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Audio: Missouri Board of Education has lengthy discussion about the state of charter schools

Missouri has had 28 charter schools close since 2005, mostly due to poor performance. Charter schools are funded through a mix of state and private dollars and operate independently of traditional public schools. During a Missouri Board of Education meeting, member Carol Hallquist of Kansas City says a group of urban leaders told her the […]

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Audio: Governor Parson to sign Missouri’s witness protection bill on Monday

Legislation that’s aimed at providing witness protection will be signed into law Monday afternoon by Missouri’s governor in Kansas City and Joplin. The bipartisan witness protection legislation was one of Governor Mike Parson’s (R) top priorities for the recent special session on violent crime. State Rep. Jonathan Patterson, R-Lee’s Summit, says the bill is crucial. “And what […]

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Governor Parson appoints Holly Conger-Koenig as Associate Circuit Judge for 1st Judicial Circuit

Governor Mike Parson appointed Holly Conger-Koenig as Associate Circuit Judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit. She will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Rick Roberts to Circuit Judge. Ms. Conger-Koenig, of Kahoka, is currently serving as the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney. She holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal […]

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Denver, Missouri man charged with murder, abandonment of a corpse in death of Grant City woman

A Denver, Missouri man has been charged in Worth County with the felonies of murder—second degree and abandonment of a corpse in the death of a missing Grant City woman found earlier this week. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremiah Searles is scheduled for an initial arraignment Monday, September 21st. Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison previously reported […]

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Audio: Parson defends Missouri taking different approach than recommended by White House Task Force

Missouri’s approach to COVID-19 does not completely match up with the recommendations made by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The most recent report leaked to the public was from September 6 and recommended a statewide mask requirement and closing bars. The report said Missouri is in the red zone for cases, with the 10th […]

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Mississippi man pleads guilty in Missouri to smuggling 5-pounds of meth in box of cookies

A Jonesboro, Mississippi, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, en route to St. Louis, Mo. Willie Lewis Braison, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to one count of […]

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Governor Parson extends timeframe of Missouri National Guard help with COVID-19 response

Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order today to let the Missouri National Guard continue helping the state with COVID-19 response efforts. A press release today from the Governor’s Office says the order will allow soldiers to continue supporting the state in this role through December 30. “The National Guard has played a major […]

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Worth County investigation closes as body of deceased Grant City woman is located

The Worth County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces a missing person investigation has come to a close. Prosecuting Attorney Janet Wake Larison reports that the Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of the location of the deceased, Melissa Lynn Chapman, the evening of Monday, September 14th. An ongoing homicide investigation continues. Law enforcement assisting includes […]

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Missouri teenager charged in federal court with drug trafficking, illegal firearm

A Missouri, teenager has been charged in federal court with drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm after selling a stolen handgun to an undercover federal agent. Antonio Johnson, 18, of Raytown, Missouri, was charged in a two-count complaint filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 3, 2020. […]