Bridge Work

Highway 36 overpass in Hamilton struck by vehicle, traffic on Route 13 narrowed to one-lane over Highway 36

The Highway 36 overpass in Hamilton has suffered damage due to being struck by a high-profile vehicle. A crash in September 2021 had already damaged the bridge. Damage from today’s crash is currently being evaluated by inspectors from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Due to damage to the bridge, Route 13 is now narrowed to […]

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Missouri’s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders

(Missouri Independent) – Jackson and St. Louis Counties requested Monday that they be permitted to intervene and appeal a recent court ruling that they argue has “upended the longstanding public health framework” in Missouri. In a filing submitted Monday afternoon and obtained by The Independent, the two counties asked Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel […]

Patrick McKenna Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation

Billions headed to Missouri transportation fund from gas tax hike, infrastructure bill

(Missouri Independent) – With $6.5 billion on the way from the federal infrastructure bill and a newly increased gas tax, Missouri is ready to take a big bite out of $4.5 billion in unfunded highway needs, Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said this week. But that doesn’t mean the state is ready to tackle […]

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Deer hunters reminded of CWD Mandatory Sampling November 13-14

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that it will be holding mandatory CWD sampling during the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms season, Nov. 13 and 14, for hunters who harvest deer in MDC CWD Management Zone counties. CWD is a deadly, infectious disease in deer and other members of the […]

Sex Offender

Four sex offenders found violating regulations on Halloween night in Trenton

The Trenton Police Department checked residences of sex offenders on Halloween night to ensure all were compliant with the regulations a sex offender is required to adhere to. The law requires offenders to avoid all Halloween-related contact with children and stay inside their homes between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Offenders are […]

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Trenton Police Department to conduct “Operation Candy Cruncher” in regard to Halloween and sex offenders

The Trenton Police Department is advising that they will be conducting compliance checks for registered sexual offenders in regards to Halloween restrictions defined by City Ordinance 215.1550 and State Statute 589.426. Sexual Offenders must follow these restrictions on Halloween: Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of October 25, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of October 25 – 31. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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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 […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of October 18, 2021

Andrew County Interstate 29 – Bridge replacement project northbound over Hopkins Creek (mile marker 58) through October * (Capital Paving & Construction, LLC) I-29 – Bridge painting project at the Nodaway River Bridge (mile marker 66.4) through mid-November I-229 – Permit work north of Route K, Oct. 16 – 22 One lane will remain open […]

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USDA invests more than $1 million to support rural Missouri businesses

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced 19 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,006,698 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “USDA Rural Development has worked tirelessly to support rural Missouri businesses throughout the pandemic,” said Thomas. “The Rural Business Development Grants […]

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

(Missouri Independent) – The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was […]

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Judge rules against Missouri Attorney General challenge to masks in Missouri schools.

(Missouri Independent) – Face masks will stay on for students and teachers in districts requiring them, a Boone County judge ruled Tuesday, handing Attorney General Eric Schmitt a defeat in his efforts to use the courts to block mask mandates. Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs denied Schmitt’s effort to use a single case, filed against Columbia […]

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After much discussion, with 20 residents in attendance, Trenton City Council leaves in place the breed-specific dog ordinance

After much discussion, for more than 30 minutes, the Trenton City Council Monday night met with citizens, many of whom were seeking a repeal of the breed-specific dog ordinance. Six members of the council were physically present at Trenton City Hall and another took part via Zoom. Twenty individuals were in the audience at city […]

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MoDOT planned road work in North Missouri for the week of September 27, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of September 27 – Oct. 3. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map, Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the […]

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New report says “Restricting abortion access brings big financial trouble”

Limiting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health care can have a devastating impact on state economies. According to new data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, restrictions on the books in Nebraska cost the state $1 billion annually in lost income, productivity, and state revenues. Andi Curry Grubb, Nebraska state director for Planned […]

Voting Rights

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

(Missouri Independent) – Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor […]

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COVID cases among children rising as Missouri Delta variant wave enters fifth month

(Missouri Independent) – Clay LaRue, superintendent of the Van Buren R-1 School District, made a tough decision Sunday. With COVID-19 cases spiking in Carter County in southeast Missouri, and many of those infections among very young children, LaRue shut down the district’s pre-kindergarten program for two weeks. He had previously directed faculty, staff, and students […]