United States Capital Building in Washington DC (Photo by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash)

U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

Heat Advisory

Excessive heat continues for Thursday, but a cold front approaches northern Missouri by Friday bringing relief

Dangerous heat will continue for at least Thursday in Northern Missouri with temperatures rising into the upper 90s and the heat index predicted as high as 110.  The high temperature for Wednesday on KTTN’s weather instruments was 96 degrees with a heat index reading of 112 degrees. The entire state of Missouri continues under a […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Three people accused in spray painting incidents July 5 in Trenton appeared Tuesday in the Associate Division of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Twenty-two-year-old Kelli Danielle Corrigan of Trenton pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree property damage – a misdemeanor. Imposition of sentence was suspended, and Corrigan was placed on two years probation. […]

Booking Photos of David Robbins - Frankie Stewart - Charity Stewart and James Wilhite Courtesy Adair County Jail

Patrol reports arrest of five in Adair County on drug and weapon charges

The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday reported the arrests of five Kirksville adults on multiple counts involving drugs and other violations in Adair County. Forty-one-year-old James D. Wilhite Junior of Kirksville has been charged with eight felonies. There’s one count of felony drug trafficking; four counts of possession of a controlled substance; two counts […]

Child Exploitation

Missouri man sentenced to 14 years in prison without parole for sexual exploitation of a child

 A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for enticing a 15-year-old victim through social media to engage in illicit sexual activity. Clinton Anthony Yeats, 29, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 14 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Yeats to 15 years of supervised […]

Lawsuit Graphic

Missouri Attorney General files suit to stop mask mandates in St. Louis City and St. Louis County

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit to stop the reimposition of a mask mandate in St. Louis County and St. Louis City. The suit, which was filed in circuit court in St. Louis County, names St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, and the respective directors of the county and […]

North Central Missouri College Website V2 (NCMC)

North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approve bids and personnel matters

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approved bids and purchases as well as personnel matters July 27th. Athletic insurance was purchased through Dissinger Reed of Overland Park, Kansas for the 2021-2022 sports year at a cost of $31,467. That was for $26,980 for secondary accident insurance and $4,487 for catastrophic accident insurance with […]

Missouri notifying individuals of possible waiver of recovery from federal unemployment overpayments

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has implemented a process for claimants to apply to the Division of Employment Security for potential waiver of the recovery of non-fraud federal pandemic program unemployment benefit overpayments.  Notices to eligible claimants began mailing out last week and are available in the “Correspondence” tab of UInteract, Missouri’s […]

Silouhettes of People in masks (Coronavirus or COVID-19)

Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issues COVID-19 guidance

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued updated COVID-19 guidance last week. Missouri School Boards Association Deputy Executive Director Brent Ghan, early in the afternoon of July 27, said the association supported the guidance and urged school districts to look at it. He called vaccination a public health prevention strategy to help end […]

18-Wheel truck big rig

Brookfield teenagers injured when car strikes big rig south of Chillicothe; driver of the car arrested for DWI

The Highway Patrol reports two Brookfield teens sustained injuries when a car ran into the back of a Peterbilt truck five miles south of Chillicothe on Tuesday morning, July 27. The driver of the car was later arrested. The passengers in the car, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were taken by emergency medical […]

Farmers Electric Coop

Items being collected for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Area Youth Benefit Fund auction

Items are being collected for the 29th Annual Farmers’ Electric Cooperative’s Area Youth Benefit Fund’s fundraising events. An online auction will be held from August 30 through September 12 in place of the annual dinner-auction banquet. The golf tournament will be on August 30. The auction will be available on the Farmers Electric Coop website as […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council defeats proposed electric rate increase; rejects designation of downtown historic district

The Trenton City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to reject the designation of the downtown historic district as currently written, which would have created a new section in the city code. On a split vote, the city council defeated a proposed increase in the electric system base rate. Narrow approval was given on another […]

Power Outage News Graphic

Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]

Josh Hawley Courtesy of Missourinet

Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate, and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he […]

Survey

State task force invites Missourians to complete survey on rights of sexual assault victims and survivors

A new state task force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to strengthen protections and services for Missouri sexual assault victims. Comments and suggestions are being gathered through an online survey at this link. The survey closes on September 30, 2021. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

Vehicle Wreck with 4 Juvenile Occupants Simpson Park Chillicothe

Crash at entrance of Simpson Park injures four; 54-year-old woman arrested on drug allegations

Chillicothe Police, just after 6 a.m. Sunday, responded to a single-vehicle accident that injured four minors. The accident occurred at the Walnut Street entrance of Simpson Park. Officers reported a juvenile driver lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the left side of Walnut Street, and went into a creek. The juvenile driver and three […]

Cows grazing in pasture

Researchers find cattle are losing adaptations to environmental stressors

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment–which the herd has spent generations adapting to–to a place with a different climate, a different elevation, or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees […]