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Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus and federal aid

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections, […]

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Graves, Huffman introduce “Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act”

Congressman Sam Graves and Congressman Jared Huffman introduced the bipartisan Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act to rescue rural hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy and help put these critical care providers back on solid ground. “This isn’t a new problem. Our rural hospitals have been struggling to keep their doors open to patients for years,” said […]

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Four area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19; Daviess County to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Harrison County COVID-19 dashboard shows an increase of 20 cases since January 10th. There were 1,764 total cases as of January 11th, and 36 were active. There had been 1,352 confirmed cases and 410 probable cases. The Livingston County Health Center on January 12th reported 18 COVID-19 cases had been added since January 11th. […]

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Albany man crashes on Route A south of Evona; patrol accuses him of DWI

An Albany man was injured early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in rural Gentry county. Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler Parkhurst was southbound when his car went off the west side of Route A and struck a tree. Parkhurst received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Mosiac Hospital in Albany. The car was demolished […]

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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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City of Chillicothe re-opens search for City Administrator

The City of Chillicothe has reopened its city administrator search. Information provided by City Clerk Roze Frampton says the city administrator will oversee operations of six departments, including police, fire, and emergency medical services, airport, streets, parks and recreation, and codes and zoning. The ideal candidate must be able to establish and maintain harmonious relationships […]

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Missouri Corn scholarship applications now available

The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council are continuing the longstanding tradition of awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships in 2022. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or a related area of agriculture. “We believe this […]

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CDC awards Missouri public water systems for fluoridation quality

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that 26 community water systems have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports four arrests during the second weekend in December

A Kansas City man was arrested on Sunday in Harrison County. Fifty-four-year-old Bruce Brown was taken into custody on a felony, probation and parole warrant, issued by a court in Independence. Brown was taken to the Harrison County Jail in Bethany. No bond was set. Putnam County authorities arrested two men at separate times on […]

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New fitness facility opens in Gallatin offering equipment that accommodates those with disabilities

A new fitness facility has opened in Gallatin offering accessible fitness equipment for people with disabilities. A-II Fitness is located at 101 Industrial Parkway Building B, is open 24 hours a day, and is a nonprofit. The facility reports it is committed to helping people with disabilities live independently. Its mission is to provide an […]

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Audio: Grand River Valley Choir and Orchestra to feature winter concert on December 11

The Grand River Valley Choir and Orchestra will have a winter concert on December 11, 2021, with “Joy to the World” to be performed in the Trenton High School Performing Arts Center at 3 pm.  Doors will open at 2:30. Choir Conductor Linda Arnold:     Orchestra Director Buddy Hannaford acknowledges that most of the […]

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USDA to make up to $800 million available to provide economic relief to biofuel producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. The announcement includes $700 million to provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The Department will make the funds available through the new Biofuel Producer […]

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Missouri AG issues letters to health authorities and school districts following recent Cole County ruling relating to health orders

Following the Cole County Circuit Court’s decision in Robinson v. Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt this morning sent a letter to local public health agencies and school districts informing them of the decision and requiring them to stop enforcing any mask mandates, quarantine orders, or any other public […]

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St. Joseph man injured in crash south of Bethany; patrol accuses him of DWI

A St. Joseph resident was injured late Monday night in a single-vehicle accident four miles south of Bethany. Twenty-nine-year-old Tyler Travis was northbound when his sports utility vehicle went off the east side of Highway 13. Travis over-corrected as the SUV went back across the road and off the opposite side coming to a stop […]

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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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Governor Parson recommends wage increase for all state employees

Governor Mike Parson announced that he will recommend a 5.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment and $15.00 per hour minimum base pay standard for all state employees across state government. “With many positions across state government facing turnover rates anywhere from 10-100 percent and vacancy rates from 30-100 percent, it is past time for us […]