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Missouri Senate hears bipartisan push to forgive mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits

(Missouri Independent) – Tracie Engelmeyer was among hundreds of bus drivers who were furloughed in St. Louis County in March 2020 because of the pandemic. School-district authorities told them that even though drivers are contracted labor, they would qualify for unemployment benefits and urged them to apply. Engelmeyer recalled the conversation she had with a […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for illegal firearms and marijuana grow operation

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for growing marijuana and illegally possessing dozens of firearms. Darrin Dale Smithee, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 31, 2021, Smithee pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing marijuana and one […]

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Show-Me Strong Recovery Task Force releases final report of recommendations

Governor Mike Parson announced that the Show-Me Strong Recovery Task Force has released its final report of recommendations to support small businesses across the state. In the report, the Task Force summarizes its findings and provides potential solutions related to workforce, supply chain, access to resources, broadband, and support for minority- and women-owned businesses. “As […]

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Trenton City Council approves financing of water treatment plant improvements

The city of Trenton will use the services of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance regarding financing an estimated two and a half million dollars worth of improvements at Trenton’s water treatment plant. Trenton is among the member municipalities across the state with the Alliance. The city council on Monday night, on a vote of seven […]

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Grundy County Commission approves amendment to county budget

The Grundy County Commission on December 14th approved an amendment to the 2021 Grundy County Budget. Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard reports the amendment involved the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, with revenues of $956,624 and no expenses. Presiding Commission Phillip Ray says the county expects to receive an equal part from the American […]

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New fitness facility opens in Gallatin offering equipment that accommodates those with disabilities

A new fitness facility has opened in Gallatin offering accessible fitness equipment for people with disabilities. A-II Fitness is located at 101 Industrial Parkway Building B, is open 24 hours a day, and is a nonprofit. The facility reports it is committed to helping people with disabilities live independently. Its mission is to provide an […]

Minimum wage in Missouri to rise to $11.15 per hour in January

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announces the state minimum wage rate for 2022 has been established, according to state law, at $11.15 per hour, effective January 1, 2022. Pursuant to Proposition B, which was approved by Missouri voters on November 6, 2018, the minimum wage will increase by 85 cents per hour […]

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Controversial bill would have aided Orscheln Products LLC, under scrutiny for contamination

(Missouri Independent) – Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical that health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by […]

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Governor Parson makes appointments to various boards; Cameron man appointed to Missouri State Fair Commission

 Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions and filled two-county office vacancies.  Robert Connell, of Troy, was appointed to the Amber Alert System Oversight Committee.  Mr. Connell has been with the City of St. John Police Department since 2002 and has continuously advanced through the ranks to his current position as Police Chief. […]

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Walgreens to build new $30 million fulfillment center in Liberty, creating 200 new jobs

Walgreens retail and wholesale pharmacy announced it will open a new $30 million, high-tech fulfillment center in the Kansas City metro area. The new operation, located in a 65,000-square-foot space in Liberty, is expected to create 200 new jobs. “When you combine our state’s top talent in health care with our strategic location in the […]

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Missouri leads 11 state coalition in filing suit to halt federal vaccine mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt co-led an eleven-state coalition with Montana, Arizona, and Nebraska in filing a lawsuit against Joe Biden and the Biden Administration to halt their vaccine mandate on private employers with more than 100 employees. Missouri and the coalition of states are the first states to file suit against the vaccine mandate […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

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Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation meets with city and county entities discussing economic development

The Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation, Trenton City Council, Grundy County Commission, and North Central Missouri Development Alliance met on October 27, 2021. The groups discussed the state of economic development in the city and county. No action was taken at the meeting. Jackie Soptic with the IDC reports the groups talked about available land […]

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Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation receives $30,000 donation

Smithfield and Roeslein Energy have made a $30,000 donation to the Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation to help the IDC with costs associated with the Thompson River Bank Stabilization Project, taking place on Highway 6 west of Trenton. The IDC has committed to pay for engineering costs associated with the work along with any cost […]

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Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation to host meeting on October 27

The Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation will host an economic development asset inventory meeting. The meeting will be in the Lager Building on the Barton Farm Campus of Trenton on October 27, 2021. from 5 to 8 o’clock in the evening. The meeting will focus on the availability of property suitable for economic development within Grundy […]

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USDA invests more than $1 million to support rural Missouri businesses

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced 19 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,006,698 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “USDA Rural Development has worked tirelessly to support rural Missouri businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Thomas. “The Rural Business Development Grants […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture announces availability of industrial hemp processing grants

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the processing of industrial hemp fiber. The Department will award grants of up to $200,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with the expansion of processing capacity for industrial hemp fiber in Missouri. The Missouri General Assembly appropriated $700,000 to help build Missouri’s industrial hemp fiber processing infrastructure. […]