Voter ID Law

Missouri Republicans vow to push again for voter ID law

(Missouri Independent) – With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote. Committees in the Missouri House and Senate held hearings Tuesday dominated by discussions of requiring a government-issued ID for both in-person and absentee voting. Secretary […]

Lawmakers demand hearings on Afghanistan withdrawal

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), and eight colleagues sent a letter to Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) calling for hearings on the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Specifically, the senators requested sworn testimony from senior military leaders, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General […]

Amaren Missouri

“Simply unconscionable”: Advocates push Ameren to keep electric bills low during pandemic

(Missouri Independent) – Ameren Missouri should not increase its electrical rates for its customers as they struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, a coalition of environmental, veterans, and tenants advocates said Wednesday.  The St. Louis-based utility filed with regulators in March seeking a rate increase worth nearly $300 million per year to pay […]

Drug Trafficking

Two from Missouri plead guilty to meth trafficking

Two Missouri residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking after they received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Bryan Patton Tullous, 39, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Cassiopeia Marie Blaise, 36, […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Each case was bound over to the September 9 docket in Division One of circuit court in Trenton. Clifford Eric Dean Neff of Spickard is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid on three […]

Tye Joseph Evans

Wheeling man charged with property damage and drug offenses

A fugitive investigation in Wheeling resulted in the arrest of a Wheeling man on August 22 on warrants for alleged traffic offenses. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports 33-year-old Tye Joseph Evans was found hiding inside a tote inside an outbuilding in the southeast part of the community in which he allegedly barricaded himself inside. […]

Sexual Assault

Representative of Green Hills Women’s Shelter to testify at task force hearing on support and treatment of sexual assault victims

A representative of Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton is listed among those planning to give testimony when a task force has a hearing Wednesday afternoon, August 25. The task force is reviewing the treatment and support of sexual assault victims in Missouri. The first of four scheduled hearings are from 1 to 3 o’clock […]

Voting Rights

U.S. House Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

(Missouri Independent) – At the base of the bridge in Selma, Ala., where the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia almost died while marching for civil rights, congressional Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation that aims to protect voting rights across the country. Rep. Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, unveiled what will be […]

Breastfeeding

New Missouri law mandates private space and break times for breastfeeding teachers

(Missouri Independent) – Eight months after her son was born, Webster Groves High School teacher Jaime Adamski broke down in tears at her doctor’s office.  Her breast milk had declined significantly since she had gone back to work. “I was depressed, angry, frustrated,” she said. “I felt like I was not a good enough mother […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Three people accused in spray painting incidents July 5 in Trenton appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Twenty-two-year-old Kelli Danielle Corrigan of Trenton pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree property damage – a misdemeanor. Imposition of sentence was suspended, and Corrigan was placed on two years probation. […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council defeats proposed electric rate increase; rejects designation of downtown historic district

The Trenton City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to reject the designation of the downtown historic district as currently written, which would have created a new section in the city code. On a split vote, the city council defeated a proposed increase in the electric system base rate. Narrow approval was given on another […]

Survey

State task force invites Missourians to complete survey on rights of sexual assault victims and survivors

A new state task force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to strengthen protections and services for Missouri sexual assault victims. Comments and suggestions are being gathered through an online survey at this link. The survey closes on September 30, 2021. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

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Groups urge those in charge of voting-district maps to put Missouri voters over partisan interests in redistricting

Redistricting reformers urged the people charged with drawing new voting-district maps in Missouri to commit to putting the voters over partisan interests. Governor Mike Parson has appointed a bipartisan group of commissioners to draw state legislative maps. The Legislature draws congressional maps. Caroline Fan, founder and president of the Missouri Asian American Youth Foundation said in […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children and child pornography

A Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court today to sexually assaulting two young children to produce child pornography and to receiving and distributing child pornography after his wife pleaded guilty to the same charges last month. Mark John Millman, 37, of Merriam Village, a citizen of Great Britain and a legal alien resident, pleaded […]

Court News

News from the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Preliminary hearings were waived by four defendants when they appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Chillicothe resident Tesse Janell Carman faces two felony drug possession counts and three misdemeanor counts stemming from a June 25 arrest. Tristan Lee Vencill of Trenton is charged with delivering a controlled substance from August […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council responds to concerns over residential trash pickup

Much of the discussion during Monday night’s Trenton City Council meeting involved discussion on trash service complaints. City administrator Ron Urton provided a list of recent complaint calls received by city hall detailing addresses that experienced issues. Two members of the public, Larry Huffstutter and Gaylon McCorkle voiced their concerns. Responses were provided by Rapid […]