Scott Fitzpatrick

Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

(Missouri Independent) – If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday […]

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Trenton Building Inspector reports on inspections and permit applications

Trenton Building Inspector Wes Barone has submitted a report of inspections, permit applications, and other matters from October 20th through November 10th. During that time, there were 32 inspections. The category with the most inspections was new construction with 10. Others involved eight rental, eight right of way, five pre-permit, and one dangerous building issue. […]

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Groups identify barriers to rental assistance in Missouri

Groups working to keep Missouri residents in their homes since the pandemic began are trying to identify the barriers to receiving emergency rental assistance. As of September, the state had given less than 20% of the funds it was allocated from the American Rescue Plan, despite many Missouri renters facing financial hardships and eviction notices. Katherine Fenerson, […]

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Missouri to provide credit monitoring for teachers after reporter found security flaw

(Missouri Independent) – Nearly a month after a reporter identified a security flaw in a state website that exposed teachers’ social security numbers, the state announced Wednesday it was offering a year of credit monitoring services to hundreds of thousands of teachers whose personal information was put at risk According to the Department of Elementary […]

Power Outage

Sagging power lines cause outage for some Trenton residents on Saturday night

Trenton Municipal Utility customers in north-central Trenton lost power for about four and one half hours Saturday night. Trenton City Administrator and Utility Director Ron Urton said an Evergy line sagged down onto one of TMU’s lines causing a breaker to open. Urton reported the breaker would not close because there was electricity back-feeding onto […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorneys argue Missouri is violating federal law, courts on Medicaid expansion delays

(Missouri Independent) – Attorneys who successfully sued to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion argued in a letter to state officials Thursday that delays in implementation violate not only the court order but also federal law. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Chuck Hatfield and Lowell Pearson joined with Joel Ferber, director of advocacy for Legal Services […]

Jury Duty

600 Livingston County residents to receive notices of prospective jury duty

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports 600 Livingston County residents will receive prospective juror notices. The sheriff’s office is required to notify the group of potential juror service from October to February. The notices were to be mailed on August 10.  Cox says the notices must be completed and returned in a timely manner to […]

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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 […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve setting electric rates

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen this week approved an ordinance and resolution regarding the setting of electric rates. City Clerk Hattie Rains reports the ordinance authorized the city, going forward, to use a resolution instead of an ordinance to set electric rates. The resolution changed the electric rates for citizens and businesses. The rates will […]

Jury Duty

Notices of prospective jury duty mailed to 600 residents of Livingston County

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has mailed 600 notices to residents for prospective jury duty. Sheriff Cox reports the next term for prospective jurors is June 14th through October 14th. By Missouri law, Circuit Clerk Jane Gann has the duty to select prospective jurors randomly from a registered voters list and driver’s license information. She […]

Building Inspector Report

Trenton Building Inspector issues monthly report

Trenton Building Inspector, Wes Barone, has provided a monthly report of inspections, permit applications, and other matters from February 16th to March 17, 2021. During that time, there were 34 inspections. The category with the largest number of inspections was new construction with 14. There were 11 rental inspections. There were 10 permit applications. Half […]

Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]