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Missouri State Auditor finds a lack of transparency in how Jackson County spent taxpayer dollars

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of Jackson County government that found a lack of transparency in how the county spent millions of taxpayer dollars on legal, lobbying, and other professional services. The audit identified $2.7 million in contracts that were not competitively bid and another $1.3 million in contracts that went years […]

Theft

Missouri State Auditor finds former clerk misappropriated over $300,000 from City of Center

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of the City of Center that detailed how the former clerk, Tracey Ray, misappropriated more than $300,000 in taxpayer funds. The audit, which focused on the period between January 2015 and July 2019, was performed by the Auditor’s Public Corruption and Fraud Division after information was received through […]

Economy

Survey shows economy improving in Missouri and Midwest

The economic picture is brightening for both Missouri and the Midwest. Creighton University’s August survey of supply managers and business leaders across the nine-state region finds the financial situation slowly improving. Economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska says the survey’s leading economic indicator for the region climbed. “The index from that survey […]

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July finds precipitation above normal, high temperatures below normal

The July weather summary in Trenton shows precipitation was above normal by an inch and forty-two one-hundredths. Low temperatures averaged above normal by two degrees, however, high temperatures averaged below normal by slightly over one degree. July normally is the warmest month of the year in Trenton with highs averaging nearly 89 degrees and lows […]

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Report finds Missouri declining in children’s health coverage

Missouri is among states experiencing a serious erosion in children’s health coverage, according to a new report. The findings, released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, indicated there were 12,000 more uninsured Missouri kids in 2018 than in 2016, a 17% increase. Traci Gleason, vice president for internal affairs at the Missouri Budget Project, […]

Donald Peckham

Audio: Missouri jury finds 86-year-old former minister to be violent sexual predator

The attorney general’s office has convinced a Jasper County jury in southwest Missouri that an 86-year-old former minister is still at risk of sexually abusing teenage boys.     That’s even after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for the abuse. The unanimous verdict determined that Donald D. Peckham is a sexually violent predator who […]

Salvador Hernandez of Gallatin

Jury finds Gallatin man accused of rape, sodomy and kidnapping “Not Guilty”

A trial came to an end in Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court on Friday for a Gallatin resident facing charges including sodomy, rape, kidnapping, and assault. The Gallatin North Missourian reports the jury returned a verdict of not guilty for Salvador Hernandez on each of four counts after about 90 minutes of deliberation. […]