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U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate. The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving the measure. […]

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Residents of Trenton and Spickard, including 4-year-old boy, injured in crash on Highway 65

The Highway Patrol reports three area residents sustained injuries when a car struck a sports utility vehicle in Grundy County on Friday morning, April 1st. The driver of the car, 24-year-old Landan Ellis of Trenton, received moderate injuries and was taken by emergency medical services to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The driver of the […]

Gas Pumps

Biden OKs release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from reserve, calls for supply boost

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden called Thursday for U.S. energy companies to do their part in lowering gasoline prices by boosting supplies of oil, saying the industry should plow record profits back into increased production. Biden also said he would release 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve daily for the […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Livingston County election authorities are cleaning up voter registration records

Livingston County Clerk and Election Authority are in the process of canvassing the voter registration records in Livingston County. Federal and state laws mandate that the canvass be conducted every two years. Registered voters whose addresses are current on the voter registration records in the county clerk’s office should expect to receive a new voter […]

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Newtown-Harris Board of Education approves 2022-2023 school calendar,

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education last week approved the 2022-2023 school calendar. The first day of school will be August 23rd, and the last day is scheduled for May 26th, 2023. A calendar adjustment was approved for 2021-2022. Superintendent Doctor Lucas McKinnis reports a professional development day was moved from April 18th to April […]

Winter Storm Warning

Upcoming winter storm prompts Winter Storm Warning in northern Missouri

A Winter Storm is set to track through northern Missouri tonight (Wednesday) through Friday Morning. Accumulating Snowfall is expected tonight through early Friday morning with the greatest Snowfall into west and northwest Missouri. Periods of moderate to heavy bands of snowfall are possible. Depending on the track of the storm, residents may find their Thursday […]

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Slick road causes Bethany woman’s pickup to skid into path of big rig on I-35

A Bethany resident was taken to the hospital following an Interstate 35 accident Monday morning four miles south of Eagleville. The highway patrol listed injuries as minor for 34-year-old Chasiti Robbins of Bethany. A private vehicle took her to Harrison County Community Hospital. The pickup Robbins was driving skidded off the right side of the […]

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Audio: Approximately 150 trucks convoy to Jefferson City to pay respects to family of 13-year old

Truckers gathered in Jefferson City Monday/yesterday in a show of solidarity.     A convoy of semis, tractor-trailers, and dump trucks came to Jefferson City Monday—not for a protest, but a processional. A funeral processional for a 13-year-old boy who followed around his dad and uncle – who owns Frank Boys Trucking. He would clean […]

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Audio: Missouri trucking industry expert says carriers reject thousands of loads weekly due to driver shortage

A Missouri task force is working to address the state’s supply chain slowdowns. More than 70-percent of Missouri communities rely solely on the trucking industry to get their goods delivered to them. During this week’s task force hearing, Tom Crawford of the Missouri Trucking Association said the ongoing truck driver shortage cannot keep up with […]

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Audio: Drunk drivers might be required to pay child support if a parent is killed in a car crash

A Missouri lawmaker wants to require drunk drivers to pay child support to a surviving spouse or relative raising the children if a parent is killed in a car crash. State Representative Mike Henderson of southeast Missouri’s Bonne Terre says he filed the bill after a woman lost her grandchild, son, and his fiancé in […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education hears presentation from Trenton Teachers Association on 4-day school week

Joel Hultman with the Trenton Teachers Association presented preliminary research regarding a four-day school week during the Trenton R-9 Board of Education meeting February 8th. The board took no action on the matter. Hultman reported a survey of teachers showed many wanted more information on a four-day school week. None of the questions specifically asked […]

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United States Department of Agriculture pledges $1B for ‘climate smart’ ag products

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend up to $1 billion to foster the creation of climate-friendly agricultural and forestry products by offering grants to facilitate their production and the markets to sell them. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon in those industries. “Agriculture is such […]

Traffic Accident

Brookfield teenager injured in Sunday crash on Highway 36; driver accused of DWI

A Brookfield teen was injured on Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 36 at Laclede. Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Hollon received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe. The patrol listed Hollon as a passenger in a car driven by 27-year-old Joshua Scearce of Linneus. Neither man was using […]

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Minnesota man life-flighted to hospital after big rig is struck by detached tire from another truck

The Highway Patrol reports a Minnesota man sustained serious injuries when the Freightliner truck he drove was struck by a detached tire from another Freightliner north of Eagleville Friday morning, January 28. An air ambulance transported 58-year-old Thomas Einerson of Olivia, Minnesota to UnityPoint Health of Des Moines, Iowa. No injuries were reported for the […]