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Missouri Attorney General obtains $53 million settlement from student loan servicer Navient

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, entered into a civil settlement agreement with his office and 38 other states for abuses originating in predatory student loans. The agreement resulted in a $53 million settlement for Missourians: $2.5 million in restitution and $51 million in private […]

Summit Natural Gas

Customers of Summit Natural Gas to see increase in natural gas rate beginning December 8th

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) customers will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 8, 2021. The ACA factor is a […]

Empire District Liberty Utilities Company

Empire gas customers in north Missouri to see price of natural gas double

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, natural gas customers of The Empire District Gas Company d/b/a Liberty (Empire) will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 1, 2021. The ACA factor […]

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Princeton Board of Education approves resolution involving purchase of electric school bus

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education on November 8 approved a resolution regarding a United States Department of Agriculture facilities grant and an agreement involving refinancing bonds. The resolution concerned the acceptance and compliance of the grant. The district hopes to purchase an electric school bus if it can secure enough grants to reduce the […]

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Princeton Board of Education to meet on Monday

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education will consider two resolutions next week. The board will meet in the high school library on November 8 at 5:30 in the evening. One resolution concerns acceptance and compliance of a United States Department of Agriculture grant for an electric bus. The other resolution would authorize the issuance and sale […]

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Three Missouri residents indicted for using identities of deceased people to file hundreds of COVID relief claims

Three Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to use the identities of deceased people to file hundreds of false stimulus claims under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Warren W. Watkins, 39, and Marissia Jackson, 25, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Lamar K. Johnson, […]

Gas Tax

Motorists give mixed reaction to refund plan for Missouri fuel tax hike

(Missouri Independent) – Pump prices for gas and diesel didn’t change much Friday in Missouri, despite being the first day of a 2.5 cents per gallon increase in the state fuel tax. The cheapest gas in the state was $2.49 a gallon in Springfield, according to GasBuddy.com.  That was unchanged from earlier in the week. The […]

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Missouri contractor charged with fraud by Attorney General

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Jeffrey J. Anderson of Manchester, Missouri, has been charged with contractor fraud in St. Charles County relating to his unregistered businesses All Star Basements, West County Basements, and West County Concrete. Anderson faces three felony counts of deceptive business practices. The Attorney General’s Office also has a pending […]

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Group abandons effort to force a vote on Missouri gas tax increase

(Missouri Independent) – A push by a conservative anti-tax group to force a statewide vote on a gas tax hike approved by Missouri lawmakers earlier this year has been abandoned, the group’s Missouri director said Monday. Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, confirmed via text message that his organization is no longer working to place the […]

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Governor Parson signs SB 262 into law, increasing transportation funding for critical infrastructure projects

Governor Mike Parson has signed SB 262 into law, which will increase transportation funding for critical state and local infrastructure projects across the state of Missouri.  “With nearly $1 billion in unfunded transportation needs each year, we can no longer wait for another day or another generation. We must change course and address these problems head-on,” Governor Parson said. “SB […]

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Missouri Attorney General recoups $156,000 in restitution, settles case against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that his office has recovered $156,000 and obtained a consent judgment against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Bakker and Morningside Church Productions back in March of 2020 for marketing “silver solution” as a potential cure for the Coronavirus. The […]

Guilty Plea

Teenager pleads guilty to purchasing liquor by a minor in Grundy County court

Nineteen-year-old Elden Eugene Wise of Odessa, Missouri, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts from June 19 of purchase or attempt to purchase or possession of liquor by a minor and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. A felony count of possession of a controlled substance was amended to a misdemeanor. Wise was fined $300 on each count. […]

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Audio: Gas tax question up for comment on Missouri Secretary of State’s website

The governor is expected to sign off on the gas tax increase, but an advocacy group is moving forward in trying to put the question on a general election ballot.     Lawmakers approved the state’s 17-cent-a-gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years, including a refund if consumers collect receipts.  The increase is […]

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Hy-Vee issues allergy alert on undeclared egg in “Chicken Street Taco Kit” due to Reser’s Fine Foods recall

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Street Taco Kit due to a recall issued by its supplier Reser’s Fine Foods. Hy-Vee received bulk Chicken Taco Kits from Reser’s Fine Foods and repackaged them into Hy-Vee Chicken Street Taco kits. These bulk kits contained Chipotle Crema Sauce which contains […]

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Audio: Conservative group wants to send gas tax hike to Missouri voters

(Missouri Independent) – On Monday morning, Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, filed paperwork with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office to begin the process of putting the 12.5-cents a gallon tax increase on a statewide ballot. To succeed in forcing a referendum on the bill, the campaign would have to gather about 110,000 […]

Trenton, Missouri

City of Trenton to save over $650,000 by refinancing long term debt

The city of Trenton and its municipal utility expect to save money on interest costs with the re-financing of three long-term debts. It was announced the savings amounts to $658,000 over the length of the loans. Two involve 2012 issued bonds and the 2014 issued bonds for Trenton Municipal Utilities projects done at the water […]