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Audio: $1,000 grants available to promote Missouri-grown products

Missouri businesses have a chance to get extra funding to help promote the sale of Missouri-grown and produced products. The grant is called the Missouri Grown Retail Promotion Matching Grant and is part of the state Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program. It awards $1,000 to businesses to reimburse expenses related to the promotion of […]

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Audio: Missouri works to get statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground

Missouri is working to get its statewide prescription drug monitoring program off the ground. The Legislature passed and Governor Parson signed a bill into law this year, making Missouri the last state in the country to put a program on the books that keeps track of prescription drugs. Greg Gilmore, owner of Grand Pharmacy in […]

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Governor Parson announces $750,000 Emergency Energy Loan to Hannibal

Governor Mike Parson announced a $750,000 interest-free loan to the city of Hannibal to ease the impact of excessive wholesale electricity and natural gas costs associated with the February 2021 extreme weather event. The loan was made possible through the Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program. “The Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program provides municipal utilities and […]

NCMC Students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa fall 2021

North Central Missouri College students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

North Central Missouri College inducted students into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership for fall 2021. New members include Carrie Dannar from Albany, MO; Nicole Jackson from Chillicothe, MO; Rylee Johnson from Laredo, MO; MaKayla Eads from Lathrop, MO; Gracey Gordon from Green Castle, MO; Rachelle Kerns from Bethany, MO; Avery Norris from Hale, […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference set for September 29-30

How can small towns and rural areas promote entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and revitalize their communities? University of Missouri Extension and partners in the Hannibal area will explore that question at the first Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference, Sept. 29-30 in downtown Hannibal. The two-day conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about […]

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Consolidated Machine and Welding expands in Hannibal, creating 30 new jobs

Consolidated Machine and Welding announced it will expand its facility in Hannibal, investing $4.3 million and creating 30 new jobs in the area. “We’re excited to see Consolidated Machine and Welding grow in Hannibal,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This new facility brings good-paying jobs and opportunities for our citizens in Northeast Missouri. Businesses often find […]

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Audio: Governor Parson praises northern missouri’s Macon, during Bicentennial Tour across Highway 36 corridor

The governor visited seven small northern Missouri towns across the Highway 36 corridor on Monday, as part of his Bicentennial Tour. One of them was Macon, a farming community between Moberly and Kirksville. Governor Mike Parson describes Macon’s Historical Society museum as incredible.     Several presidents have visited Macon over the years, including then-President […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to graduate 29 new troopers in July 23 ceremony

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 29 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, July 23, 2021. The ceremony will take place on the South Lawn of the Missouri State Capitol and the public is invited. The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed on the Patrol’s YouTube channel. […]

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Groups connect Missouri youth in foster care with life and work skills

Community partnerships in Missouri are working to help young people, either in or aging out of foster care, connect with the resources they need to start their independent lives, and the pandemic has brought added financial hardship for many. DeWayne Bright, Sr., youth advocate for the Local Investment Commission (LINC) in Kansas City, works with […]

Missouri corn and Missouri FFA are helping to build future leaders

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the seventh annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 22-24, in Jefferson City, Mo. The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage on pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council has sponsored and facilitated the […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol accepting applications for Community Alliance Program in Macon

Captain Erik A. Gottman, the commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, Missouri, announces Troop B is seeking individuals interested in attending Troop B’s 16th Community Alliance Program. The Community Alliance Program will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021, and will be hosted at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center in Hannibal. Participants will meet for […]

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Couple who falsely claimed to be farmers sentenced to prison in $1.1 million COVID-relief fraud

A couple was sentenced to prison for their participation in a scheme to file four fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $1.1 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.  Latoya Stanley, 38, […]

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Missouri Governor says federal unemployment programs have given public incentive to stay out of the workforce

Saying that there’s a labor shortage across Missouri, Governor Mike Parson (R) has issued a directive to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Missouri’s House Democratic Leader is blasting the decision. Governor Parson made the announcement during a Tuesday afternoon briefing at the Statehouse in Jefferson […]

Governor Parson announces Missouri to end all pandemic-related unemployment benefits

To address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. “From conversations with business owners across the state, we know […]