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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

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Audio: Missouri prison system could move officer training from classroom to real-world setting

In 2019, Gov. Mike Parson closed a prison in northwest Missouri’s Cameron. Most staff and inmates transferred to the other prison in town – Western Missouri Correctional Center. Now, Parson wants to reopen the Crossroads Correctional Center and turn it into a training academy for correctional officers. During a House Budget Committee hearing, Trevor Foley […]

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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 […]

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Glen Briggs steps down as chairman of Local Emergency Planning Committee

Due to a technicality, Glen Briggs reports he’s stepping down as the elected chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Grundy County, but Briggs says he will continue as the Grundy County Emergency Manager. Due to what was called rule changes implemented by the Missouri Emergency Response Commission, the emergency planning committee chairman can […]

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Man who escaped from Mercer County Jail twice, pleads guilty to multiple charges; handed 16-years in prison by judge

A Kansas City man who law enforcement reported escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August 2019 entered a plea of guilty to multiple charges on February 10th and was sentenced. Online court information shows, in one case, 29-year-old Drake Andrew Kately was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years on first-degree […]

Prison Sentence

Judge hands down prison sentence for former Coffey City Clerk on stealing and forgery charges

Sentencing was held in Daviess County on February 10th for a former Coffey city clerk who pled guilty in November to felony stealing and forgery charges. Online court information shows Mary Lou Browning was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years each on stealing $750 or more and two counts of forgery. She […]

Covid-19 vaccine

Missouri moves to allow recently retired healthcare providers to administer COVID-19 vaccine

Retired healthcare providers are now added to the list of those authorized to administer the two currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. Department of Health and Senior Services Director, Dr. Randall Williams, issued amended standing orders detailing who in Missouri is authorized to administer the vaccines following a move by federal partners to increase the available workforce.  The […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri House Transportation Committee Chair files gas tax legislation, modeled after South Carolina

The Missouri House Transportation Committee chairwoman has filed gas tax legislation that has a new aspect: a possible rebate.     Festus GOP State Representative Becky Ruth has filed a bill to raise Missouri’s gas tax by two cents annually for five years. Missouri’s 17-cent gasoline tax has stayed the same since 1996. Under her […]