Prison Sentence

Mexican national sentenced to 8-years in prison for illegal firearm used in drive-by shooting

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he used in a drive-by shooting. Javier Guerrero-Garcia, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to eight years and six months in federal prison without parole.  On June 29, 2020, Guerrero-Garcia pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession […]

North Central Missouri Development Alliance website

Micah Landes resigns from North Central Missouri Development Alliance

The North Central Missouri Development Alliance Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Micah Landes. Landes’s last day will be March 5th. She served in the role for approximately three and a half years. Landes says she accepted a position with Evergy. NCMDA Board Chairman Phillip Ray says the board will actively […]

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Biden backs reparations study, as House Democrats push for commission

(Missouri Independent) – The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration […]

Close up hand holding COVID-19 vaccine

DHSS collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging to ensure vaccine access for Missouri’s senior citizens

A program designed to assist older Missourians with accessing COVID-19 vaccine launched today. In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) will assist seniors with online vaccination registration, coordinate round trip transportation to and from their vaccination appointments, and conduct reminder calls for seniors’ second doses. […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson extends heating fuel deliveries by executive order

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-03 temporarily relaxing hours of service regulations for commercial motor vehicles transporting residential heating fuels.     “With unseasonably cold temperatures impacting much of the state and nation, the demand for heating fuel only continues to rise. This has resulted in significant delays in the distribution of residential heating […]

Gun Rights

Audio: Missouri House Committee to hear testimony on gun bill involving places of worship

Legislation that would allow the concealed carrying of guns in churches and other places of worship with a concealed carry permit will be heard this (Monday) evening by a Missouri House committee in Jefferson City.     The House General Laws Committee will hear testimony from Neosho GOP State Representative Ben Baker tonight at 6. […]

Coronavirus in Prisons

Audio: Missouri prison system experiences significant drop in COVID-19 cases

In early December, the Missouri Department of Corrections began installing 1,400 air purifying devices and using disinfectant sprayers within the prison system. Since then, department spokesperson Karen Pojmann tells Missourinet the number of coronavirus cases has fallen by 80%. The agency reports 7,612 staff and inmates have been infected with the virus since last spring – 147, or […]

Stop the Human Trafficking

Three arrests for human trafficking in St. Joseph results in rescue of six victims including infant and 2-year-old

A successful human trafficking operation was completed late Friday night at two St. Joseph truck stops – Bucky’s and Love’s Travel Stop.   The joint operation, organized by the St. Joseph Police Department, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Missouri Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, resulted in 3 arrests, […]