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Lawmakers approve Missouri operating budget

Missouri foster care advocates are praising Friday’s passage of the $35.1 billion state operating budget, saying it provides unprecedented support for the foster families who care for the thousands of children in Missouri foster care. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith (R-Carthage) tells Missourinet that the budget provides a $90 million increase for foster and adoptive […]

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University of Missouri Extension releases 2021 mental health toolkit

The University of Missouri Extension and Show-Me Farm Safety recently released a new Together We Can toolkit to help rural Missourians access mental health resources. “Missourians are strong and resilient in the face of the challenges and uncertainty that can come with farm life,” says Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DEA announces new initiative called “Project Wave Breaker” to disrupt flow of fentanyl into the United States

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new initiative, Project Wave Breaker, to disrupt the flow of deadly fentanyl into the United States. Project Wave Breaker will direct interdiction, enforcement, and outreach efforts to high-impact areas to disrupt the flow of fentanyl in and around the United States. The initiative will also employ analytical intelligence assets […]

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Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group and Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic announce next COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton and Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic in Princeton announced that their next COVID-19 vaccination clinics are set for Thursday, April 29 and Thursday, May 6 in Princeton (Mercer County Clinic), and Friday, April 30 and Friday, May 7 in Trenton (Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group). The vaccination clinics are open […]

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Audio: DWI legislation approved by Missouri House is heading to Senate committee

Bipartisan legislation involving drunk drivers has received final approval from the Missouri House.     The bill requires that ANY person who has pleaded guilty or been convicted of driving while intoxicated complete a victim impact program approved by the court. The bill, which Carl Junction GOP State Representative Bob Bromley sponsored, was approved by […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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USDA invests $35 million in rural water, energy, and biofuel infrastructure in Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $35,046,000 in critical infrastructure that will help rural Missouri communities build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship. USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for […]