Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

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Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 15, 2021

In Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, a Trenton man pleaded guilty and was sentenced regarding a felony drug possession charge from April 14. Six other misdemeanor counts were dismissed by the state. Edwin Floyd Gordy the fourth was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections. Judge Thomas Alley suspended the execution of […]

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Audio and Court TV Video Stream: Former Moberly Correctional Center employee sentenced to life in prison for murdering his secret fiancee

A former corrections officer at northern Missouri’s Moberly prison is heading to prison for the rest of his life, for killing his secret mistress three years ago.      54-year-old James Addie of Mexico, Missouri has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus ten years, for the 2018 killing of Molly Watson in […]

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Audio: Former Missouri corrections employee convicted of killing his secret fiancee to be sentenced today

A northern Missouri man convicted of the high-profile 2018 murder of his secret fiancee will be sentenced this (Monday) morning in Jefferson City.     Fifty-four-year-old James Addie of Mexico, Missouri has been convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the 2018 death of Molly Watson, his secret fiancee. Watson was shot to […]

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Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

(Missouri Independent) – For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses, and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I […]

Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of two area men

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two area men on June 30th. Forty-eight-year-old Patrick Shaun Michael of Trenton was arrested on two capias warrants on alleged probation violations. His original charges were two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one stemming from February 2017 and the other from November 2018.  […]

Governor Parson Gives State of the State Address 2021

Despite massive surplus, Governor Parson vetoes $115 million from Missouri budget

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will enter the new budget year with a record budget surplus and no restrictions on appropriations. The $35.6 billion budget includes rate increases for some Medicaid providers, higher funding for colleges and universities, and new mental health crisis centers. A few hours after lawmakers passed an extension of provider taxes vital to funding […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol announces results of school bus inspection program

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s 2021 annual school bus inspection program. Missouri’s 2021 school bus inspection results are as follows: School buses rated as “approved” upon initial inspection: 10,807 School buses rated as “defective” upon initial inspection: 822 School buses rated as “out-of-service” upon initial […]

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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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Juneteenth is Official: Missouri’s Governor signs order closing state offices for Juneteenth

Missouri’s governor has signed an order that closes state offices today (Friday) in recognition of a new federal statute establishing Juneteenth as a government holiday.     The holiday has delayed the Missouri Medicaid lawsuit hearing in Cole County Circuit Court, which was originally set for today. It’s now been rescheduled for Monday afternoon. Juneteenth […]

Economic Development

Department of Economic Development awards $15.8 million for community development projects statewide

The Department of Economic Development announced it will award more than $15.8 million to 38 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Program to help communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across Missouri. “Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remains my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities, or […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Hickory County dog breeder

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed suit against Laurie Lund of Cridder Creek Kennel for multiple violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and for operating without a license since January 2021. “The vast majority of Missouri’s commercial breeders comply with the Animal Care Facilities Act, however, when my Office finds repeat violations of […]

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Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

Crime and Courts

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jail sentences were ordered for several defendants during Thursday’s session of Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. A Trenton resident, Joshua D. Phillips, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault in the first degree, causing serious physical injury to another person. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing. Both charges stem from an incident in […]

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Audio: Trenton student to compete in national spelling bee on Saturday

The word “volition” comes from Latin and French roots meaning “wish” or “will.” Titus Kottwitz, a seventh-grader at Trenton Middle School in northwest Missouri, got his wish when he spelled the word “volition” correctly to earn a spot in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.     “I’m excited that I got this far because […]