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Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for illegal firearms and marijuana grow operation

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for growing marijuana and illegally possessing dozens of firearms. Darrin Dale Smithee, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 31, 2021, Smithee pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing marijuana and one […]

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Gallatin Board of Education accepts resignations

The Gallatin R-5 Board of Education accepted two resignations after a closed session on January 19th. The resignations were from Superintendent Secretary Lesli Lin and Special Education Teacher Vickie France. They will be effective at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. During the regular meeting, the board approved entering into a one-year contract to […]

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Audio: TSA seizes record number of guns in Missouri airports

Missouri has set another record, his time its firearms seized at airports.     Transportation Security Administration officers at Missouri airports say they’ve found 183 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage last year. St. Louis Lambert International Airport broke the statewide record with officers finding 102 guns found, that’s more than all Missouri airports combined in […]

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Audio: Missouri set to get $96.6 million this year in federal funding for bridge repairs

Missouri is scheduled to receive 96-point-six-million dollars this year to help repair bridges across the state. Missourinet’s Brent Palm has more on the federal funding.     Congressman Emanuel Cleaver says this is the first installment of 484-million dollars that Missouri will get over five years from the new infrastructure law to modernize bridges. The […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Pleasant View Board of Education accept bids, amend “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction” plan for COVID-19

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education approved a proposal on January 10th to increase the number of leave days a staff member may donate to another staff member. It has been six days in previous years. A bid from Custom Glass, LLC was approved for $4,000 to install new doors on the new addition. […]

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Princeton Board of Education approves extended COVID-19 leave; evaluating possibility of participation in Grand River Conference

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education approved a resolution to extend COVID-19 leave through June 2022 during a closed session on January 10th. The resolution supports the extension of paid leave for all employees instructed not to report to work and who did not exhaust the former Emergency Paid Sick Leave. The Families First Coronavirus […]

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Chillicothe City Council addresses health insurance matters at Monday meeting

The Chillicothe City Council took action on health insurance matters on January 10th. The annual health insurance opt-out policy was adopted. City Clerk Roze Frampton reports if an employee opts out of receiving coverage through the city’s health insurance, the city will pay the employee $127.71 per month. The council also passed a motion involving […]

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Due to increased demand, COVID-19 testing sites added in St. Louis and Kansas City area

Due to the increase in demand for COVID-19 testing, the Department of Health and Senior Services and partners are continuing to bring additional free community testing sites to St. Louis and Kansas City.  At this time, these are scheduled as drive-through testing events. Some sites require pre-registration and scheduling; others allow walk-ins. The schedule of […]

Missouri cattle producers say more competition needed to stay profitable

Meat prices have been on the rise, but family-farm advocates say higher profits haven’t been making their way to smaller cattle producers. Four companies control 85% of the beef supply, noted Darvin Bentlage, a cattle rancher and farmer in southwest Missouri. He said the executive order on promoting competition that President Joe Biden signed last summer is a […]

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Chillicothe Elks Lodge accepting donations for tornado victims

A U-Haul will be parked in front of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge at 401 Harvester Road on December 14th to collect donations to take to Kentucky for tornado victims. Items being collected include hygiene items, clean and wearable clothes, and children’s toys. The U-Haul is expected to leave on December 15th. The Chillicothe Elks will […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to smoldering brush pile

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a brush pile on fire the night of December 10th. A news release reports the fire department had been dispatched for the same brush fire across the street from 889 Shagbark Drive earlier December 10th, but that call was canceled en route. The reporting caller the night of December […]

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Trenton police arrest intoxicated man who refused to leave Dollar General in Eastgate Shopping Center

Trenton Police arrested 68-year-old Roger Dale Hudson following an incident on Wednesday, December 1. Hudson is charged with a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. Bond is $250 and he’s scheduled for the city of Trenton municipal court Tuesday. Police information Hudson allegedly had refused to leave the Eastgate Dollar General Store. Court information noted his intoxicated […]

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Controversial bill would have aided Orscheln Products LLC, under scrutiny for contamination

(Missouri Independent) – Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical that health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by […]

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Thanksgiving begins a period of higher fire risk as friends and relatives gather to celebrate the holidays

More Missourians are expected to travel and gather together this year for larger Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations after a quieter holiday season in 2020 because of COVID-19. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is advising folks to reduce the risk of fires as we enter the five-week period of elevated fire hazards. “Thanksgiving begins a five-week […]