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Webinar and publications offer guidance for local broadband initiatives

Thirty-seven percent of Missourians did not have wired broadband in their homes from 2015 to 2019. Should we be concerned that one out of three Missouri households are not connected to high-speed internet? What does “wired broadband” mean? As governments roll out new broadband initiatives, these are timely questions that Broadband Technologies: A Primer on […]

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Lawmakers introduce legislation to close loophole in Child Citizenship Act preventing citizenship from those raised by American parents

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii), Susan Collins (Maine), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) announced that they have introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are […]

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Missouri Department of Revenue extends tax deadline for 2020 tax year to May 17, 2021

The Missouri Department of Revenue is extending the state individual tax filing and payment deadline for the 2020 tax year from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The decision mirrors Wednesday’s announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service that individual taxpayers would receive automatic extensions to file and pay federal […]

Immigration

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

(Missouri Independent) – Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children face a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

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Seven charged in connection with COVID-relief fraud scheme involving at least 80 fraudulent loan applications

Seven individuals across two states were charged in an indictment unsealed for their alleged participation in a scheme to obtain approximately $16 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Amir Aqeel, 52, and Pardeep Basra, 51, both of […]

Breast Health

Women are skipping breast exams; fighting cancer complicated by COVID-19

(Missouri Independent) – Amid a battle with breast cancer, Kari Rawley found herself combating a second potentially fatal condition — COVID-19. The Kansas City resident thought she had done everything right to help herself in her immunocompromised state. Her family wore masks and practiced social distancing, but after a small going away party for her […]

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Strip Trial Program seeks participants for fertilizer trials

The University of Missouri Extension is looking for farmers to participate in fertilizer trials as part of the “MU Certified” Strip Trial Program. MU Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory, who leads the program, said this year’s farmer panel approved trials focused on improving the management of fertilizer in corn and soybean rotations, wheat, and […]

Fence on Farm

Program on Missouri fence laws set at locations throughout the state

University of Missouri Extension specialists will explain Missouri’s complicated fence laws 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at locations throughout the state. “Missouri continues to have a complicated fence law,” says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agricultural business specialist. “Two separate laws cover the state, and they vary county to county. Both laws are subject to interpretation.” […]

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Due to nature of upcoming winter weather, MoDOT says “pretreatment of roads not practical”

A winter weather system will enter the state Wednesday morning bringing a potential for a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, snow, and rain mixed with snow throughout the day and into Friday. This is a slow-moving front and will produce a variety of precipitation over the next three days. Travelers are urged to remain […]

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Audio: Missouri Special Session begins Monday at Statehouse in Jefferson City

Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City today (Monday) for a special session involving a complicated State Supreme Court ruling about vehicle sales.      Governor Mike Parson announced in August that he’s calling the special session over the Supreme Court’s “Kehlenbrink vs. Department of Revenue” case. The Supreme Court’s summer ruling involves using the […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Governor calls special session on car sale issue

Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City in September for a special session involving a complicated Missouri Supreme Court ruling about vehicle sales.      Governor Mike Parson has announced the special session, saying lawmakers will be addressing a court ruling called “Kehlenbrink vs. Department of Revenue”, which involves using the sale proceeds of a […]

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Audio: Judge temporarily blocks Missouri’s CAFO law from taking effect

A judge has temporarily blocked implementation of Missouri’s Senate Bill 391 that was to take effect in a week. It prohibits counties from passing ordinances stricter than state laws governing concentrated animal feeding operations – CAFOs. Two county boards (Cooper and Cedar), two property owners and the nonprofit Friends of Responsible Agriculture requested the stay […]

Spelling Bee

Audio: This year’s national spelling bee to include more Missouri students than in 2018

This year’s national spelling bee will include more Missouri students than in 2018.      Seventeen Missouri students will spell all sorts of complicated words during next month’s 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year, Missouri had 15 spellers compete in the contest. This year’s kids are from all over the state, ages 11 […]