Twenty defendants charged with distributing heroin/fentanyl in Missouri

Twenty defendants have been charged in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield, Missouri, area. Many of the defendants were arrested in a coordinated law enforcement sweep that began Thursday, November 14 and continued into the weekend, after five criminal complaints were filed under seal on […]

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Rex Ricketts receives 2019 Ag Educators Lifetime Achievement Award

The organizers of the Missouri Livestock Symposium announced that longtime dairy educator and agriculture industry leader Rex Ricketts, of Hallsville, will receive the 2019 Agriculture Educators Lifetime Achievement Award. Ricketts, University of Missouri professor emeritus of animal sciences, will receive the award at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the 20th annual symposium at William […]

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Branson Christmas Coalition publishes list of largest Christmas tree displays

The Branson Christmas Coalition, now in its fourth season of growing and enhancing the Ozark Mountain Christmas season, has published its listing of this year’s biggest Christmas tree displays. Dubbed “Landmark” Christmas trees, to qualify for the list a tree must be over 20’ tall, within a collection of 10 or more trees, or completely […]

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Audio: Former CEO at Putnam County Memorial Hospital Pleads Guilty to $114 million billing scheme

A former executive of a northern Missouri hospital pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to a $114 million pass-through billing scheme. The Justice Department in Washington says former Putnam County Memorial Hospital chief executive officer David Lane Byrns pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Byrns pleaded […]

Unemployment Rate

Audio: Missouri’s unemployment remains around 3 percent, down from last month

Missouri’s employment rate dropped another tenth of a percent between September 2018 and September 2019, adding more than 32,000 jobs in that time. Jacqueline Michael-Midkiff, regional economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the state is doing better than the nation in some areas.     The state’s numbers have hovered around three […]

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The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri awards grant to Livingston County for disaster recovery relief

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri recently established a fund to provide disaster relief particularly for flood victims in Northwest Missouri. This fund was established through the generous donation from an out of state donor and grew with other community donors. This out of state donor was looking for a Community Foundation in Northwest to […]

Medical Marijuana

Fourteen businesses in the Green Hills submit 22 applications for medical marijuana licenses

Fourteen businesses in the Green Hills area submitted 22 applications for medical marijuana facility licenses with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as of September 30th. Information on the department’s website indicates that in the Green Hills counties, Grundy had one business from Trenton apply for two cultivator licenses and one manufacturer license, […]

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NCMC Trio Program receives grant to celebrate first-generation students

The North Central Missouri College Trio program, Student Support Services was recently awarded a grant to help celebrate and support students that are first-generation college attendees. Tocarra Williams, Student Support Services Program Coordinator was the writer of the grant and has already many plans to recognize first-generation students. As a Trio program, students can qualify […]

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GRM Networks joins National Network of Smart Rural Community Providers

GRM Networks, headquartered in Princeton, reports it has joined the National Network of Smart Rural Community Providers. These are described as a network of broadband connections under the auspices of the National Rural Broadband Association which represents nearly 850 independent, community-based, telecommunications companies across the country. The Smart Rural Communities program promotes collaborative work among rural […]

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Missouri reaches milestone of more than 10,000 new Registered Apprenticeships

Missouri has officially reached 10,000 new Registered Apprenticeships, ranking the state second in the nation for new apprenticeships. Missouri also ranks second in the nation for the number of completed apprenticeships – 3,614 for Federal Fiscal Year 2019, ending Sept. 30, 2019. “We are proud to lead the nation in working with employers to create […]

Healthcare

Missouri improves in America’s Health Rankings for women, infants and children

Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Missouri’s rank advanced to 37th overall in America’s Health Rankings – Health of Women and Children Report 2019, up from 41st in 2018. Within women’s health specifically, Missouri jumped eight spots on the ranking list. The report uses over 60 metrics to compare and rank the health […]