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USDA launches resource guide to assist rural communities seeking disaster and recovery assistance

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today unveiled a resource guide as part of National Preparedness Month to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance. This guide follows the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan, which targets investments to support infrastructure in communities that are most physically […]

Disaster Relief

White House seeks at least $24 billion to aid states struck by natural disasters

(Missouri Independent) –  The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events, including hurricanes, floods, and wildfires during […]

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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 […]

Disaster Declaration

Major disaster declaration approved for Missouri

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados, and flooding from June 24-July 1, 2021. Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations […]

Audio: Red Cross deploys Missouri responders to help with Hurricane Ida relief efforts

The American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas is deploying teams to Louisiana to help respond to Hurricane Ida.     Ten Red Cross responders from the Missouri and Arkansas region have been deployed to help with hurricane relief efforts, with more expected to leave this week. The group is helping with sheltering hurricane victims […]

Missouri Bicentennial

Missouri Secretary of State announces divisions of his office participate in Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule project

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is pleased to announce that several divisions of his office participated in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule project. Created by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission, the capsule will hold items contributed by organizations, institutions, and businesses, as well as local and state government agencies, for a period of 25 years before […]

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Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia and Wisconsin military bases

(Missouri Independent) – The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army […]

Dove Hunting

Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters that dove season opens September 1

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters that dove season in Missouri opens September 1 and runs until November 29, 2021. Seasons for other migratory birds run September 1 through November 9 for sora and Virginia rails, September 1 through December 16 for Wilson’s common snipe, and October 15 through November 28 for American woodcock. […]

Disaster Declaration

Missouri requests federal disaster declaration to receive reimbursements for damage to public infrastructure

Governor Mike Parson requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to a total of 21 counties in response to severe storms and flooding that began on June 19 and continued through July 1. “Due to extremely heavy rains and significant flash flooding in late June, Missouri experienced […]

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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Coalition of lawmakers introduce SHIELD Act to preserve Title 42 expulsions of illegal immigrants

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing the Securing the Homeland from International Entrants with Life-threatening Diseases (SHIELD) Act to codify the Trump administration’s public health order under Title 42 that required U.S. border officials to promptly remove illegal immigrants to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Cotton […]

Bridge Work

Repairs completed on Berry Bridge on Northeast 82nd Street in Grundy County

The Grundy County Road and Bridge crew has completed repairs on the Berry Bridge on Northeast 82nd Street related to the 2019 flooding. The county commission reports the repairs were completed on schedule. The Berry Bridge repairs were done in conjunction with a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration regarding severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding […]

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Missouri seeks joint federal, state, and local damage assessments in preparation for Federal Disaster Declaration Request

Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in 17 counties in response to severe storms and flooding. The joint teams will survey the damage that began with severe storms on June 19 and continued through July 1 in preparation for the state’s official […]

After the Storm (Flood Damage)

Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic to remain closed until flood damage repaired

Due to damage from recent flooding, Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic in Princeton will be closed until the damage can be repaired.   Dr. Tammy Hart and advanced practice provider Jordan Jones will be treating patients at Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton until the Mercer County Clinic is ready to re-open. Patients are asked […]

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Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

(Missouri Independent) – For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses, and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Transportation worker struck and killed performing flood emergency work

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was struck and killed on Monday in Platte County. Sixty-one-year-old Lloyd Crawford was listed as a long-time maintenance worker in the Kansas City district of the Missouri Department of Transportation. The incident occurred on northbound Highway 273 near the intersection with Highway 371. MoDOT said Crawford was performing flood […]