Voting Rights

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. […]

Farm in Winter

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

(Missouri Independent) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of 7 people over the weekend

Highway Patrol troopers in northeast Missouri made seven arrests over the weekend. In Sullivan County, 33-year-old Edgar Matos of Browning was accused of driving while intoxicated early Saturday evening, Matos was taken to the Sullivan County Jail. In Linn County, 31-year-old Gara Curtis of Macon has been accused of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning. […]

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Missouri Attorney General obtains $53 million settlement from student loan servicer Navient

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, entered into a civil settlement agreement with his office and 38 other states for abuses originating in predatory student loans. The agreement resulted in a $53 million settlement for Missourians: $2.5 million in restitution and $51 million in private […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Winter storm to roll through northern Missouri on Friday and Friday night

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has provided new information Friday morning on the upcoming storm that will track through northern Missouri Friday and Friday night. The weather service on Thursday had originally issued a Winter Weather Advisory for counties along the Iowa/Missouri border; however, on Friday morning the Winter Weather Advisory has shifted […]

Phone Scam

Missouri Attorney General joins others in working to stop international scam calls

The Missouri Attorney General urged the Federal Communications Commission to put in place measures that will help stem the tide of foreign-based illegal robocalls that attempt to scam Americans. “Combating annoying, and sometimes dangerous, robocalls is an important mission of the Attorney General’s Office. Using the latest technology and working with telecom partners to control […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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MoDOT planned road work in North Missouri for the week of December 20, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of December 20 – 26, 2021. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the […]

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USDA invests more than $288 million to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri State Director Kyle Wilkens announced that USDA is investing $288,302,000 to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in Missouri. “Infrastructure is more than just laying pipes in the ground and wires on poles,” said Wilkens. “By investing in modern infrastructure, Rural Development is investing in the lives of […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to steal 1,400 cell phones in dozens of burglaries

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a $1 million conspiracy to steal more than 1,400 cell phones in dozens of commercial burglaries across several states, as well as for obstruction of justice. Bryan C. Kirkendoll II, also known as “B Boy” and “Blockboy,” 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced […]

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Trenton man facing domestic assault charge

Charges have been filed against a Trenton man following his recent arrest by the Trenton Police Department. Fifty-six-year-old Randall Dean Matter has been charged with second-degree domestic assault.  He is listed as a persistent assault offender. Bond was set at $50,000 cash with Matter to have no contact with the victim, be supervised by North […]

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Grundy Electric Cooperative Community Foundation grant application deadline is January 1, 2022

The GEC Community Foundation, Inc. is currently accepting grant applications. The application deadline is January 1, 2022. Qualified applicants may apply for a grant by completing a grant application with supporting information. The grant application is available by visiting the Grundy Electric website or calling the Cooperative at 1-800-279-2249, extension 23. Applications will be reviewed […]

Guilty Plea

Iowa man pleads guilty to selling misbranded vitamin B12 injectables

An Iowa man pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to the sale of misbranded vitamin B12 injectable drugs, the Department of Justice announced. Brady Tomlinson, 46, of Des Moines, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to one count of introducing a misbranded drug into interstate commerce with […]

Judge Jennifer Growcock

Governor Parson appoints Judge Jennifer Growcock to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District

Governor Parson has appointed Judge Jennifer Growcock to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Judge Growcock will succeed Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer, who retired in October. Judge Growcock earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in political science and psychology from the University of Iowa. She received a Juris Doctor from the […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of December 6, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of December 6 – December 12 All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the […]

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Iowa man facing a multitude of charges after arrest following traffic stop in Daviess County

A traffic stop in Daviess County on Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man from Sioux City, Iowa. Thirty-four-year-old Ter Reath was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. Reath is accused of resisting arrest, failure to field to an emergency vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving […]