Gavel and Law book

Missouri Attorney General files brief in support of Rae’s Café arguing that it is a private club

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed an amicus brief in support of Rae’s Café in their lawsuit against Jackson County. The brief, which was filed earlier in the case Jackson County v. Rae’s Café, argues that Rae’s Café, now Rae’s Private Club, is in compliance with the mask mandate and that Jackson County has violated […]

Court News

Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Thursday, September 9, 2021

Among cases Thursday, September 9, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court, Trenton resident Kenneth Leon Talley was sentenced to three years with the Missouri Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge. Talley was accused of felony possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid as of March 25. The Grundy […]

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Missouri Attorney General sends letter to KC Mayor and Jackson County executive providing “legal direction” on mask mandates

While litigation over the mask mandates continues, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Jackson County Executive Frank White noting the exceptions to the City and County’s mask mandates and providing “legal direction” to the public on these important exceptions, specifically for those with disabilities or those […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

COVID cases among children rising as Missouri Delta variant wave enters fifth month

(Missouri Independent) – Clay LaRue, superintendent of the Van Buren R-1 School District, made a tough decision Sunday. With COVID-19 cases spiking in Carter County in southeast Missouri, and many of those infections among very young children, LaRue shut down the district’s pre-kindergarten program for two weeks. He had previously directed faculty, staff, and students […]

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Missouri fielding “high volume” of calls for rental assistance as evictions resume

(Missouri Independent) – Calls from tenants seeking emergency rental assistance are escalating in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that blocked a national eviction moratorium. The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) has 60 application processors working to distribute hundreds of millions in federal aid and has been fielding about 500 calls and responding to […]

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Audio: Jackson County prosecutor files motion to free Kevin Strickland from prison

The Jackson County prosecutor in western Missouri, Jean Peters Baker, has filed a motion to free Kevin Strickland from a Missouri prison.     Prosecutors Jean Peters Baker says The Missouri General Assembly and Governor Parson deserve credit for creating a new legal avenue for a local prosecutor to seek relief. The passing of Senate […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Schools to continue mask rules despite legal challenge from Missouri Attorney General

(Missouri Independent) – The schools in Gov. Mike Parson’s hometown will continue to require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks indoors despite a lawsuit filed by the Missouri attorney general challenging public school mask mandates across the state. The Bolivar R-1 Board of Education in Polk County voted in a special meeting this month to […]

Missouri Coronavirus

State of Missouri expands access to COVID-19 treatment for high-risk individuals

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a state contract with SLSCO of Galveston, Texas, to provide monoclonal antibody (mAb) infusion treatment for 30 days at sites in the following counties: Jackson, Pettis, Scott, Butler, and Jefferson. This contract follows Governor Mike Parson’s August 11 announcement that $15 million would be committed to staffing, equipment, and […]

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Missouri Attorney General files class action lawsuit against school districts forcing masks on kids

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed a class-action lawsuit against school districts forcing a mask mandate on schoolchildren and teachers. The lawsuit, which is a reverse class action that was filed earlier this morning, names Columbia Public Schools, the Board of Education for the School District of Columbia and their board members, and the […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Jackson County over mask mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that he has filed suit against Jackson County for enforcing an unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious mask mandate. The suit names Jackson County Executive Frank White, the Jackson County Health Department, and other defendants. “Jackson County’s mask mandate is yet another attempt by government officials to obtain, aggregate, and maintain […]

Traffic Fatalities

Driver of vehicle involved in crash west of Trenton dies in Kansas City hospital

A driver who was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 6, near Fourth Street in Trenton on Monday, August 16, has died of their injuries in a Kansas City area hospital. Police Chief Rex Ross reports 76-year-old Gary Raymond Randolph of Trenton was originally taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton; however, […]

Illegal Firearms and firearm theft

Missouri man on parole for murder, robbery and assault, found guilty of possessing illegal firearm

A  Missouri man was convicted at trial by a federal jury of illegally possessing a firearm. James Johnson, 75, a resident of Jackson County, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Johnson was in possession of a Ruger .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun on Nov. 28, 2019. Law enforcement officers confronted Johnson […]