Stephanie Kambamba

Kirksville woman charged with murder of infant has trial reset to March 2022 in Harrison County

A jury trial has been reset for a Kirksville woman charged with first and second-degree murder after a child death investigation in May 2020. Twenty-nine-year-old Makuya Stephanie Kambamba appeared in court in Putnam County on September 15th, and her trial is now scheduled to begin in Harrison County on March 1st, 2022. It was previously […]

Voter ID Law

Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law

(Missouri Independent) – With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote. Committees in the Missouri House and Senate held hearings Tuesday dominated by discussions of requiring a government-issued ID for both in-person and absentee voting. Secretary […]

The Board of Public Buildings, chaired by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, met on Sept. 13, 2021 (Photo courtesy Jason Hancock/Missouri Independent)

LGBTQ history exhibit goes unmentioned by Missouri Board of Public Buildings, governor cited for its removal

(Missouri Independent) – When news broke that an LGBTQ history exhibit was suddenly and without warning removed from the Missouri Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson contended the reason was that it didn’t get pre-approval from a board he chairs, but at that board’s first meeting in more than a year on Monday, neither the exhibit nor the […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

Audio: Missouri doctor says no evidence to support Ivermectin can effectively treat COVID-19

A growing number of COVID-19 patients are taking a drug to treat parasites in livestock to try and beat the virus rather than getting vaccinated. Medical experts at the local and national levels say this is a dangerous idea, including in northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph. Dr. Scott Folk, Mosaic Life Care’s Director of Infectious Diseases, […]

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Man from Chula charged with sexual misconduct after exposing himself to restaurant employee

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples says officers located a suspect vehicle on September 7th regarding a call on September 3rd about someone in a restaurant drive-through exposing himself to an employee. The alleged incident happened in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. Maples says a 37-year-old man was arrested for sexual misconduct after officers […]

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Better pay and community trust linked to school bus driver shortage

School districts in Iowa and Missouri are reporting bus driver shortages as the academic year gets underway. Transportation officials said more earning potential and a broader appreciation of the job could help address the lingering issue.  In a new national survey from a trio of industry groups, 51% of coordinators described the driver shortage as “severe” or […]

Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

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November trial set for lawsuit challenging $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

(Missouri Independent) – A trial will be held in early November to determine whether a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene will take over the contract for prison health care in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green set Nov. 3 as the first day in the trial where current […]

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Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim is nothing new for Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect on Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition […]

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Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]

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Investigation into illegal dumping at Route A bridge in Grundy County continues

Grundy County authorities continue to investigate what is being described as an illegal trash dumping incident into the Weldon River at the Route A bridge in the northwest part of the county. On Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Rodney Herring and Deputies Cox and Ratliff were able to collect and remove the trash, including a refrigerator plus […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

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Biden administration opens civil rights investigation into states banning school mask mandates

(Missouri Independent) – Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine […]

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CDC issues Health Advisory on Ivermectin and the use of products containing Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19

The CDC has issued a Health Advisory pertaining to the use of Ivermectin and the use of products containing Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Ivermectin is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA-approved prescription medication used to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. When used as prescribed for approved indications, it […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Each case was bound over to the September 9 docket in Division One of circuit court in Trenton. Clifford Eric Dean Neff of Spickard is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid on three […]