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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 […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital earns five-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton is the only critical access hospital in the state of Missouri to receive a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new ratings were released by CMS on April 28. There are 35 critical access hospitals in Missouri. The rating also places Wright Memorial in the […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

Evergy Coal Plant in Lawrence Kansas

Evergy to shutter Kansas coal plant, speed transition to renewable energy

(Missouri Independent) – Evergy, an electric supplier to about 600,000 customers in western Missouri, will retire its coal power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023, the company announced on Friday. The utility revealed its plan to regulators in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The “integrated resource plan” lays out Evergy’s next […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri lawmakers urged to learn from states that have expanded Medicaid

As the state Senate debates Missouri’s budget for next year, groups are urging lawmakers to learn from the 38 states that have expanded their Medicaid programs. The budget passed by the Missouri House leaves out the $130 million needed to fund expansion. The remainder of the costs would be covered by the federal government. Joan Alker, executive director […]

Feral Hogs

Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to bipartisan feral hog legislation

Bipartisan legislation increasing penalties for people who knowingly release feral hogs into the wild has received initial approval from the Missouri House. The bill, which is sponsored by Portageville State Representative Don Rone, increases the criminal penalty from a class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony.     The Missouri Department of Conservation, the […]

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Missouri FFA to honor members April 30 and May 1 in Sedalia

The Missouri FFA Association will honor fellow members for outstanding achievements April 30 – May 1 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia. Due to COVID-19-related health concerns, attendance at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention will be by invitation only. Sessions will be live-streamed at THIS LINK. Convention results will be online […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri’s Senate President says state is $800 million short annually in maintaining the state highway system

Business groups and construction companies from across the state have testified for legislation to increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by 12-point-five cents per gallon by 2025.     Schatz testified last (Wednesday) night before a Missouri House committee. The GOP-controlled Missouri Senate has already given final approval to the bill.  Schatz is urging lawmakers to increase […]

Farm Scene

Audio: Missouri farm groups to rally in Jefferson City for private property rights

Farmers from across the state will rally this (Wednesday) afternoon at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, for private property rights.     Holcomb GOP State Senator Jason Bean will present his bill today to the Missouri Senate Commerce Committee. Under his bill, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) could not issue a certificate of […]

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

Missouri Secretary of State announces 2 initiative petitions approved for circulation

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office recently approved for circulation two initiative petitions amending the Missouri Constitution. Before circulating petitions for signatures, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state’s office. The office then has 23 days after the form of the […]

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Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended at least a week as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

(Missouri Independent) – Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will […]

Lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General files suit against Biden administration to reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols enacted by Trump

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and several other members of President Biden’s administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) enacted by President Trump and work toward combating migrant trafficking, securing the border, and ending the border […]

Needle Exchange

Legislation creating needle exchange program to be heard by Missouri House

Bipartisan legislation creating a hypodermic needle exchange program will be heard by a Missouri House committee Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City. State Sen. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City), who has sponsored the bill for several years, will testify before the Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee. Her two-page Senate Bill 64 has already received final approval from the Missouri […]

Fatal Shooting

Missouri man involved in fatal shooting sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, illegal firearms

A Missouri, man who reportedly was involved in a fatal shootout between two groups outside a downtown bar was sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm. Marc A. Agee, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 10 years in federal prison without parole. […]

Grundy County Health Department Website

Grundy County Health Department reports almost 25% of Grundy County residents received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Twenty point four percent of Grundy County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That is according to Missouri’s vaccination website. Two thousand thirteen first doses have been given to all age groups, and 3,363 total doses have been given. The Grundy County Health Department’s report from March 25th indicated 1,869 […]