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Hy-Vee partners with Kellogg’s and Keurig Dr Pepper to help feed hungry kids this summer

Hy-Vee, Inc., in partnership with Kellogg’s and Keurig Dr. Pepper, announced its End Summer Hunger campaign to provide food for children and families in need. During the month of July, for every qualifying purchase at a Hy-Vee grocery store, one meal will be donated to Feeding America food banks in Hy-Vee’s eight-state region. The program […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 27 years in prison for trafficking meth with children present in the home

A Monett, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for trafficking methamphetamine at a home with children present. Victor M. De Santiago, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years and four months in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 21, 2019, De Santiago pleaded guilty to one count of […]

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Missouri sex offender sentenced to 33 years in prison after impregnating 14-year-old victim

 A prior sex offender in Carthage, Missouri, who impregnated a 14-year-old victim, was sentenced in federal court for the sexual exploitation of a child. Victor Alfonso Vasquez, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 33 years and nine months in federal prison without parole. On Dec. 16, 2019, Vasquez pleaded guilty […]

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Three Mexican nationals sentenced to prison for role in meth conspiracy

Three Mexican nationals have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine. Alfredo Soto-Contreras, also known as “Antonio,” 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Omar Eliseo Barraza-Bueno, […]

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Judge faces busy docket in Division One of Grundy County court

The judge in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court handed down sentences, including probation to defendants in the Thursday session of Division One. At a hearing, Christopher Eudean Parsons of Cainsville admitted probation violations. The probation was revoked. Parsons was sentenced to five years with the Missouri department of corrections. The term runs concurrently […]

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Missouri man who shot police officer, then himself, pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A St. Louis, Missouri, man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Missouri. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]

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Missouri works to avoid K-12 funding decline from coronavirus inflicted attendance drop

Some health experts predict a spike in coronavirus cases this fall – putting Missouri K-12 public schools in a potential funding dilemma. Missouri’s foundation formula – the system used to determine how much state aid to give to schools – is based on a combination of components, including student attendance figures and academic achievement. During […]