Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Audio: Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri offers a multitude of services including LIHEAP and services for women

The Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri provides various services in the Green Hills area.  One of those services is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps households in need with utilities. Executive Director Chris Small reports Community Action works with more than 40 utility vendors. Some of the vendors are municipal […]

Attorney Todd Graves, left, and state Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-P

Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

Missouri Sunshine Law

Missouri Attorney General files suit against Jefferson County contractor

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit against Jason Soetebier and Soetebier Contracting LLC of Jefferson County, Missouri. The suit alleges that Soetebier agreed to complete interior and exterior construction projects for various customers in exchange for full or partial upfront payments. In each instance, Soetebier failed to start […]

Coronavirus Stimulus Payment Graphic

Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center to hold Adult Blood Draw Clinic

Livingston County Health Center announces the availability of private appointments for Adult Blood Draws on Wednesday, January 27th following social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19.    Those who would like to set up an appointment should call 646-5506 to provide information for the requisition required before […]

Gavel and Law book

There is a renewed push to expand access to legal aid

The movement to expand affordable legal services is receiving renewed focus since a U.S. Supreme Court Justice made a public endorsement of the idea. Conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch recently wrote an op-ed for USA Today, calling on states to find creative ways for more Americans to get free or affordable legal guidance, especially in non-criminal cases. […]

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana subpoena may have been connected to Independence, Missouri FBI probe

(Missouri Independent) – The head of Missouri’s medical marijuana program testified under oath that a grand jury subpoena his agency received late last year was likely connected to an FBI investigation in Independence.  The revelation by Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana regulation at the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, is the first […]

Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Commission contacted regarding hazmat filings

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports the Encamp Compliance Team recently contacted the Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Commission concerning Missouri Tier 2 Hazmat filings. Briggs says Encamp is a company that specializes in filing Tier 2 reports on behalf of clients. Anyone required to file a Tier 2 report is not required […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital named “2020 Guardian of Excellence” award winner

Wright Memorial Hospital has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in clinical quality. It’s the second year in a row that Wright Memorial Hospital received this award. The Press Ganey Guardian of […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center to offer adult blood draw clinics

Livingston County Health Center announces private appointments for Adult Blood Draws on Wednesday, September 30th following social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Appointments will be limited to Livingston County residents at this time. Those who would like to set up an appointment should call 646-5506 to […]