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Feds seize property of Kansas City area companies accused of COVID relief fraud

(Missouri Independent) – The federal government has seized two vehicles and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman. The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan […]

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FBI releases 2020 statistics for law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2020. These assaults were reported to the FBI by 9,895 law enforcement agencies. Based on these reports, there were 4,071 more officers assaulted in 2020 than the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019. Data regarding these assaults were […]

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How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

(Missouri Independent) – A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the […]

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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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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of October 18, 2021

Andrew County Interstate 29 – Bridge replacement project northbound over Hopkins Creek (mile marker 58) through October * (Capital Paving & Construction, LLC) I-29 – Bridge painting project at the Nodaway River Bridge (mile marker 66.4) through mid-November I-229 – Permit work north of Route K, Oct. 16 – 22 One lane will remain open […]

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Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Trenton man pleaded guilty to three counts while six others were dismissed on Thursday following two arrests, one month apart, this summer. In Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court, Judge Thomas Alley sentenced Stephan Elliott to four years with the Department of Corrections on each of three counts. These were driving while […]

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Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

(Missouri Independent) – On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education. The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and […]

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Missouri Attorney General joins 19 state coalition urging Congress to reject legislation that increases energy fees

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a 19-state coalition urging Congress to reject burdensome legislation that would increase fees on energy producers and hit American consumers with even greater price hikes. The two bills in question are the Methane Emissions Reduction Act in the Senate and a provision of the Build Back Better Act in […]

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New Administrator named for Mosaic Medical Center in Albany

Mosaic Life Care announces Katie Dias, DO, FAAFP, has been chosen for the newly created role of Administrator for Mosaic Medical Center in Albany. Dr. Dias replaces Jon Doolittle, former President of Mosaic Medical Center – Albany, who was recently named President of the Missouri Hospital Association. Dr. Dias is a family medicine physician, primarily […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to 116 Hillcrest

Smoke was reported at a Chillicothe residence on Wednesday afternoon. Upon arrival at 116 Hillcrest, the Chillicothe Fire Department found smoke on the main level, coming up from the basement. Approximately 25 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. Firefighters remained at the scene to evacuate smoke. Chief Eric Reeter described significant smoke […]

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Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri students and teachers identified as being exposed to a coronavirus case in school may now be permitted to remain in class if they continue to test negative for the virus and properly wear a mask. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its school reopening guidance Friday to include the new […]

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Online tool now available for drought-stricken farms to estimate compensation for feed transportation costs

An online tool is now available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs caused by drought, which are now covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the program this year to include feed transportation costs as well as […]

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Missouri Attorney General files response brief; Oral argument set for November 2 in “Remain in Mexico” case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a response brief to the Department of Justice’s appeal in the Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain in Mexico” case brought by Missouri and Texas. The brief was filed in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the oral argument, in this case, is scheduled for November 2, 2021. “While […]

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Main Street Chillicothe to host annual “BooFest” on October 29

Main Street Chillicothe will host the 22nd Annual BooFest in Downtown Chillicothe. Participants can collect candy on October 29, 2021, from 4 to 6 o’clock. Main Street Chillicothe invites businesses from throughout the community to participate. Participating businesses are asked to bring at least 1,200 pieces of candy to hand out. Merchants will wear gloves when […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation graduates 15 new conservation agents

The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulates 15 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2021 Conservation Agent Training Academy. The agent class of 2021 took the Conservation Agent’s Oath during a special graduation ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Richardson Fine Arts Center on the Lincoln University campus in Jefferson City. MDC Director Sara Parker […]