of the Bloomfield Herald and issued a four-page newspaper with that title. The newspaper proved to be a morale booster for troops away from their families, […]

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United States Postal Service honors the USS Missouri, “Mighty Mo,” with stamp

The USS Missouri, affectionately nicknamed the “Mighty Mo” was the third U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Show Me state and the fourth American warship* to bear the name – there was a Confederate Missouri that was captured by Union forces during the Civil War but never commissioned as a United States Ship (USS). Today, a […]

Sidney Walton

Audio: One of America’s oldest WWII vets visits Missouri to fulfill goal of visiting 50 Capitols and governors

One of America’s oldest World War Two veterans spent Thursday touring Missouri’s Capitol and meeting with the governor. Sidney Walton, who just turned 100 years old, has the goal of visiting every state Capitol and meeting all 50 governors. His son, Paul, says they are traveling the country on their “No Regrets” tour.     […]

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Grand River Historical Society to relocate Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1868

The Grand River Historical Society Museum of Chillicothe plans to move the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Chillicothe to a location near the museum Wednesday. Museum Curator Pam Clingerman says the church was donated to the museum, and the museum has spent the last year raising funds to relocate the building with a basement […]

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Audio: Historians push to install statue of black Civil War Soldier in southeast Missouri town

(Missourinet) – Historians want to add a historical attraction to a downtown square in southeast Missouri’s Cape Girardeau. The attraction is a limited-edition bronze statue of James Ivers, a black soldier who fought in the Civil War. Historian Steven Hoffman with Southeast Missouri State University told KFVS-TV the square’s location was a place where slaves […]