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Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Democrats that drops paid family leave

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 […]

Cold Weather Rule

Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect November 1

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2021. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2022. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities […]

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Missouri State Auditor releases audit results of Greene County Collector

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of the Greene County Collector. Missouri law requires an audit to be performed when a vacancy occurs in a county collector’s office. The previous collector resigned from the office in February and a new collector was appointed on March 1. The audit, which gave the office a rating […]

School Threat

Threat received by Cameron R-1 School District results in arrest of 17-year-old teenager

An investigation into a threat received by the Cameron R-1 School District on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021, resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old teenager. According to Detective Sergeant Dan Miller with the Cameron Police Department, the school administration and the school resource officer contacted the police and reported the threat that was made […]

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Campaign picked up costs of Missouri Attorney General’s trip to U.S.-Mexico border

(Missouri Independent) – After vehemently defending having the state pick up the tab for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s trip to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, Schmitt’s office clarified over the weekend that the state only covered travel costs for a staff member. Chris Nuelle, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Schmitt’s U.S. […]

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Missouri State Auditor releases closeout report for Coronado Drive Transportation Development District in Blue Springs

State Auditor Nicole Galloway today issued the closeout audit of the Coronado Drive Transportation Development District (TDD), located in Blue Springs. State law requires an audit of a TDD prior to moving forward with dissolution. The Coronado Drive TDD was established in 2009 by a vote of qualified voters in the district. The TDD was […]

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Two nurses from Wright Memorial Hospital receive DAISY Awards

Two nurses from Wright Memorial Hospital were recognized recently with the DAISY for extraordinary nurses award. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. The award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications […]

Severe Weather

Grundy County Emergency Manager on confusion over severe weather warnings

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs explained the warning process and what goes into the activation of outdoor warning sirens for Trenton. During a severe weather threat, Grundy County Emergency Management is in constant contact with the National Weather Service, storm spotters, storm chasers, local media, and the public. Sunday’s storm threat as identified […]

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USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care, and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Today’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizing economic growth in rural America and investing in the backbone of our country […]

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Two health departments report on COVID cases; Sullivan County to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Sullivan County Health Department October 22nd confirmed six additional COVID-19 cases since October 21st, raising the total to 1,246. The number of active cases stayed at 31. The Livingston County Health Center reported October 22nd one COVID-19 case had been added since October 20th. There were 2,362 cases total, and seven were active. The […]

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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 […]

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Hamilton woman facing charges of theft, forgery and counterfeiting

A Hamilton woman faces four felonies after she allegedly printed and mailed hundreds of various company checks that were determined to be fraudulent to hundreds of United States addresses. Thirty-six-year-old Karrina Palacios-Marin has been charged with stealing $25,000 or more, forgery, and two counts of counterfeiting. Bond was set at $250,000 cash only. Court documents […]

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Governor Parson doubles down on push to prosecute reporter who found security flaw in state site

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state that a state website revealed teacher Social Security numbers. The video is produced by Uniting Missouri, a political action committee created by […]

Brandon Tyler May

Man from Coffey charged with multiple felonies after stealing a 4-wheeler and failing to register as a sex offender

A Coffey man has been charged with four felonies after he allegedly conspired with friends to help him steal a four-wheeler and reportedly did not register a vehicle on the sex offender registry. Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Tyler May faces charges of stealing a motor vehicle, failure to register as a sex offender, and two counts of […]