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Audio: U.S. Representative Hartzler trying to change rules to “benefit Missouri’s cattle industry”

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says Missouri’s cattle industry needs more markets and competition. The Missouri Republican has teamed with a California Democrat to introduce a bill that the two lawmakers say will fix regulatory roadblocks that hurt livestock auctions and small meat packers. The “A-PLUS” Act would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act to allow […]

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Kirksville woman injured in Saturday evening crash; driver accused of DWI

A Kirksville resident was hurt Saturday evening when a car went off a road and hit a fence west of Kirksville. Thirty-six-year-old Ann Stafford was taken by private vehicle to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville with minor injuries. Stafford was a passenger in a car driven by 32-year-old Dustin Shelton of Kirksville who was […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Senate committee approves bill that could overturn Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – A constitutional amendment asking Missourians to let lawmakers decide year-to-year whether the state will offer Medicaid to working-age adults moved closer to passage on Wednesday. By an 8-5 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent the House-passed proposal to the full Senate for debate. Only Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, voted with Democrats to oppose the measure, which […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri woman sentenced to 13 years in prison, without parole, for meth conspiracy

A Missouri woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute substantial quantities of methamphetamine in the Henry County, Mo., area. Vita P. Hurt, 67, of Blairstown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 13 years and two months in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 11, 2021, […]

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Coalition of 27 state treasurers and auditors call on the Biden administration to promote American energy production

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick joined 26 other state financial officers in calling on the Biden Administration to promote American energy production. In a letter to the President, the state leaders emphasized the need to re-establish American energy independence amid the massive increase in the price of gas and diesel, which is contributing to the […]

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Coalition of legislators introduce resolution to protect family farms and small businesses

Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) joined Representatives Tracey Mann, Jason Smith, Bob Latta, and a bipartisan coalition of more than 70 members of Congress in introducing a resolution recognizing the important role of the stepped-up basis in preserving family farms and small businesses. “If the President gets his way and guts the stepped-up basis, it would […]

Gas Pumps

Biden OKs release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from reserve, calls for supply boost

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden called Thursday for U.S. energy companies to do their part in lowering gasoline prices by boosting supplies of oil, saying the industry should plow record profits back into increased production. Biden also said he would release 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve daily for the […]

Trenton resident injured in crash north of Lock Springs; accused of DWI

A Trenton resident was hurt late Saturday night in a Southeastern Daviess County crash north of Lock Springs. Thirty-six-year-old Heather Michael of Trenton was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. The accident happened on Highway 190 approximately one half-mile north of Route V as the southbound pickup went off the left side of […]

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Slick road causes Bethany woman’s pickup to skid into path of big rig on I-35

A Bethany resident was taken to the hospital following an Interstate 35 accident Monday morning four miles south of Eagleville. The highway patrol listed injuries as minor for 34-year-old Chasiti Robbins of Bethany. A private vehicle took her to Harrison County Community Hospital. The pickup Robbins was driving skidded off the right side of the […]

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Linn County crash sends one to hospital via Life-Flight helicopter

A two-vehicle accident involving pickup trucks on Thursday afternoon in eastern Linn County injured one driver. The crash happened on Highway 11 two miles west of New Boston. Seventy-one-year-old Robert Long of Kirksville received moderate injuries and was flown by a medical helicopter (Life Flight) to University Hospital in Columbia. The driver of the other […]

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Crash on Interstate 35 sends two from Oklahoma to hospital

An Interstate 35 crash on Thursday night in Harrison County injured two people from Tulsa, Oklahoma when a sports utility vehicle overturned. The highway patrol said minor injuries were noted for two passengers, 38-year-old Devard Hanna and 56-year-old Leslie Hanna. Both were taken to Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany. The driver, 57-year-old Scott Carr, […]

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Milan woman life-flighted to hospital after head-on crash on Highway 5

A Milan resident was flown to a Columbia hospital Thursday night after being injured in a two-car crash on Highway 5, one mile north of Laclede, in Linn County. Twenty-seven-year-old Kirsten Tharp of Milan received moderate injuries and she was taken by a LifeFlight medical helicopter to University of Missouri Hospital. The car Tharp was […]

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Sixteen year old girl injured when two vehicles sideswipe each other on Highway 139

Two vehicles reportedly sideswiped in a traffic accident on Monday afternoon in northwestern Chariton County, four miles north of Sumner. The highway patrol reports one driver, listed as a 16-year-old girl from Brookfield, received moderate injuries. The girl, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital. Her name was […]