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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Nine MS-13 gang members indicted in racketeering and violent crime conspiracy

A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee, has returned a 60-count indictment charging nine members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) with a racketeering conspiracy spanning more than seven years. Those charged in the second superseding indictment are Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 31, aka “El Serio;” Jason Sandoval, 35, aka “Bin Laden;” Jorge Flores, 29, aka “Peluche;” Kevin […]

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Leadership Northwest Missouri receives two charitable gifts

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently received two charitable gifts. One gift is from The Harry and Helena Messick Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee, in the amount of $4,500. The second gift is from The Harold P. Dugdale Charitable Trust, US Bank, N.A. Trustee, in the amount of $2,000. These funds will assist with sustaining the […]

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Department of Transportation roller vehicle overturns during loading; driver life flighted to hospital

The Highway Patrol reports a Norborne man sustained serious injuries when the Missouri Department of Transportation roller vehicle he was loading overturned off the trailer.  An air ambulance transported 26-year-old Chilton Elliott to the Truman Medical Center. The vehicle was being loaded onto a trailer when it overturned, striking the ditch. The incident occurred on […]

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Patrol reports arrest of five in Adair County on drug and weapon charges

The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday reported the arrests of five Kirksville adults on multiple counts involving drugs and other violations in Adair County. Forty-one-year-old James D. Wilhite Junior of Kirksville has been charged with eight felonies. There’s one count of felony drug trafficking; four counts of possession of a controlled substance; two counts […]

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USDA invests $14 million in rural economic development projects in 10 states

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $14 million in rural economic development projects in 10 states. “When we invest in infrastructure, we’re investing in the people of rural America to help create thriving communities where they can grow and prosper. These loans […]

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Sullivan County reports 4 new cases of COVID-19, Linn County reports 5, Livingston County 1 new case

The Sullivan County Health Department on July 27 confirmed four additional COVID-19 cases, making the total 953. There were 41 active cases and 17 deaths. Thirty and a half percent of Sullivan County residents had completed vaccination as of July 26. Five COVID-19 cases were added in Linn County since July 23. The health department reported […]

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North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approve bids and personnel matters

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approved bids and purchases as well as personnel matters July 27th. Athletic insurance was purchased through Dissinger Reed of Overland Park, Kansas for the 2021-2022 sports year at a cost of $31,467. That was for $26,980 for secondary accident insurance and $4,487 for catastrophic accident insurance with […]

Missouri notifying individuals of possible waiver of recovery from federal unemployment overpayments

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has implemented a process for claimants to apply to the Division of Employment Security for potential waiver of the recovery of non-fraud federal pandemic program unemployment benefit overpayments.  Notices to eligible claimants began mailing out last week and are available in the “Correspondence” tab of UInteract, Missouri’s […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issues COVID-19 guidance

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued updated COVID-19 guidance last week. Missouri School Boards Association Deputy Executive Director Brent Ghan, early in the afternoon of July 27, said the association supported the guidance and urged school districts to look at it. He called vaccination a public health prevention strategy to help end […]

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Additional funding can still be secured for Mid-America Music Festival charities

The Mid-America Music Festival’s fiscal year does not end until September 30. That means additional funding can be secured for the festival’s charities, including Camp Rainbow, the Green Hills Animal Shelter, and the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center. Festival fans and supporters can further help the charities through its CFM Insurance Royals Suite raffle. […]

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Trenton City Council defeats proposed electric rate increase; rejects designation of downtown historic district

The Trenton City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to reject the designation of the downtown historic district as currently written, which would have created a new section in the city code. On a split vote, the city council defeated a proposed increase in the electric system base rate. Narrow approval was given on another […]

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Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate, and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he […]