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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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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

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EPA renews Enlist product registrations with new control measures, providing growers with certainty for the 2022 growing season

The EPA is issuing seven-year registrations for two herbicide products, Enlist Duo and Enlist One, to ensure growers have access to effective pesticide tools for the 2022 growing season. The new product labels, which incorporate robust control measures to protect non-target plants and animals, meet Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act standards and comply with […]

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Missouri Attorney General sues Springfield schools in quest to find critical race theory documents

(Missouri Independent) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that Springfield Public Schools wants to avoid scrutiny of its curriculum and training materials — and is violating the Missouri Sunshine law to do it. The district improperly demanded a deposit of more than $37,000 to search its records for instances where it incorporated elements […]

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Artificial Insemination School for cattle to be held at Thompson Research Center in Spickard

Two cattle artificial insemination schools will be held at the MU Thompson Research Center in Spickard. The schools will be held November 15-18 and December 7-9. They will last from 5:30-8:30 pm each night. Topics covered include estrus synchronization, breeding protocols, tank maintenance, and hands-on insemination training. The cost is $400 per person and includes […]

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USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care, and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Today’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizing economic growth in rural America and investing in the backbone of our country […]

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Missouri Department of Transportation sets statewide winter weather drill for October 21

Snowy weather is just around the corner. In preparation, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. With high turnover rates and many positions still open, the training is more critical than ever. “With nearly 20% of our plow operators with less than one year of […]

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Audio: “Operation Christmas Child” provides shoebox gifts to children; You can help locally through area churches

International relief organization Samaritan’s Purse provides partners around the world with shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child. The boxes can be filled with items and are given to children in need in countries around the world. National Collection Week is November 15th through 22nd. There are multiple area drop-off locations with varied hours. They include […]

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USDA invests more than $1 million to support rural Missouri businesses

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced 19 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,006,698 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “USDA Rural Development has worked tirelessly to support rural Missouri businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Thomas. “The Rural Business Development Grants […]

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Mandatory 10-digit dialing in 660, 816 and 516 area codes to begin on October 24

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. The use of this new three-digit number will begin on July 16, 2022. The FCC is implementing this new three-digit number in an effort to simplify the hotline’s […]

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Livingston County Preservation Society compiling new book on Livingston County

The Livingston County Preservation Society is in the process of collecting unique and interesting pictures of Livingston County for a new pictorial history book through the Arcadia Publishing Company.  The society has completed the application phase with the company. Livingston County Preservation Society will need to scan original pictures (postcards, photographs, slides, and such) to […]

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Audio: Volunteers for Serve Trenton projects to meet at C.F. Russel Stadium on Saturday

Volunteers will serve the community this weekend by working on projects for residents in need in Trenton and the surrounding area. Serve Trenton will begin with volunteers meeting at the C. F. Russell Stadium in Trenton on October 2 and 3, 2021, at 8 am. Spokesperson Reuben Wagler says there will be worship time and […]

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After much discussion, with 20 residents in attendance, Trenton City Council leaves in place the breed-specific dog ordinance

After much discussion, for more than 30 minutes, the Trenton City Council Monday night met with citizens, many of whom were seeking a repeal of the breed-specific dog ordinance. Six members of the council were physically present at Trenton City Hall and another took part via Zoom. Twenty individuals were in the audience at city […]

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Chillicothe City Council amends city code, authorizes agreement for architectural services and amends storage container ordinance

The Chillicothe City Council on September 23rd passed ordinances to amend the city code, authorize an agreement for architectural survey services, and amend the storage container ordinance. A section of city code amended was “Eating Places, Drinking on Premises, Retail Packaged Sales, License Required” regarding alcohol and setting an effective date. The section now says […]

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Chillicothe City Council to consider ordinances at next meeting

The Chillicothe City Council will consider two ordinances next week that would approve the purchase of a dump truck for the street department and accept a maintenance agreement for storm sirens. The council will meet in the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities meeting room September 13th at 5:30 in the evening. The agenda also includes the presentation […]

Audio: New partnership launches to regularly test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19

A new partnership has been launched to test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19 on a regular basis.     The Missouri Departments of Health and K-12 Education have partnered with a company called Ginkgo Bioworks to provide pooled testing through the new school year. The company will provide all the training and testing materials, […]

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As Missouri students head back to class, state launches new COVID testing program

(Missouri Independent) – Monday marks the first day of school for thousands of students across Missouri and it’s also when schools can begin enrolling in a new federally-funded testing program aimed at helping facilitate a safe return to the classroom. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday evening that Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., a […]