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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Several file for positions on area boards and governing bodies that require no election

Some governmental jurisdictions in Grundy County will forgo an election on April 5th. That is because of a law that allows them to go without an election when the number of candidates is equal to the number of positions to be filled. The candidates will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time […]

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Appeals court orders St. Louis Circuit Attorney to turn over Eric Greitens case records

(Missouri Independent) – A circuit judge will determine whether St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is entitled to claim privilege for her communications with political donors and key figures in the 2018 investigation of former Gov. Eric Greitens, the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The court affirmed a 2020 decision by St. Louis […]

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Republicans and Democrats agree on new map for 163 seats in Missouri House of Representatives

A panel of 20 Republicans and Democrats reportedly have agreed on a new map for the 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives. It’s a proposed map that makes several changes for our area legislative district. The House Independent Citizens Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which needed support from 14 members to […]

Farm in Winter

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

(Missouri Independent) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

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Man sentenced to 21 years for meth trafficking at Missouri hotel

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for possessing methamphetamine to distribute when officers found large amounts of illegal drugs in his room at a Camdenton, Mo., hotel. Anthony Martinez Harris, 49, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without […]

Heroin and Needle

Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in Missouri prison for heroin conspiracy

A Kansas man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy. Solomon B. Hawthorne, 31, of Kansas City, Kansas was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years and one month in federal prison without parole. The sentence includes a term of two years for violating his federal […]

Galt, Missouri

Galt Board of Aldermen hear engineering report for water system improvements

Benton and Associates Engineers presented a draft preliminary engineering report for Galt’s water system improvements during the Galt Board of Aldermen meeting on January 12th. The board approved the report be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for future water improvements related to low water pressure and other recommendations and improvements. Filing has closed […]

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Pattonsburg woman arrested after allegedly assaulting grandmother

A Pattonsburg woman faces charges in Daviess County after she allegedly assaulted her grandmother on January 12th. Online court information indicates 20-year-old Rhiannon Richelle Stieh has been charged with the felonies of second-degree assault involving a special victim and stealing a controlled substance or meth manufacturing material. She also has been charged with the misdemeanors […]

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Trenton High School announces Courtwarming candidates

The Trenton High School Courtwarming candidates have been announced. Candidates are seniors Teya Cooksey, Morgan King, Gracyn Rongey, Caleb Johnson, Nate Burkeybile, and Kaden Owen; juniors Mercy Schweizer and Gaven Kelsall; sophomores Madi Moore and Milo Simpson; and freshmen Arianna Ortega and Aiden Weyer. Courtwarming crown bearers will be Case Saul and Emersyn Coe. Coronation […]

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USDA announces January 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced loan interest rates for January 2022, which are effective Jan. 3. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment, and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership, and Emergency Loans FSA offers farm […]

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Remaining suspect in Kirksville murder investigation apprehended

On Thursday, December 30, 2021, Kirksville Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of West Dodson.  Police arrived and found multiple victims with apparent gunshot wounds outside and inside a nearby residence. The victims were identified as; Braxton A. A. Cottrill, 22 years old, was transported to University Hospital in […]

Traffic Fatalities

Missouri traffic fatalities surpass 1000 for the first time since 2006

For the first time since 2006, Missouri’s traffic fatalities surpassed 1,000. According to preliminary data, 1,007 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes in 2021, a 2% increase over 2020 and marking the second straight year of growing fatality totals after nearly a decade of steady decline. Within the Green Hills region, the number of […]

Deadly Shooting

Kirksville police arrest one individual involved in shooting as investigation continues

One of two men have been arrested as the investigation continues into a Kirksville shooting on December 30th that claimed two lives and injured two others. On Sunday night, January 2, 2022, at about 9:25 pm, the Kirksville Police Department, assisted by the U.S. Marshals, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, […]

Brandi Ellis Wins Young Farmer Excellence Award

Brandi Ellis wins Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award

Brandi Ellis, of Weatherby, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s 107th annual meeting on December 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have not received a majority of their income from […]

Scott Fitzpatrick

Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

(Missouri Independent) – If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to steal 1,400 cell phones in dozens of burglaries

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a $1 million conspiracy to steal more than 1,400 cell phones in dozens of commercial burglaries across several states, as well as for obstruction of justice. Bryan C. Kirkendoll II, also known as “B Boy” and “Blockboy,” 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced […]