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Missouri man pleads guilty to $335 million fraud scheme and $615,000 tax violations

A Missouri, man who was charged in two federal cases pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a $335 million scheme to defraud federal programs that award contracts to firms owned by minorities, veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and in a separate case to filing false tax returns that cheated the government out of […]

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Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from […]

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Four charged in Daviess County in case regarding theft of a skid steer from Altamont

Four individuals have been charged in Daviess County after the sheriff’s office received a report of a skid steer being stolen from Altamont on May 27th. Online court information shows 35-year-old Patrick Michael Wright of Kansas City, 38-year-old Patience Destinie Giersdorf of Kansas City, 32-year-old John Dale Mackey of Kansas City, and 40-year-old George David […]

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Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying under oath to Missouri legislature

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation to offer free archery and handgun classes in May

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer free instructional courses during May on handgun and archery skills at the Parma Woods Shooting Range near Parkville. These courses are designed for people who wish to get started using handguns or archery equipment for target shooting or hunting. Parma Woods will offer handgun orientation on Tuesday, May […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Audio:” Missouri bill would re-direct federal stimulus checks for prisoners who owe restitution

A northwest Missouri state senator wants to re-direct federal stimulus payments which might be heading to prisoners who owe money to victims. Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, a Republican from, Parkville, sponsors the measure being considered during the legislative session in Jefferson City.     Luetkemeyer’s bill could head to the Senate floor at any time. Congress […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes bill that would ban police chokeholds

Police chokeholds could be banned in Missouri. The Missouri Senate has overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging bill that would ban them. Parkville Senator Tony Luetkemeyer’s plan would also let Kansas City police officers live outside of city limits, and ban officers from having sexual contact with someone they have detained or jailed.     The plan […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes protections against COVID-19 lawsuits

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would protect some businesses and organizations from COVID-19 exposure lawsuits. The legislation is designed to protect businesses like health care providers, manufacturers, schools, and churches from such lawsuits in many instances. Under the bill, the lawsuits must be filed within a year of an alleged COVID-19 exposure. […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation awards grant funding for community forest improvements

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded $366,446 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools, and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. “TRIM grants help communities with tree management-related activities that help keep neighborhood trees […]

Election 2020

November ballot measure would impose two-term restriction on all Missouri statewide elected officials

Missourians will be heading to the polls in November, to cast ballots on a measure imposing term limits on all statewide elected officials. You’ll be voting in November on Amendment One, which would amend the Missouri Constitution to extend the two-term restriction that currently applies to the governor and treasurer to the lieutenant governor, secretary of […]

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Audio: Governor Parson to sign Missouri’s witness protection bill on Monday

Legislation that’s aimed at providing witness protection will be signed into law Monday afternoon by Missouri’s governor in Kansas City and Joplin. The bipartisan witness protection legislation was one of Governor Mike Parson’s (R) top priorities for the recent special session on violent crime. State Rep. Jonathan Patterson, R-Lee’s Summit, says the bill is crucial. “And what […]

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Governor Parson pleased with special session on crime; wants House to approve Gardner legislation

While Missouri’s governor is pleased with the special session on violent crime, he’s calling on the House to approve his proposal involving St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office. GOP Governor Mike Parson told Capitol reporters last week that he will meet with House leaders about it. “We’re encouraging them to pass this to be […]

Flooding in northwest Missouri

Hegeman and Luetkemeyer demand reform from Army Corps of Engineers

In the wake of flooding, Republican State Senators Dan Hegeman of Cosby and Tony Luetkemeyer of Parkville filed Missouri Senate Concurrent Resolution 24 this week urging the United States Army Corps of Engineers to reprioritize flood control in the management of the Missouri River. The Corps of Engineers changed the Missouri River Master Manual in […]

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Mosaic Life Care announces new President for Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville

Mosaic Life Care has named Nate Blackford as its new president for Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville effective April 1, 2019, when Mosaic assumes operations of the hospital in Maryville, Missouri. Nate was most recently the vice president and chief operating officer of MPact Health in Parkville, Mo., where he played a key leadership role in the […]