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Missouri House passes Medicaid provider tax bill, preventing major budget cuts

(Missouri Independent) – With fewer than 12 hours to spare before the start of a new fiscal year, the Missouri House on Wednesday approved a bill extending medical provider taxes essential to balancing the budget, forestalling more than $700 million in cuts planned by Gov. Mike Parson. Divisions over how and whether to add provisions sought by […]

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Missouri Attorney General joins letter urging Congress to restore Hyde Amendment to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and 21 other state attorneys general wrote to congressional leaders on Monday, urging Congress to keep the Hyde Amendment in the 2022 budget. The amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortions was not included in the Biden Administration’s budget. The Hyde Amendment has been included in federal budgets […]

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Kansas City man facing multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after high-speed pursuit

A Kansas City man faces several felony charges in Caldwell County after he allegedly misidentified himself and fled from police, starting from Polo, in April. Forty-six-year-old Billy Leon McCollum has been charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle; resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony; resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing, […]

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Bill requiring Biden to declassify intelligence related to origin of COVID-19 passes senate

The United States Senate unanimously passed Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) bill to require the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the origins of the Covid pandemic. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Mike Braun. In March 2020, Senator Hawley was the first member […]

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Video: Bill requiring Biden to declassify intelligence related to origin of COVID-19 passes Senate unanimously

The United States Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) bill to require the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.). In March 2020, Senator Hawley was the first […]

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Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri passes through north Missouri communities

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri passed through Chillicothe, Gallatin, and Cameron on May 26th. Special Olympics Missouri North Area Development Director Melody Prawitz says about 50 runners participated in that leg of the run. She notes the run did not go through Trenton this year because no law enforcement officers signed […]

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Winner of Kauffman Stadium Royals Suite experience to be announced at chamber banquet

People attending the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on June 4 can learn if they won a Kauffman Stadium Signature Suite for the June 18th baseball game against Boston. CFM Insurance has donated the experience to the Trenton chamber. The Royals Suite includes 18 Kauffman Stadium admission tickets, 5 premium parking passes, and […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes “Second Amendment Preservation Act” gun rights bill

The Missouri Senate has passed a contentious gun rights bill. The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” attempts to invalidate federal gun regulations. Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo of Independence spoke in favor of an amendment that would have closed a loophole letting convicted domestic violence abusers own a gun. The amendment to the overall bill failed. […]

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Legislation to ban TikTok on government devices passes committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) bill to ban TikTok on government devices. Senator Hawley’s bill is co-sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “TikTok is an immediate security threat that no has place on government devices. This should not […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature passes private schooling tax credit bill

The Missouri Legislature has passed a private schooling tax credit bill. The measure would let donors provide scholarships to students to attend a private Missouri K-12 school. In return, they would get state tax credits. Senator Andrew Koenig of eastern Missouri’s Manchester carried the House bill that would prioritize special needs students and those who […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature passes bill allowing domestic violence victims to get lifetime order of protection for themselves and their pets

Domestic violence victims could get long-term orders of protection against their alleged abusers without returning to court annually. The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill that would allow protection orders to be renewed for up to the lifetime of the attackers. The proposal is sponsored by Senator Elaine Gannon of southeast Missouri’s De Soto.   […]

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Audio: Missouri House passes bill intended to help the state’s growing HIV problem

Missouri pharmacists could be allowed to give HIV preexposure and postexposure medication without a prescription. The state House has unanimously passed a bill that would allow them to provide customers with a 30-day supply once every two years. Representative Phil Christofanelli, a Republican from St. Peters, is sponsoring the bill. Christofanelli, who is openly gay, […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate passes transportation package with vaccine passport ban, vehicle safety inspection change

The state Senate has passed a transportation package that would ban entities in Missouri from requiring a vaccine passport to access transportation services. Companies are developing vaccine passports to encourage travel. Springfield-area state Senator Lincoln Hough is sponsoring the legislation that would also waive safety inspection requirements for new vehicles immediately before the vehicle is […]

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Trenton Park Board approves deficit budget for fiscal year 2021-2022

The Trenton Park Board approved the 2021-2022 budget on April 7th. The budget includes total anticipated expenditures of $571,504.55 and total expected revenues of $529,600. That leaves a projected deficit of $41,904.55. The anticipated expenditures for 2021-2022 are up by $726.64 from the current Park Budget. Expected revenues are down $5,500 from the current budget. […]

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Audio: Will the Missouri Senate back the House’s attempt to defund Medicaid expansion? Senate President Dave Schatz weighs in

The Missouri House has passed the next state operating budget – without funding voter-approved Medicaid expansion. The $34.1 billion budget plan is now in the hands of the Republican-controlled Senate. Missouri Senate President Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, gives his thoughts to Missourinet affiliate KTUI in Sullivan about whether he expects the upper chamber to fund the expansion.   […]