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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Additional funding can still be secured for Mid-America Music Festival charities

The Mid-America Music Festival’s fiscal year does not end until September 30. That means additional funding can be secured for the festival’s charities, including Camp Rainbow, the Green Hills Animal Shelter, and the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center. Festival fans and supporters can further help the charities through its CFM Insurance Royals Suite raffle. […]

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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 […]

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North Central Missouri College’s Dean, Mitch Holder, selected for NCIA Board

Mitchell Holder, Dean of Instruction at North Central Missouri College, is a new member of the Board of Directors of NCIA serving Region 5, including the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Mitch is devoted to the mission of community colleges across the country, providing open access education to increase […]

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Weed electrocution research sparks interest as herbicide resistance impedes current methods

Move over, herbicides. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s toting some powerful guns loaded with electricity to kill weeds.  This shocking new method of weed control was demonstrated at the 2021 Pest Management Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia.  As more weeds develop resistance to herbicides, electrocution […]

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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 […]

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Residents from Eagleville and Kentucky injured in attempt to avoid deer in roadway

Residents of Eagleville and London, Kentucky sustained injuries when a car struck a deer and ran off the road three miles north of Eagleville on July 24 at 1:55 am. The driver was later arrested. Passengers 21-year-old Peggy Lawson and 21-year-old Charles Bray, both of London, Kentucky, and 18-year-old Grant Trusty of Eagleville were taken by […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two on Thursday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reporting arrests Thursday evening, July 22, 2021, in Daviess and Caldwell counties. A man from Tomball, Texas, 39-year-old Harry Hicks, was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. The highway patrol in Daviess County accused Hicks of resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

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Coalition of lawmakers urge Biden administration to drop proposed tax hike on farm families

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead […]

Charges Filed

Kingston man faces five counts of assault after hitting four-wheelers participating in benefit ride

A Kingston man faces five counts of felony first degree assault or attempt after allegedly hitting four wheelers participating in a benefit ride in May and hitting a family member with a wooden handle. Online court information shows 38 year old James Paul McKinzie Junior has also been charged with two counts of felony first […]