Grain Belt Express

Audio: Missouri lawmakers and residents argue the future of Grain Belt Express

The Grain Belt Express is again bringing out passionate arguments at the statehouse. Republican Representative Mike Haffner’s bill makes it more difficult for the electricity transmission project to traverse Missouri.  The measure would require county commissions’ approval before the line can cross that county.  It’s another effort to keep Invenergy from using its public service […]

Governor Mike Parson

Parson pay raise plan in limbo as $5.4 billion spending bill awaits vote

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri state employees counting on seeing a big raise in their February paychecks may be disappointed, as lawmakers fiddle with a $5.4 billion spending bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson. When the Republican governor in December proposed a 5.5 percent pay raise for all state workers, he said he wanted it in effect by […]

Sam Graves

Graves, Huffman introduce “Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act”

Congressman Sam Graves and Congressman Jared Huffman introduced the bipartisan Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act to rescue rural hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy and help put these critical care providers back on solid ground. “This isn’t a new problem. Our rural hospitals have been struggling to keep their doors open to patients for years,” said […]

A partially melted tire hangs on a tree near Paradise, Kansas. The surrounding land was scorched by a wildfire in December 2021

December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

Crime and Courts

Court news in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday January 13, 2022

Multiple court cases were processed Thursday at the Grundy County Courthouse. Associate Judge Matthew Krohn of Mercer County presided on behalf of Presiding Judge Thomas Alley in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Devin Aaron Pierce pleaded guilty to the delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid from October 20th of […]

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Pattonsburg woman faces multiple felonies after allegedly setting her house on fire and firing weapon at individual

A Pattonsburg woman faces multiple felonies after she allegedly set her house on fire and shot a gun at someone who stopped to help on January 6th. Online court information indicates 31-year-old Jessica Reid has been charged with first-degree assault or attempt, first-degree arson, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon involving exhibiting. […]

Manslaughter

Minnesota man to face manslaughter charge stemming from vehicle crash in Chillicothe

A Saint Paul, Minnesota man has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, stemming from a vehicle accident in Chillicothe on December 14th. Online court information shows 36-year-old Isse Mohamed Hassan’s bond was set at $2,500 cash only, no surety. Hassan has been added to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s Most Wanted list. He is described […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police arrest several over the weekend for auto theft, burglary, assault and trespassing

The Chillicothe Police Department reported on several arrests over the weekend. Early Sunday afternoon, officers received a report of a stolen motor vehicle in the 900 block of Waples Street. Officer located the vehicle a short time later and arrested a 26-year-old male for the alleged theft of a motor vehicle and driving while revoked. […]

Chillicothe Missouri Police Department

Chillicothe police arrest two for trespassing and two on property damage allegations

The Chillicothe Police Department responded to reports of individuals trespassing and property damage on November 26th. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel reports a 37-year-old man from Tennessee and a 27-year-old woman from Iowa were taken into custody after officers responded to a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to the two […]

Big Rig Crash

Cameron man injured when car struck by Kenworth truck

The Highway Patrol reports a Cameron man sustained moderate injuries when the car he drove was struck by a Kenworth truck seven miles east of Saint Joseph the morning of November 26th. Emergency medical services transported 74-year old David Marmet to Mosaic Life Care. No injuries were reported for truck driver 74-year-old John Chase of […]

Travel or Road or car or highway

Audio: Higher incidents of speeding and driving aggressively are a problem as traffic reaches pre-pandemic levels

Missouri’s traffic volume has almost reached pre-pandemic levels again but higher incidents of speeding and driving aggressively are still a problem. Jon Nelson, with the Missouri Department of Transportation, says drivers began to take advantage of the traffic decline during the earlier days of the pandemic.     When you throw in other aggressive driving […]

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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 […]

Voting Rights

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

(Missouri Independent) – Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would […]

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Groups see Missouri proposals as voter-suppression attempts

As lawmakers in Congress work to expand access to voting, members of the Missouri Legislature are proposing laws their critics say would limit people’s ability to vote. State legislative committees on elections convened last week to discuss measures that would impose a stricter voter ID law, require election officials to purge voter rolls more frequently, and others. Luz […]