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Feds seize property of Kansas City area companies accused of COVID relief fraud

(Missouri Independent) – The federal government has seized two vehicles and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman. The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Missouri’s medical marijuana program reaches its first year of retail sales

Missouri’s medical marijuana industry is optimistic about the future after the first year of retail sales in the state.     A St. Louis-area cancer patient made the first legal marijuana purchase on October 17th, 2020 at a dispensary in Manchester. Andrew Mullins of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCannTrade) says the industry has […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson announces new Acting Directors for five departments

Governor Mike Parson announced that new Acting Directors will take over at the Department of Economic Development, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Office of Administration, and Department of Revenue.  Department of Economic Development Maggie Kost will take over as DED Acting Director upon Director Rob Dixon’s departure on October 22, 2021. In […]

Immigration

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to […]

Farm Scene

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

(Missouri Independent) – Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding, for now, a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and […]

Medical Marijuana

$6.8 million from state’s medical marijuana program transferred to veterans fund

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has made the second transfer of funds from Missouri’s medical marijuana program to the Missouri Veterans Commission. The total amount transferred is $6,843,310.  Missourians voted in November 2018 to adopt Constitutional Amendment 2, known now as Article XIV. The amendment includes a provision requiring that fees and taxes […]

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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 […]

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After receiving “poor” audit rating in 2020, Monroe City making progress, but after follow-up review only 3 changes fully implemented

A report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway finds that Monroe City has implemented some recommendations from a 2020 audit, but that other concerns remain. The June 2020 audit of Monroe City was initiated through a citizen petition, which required 200 valid signatures of qualified voters in the city. That audit highlighted concerns in several areas, including city […]

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Vehicle break-ins prompt reminder from Bethany Police Department

The Bethany Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance as it conducts investigations regarding motor vehicle break-ins from the weekend. The Bethany Police Department, via Facebook, says the department received a large number of calls regarding vehicles being broken into. Vehicle owners are reminded to lock their vehicles when unable to secure the vehicle inside […]

Sales Tax

Trenton city sales tax receipts continue on the plus side for May through September

Trenton city sales tax revenue is up nearly 13 percent for general purposes and capital projects, and up more than 14 percent for parks, fire department needs, and transportation. Those numbers in the first five months of Trenton’s fiscal year, May through September 2021, compared to the same period a year ago. In dollar figures, […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Coronavirus American Rescue Plan Act funding available to Daviess County

Coronavirus American Rescue Plan Act funding is available to Daviess County political subdivisions, businesses, non-profits, and other entities. The county has received half of its grant funds from the United States Treasury to disburse for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 3rd, 2021 to December 31st, 2022. Applications can be made for […]

Urban Garden

Missouri Department of Agriculture announces grants for funding of urban agriculture projects

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The Department will award grants of up to $10,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. Eligible projects include urban agricultural projects, which may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, expanding the use of an agricultural […]