Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

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Missouri Lottery $100,000 scratchers prize won in Brookfield

A Missouri Lottery player won the first $100,000 top prize on a “$100,000 Jackpot” Scratchers ticket after purchasing the new game ticket at 7th Heaven convenience store, 104 West Helm Street in Brookfield. The Missouri Lottery reports after the man uncovered a prize on the first number, he knew it was a winner. But he […]

Child Sex Crimes

Judge sentences Missouri man to 12 years in federal prison for attempting to meet juvenile for sex

The United States Attorney’s Office reports that Joshua J Damon, age 35, was sentenced today to serve 148 months (12.3 years) in federal prison following his guilty plea to attempted enticement of a minor. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Stephen R. Clark at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. According […]

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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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Former utility clerk for city of Forsyth charged with felony stealing

Carla D. Combs, a former utility clerk for the city of Forsyth, has been charged with one felony count of stealing by the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney for allegedly misappropriating $2,000 in utility deposits from the city. An audit in 2021 by State Auditor Nicole Galloway uncovered that the money was missing between May 2019 and November 2019. […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Missouri bipartisan campaign seeks to switch to ranked-choice voting

A ballot initiative in Missouri is seeking to change the way statewide elections are run. Currently, in the Show-Me State, there are party primaries in August, and voters choose between the winners of the primaries in November. The Better Elections initiative seeks to move to what’s known as ranked-choice voting. Rosetta Okohson, a Democratic consultant and co-leader of the […]

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Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin January 19

(Missouri Independent) – The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Caldwell County receives “Good” rating from Missouri State Auditor

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced that her office has issued a rating of “good” in a regularly scheduled audit of Caldwell County, located in northwest Missouri. A December 2016 audit of Caldwell County also issued an overall rating of “good.” Auditors found that controls and procedures at the Caldwell County Detention Center in Kingston need improvement. The […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty after crashing into federal deputy marshals while attempting to flee in stolen truck

A Missouri, man who injured two United States deputy marshals by crashing into them while attempting to flee in a stolen truck pleaded guilty in federal court to forcibly resisting federal law enforcement officers. Ray E. Clevenger, 46, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two counts of forcibly […]

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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 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 […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission recommends names for roads near East Locust Creek Reservoir

At the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission meeting, the Commissioners took up the issue of adopting a “Naming Convention” that will guide the naming of approximately 113 features at or near the East Locust Creek Reservoir ELCR.  Features include, but are not limited to; roads, bridges, branches, coves, points, the marina, boat launch areas, […]

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Trenton City Council members hear concerns regarding motorists near library, two trash routes to change pickup days

Members of the Trenton City Council Monday night heard about plans for Rapid Removal Disposal to change the collection date on two of its residential routes beginning in January 2022. A safety concern was expressed by the Jewett-Norris Library Director regarding motorists not halting for the 3 way stop at Main and Crowder, and the […]

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Missouri’s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders

(Missouri Independent) – Jackson and St. Louis Counties requested Monday that they be permitted to intervene and appeal a recent court ruling that they argue has “upended the longstanding public health framework” in Missouri. In a filing submitted Monday afternoon and obtained by The Independent, the two counties asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper hit by shotgun fire after attempting vehicle stop and short pursuit

A Suspect was arrested and charged after an officer-involved shooting Friday night that injured a Missouri State Trooper in Greene County. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Republic Road on the south side of Springfield. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a […]