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Trenton woman transported to Wright Memorial Hospital after crashing near Laredo

The Highway Patrol reports a Trenton woman sustained moderate injuries when the pickup truck she drove failed to negotiate a curve and overturned three and a half miles northwest of Laredo on Friday, September 24. Emergency medical services took 20-year-old Sidney Lynch to Wright Memorial Hospital. The pickup traveled north on Route E before running […]

Rape Kit

Video/Audio: Missouri’s effort to get thousands of rape kits tested is making progress

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt gave an update on the SAFE Kit Initiative, reporting positive progress in clearing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits through the initiative. The Springfield Police Department also announced that they have completely cleared out their backlog, leaving zero untested sexual assault kits in their inventory. “As a husband, father, […]

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 […]

Prison Sentence

Former Missouri teacher sentenced to 41 years in prison without parole for sexually exploiting students

A Missouri man who worked as a teacher in China was sentenced in federal court for sexually exploiting one of his former students by attempting to blackmail her into sending him pornographic images. Curtis J. Baldwin, 48, Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 41 years and eight months in federal […]

Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

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Missouri’s electric cooperatives mobilize to assist victims of Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri’s electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri lineworkers from 30 of the state’s electric cooperatives are traveling […]

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Missouri and Texas Attorney Generals prevail at Supreme Court in “Remain in Mexico” Case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Texas Attorney General’s Office have prevailed over the Biden Administration for a 3rd time in their lawsuit over the “Remain in Mexico” policy as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Missouri and Texas in a 6-3 denial of the Department of Justice’s appeal for an emergency stay. […]

Indictment

Audio: A Missouri National Guardsman has been indicted, accused of plotting to steal and sell military gear.

A Missouri Army National Guardsman and two owners of an Illinois scrap metal company have been indicted for allegedly plotting to steal and eventually sell military gear.     A federal grand jury in East St. Louis returned the indictment on Wednesday against three men subcontracting for the US Department of Defense including 47-year-old Brandon […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds school personnel, parents and students about Courage2Report program

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds school personnel, parents, and students the Courage2ReportMO program provides a safe and confidential way to report any concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others. These concerns may include assault, bullying/repeated harassment, cyberbullying, fighting, guns, homicide, human trafficking, knife, planned school attack, imminent school shooting, school shooting threat, […]

Motorcycle Crash

Two ejected from motorcycle when driver loses control east of Blythedale

An Iowa resident was hurt Saturday afternoon in Harrison County when he was ejected from the motorcycle he was operating east of Blythedale. Fifty-three-year-old Timothy Brunsworth of Des Moines was taken to Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany with serious injuries. The crash happened three miles east of Blythedale on Route N as Brunsworth failed […]

Gavel and Law book

Missouri Attorney General scores massive win in “Remain in Mexico” lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, along with the Texas Attorney General’s Office have prevailed in their lawsuit against the Biden Administration over President Biden’s cancellation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or “Remain in Mexico” policy. A federal court in northern Texas, where the case was filed, issued a nationwide permanent […]