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Missouri Attorney General obtains $53 million settlement from student loan servicer Navient

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, entered into a civil settlement agreement with his office and 38 other states for abuses originating in predatory student loans. The agreement resulted in a $53 million settlement for Missourians: $2.5 million in restitution and $51 million in private […]

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Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

(Missouri Independent) – If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday […]

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Missouri’s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders

(Missouri Independent) – Jackson and St. Louis Counties requested Monday that they be permitted to intervene and appeal a recent court ruling that they argue has “upended the longstanding public health framework” in Missouri. In a filing submitted Monday afternoon and obtained by The Independent, the two counties asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel […]

Guilty Plea

Iowa man pleads guilty to selling misbranded vitamin B12 injectables

An Iowa man pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to the sale of misbranded vitamin B12 injectable drugs, the Department of Justice announced. Brady Tomlinson, 46, of Des Moines, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to one count of introducing a misbranded drug into interstate commerce with […]

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Missouri man who operated guided hunting tour company ordered to repay investors

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division and Republic, Missouri resident, Theodore Jay Eddings, recently entered into a consent order to settle allegations against Eddings by the Division involving investor fraud.   In the first portion of October 2021, the Missouri Secretary of State issued a cease and desist order that required Eddings to show […]

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Civilian pharmacist at Missouri military base charged with stabbing supervisor multiple times

A civilian pharmacist at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was charged in federal court with assaulting his supervisor with a knife and stabbing him multiple times. Robert E. Sapp, 63, was charged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri., with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent […]

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Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against Moberly Public Schools for public records on IEP recording policy

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Moberly Public School District for alleged Sunshine Law violations for requests for public records from the Attorney General’s Office related to their policy on parents recording Individualized Education Plan meetings. “Parents have a right to know exactly what is being taught to the children and […]

Audio: Kansas City schools reverse book ban after complaint by ACLU of Missouri

Amid cries of “Book Ban,” the North Kansas City School District is reversing its decision to ban two books from its library.     The Missouri division of the American Civil Liberty Union wrote a letter to district officials Monday asking for the LGBTQ-positive books to be returned to the shelves.  Students had also petitioned […]

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Thanksgiving begins a period of higher fire risk as friends and relatives gather to celebrate the holidays

More Missourians are expected to travel and gather together this year for larger Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations after a quieter holiday season in 2020 because of COVID-19. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is advising folks to reduce the risk of fires as we enter the five-week period of elevated fire hazards. “Thanksgiving begins a five-week […]

Securities Fraud

Kansas City area advisor & firm consent to $40,000 payment to settle allegations of securities violations

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a consent order against investment advisor representative, Douglas W. Coe, and his firm, Moody Reid Financial Advisors, L.P. for violations of the Missouri Securities Act stemming from the respondents’ failure to comply with reporting requirements to the Missouri Securities Division. During a routine examination of Moody Reid […]

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Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

(Missouri Independent) – The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal […]

Prison Sentence

Brookfield man sentenced to 30-years in prison in murder case that resulted in death of 11-year old boy

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reports a man has been sentenced on felony charges of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death and abuse or neglect of a child. Fifty-year-year old Darrel Royal was sentenced in Livingston County Circuit Court on November 1, 2021, to 30 years in the Missouri Department of […]

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September unemployment rate for most north Missouri counties is below state average

September’s unemployment rates in most area counties are lower than the state average of 2.9%. Grundy County’s jobless rate is 2.2% for September, which is based on 92 people on unemployment out of a civilian labor force of 4,149. Area counties with rates less than two percent include Mercer and Putnam at 1.6%, Worth is […]

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Following Missouri lawsuit, Hickory County dog breeder barred from commercial breeding, dogs rescued

Following a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, a Hickory County dog breeder has been barred from operating as a commercial dog breeder forever, and dogs in her possession were seized and rescued by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. “This is another great result in our important work with the Missouri Department of […]

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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 […]