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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 4 arrests on Friday, April 15th

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of multiple individuals in area counties on April 15th. Twenty-one-year-old Anguelica Franco of Kansas City and 26-year-old Matthew Menchaca of Hammond, Indiana were arrested in Linn County in the morning. Each was accused of possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding. Both […]

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Missouri woman sentenced 8 years in prison for meth trafficking

A Missouri woman was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking after she received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Cassiopeia Marie Blaise, 37, Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to eight years in federal prison without parole. Blaise pleaded guilty on Aug. 31, 2021, to […]

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Missouri House bill would cut down on poisonous lead in school drinking water

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri children would be better protected from lead poisoning under a state legislative bill to require schools to nearly rid their drinking water of the dangerous toxin. The bill, heard Monday by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, would require schools to test drinking water, remove old coolers and filter water where […]

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North Central Missouri College “Pirate’s Ball” honors three on Saturday evening

The North Central Missouri College Foundation March 26th recognized three individuals who attended Trenton Junior College or North Central Missouri College. Distinguished alumni John Hunolt, Janet Lake, and Nick Sottler were honored at the Pirates Ball. NCMC Athletic Director Nate Gamet introduced each honoree. John Hunolt graduated from TJC in 1971. He worked in Ottumwa, […]

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NCMC’s Edward Neill selected for Missouri Community College Association’s Student Leadership Award

Edward Neill, a criminal justice student at North Central Missouri College from Princeton, has been selected as NCMC’s representation for the Missouri Community College Association 2022 Student Leadership Award. Edward is pursuing two degrees, including an AA and an AAS in Criminal Justice.  He is involved in the Criminal Justice Club, Tutoring Center, and Student […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to eminent domain legislation for utility purposes

The Missouri House of Representatives has given initial approval to eminent domain legislation for utility purposes. Lawmakers have been working for years to pass a plan like this due to a high-voltage power transmission line project planned across eight northern Missouri counties. Under the bill, in eminent domain proceedings, just compensation for agriculture or horticulture […]

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Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine. “Throughout our history, we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of five individuals on Monday and Tuesday

The Highway Patrol in Adair County reports the arrest of two individuals from Kirksville on warrants issued by other counties. Thirty-eight-year-old Yvonne Hampton was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant for alleged theft of a motor vehicle in Jackson County. She also was arrested on a warrant at Kirksville for alleged driving while revoked. Hampton […]

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American Farm Bureau Federation claims it’s the ‘voice of agriculture,’ Others beg to differ

(Missouri Independent) – This story was originally published as a collaboration between Investigate Midwest and Watchdog Writers Group. The American Farm Bureau Federation calls itself the “voice of agriculture,” a slogan it trademarked in 2007. But as the divide between agribusiness and small farmers has grown in recent decades, a unified voice of agriculture has become harder to […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for meth trafficking

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking after he received a large package of methamphetamine shipped from California to distribute locally. Bryan Patton Tullous, 39, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 10 years and 11 months in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 2, 2021, […]

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USDA introduces first Market News Mobile Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new USDA Market News Mobile Application, providing producers and everyone else in the supply chain with instant access to current and historical market information. The initial version of the free app includes nearly 800 livestock, poultry, and grain market reports, with additional commodities added throughout the coming year. […]

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Out of state driver causes problems in traffic and for authorities

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox has released information on an incident that occurred last week in which a Texas driver was argumentative, uncooperative, and belligerent during a traffic stop. The sheriff’s office responded to a report of a “dually” (dual) pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer with heavy equipment on Highway 36 near Wheeling traveling […]

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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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USDA invests more than $288 million to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri State Director Kyle Wilkens announced that USDA is investing $288,302,000 to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in Missouri. “Infrastructure is more than just laying pipes in the ground and wires on poles,” said Wilkens. “By investing in modern infrastructure, Rural Development is investing in the lives of […]