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If arrested, 17-year-olds in Missouri now will be treated as juveniles, not adults

In Missouri’s courts, 17-year-olds will now be automatically treated as juveniles rather than adults if they’re taken into custody. It’s the tenth state in the country to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Opponents of “raise the age” laws predicted it would increase juvenile caseloads and overwhelm capacity in youth detention centers. Still, the number […]

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Fireworks, Food and Family: Cookout costs remain steady for Fourth of July

Much like Christmas and birthday wish lists, kids compile their own “wish list” of fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration. The youngest took inventory of firecrackers leftover from last year (aka, a stash he had hidden) and determined we need roman candles, bottle rockets, parachutes, and artillery shells. This year’s explosions and bright lights […]

Celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day, fireworks and flags

Fourth of July celebration in Green City includes parade, and showcase of vehicles

A Fourth of July event will be held in Green City celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial. Activities that morning will include a Lady Lions Breakfast, Ministerial Alliance Community Church Service, and a kiddie parade. Janice Booth will be the Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July Parade at 11:30. The John T. McCarty Memorial Car, Motorcycle, Truck, […]

Agents of Discovery

Explore Missouri’s outdoors through Agents of Discovery mobile app

 Looking for a new way to explore and learn about Missouri’s outdoors? The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages kids and adults to check out the free mobile gaming app, Agents of Discovery. MDC is partnering with the gaming app to help the public explore natural areas around the state. Discover nature through completing “missions”, all […]

Gavel and Law book

Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

Titus Kottwitz Trenton

Audio: Trenton student to compete in national spelling bee on Saturday

The word “volition” comes from Latin and French roots meaning “wish” or “will.” Titus Kottwitz, a seventh-grader at Trenton Middle School in northwest Missouri, got his wish when he spelled the word “volition” correctly to earn a spot in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.     “I’m excited that I got this far because […]

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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 […]

Steam and Gas Association’s Old-Time Harvest Days tractor

Audio: Livingston County Steam and Gas Association to sponsor “Old-Time Harvest Days” in September

The Livingston County Steam and Gas Association will sponsor Old-Time Harvest Days from September 24th through 26th. Steam and Gas Association Member Marie Hinnen says a different tractor is featured each year at the event at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. This year’s featured tractor will be the Massey Ferguson.     Anyone with any type […]

Stop (Child) (Sexual) abuse

Legislation introduced that would improve reporting of child abuse deaths, prevent future fatalities

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation to require states to report data on all child abuse-related deaths and develop recommendations to prevent child abuse deaths from occurring in the first place. The senators’ bill would provide policymakers and public health officials with a clearer picture of the number of […]