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USDA expands aquaculture disaster assistance to include fish raised for food

In response to catastrophic aquaculture losses due to major winter storms that hit states along the U.S. Gulf Coast in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced a policy change that makes food fish, and other aquatic species eligible for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised […]

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Groups say slate of school bills would undermine public education

Advocates for public schools are urging the Missouri Legislature to bolster funding for public education rather than shift resources towards charter schools and school voucher programs. A bill pending in the House would provide tax credits for paying for private school tuition.  Another would change school funding formulas to give more resources to charter schools, specifically […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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Another 4-H member joins the NCMC livestock judging team

Jenna Hasekamp, a member of the Audrain County F&L Hustlers 4-H Club, is helping to pioneer Missouri community College teams’ participation at livestock judging contests. This fall, Hasekamp will join North Central Missouri College’s livestock judging team, which started last fall and is currently the only Missouri community college team competing in livestock judging. “Jenna […]

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Rhonda Vincent to hold only one “Meet and Greet” on Saturday; current ticketholders to be contacted

The Chillicothe Arts Council reports the First Baptist Church has agreed to allow 30 more seats for the “Meet and Greet Listening Party” with entertainer and musician Rhonda Vincent Saturday afternoon, April 17. Mary Lou VandeVenter says the church’s fellowship hall is now accepting a total of 110 people for the 1 o’clock session. It […]

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Candidates for Trenton R-9 Board of Education answer questions on recruiting and retention of teachers, and what is expected of board members

One question posed to the five Trenton R-9 Board of Education candidates at March 18th’s forum was what their plans were to address recruiting, and retention in the district and not let Trenton be a stepping stone. Michael Voorhies said teachers coming and going each year was a major issue, and any business does not […]

Immigration

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

(Missouri Independent) – Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children face a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]

Audio: Chillicothe Area Arts Council to host “Meet and Greet Listening Party” with Rhonda Vincent

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will host at least one “Meet and Greet Listening Party” with Rhonda Vincent. Attendees in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe on April 17th at 1 o’clock in the afternoon will be some of the first to hear a soon-to-be-released bluegrass CD from Rhonda Vincent and […]

Chillicothe Area Arts Council to host Rhonda Vincent in a “Meet & Greet Listening Party”

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is set to host a “Meet & Greet Listening Party” with Rhonda Vincent on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  The event will be held at The First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1601 Bryan Street, in Chillicothe. Tickets are $25.00, and all tickets must be purchased in advance.  Those attending will have […]

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Missouri moves to allow recently retired healthcare providers to administer COVID-19 vaccine

Retired healthcare providers are now added to the list of those authorized to administer the two currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. Department of Health and Senior Services Director, Dr. Randall Williams, issued amended standing orders detailing who in Missouri is authorized to administer the vaccines following a move by federal partners to increase the available workforce.  The […]

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Audio: Former Missouri GOP Party director says disturbing messages from Trump supporters led to her resignation

Former Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean Evans says she resigned a few weeks early. Her term expired this month. Evans tells Missourinet she made the decision after getting troubling messages from Trump supporters trying to keep him in the White House. “The calls were becoming increasingly angry and demanding and threatening – never to […]

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Motorists travelling north into southern Iowa will encounter a Winter Storm Warning that includes heavy snow

The National Weather Service office at Pleasant Hill says it’s conservative when it issued a Winter Weather Advisory for north central and northeast Missouri for Tuesday from 12 noon until 6 am Wednesday. A NWS map shows the advisory area from St. Joseph, east to Trenton and Kirksville, and other locations to the north. The […]

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‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

(Missouri Independent) – Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis […]

Sex Trafficking

Missouri Attorney General launches new initiative to combat human trafficking in illicit massage businesses

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced earlier today a new, first of its kind initiative to combat instances of human trafficking by targeting illicit massage businesses across the state. The Hope Initiative targets illicit massage businesses that may be engaging in human trafficking and advertising on illicit websites while posing as a legitimate business. The initiative’s […]

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway

Galloway bashes Parson on Right-to-Work stance

State Auditor Nicole Galloway made a stop in southwest Missouri’s Joplin Monday afternoon. Galloway, a Democrat who is running for governor, criticized her opponent, Republican Governor Mike Parson, about his stance on making Missouri a right-to-work state. In 2018, voters overwhelmingly opposed passing such a law that would ban mandatory union fees in the workplace. […]

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National Education Association wants database of COVID-19 exposures in schools

The Missouri National Education Association says the state should make a centralized system for the public to see information about COVID-19 exposures in K-12 and higher education schools. It has sent a letter to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education calling on the agency to create one that would “regularly publish” the information and protect […]

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Missourians asked to comment, attend virtual listening session on police training standards

Missourians can have a say about police training standards through a process of surveys, email comments, and public listening sessions. The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission and the Department of Public Safety are reviewing responses to surveys of law enforcement and the public about law enforcement training and discipline in Missouri. After […]