Dicamba

Public interest groups sue EPA for re-approving controversial herbicide dicamba

Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers’ crops and homeowners’ gardens. Last fall, the EPA green-lighted dicamba use for five years, the third time the agency registered dicamba products. George Kimbrell, legal director at […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Grundy County Health Department reports so far, no COVID-19 vaccine for employees

Hospitals and health departments in the state have reported immunizing their employees and front line workers with a COVID-19 vaccine. Grundy County Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson reports no doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are yet available at the health department for its employees. The health department is working on getting a vaccine for individuals […]

Education and Teachers

Audio: K-12 Education Commissioner says boosting teacher pay remains a top priority

Missouri’s average teacher salary is roughly $42,000 – ranking it about 42nd in the nation. The state’s starting teacher pay of $25,000 has not been changed in 15 years. State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven (van-DEE-ven) tells Missourinet boosting pay for K-12 educators remains a top priority for her department.     Vandeven says her agency […]

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As Missouri deals with ongoing teacher shortage, education leaders want to step up recruiting efforts

The struggle is real for Missouri when it comes to a constant shortage of K-12 public school teachers. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to ramp up its teacher workforce by seizing the opportunity in a relevant setting. Dr. Paul Katnik, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality, says […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Missouri’s Governor grants 24 pardons, commutes four sentences

Governor Mike Parson granted pardons to 24 individuals who have demonstrated a changed lifestyle and desire to move on from past behaviors. “If we are to be a society that believes in forgiveness and second chances, then it is the next chapter in these individuals’ lives that will matter most,” Governor Parson said. “We are encouraged and […]

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Volunteer firefighter with Bethany Fire Department charged with arson and animal abuse

A volunteer firefighter with the Bethany Fire Department accused of intentionally setting a fire at a house rented and occupied by his mother and two brothers on December 15th has been charged with second-degree felony arson. Nineteen-year-old Dakota Sean Cox has also been charged with misdemeanor animal abuse. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only, […]

State Representative Rusty Black

Audio: Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black on the upcoming 101st General Assembly and COVID-19

The 101st General Assembly of the Missouri legislature begins January 6th with members being sworn in. Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black of Chillicothe will begin his third term. Black reports he has asked to remain on the Budget Committee. He has also asked to continue to be the Appropriations Chair for Education and the […]

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Trenton residents to decide in April election on enacting a local “Use Tax” for online out-of-state purchases

City of Trenton voters will get to decide next April on whether to enact a local “Use Tax” involving online purchases from out-of-state vendors which primarily involves the dot com and dot net vendors. The eight-member council voted unanimously on Monday night to let the voters decide. The rate is to be no more than […]

Marijuana

Audio: Missouri’s U.S. House members vote along party lines to decriminalize marijuana

The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has voted largely along party lines in favor of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. Missouri’s Democratic members voted in support and Republicans voted against the plan. GOP Congresswoman Ann Wagner did not vote on the measure. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, would remove […]

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Trenton City Council approves wage increase for police department; approves preparing ordinance calling for “Use Tax” vote

The Trenton City Council Monday night voted to have an ordinance prepared to call for a public vote on a proposed local use tax within the city of Trenton. The council also approved recommended wage increases for the Trenton Police Department in an effort to attract candidates for police officer. Both topics had gone to […]