Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

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Audio: House Bill would reimburse law enforcement officers for police academy training

A bill passed by the Crime Prevention Committee in the Missouri House is in line with the governor’s call for recruiting and better training for police officers. Joplin Rep. Lane Roberts- chairman of the committee- is the sponsor of legislation to reimburse law enforcement officers who go through the state’s police officer training academy.   […]

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 […]

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Communities and organizations in north Missouri receive project funding from USDA

Area organizations will receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to build and improve critical community facilities across rural Missouri. The Putnam County Special Projects Organization, Incorporated will use a $14,700 loan and a $7,800 grant to purchase a fire truck that will be leased to the Liberty Township Fire Protection District. The […]

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USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

Summit Natural Gas

Natural gas rates rates to decrease for Summit Natural Gas customers

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) customers will see natural gas rates drop under a filing that takes effect on February 1, 2022. Gallatin Division: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.65 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Several file for positions on area boards and governing bodies that require no election

Some governmental jurisdictions in Grundy County will forgo an election on April 5th. That is because of a law that allows them to go without an election when the number of candidates is equal to the number of positions to be filled. The candidates will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time […]

Audio: Missouri school board group responds to attorney general’s lawsuits against schools

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is suing 45 K-12 public school districts around the state for what it calls illegally enforcing mask mandates. All of Missouri’s charter schools have mask requirements but they are not being sued. Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, cites a recent Cole County Court ruling he […]

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner. (Photo by Rebecca Rivas.)

Appeals court orders St. Louis Circuit Attorney to turn over Eric Greitens case records

(Missouri Independent) – A circuit judge will determine whether St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is entitled to claim privilege for her communications with political donors and key figures in the 2018 investigation of former Gov. Eric Greitens, the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The court affirmed a 2020 decision by St. Louis […]

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Audio: Missouri health organizations urge public to stay away from ERs unless absolutely necessary

Missourians are being urged to only use the ER only when absolutely necessary.  The reason is probably obvious but those leaders say don’t stay away if you’re really in need.     Most of the state’s hospitals’ ER rooms are overcrowded because of the surge in COVID-19 patients, and the Missouri Hospital Association and the […]

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 […]

Legionnaires Disease

DHSS investigating Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Missouri hospital

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation.  Out of an abundance of caution, DHSS is […]

Trenton Building and Nuisance Board

Trenton Building and Nuisance Board grants extensions due to winter weather and illness

Citing winter weather conditions and/or illness among owners, the Trenton Building and Nuisance Board on Monday evening granted time extensions to five properties of concern. Granted a 90-day extension was 604 Linn Street where repairs were done to a basement wall. It remains in the category “findings of fact.” Given a 60 day extension was […]