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New report says “Restricting abortion access brings big financial trouble”

Limiting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health care can have a devastating impact on state economies. According to new data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, restrictions on the books in Nebraska cost the state $1 billion annually in lost income, productivity, and state revenues. Andi Curry Grubb, Nebraska state director for Planned […]

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Former paraprofessional at Missouri high school sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing child pornography

 A former paraprofessional at Blue Springs High School was sentenced in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography. Steven B. Allen, 46, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 22 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Allen to spend the rest of his life on […]

Trenton R-9 school district hires new staff members

Trenton R-9 School Board hires several during executive session

Actions taken during the closed session of the Trenton R-9 School Board include the hiring of Michelle Hixson of Trenton as the districts’ financial secretary, hired as para-professionals were Carly Carlton, Kaylynn George, and Jane Cooksey. Extra Duty assignments include Emma Novak and Amber Sprague as the Rissler School Yearbook Sponsors and Chris Parks as […]

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Livingston County Commission to meet September 21 to discuss personnell

The Livingston County Commission plans to hold an executive session next week to discuss employees and/or personnel. The executive session is scheduled to be at the courthouse in Chillicothe on September 21, 2021, at 10 am. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas also plans to attend a Green Hills Regional Planning Commission meeting in Trenton on September […]

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Missouri lawmakers look to undermine Biden COVID vaccine mandate

(Missouri Independent) – Members of the Missouri House on Wednesday floated the idea of pursuing legislation to undermine a mandate from the Biden administration meant to increase vaccination rates in the U.S. The House Judiciary Committee held what Rep. David Evans said was the first in a series of discussions about vaccine mandates, including an executive order […]

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Missouri monthly jobs report for August, 2021

Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased from July 2021 to August 2021, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 7,300 jobs over the month, with job gains in both goods-producing and service-providing industries. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in August 2021, […]

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Bethany man charged with stalking and assault after allegedly abusing a woman on six occasions

A Bethany man has been charged with three felony counts of third-degree assault involving a special victim after he allegedly abused a female on six occasions. Thirty-one-year-old Ronald Duane Smith Junior has also been charged with first-degree stalking. Bond was set at $100,000 cash only. A bond hearing is set for September 16th. A probable […]

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Laredo Board of Education vote to make teachers “essential” and end COVID leave, approve tutoring up to 40 hours

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education on Monday, September 13, 2021, voted to make teachers essential and end COVID leave. Secretary Robin Griswold says teachers will still be able to come to school if they are considered close contacts, but they will have to wear masks. The board approved the first and second-grade teachers tutoring up […]

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Trenton City Council refers dog breed ban to Trenton Administrative Committee, approve hiring of two police officers

After hearing a request from economic developer Scott Sharp of the North Missouri Development Alliance, the Trenton City Council Monday night authorized Sharp to offer parcels of the city-owned Industrial Park land for potential business and industrial development prospects. The council referred a request to the Administrative Committee on whether to repeal Trenton’s breed-specific dog […]

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Tricia Burkhardt announced as Executive Director of Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Tricia Burkhardt as the executive director of the nonprofit devoted to advancing the conservation and appreciation of Missouri’s natural resources, including fish, forest, and wildlife. Burkhardt replaces Kevin Roper, who retired June 30, 2021, after serving as executive director for five years. […]

Police Investigation

Mercer County Sheriff responds to altercation at rural intersection

On Sunday morning, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Mercer County Ambulance district responded to the intersection of Routes E and J for a physical altercation involving several individuals. Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted. One individual requested medical treatment and was treated on the scene. The Mercer County Sheriff says a report will be […]

Zachary Kerns

Former Chillicothe resident sentenced to 20 years in prison on child pornography charges

Sentencing has been held for an Independence man on two counts of possession of child pornography in 2018. 33-year-old Zachary Ryan Kerns was sentenced in Daviess County Circuit Court to serve 20 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The sentence was listed as 10 years on each count with the terms served consecutively. Circuit […]

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Missouri GOP vow to push back against Biden’s announced vaccine mandate

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republicans assailed President Joe Biden’s push to require employees of private businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, vowing a legislative response and legal action. Gov. Mike Parson promised to “fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach” in a tweet Thursday afternoon, calling Biden’s plan “an […]