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Missouri Attorney General obtains $20,000 in restitution in residential fencing company case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has obtained and executed a consent judgment against Missouri Fence Company Springfield, LLC, and its owner Justin P. Schmidt. The lawsuit, previously filed by the Attorney General’s Office, alleged that Schmidt, through Missouri Fence Company, solicited upfront deposits from customers on the pretense that Schmidt would […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Rural Iowa communities urge more factory-farm regulations

Advocates for family farms, rural neighborhoods, and the environment are asking Iowa lawmakers to find a more equitable balance between the interests of factory farms and of the communities they’re in.  Research has shown higher levels of nitrates and phosphorus in the water, as well as air quality issues, in communities with nearby concentrated animal feeding […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15-years in federal prison for child pornography found on lost phone at truck stop

A Missouri man whose lost cell phone containing child pornography was found at a truck stop was sentenced in federal court. Christopher Lee Caven, 40, of Belton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Caven to 12 years of supervised release […]

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Missouri’s groundwater threatened from corporate factory farm expansion

Webmasters note: This article is a commentary by Tim Gibbons of the Missouri Independent. Tim Gibbons is communications director for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, a statewide farm and rural organization dedicated to preserving family farms and promoting stewardship of the land and environmental integrity.  The comments in the article are those of the author, […]

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Audio: Missouri community of Joplin offering $200 million package trying to land massive GM battery plant

A growing southwest Missouri city is offering millions of dollars in tax incentives to General Motors (GM), in an effort to land a new GM factory. Reporter Ty Albright from our Joplin affiliate KZRG has the story.     Joplin Chamber of Commerce President Toby Teeter says the city is offering a $200 Million package […]

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Audio: Parson’s budget proposal would close half of housing units within Missouri women’s prison

The women’s prison in northeast Missouri’s Vandalia could have about half of its housing units permanently closed. Trevor Foley, with the state Department of Corrections, says Governor Mike Parson’s new state budget proposal would make the change. Gov. Parson’s proposed $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning in July includes about $802 million for […]

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Chillicothe City Council hires 911 dispatcher, police officer and firefighters

Information has been released from executive sessions held by the Chillicothe City Council in December. The council approved the hiring of a 911 dispatcher, a police officer, and two firefighters/emergency medical technicians during an executive session on December 14th. Jennifer Pyle was hired as a dispatcher, and Kemble Williams was hired as a police officer, […]

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Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri announces scholarship recipients

The Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri has announced scholarship recipients. Those receiving $500 scholarships include Kori Hornaday from Putnam County High School, Isaiah Morgana of North Mercer High School, Kayli Crawford of Trenton High School, Carter Williams of South Harrison High School, Cade Lechtenberg of Centerville High School, Macie McNeely of Gallatin High School, and […]