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Florida company pays $100,000 into Missouri Investor Protection Fund; returns money to Missouri investor

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a consent order against Florida-based WCO Holdings, LLC, and a top executive after allegedly defrauding investors in several states, including Missouri.  Between February 1, 2016, and December 31, 2019, WCO Holdings and managing member Alan K. Brooks sold $700,000 of unregistered, non-exempt promissory notes through unregistered Las […]

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Some of Missouri’s largest CAFOs are seeking less stringent state regulation

Eleven of Missouri’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations are working to reduce the state’s oversight of their hog facilities despite a record of manure spills and clean water violations.  Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has 11 CAFOs seeking new state permits.  The facilities, dotted across northern Missouri, combined are capable of raising more […]

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Nominate a veteran or active service member for 2021 Missouri State Fair Flag Retreat Ceremony

The deadline to nominate a Missouri veteran or active duty service member for the 2021 Missouri State Fair Military Flag Retreat Ceremony is fast approaching.  Veterans and active duty service members from across Missouri are eligible to be honored in a Military Flag Retreat Ceremony that will take place near the Centennial Entrance on the Missouri […]

Economic Development

Department of Economic Development awards $15.8 million for community development projects statewide

The Department of Economic Development announced it will award more than $15.8 million to 38 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Program to help communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across Missouri. “Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remains my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities, or […]

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Access II Fishing Tournament reels in money to support the disabled

Access II Independent Living Center netted $480 during their Summer Fishing Tournament Sunday, June, 6 at Harrison County Lake. Eleven teams came out to raise money for Access II, a non-profit agency that provides services to people with disabilities and the elderly in Northwest Missouri. Winners from the tournament include: First Place Bass: Gaige Blanton/Beau Blanton […]

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Eleven public high schools in Missouri recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education

Eleven public high schools in Missouri are being recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education. In an effort to promote completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among high school seniors, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development launched the Show-Me FAFSA Challenge in October 2020. The competition ended […]

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DEA announces new initiative called “Project Wave Breaker” to disrupt flow of fentanyl into the United States

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new initiative, Project Wave Breaker, to disrupt the flow of deadly fentanyl into the United States. Project Wave Breaker will direct interdiction, enforcement, and outreach efforts to high-impact areas to disrupt the flow of fentanyl in and around the United States. The initiative will also employ analytical intelligence assets […]

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rates: Five area counties above state average while eleven counties are below state average

Five area counties have unemployment rates above the state average while eleven others are below the statewide rate for February, the most recent month available. The Missouri unemployment rate average is 5%. Above that mark are Linn County at 7.8%, Caldwell at 6.0%, Clinton and Sullivan counties are 5.7%, and Carroll County is 5.2%. Unemployment […]

Child Sex Crimes

Audio: 18-year-old Missouri boy heads to prison for 10 years for sex crimes involving an 11 year old girl.

A Missouri teenager has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to raping an 11-year-old girl who later gave birth to a baby as a result of the attack.     18-year-old Norvin L. Lopez-Cante, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty to statutory rape and incest in a plea deal with prosecutors.  Lopez-Cante was […]

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Hawley and colleagues demand answers on Biden’s Department of Homeland Security deportation moratorium

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and eleven Senate colleagues pushed back on a deportation moratorium proposed by President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, which will prevent the removal of the vast majority of illegal immigrants with final orders of removal–including dangerous criminals–from the United States. The moratorium was proposed in a January 21 memorandum issued […]

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Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in […]

Coronavirus Update

Livingston County reports 4 COVID-19 deaths; cases of COVID-19 rise by 22 across four counties

The Livingston County Health Center reported four COVID-19-related deaths on January 12th, bringing the total to 41. There were seven new cases for a total of 1,242. Seventy-two cases are active, with 40 community actives, 25 facility actives, and seven school actives. Eleven current COVID-19-related hospitalizations were reported for Livingston County. Eight more COVID-19 cases […]

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Emergency Snow Route Ordinance in Trenton goes into effect at midnight tonight

Trenton’s emergency snow route ordinance will go into effect the night of December 29th, so snow can be cleared from streets designated as emergency snow routes. Vehicles are prohibited from parking on streets designated with signs as emergency snow routes during the hours the ordinance is in place from midnight until 7 o’clock on the […]

Coronavirus Update

Area counties report 53 new cases of COVID-19 and 70 COVID-19 related deaths

COVID-19 cases have increased by 12 in Harrison County since December 16th, which the health department says brings the total 584. Active cases went up by eight to 43. Eleven COVID-19-related deaths have been reported for Harrison County. The Putnam County Health Department reports 11 new COVID-19 cases were added on December 17th, making the […]

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri to grant CARES funds to senior centers

In collaboration with the CARES Act, the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri plans to present local senior centers with grants for $10,000. Eleven senior centers will benefit from the $10,000 grants, one each in Caldwell, Grundy, Harrison, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan counties, and one grant for each of the two centers located […]