Voter ID

Missouri Republicans look to reinstate voter ID requirement

(Missouri Independent) – About 137,700 registered voters in Missouri did not have a state-issued identification in 2017, according to an analysis from the Secretary of State’s Office.  Another 140,000 voters had expired IDs, and 2,000 more voters had forfeited their driver’s licenses. Under a bill passed Wednesday in the Missouri House, those registered voters would either have to […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Audio: Next phase of COVID-19 plan, beginning March 15, includes teachers, faculty and staff in Missouri schools

The next tier of Missouri’s coronavirus vaccination plan will be activated on March 15. That means all teachers, faculty, and staff in public, private, and nonprofit pre-K-12 will become eligible. So will state-licensed childcare center workers, some food production employees, as well as grocery and convenience stores workers. Missouri is currently vaccinating residents in Phase […]

Joshlin and Addie Yoder win Leopold Conservation Award

Joshlin and Addie Yoder receive Missouri Leopold Conservation Award

Joshlin and Addie Yoder of Leonard, Missouri, located in Shelby County have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®. The award, named for renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes farmers, ranchers, and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private land. In Missouri, the $10,000 award […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Governor Parson announces timeline for activation of Phase 1B -Tier 3 of COVID-19 vaccine plan

Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1B – Tier 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan will be activated on Monday, March 15, 2021. “Missouri has had a vaccine plan since October, and this has not changed. We have been very disciplined in following our plan,” Governor Parson said. “With vaccine supply steadily increasing, we […]

Governor Parson and FFA Students

Governor Mike Parson proclaims National FFA Week in Missouri for nearly 26,000 agriculture students

Governor Mike Parson proclaimed February 20-27, 2021, as National FFA Week in Missouri on behalf of nearly 26,000 members of Missouri FFA. Missouri FFA President Justin Eddy of Columbia received the proclamation on behalf of the 2020-2021 Missouri FFA State Officer team. “Missouri agriculture has a bright future, and you can see that in action […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial, Hedrick Medical Center adjust visitor guidelines to one visitor, per patient, per day

Saint Luke’s Health System, including Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital, has adjusted their Level-4 visitor guidelines in the Emergency Departments. These guidelines now allow one visitor per patient in our Emergency Departments. Level-4 guidelines previously restricted all visitation in the Emergency Departments. The facilities will continue operating at Level-4 visitation visitor guidelines, restricting […]

Holiday Hoops Basketball

North Central Missouri College Foundation sets dates for annual Holiday Hoops event

December 2021 will mark the 17th year of the North Central Missouri College Foundation-sponsored High School Holiday Hoops. The Holiday Hoops Committee recently met and has set dates for games to be played on December 18th, 20-23, and 27-31, 2021.  “We are excited to begin the planning for Holiday Hoops 2021. Canceling the 2020 event […]

Sex Trafficking

Defendant sentenced to 36-years in prison on multiple counts of sex and drug trafficking

Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Wier to 36 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $333,100 in restitution to three sex trafficking victims. In September 2020, a federal jury convicted Bixler of 15 federal felonies related to his […]

Safer Streets

Safer Streets Initiative leads to over 500 charges in first two years

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that, to date, his Safer Streets Initiative, which was launched in early 2019, has resulted in 516 charges against 289 defendants across the state. Additionally, 356 firearms have been taken off the streets as a result of the initiative.   “Since taking office, prosecuting violent crime in Missouri’s major […]

Veterans

Major Richard Star Act would allow combat-injured veterans to receive both disability and retirement pay

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits. “It’s long overdue that these heroes – who could no longer continue serving due to injuries they sustained in combat – get the benefits they earned,” said […]