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Fight over mask orders growing at rate to rival Missouri Delta variant cases

(Missouri Independent) – Politicians are fighting over masks. Public health officials are begging people to get vaccinated. And meanwhile, the Delta variant continues to spread almost unchecked in the state. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones defended their mask mandates during separate appearances Wednesday. Page held a press conference […]

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Results from swine, poultry and rabbit show at the Mercer County Fair

In results from the Mercer County Fair in Princeton The fair queen is Hannah Meighen, the princess is Coley Power, and the prince is Brodie Ellsworth. Swine show results include Cash Walker of Hamilton showing the grand champion boar. Grason Park of Hamilton exhibited the reserve champion boar. Bailey Miller of Hamilton had the grand […]

New Hampton Receives GRM Grant

GRM Networks awards $3,750 in community improvement grants

GRM Networks awarded a total of $3,750 as part of the company’s Community Improvement Grant program. Organizations receiving funding in the 2021 semiannual distribution included the Missouri organizations of the City of New Hampton, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Bethany Kiwanis Club, and the Leon Little League from Iowa. Through the grant program, GRM […]

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Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from […]

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler makes it official, joining 2022 Missouri GOP Senate primary

(Missouri Independent) – Vicky Hartzler made her entry into the 2022 U.S. Senate race official Thursday, kicking off her campaign at a firearms store surrounded by supporters.  One day before Republicans gather in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days meetings, Hartzler said her experience in Congress will make her the best candidate over the […]

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COVID-19 surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations decline

(Missouri Independent) – In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly reports on new cases. With only three active cases on April 21, the urgency for frequent updates seemed to have passed. But the coronavirus came roaring back this […]

Attorney Todd Graves, left, and state Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-P

Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy to graduate 31 new troopers

Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Eric Olson announces that 31 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. The ceremony will be by invitation only due to COVID-19 guidelines and can be watched live on the patrol’s Facebook page on the morning of January 20th at 10 o’clock. Members of the 110th Recruit Class with […]

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Former Missouri city clerk sentenced to 10 years for money-laundering

A former city clerk has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to methamphetamine trafficking. Kristy A. Conn, 46, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.  “This defendant was placed in a position […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 25 years for meth trafficking, illegal firearms

 A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking and illegally possessing numerous firearms. Timothy Brian Schutten, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 8, 2019, Schutten pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to […]

12 Missouri residents indicted for roles in conspiracy to distribute fentanyl

A dozen Springfield, Missouri-area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Greene County. James D. Collins, also known as “Red,” 46, of Battlefield, Missouri; Darryl Turner, also known as “D,” 56, Bobby G. Rost also known as “Pop,” 62, Elmer E. Freeman Jr., […]

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Missouri man who shot police officer, then himself, pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A St. Louis, Missouri, man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Missouri. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]