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USDA announces funding available to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announces the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater […]

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Audio & Video: More than 3,600 Missourians vaccinated on Friday at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium

Missouri’s governor says more than 3,600 Jackson County residents were vaccinated on Friday at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, the largest state-supported vaccination event thus far in the state. A second day of vaccinations took place Saturday morning at 9 and continued until 7 p.m. Two Missouri National Guard teams were at Arrowhead on Saturday, and […]

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State agriculture officials recommend enhancements to USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box program and recommend adjustments to improve the program’s effectiveness.   “The Farmers to Families Food Box program has been a critical tool during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

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Missouri House committee votes to forgive federal unemployment debts

(Missouri Independent) – Thousands of Missourians facing repayment of mistakenly paid unemployment benefits would get some relief under legislation passed with a bipartisan vote Wednesday in a Missouri House committee. The bill, which will likely be debated on the House floor next week, would forgive debts due to overpayments from federal coronavirus relief programs but would not […]

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Medical marijuana subpoena may have been connected to Independence, Missouri FBI probe

(Missouri Independent) – The head of Missouri’s medical marijuana program testified under oath that a grand jury subpoena his agency received late last year was likely connected to an FBI investigation in Independence.  The revelation by Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana regulation at the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, is the first […]

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Federal Judge issues stay of execution for convicted Missouri killer set to be executed Tuesday

A federal judge has issued a stay of execution in the case of a convicted southwest Missouri killer, who was scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening at the maximum-security prison in Bonne Terre. 64-year-old Walter Barton was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1991 killing of 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler. She managed a mobile home park […]

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Trenton Rotary Club discusses efforts to provide storage for Bright Futures Trenton program

Incoming Trenton Rotary Club President Tim Michael and Phil Hoffman discussed the availability of Rotary District Grant funds for a local community project at Thursday’s meeting. The Trenton club could receive up to $10,500 by committing to up to a $3,500. Michael said the district has $300,000 available for clubs and noted there is a […]

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North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees extends President Lenny Klaver’s contract

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees voted at it meeting Tuesday evening to extend President Doctor Lenny Klaver’s contract. His contract was extended by two years, through 2023, with salary to be determined later. The board approved the resignation of Trio Administrative Assistant Sarah Reeter effective January 31st for full-time employment. Her resignation […]

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Northwest Missouri State University lecture to feature ‘me too’ movement founder Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke, a social justice activist and the founder of the “me too” movement, will appear at Northwest Missouri State University as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series and deliver the University’s 2017-18 James H. Lemon Lecture. Burke shares the story behind the genesis of last year’s viral and Time magazine Person of the Year-winning […]