Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 21 years in prison without parole for leading meth conspiracy

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri. Nathen D. Libertus, 31, of Stella, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 21 years in federal prison without parole. On May 20, 2020, Libertus pleaded guilty to participating […]

NASA SpaceX photo of Michael Hopkins

Audio: Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins talks about recent space mission

Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins says looking out the window at the International Space Station took his breath away. Hopkins, a native of southern Missouri’s Richland, was the commander of a crew who spent six months at the International Space Station. During a press conference, Hopkins recalls one night he looked out the window.     […]

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Missouri Attorney General’s office secures conviction in 2015 assault case in Scott County Jail

On Friday, April 30, 2021, a jury convicted William Henry, AKA William Henry Applewhite III, of three counts of Assault on a Corrections Officer in the First Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action in the First Degree. The defendant was housed in the Scott County Jail awaiting trial on murder charges when the […]

Minimum Wage

Workers, small-business owners oppose bill to cut minimum wage

Workers and small-business owners are voicing opposition to a bill before the Legislature that would tie Missouri’s minimum wage to the federal minimum wage, reversing a voter-approved increase to $12 an hour by 2023. Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s worker in Kansas City and a leader of the Service Employees International Union’s “Fight for 15 and a […]

Democrat and Republican Parties

Election Preview: Voters will decide who stays and who goes in statewide races today

The months of campaigning are over and the fate of each candidate on the Missouri general election ballot today rests in the hands of voters. Here is an overview of some of the top races on today’s ballot: Republican Governor Mike Parson is seeking his first full term as Missouri’s chief executive officer. He faces […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of August 10, 2020

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of August 10 – 16. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of […]

Putnam County Fair

Putnam County Fair in Unionville to feature Josh Turner and Restless Heart

The Putnam County Fair in Unionville next month will feature entertainment including Josh Turner, Restless Heart, and Hairball. There will also be a rodeo and tractor pull. Activities will begin September 5th with a 4-H and FFA horse show. An open show will follow. Entries will be accepted in various categories September 8th. The schedule […]

Drag Queen Maxi Glamour

Drag queens and supporters rally against proposed drag queen story hour ban

State Representative Ben Baker, R-Neosho, wants to ban drag queen storytime at public libraries. About 300 people, including queens dressed in full drag and LGBT supporters, rallied Saturday at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City against Baker’s bill. Missouri Capitol Police provided security and crowd control. The event included many holding signs like “Knowledge is […]

Flooded Farm Grain Bins

Audio: Northern Missouri Congressman Sam Graves focusing on flooding and levees

A congressman who represents north Missouri on Capitol Hill warns that northwest Missouri is still suffering from flooding and that there’s a lot of damage to infrastructure. U.S. Rep. Sam Graves traveled from his Atchison County farm to Jefferson City this week to file for re-election to his 11th term. Graves is the longest-serving Republican […]

Time change announced for performance of Golden Dragon Acrobats

The time has been changed for the Golden Dragon Acrobats performance as part of Truman State University’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series March 2nd. The acrobats will now perform in the Baldwin Auditorium in Kirksville at 7:30 that night. The Broadway veterans are originally from China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. They use […]

Drag Queen Story Hour Final

Audio: Drag queen rally planned to protest Missouri bill against drag queen story hour

A drag queen rally is being organized to protest a bill against drag queen story hours at Missouri libraries. Under State Representative Ben Baker’s bill, public libraries could lose state funding and librarians could be fined or jailed for displaying age-inappropriate material. Tanner Rambo (like the movie) says drag queen storytime would not involve adult-only […]