Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Push for disclosure of Missouri medical marijuana records runs into veto threat

(Missouri Independent) – An effort by lawmakers to require disclosure of ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses was derailed on Thursday when state regulators suggested a possible gubernatorial veto.  On Tuesday, the Missouri House voted to require the Department of Health and Senior Services provide legislative oversight committees with records regarding who owns […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes “Second Amendment Preservation Act” gun rights bill

The Missouri Senate has passed a contentious gun rights bill. The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” attempts to invalidate federal gun regulations. Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo of Independence spoke in favor of an amendment that would have closed a loophole letting convicted domestic violence abusers own a gun. The amendment to the overall bill failed. […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri’s Governor Parson abandons plans to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will not expand Medicaid coverage to working-age adults on July 1 because lawmakers refused to include funding for the health care program in the state budget, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday. In a news release, Parson said the state was withdrawing documents submitted to the federal government necessary to add the approximately 275,000 […]

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Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying under oath to Missouri legislature

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature’s state budget negotiators recommend the hiring of 53 public defenders

The Missouri Legislature’s state budget negotiators are recommending the hiring of 53 attorneys for the state Public Defender System. During negotiations, Senate Minority Floor Leader John Rizzo of Independence says his wife corrects some cases handled at the local level by overworked attorneys.     The system has nearly 400 lawyers handling about 90,000 cases […]

Child Porn

Former paraprofessional at Blue Springs High School pleads guilty to producing child pornography

A former paraprofessional at Blue Springs High School pleaded guilty in federal court to producing and distributing child pornography. Steven B. Allen, 45, of Independence, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to two counts of producing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography over the internet. Allen, who has been […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

Illegal Firearms and firearm theft

Missouri man pleads guilty to multiple counts of possessing illegal firearms, drug trafficking; faces at least 20 years in prison

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple charges of illegally possessing firearms, including stolen firearms, and drug trafficking. Brandon L. Hill, 33, of Independence, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Thursday, April 29, to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts […]

Community Fireworks Display

Fundraising continues for 2021 fireworks display on Independence Day in Trenton

Fundraising continues for the community fireworks display being planned as part of the 2021 Independence Day activities on Friday, July 2. A committee of local residents is coordinating the fundraising effort through the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Chairperson Diane Lowrey said the committee hopes to raise between $4,000 to $5,000 for the show, which […]

Illegal Firearms and firearm theft

Missouri woman pleads guilty to illegal firearm after being arrested following high-speed chase in stolen car

A Missouri woman who led police officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm. Erin D. Bisby, 29, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Bisby was […]

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Coalition of attorneys general urge President Biden to reject United States Supreme Court packing scheme

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a multistate coalition of 20 attorneys general in writing to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders to voice opposition to the recent steps towards packing the U.S. Supreme Court. “President Biden’s and Congressional leaders’ attempts to pack the United States Supreme Court will undermine the independence and impartiality of […]

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Jamesport City Council approves fireworks purchase, sets time frame for sesquicentennial celebration

The Jamesport City Council on April 19th approved purchasing fireworks and set the time for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. Five hundred dollars worth of fireworks will be purchased for an Independence Day celebration scheduled to be at the city park on July 5th. The city council agreed the best time to hold the sesquicentennial celebration […]

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Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of five area individuals

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of several area residents in the last couple of days. Forty-year-old Lori Ann Pennington of Trenton was arrested April 14th on felony driving while intoxicated—aggravated and misdemeanor driving while revoked or suspended—second or third offense. Bond is $5,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for the Associate […]

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Audio: Missouri House Committee to hear key firefighter/first responder legislation on Tuesday

Legislation aimed at protecting Missouri firefighters and first responders will be heard today (Tuesday) by a Missouri House committee in Jefferson City. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has this report:     Independence Democratic State Representative Robert Sauls will testify today before the House Public Safety Committee about his bill, which would allow Missouri firefighters and first […]

Biden Executive Actions on Gun control

Audio: President Biden’s gun plan not sitting well with Republicans in Missouri Legislature

President Biden has signed six executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence. They include tightening buyer restrictions for often untraceable homemade firearms. Another one would make it easier for states to adopt laws that could let the police take weapons from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others. During a press conference, State Senate […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri House plan to reject Medicaid expansion faces uncertain fate in the Senate

(Missouri Independent) – Republicans in the Missouri House finalized their plan to block funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion on Thursday, giving final approval to its version of the state’s budget and sending it to the Senate. What happens next remains unclear. House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade said she’s confident the Senate will restore the $1.9 […]

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Lawmakers introduce legislation to close loophole in Child Citizenship Act preventing citizenship from those raised by American parents

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii), Susan Collins (Maine), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) announced that they have introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are […]