Desks in School Room

Groups say slate of school bills would undermine public education

Advocates for public schools are urging the Missouri Legislature to bolster funding for public education rather than shift resources towards charter schools and school voucher programs. A bill pending in the House would provide tax credits for paying for private school tuition.  Another would change school funding formulas to give more resources to charter schools, specifically […]

Representative Rick Roeber Lee's Summit

Audio: For the first time since the Civil War, the Missouri House votes to expel one of its own

The Missouri House has voted unanimously to expel Lee’s Summit Representative Rick Roeber. The House Ethics Committee released an investigative report this week about allegations that Roeber, a Republican, abused his four adult children when they were younger. It says two of the children were allegedly sexually abused and two others reported being physically abused. […]

Grass FIre

Chillicothe firefighters respond to fire on Highway Y, returning a second time after the blaze rekindles

Firefighters from Chillicothe responded to a grass and brush fire at a rural residence early Saturday evening, returning to the site late Saturday night after it rekindled. The location of the fire was 4677 Highway Y, where approximately ten acres of timber burned. Firefighters used approximately 100 gallons of water Saturday evening and approximately 150 […]

Food Safety Website

Don’t be left in the dark about food safety when the power goes out

When the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on the safety of your refrigerated and frozen foods. Meats, seafood, ice cream, cut produce and even leftover pizza can become susceptible to foodborne contaminants in just a few hours, said Londa Nwadike, food safety extension specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University. […]

Elizabeth Kilgore

Woman convicted in 2018 murder of St. Clair County Missouri man

On Saturday, March 6, in a case handled by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, a jury convicted Elizabeth Kilgore in connection with the murder-suicide of her husband, Lance Kilgore, and father Charles Sander.    On the morning of September 7, 2018, the defendant’s husband Lance Kilgore was ambushed and murdered by her father Charles Sander […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Twelve Months Later: Despite pandemic, Missouri moved forward

Since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was detected in Missouri one year ago, Governor Mike Parson and his administration have worked continuously to combat the virus, keep Missourians safe, and move Missouri’s economy forward.  “Since COVID-19 struck Missouri one year ago, we have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach, fight the virus, and […]

Sullivan County Health Department website

Sullivan County Health Department reports no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since May, 2020

The Sullivan County Health Department reported zero active COVID-19 cases as of February 26th. The department reports this was the first time there have been no active cases since May 1, 2020, when the first positive case was reported for Sullivan County. There have been 849 confirmed cases since that time and 15 COVID-19-related deaths.

Eaglepicher Technologies website (built mars rover batteries)

Made in Missouri: Batteries that power Mars rover, Perseverance, made in Joplin

The new Mars rover is powered by batteries manufactured by EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin, Missouri. There were 14 EaglePicher silver-zinc batteries on the Atlas V launch rocket. Two of the company’s thermal batteries powered the spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing stages, including igniting the pyrotechnics that opened parachutes. The rover’s main power system consists […]

CRP Website Revised (Conservation Reserve Program website)

USDA extends general signup for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the Conservation Reserve Program General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021.  USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the previous Administration, incentives and rental payment rates […]

St. Louis Representative Wiley Price

Audio: Missouri House votes to censure member for allegedly having sex with an intern

For the first time in state history, a Missouri House member has been censured. The House voted 140-3 to publicly condemn St. Louis Democratic state Representative Wiley Price, who is accused of having sex with a capitol intern. Representative Jered Taylor, a Republican from southwest Missouri’s Republic, failed to get two-thirds of members to support […]

CRP Website Revised (Conservation Reserve Program website)

USDA to open signup for the Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands in early 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the signup periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Signup for general CRP will be open from January 4, 2021, to February 12, 2021, and signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021, to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and […]

Covid 19 Dashboard Missouri (Use 11-13-2020 ONLY)

Missouri sets new record for COVID cases; Health director warns to avoid holiday gatherings

(Missouri Independent) – Missourians should not hold big family Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings this year, but they will likely be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the spring, the state health director said Thursday. In an interview on KCMO radio, Randall Williams said the rapid spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, especially in outstate […]