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Audio: Missouri testing company closed, workers claiming samples were spoiled, told to lie about test results

A COVID-19 testing company with operations in the St. Louis area has temporarily shut down due to complaints about its rapid test sites and labs.     Former employees of the Center for COVID Control told the website Book Club Chicago that samples were routinely spoiled and that they were instructed to lie to people […]

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Audio: CoffeeTree Group expands to Marceline, investing $100,000 and creating 50 new jobs

Professional technology services company CoffeeTree Group announced today it will establish a new technology delivery center in Marceline, investing $100,000 and creating 50 new jobs. The new location will enable the company to accommodate its growth while meeting the increasing demand for its services. “My administration has made it a top priority to prepare our […]

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Audio: Northwest Missouri State University launches online cannabis course available to anyone

As the state’s medical marijuana industry continues to grow, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville has launched an online cannabis education program that is available to anyone – not just students enrolled at the school. The school is teaming up with Green Flower, a cannabis education platform, to offer non-credit certifications. Daniel Kalef, with Green […]

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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 […]

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Hamilton woman facing charges of theft, forgery and counterfeiting

A Hamilton woman faces four felonies after she allegedly printed and mailed hundreds of various company checks that were determined to be fraudulent to hundreds of United States addresses. Thirty-six-year-old Karrina Palacios-Marin has been charged with stealing $25,000 or more, forgery, and two counts of counterfeiting. Bond was set at $250,000 cash only. Court documents […]

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Feds seize property of Kansas City area companies accused of COVID relief fraud

(Missouri Independent) – The federal government has seized two vehicles and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman. The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan […]

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Kawasaki Motors to open new facility in Boonville, creating more than 270 new jobs

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. announced it will expand its operations in Missouri by opening a manufacturing facility in Boonville and create more than 270 new jobs in the area. The new facility will help the company meet the increasing demand for general-purpose engines used in lawn and garden products. “We’re thrilled to see Kawasaki’s […]

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Livingston County Emergency Management reports storm siren in Danner Park malfunctioned triggering tornado warning

Livingston County Emergency Management reported on Wednesday night, September 29 that the storm siren at Danner Park in Chillicothe inadvertently activated and issued a tornado warning. The siren repair company could tell the siren was not activated from the fire or police departments and came from an outside radio signal source. The repair company was […]

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Boone Construction Company files lawsuit against City of Trenton regarding replacement of 17th Street bridge

Boone Construction Company of Columbia has filed a petition against the City of Trenton related to work on the 17th Street Bridge. The petition involves five counts including breach of contract, breach of warranty ex contractu, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, and damages and costs pursuant to the Missouri Public Prompt Payment Act. Boone requests the […]

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Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

(Missouri Independent) – The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

Audio: New partnership launches to regularly test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19

A new partnership has been launched to test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19 on a regular basis.     The Missouri Departments of Health and K-12 Education have partnered with a company called Ginkgo Bioworks to provide pooled testing through the new school year. The company will provide all the training and testing materials, […]

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Audio: Missouri Board of Education to vote on effort to boost substitute teacher pool

The Missouri Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on a recommendation to get more K-12 substitute teachers in the classroom. Last August, the board voted to temporarily give prospective substitute teachers the choice to take an online training course of about 20 hours or fulfill the standard 60 college credit hours.     […]

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Audio: Rapid Removal asked to provide information to insert into monthly utility bills

At a recent Trenton City Council meeting, Rapid Removal Disposal of Trenton was asked to provide information to insert into Trenton Municipal Utilities monthly utility bills about what the company can accept. City Administrator and Utility Director Ron Urton explains the City of Trenton contracts for trash service pick up for the community in general. […]

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Items being collected for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Area Youth Benefit Fund auction

Items are being collected for the 29th Annual Farmers’ Electric Cooperative’s Area Youth Benefit Fund’s fundraising events. An online auction will be held from August 30 through September 12 in place of the annual dinner-auction banquet. The golf tournament will be on August 30. The auction will be available on the Farmers Electric Coop website as […]

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Trenton City Council responds to concerns over residential trash pickup

Much of the discussion during Monday night’s Trenton City Council meeting involved discussion on trash service complaints. City administrator Ron Urton provided a list of recent complaint calls received by city hall detailing addresses that experienced issues. Two members of the public, Larry Huffstutter and Gaylon McCorkle voiced their concerns. Responses were provided by Rapid […]

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Niagara Bottling announces new manufacturing facility in Kansas City, creating nearly 100 jobs

Niagara Bottling, LLC, a family-owned beverage manufacturer headquartered in Diamond Bar, California, announced it will invest approximately $156 million in a new production facility in Kansas City, Missouri. This new facility will initially create nearly 100 jobs. “Niagara Bottling is excited to establish a second manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Brian Hess, Executive […]

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Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton files suit against Grundy County Nursing home District

A petition for damages has been filed against the Grundy County Nursing Home District relating to bidding for a partial HVAC system replacement in the 1972 section of Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments of Trenton. Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton filed the petition, which involves five counts, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment, money […]

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Missouri prison healthcare contract won by a company accused of bid-rigging in Tennessee

(Missouri Independent) – The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge more than lawmakers appropriated and is accused of bid-rigging to obtain a contract in Tennessee prisons. Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of St. Louis-based managed care company Centene, beat […]

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Trenton R-9 Board of Education tackles busy agenda at meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A representative from SafeDefend presented information to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education on June 8th. Dan Cole demonstrated the system, which he called a crisis management harm mitigation rapid response solution. He said it was created after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.  He explained activation modules allow a […]