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Audio: Trenton student to compete in national spelling bee on Saturday

The word “volition” comes from Latin and French roots meaning “wish” or “will.” Titus Kottwitz, a seventh-grader at Trenton Middle School in northwest Missouri, got his wish when he spelled the word “volition” correctly to earn a spot in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.     “I’m excited that I got this far because […]

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Missouri Secretary of State seeks $125,000 in penalties after company allegedly defrauds investors

The Missouri Secretary of State, Securities Division ordered Cryotherm USA, Inc., John (Jianxin) Wang, and Dennis R. Di Ricco to cease and desist after allegedly issuing more than $2 million in unregistered, non-exempt promissory notes. Between December 1, 2015, and October 31, 2020, the Florida-based Cryotherm USA allegedly sold the promissory notes through a Las Vegas, […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Senate committee rejects compromise to fund Medicaid expansion on a smaller scale

On a tie vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee has rejected a compromise proposal that would have funded Medicaid expansion on a smaller scale. The effort, led by Springfield Republican Lincoln Hough, would have designated 60-million dollars in state funding to the expansion. Republican Governor Parson requested more than 100-million dollars and the House chose not […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Missouri State Fair awards scholarships to 4-H and FFA youth

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that 40 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA State Fair exhibitors, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. These students are seeking higher education at a Missouri university/college. “Cultivating Missouri agriculture youth is at the core of […]

Audio: A 13 year old Missouri boy is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull

A 13-year-old Rolla, Missouri boy, is recovering from serious injuries after being attacked by a pit bull.     In south-central Missouri, the Rolla Police Department says the unidentified boy was taking cupcakes to his next-door-neighbor when the Pitbull got off its chain and attacked him. The child was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. […]

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USDA invests $15 million to improve and modernize electric infrastructure in rural Missouri

U.S.Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $15 million to build and improve electric infrastructure in Missouri through its Electric Loan Program. “For nearly 85 years—since the inception of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936—USDA has played a role in bringing electricity to rural areas,” […]

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Audio: Popular southern Missouri restaurant featured on “Travel Channel” to close

A popular rural Missouri diner that’s been featured on the “Travel Channel” will be closing its doors in mid-March, because of an ownership change at the truck stop.     The “Travel Channel” and Rural Missouri magazine have profiled Cookin’ from Scratch, which is near I-44 in southern Missouri’s Doolittle. That’s near Rolla. The restaurant […]

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Audio: Southern Missouri’s I-44 corridor to see heaviest snow on Sunday and Monday

While all of Missouri is expected to see snow Sunday into Monday, the National Weather Service expects the heaviest snow to be along the heavily-traveled I-44 corridor in southern Missouri.   Virtually all of southern Missouri is under a Winter Weather Advisory.     Snow will gradually spread west to east over the area by early […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Audio: Missouri’s Governor and Health Director say there have been issues with COVID vaccine distribution process

Missouri’s governor announced Thursday in Jefferson City that there have been issues with the COVID vaccine distribution process, and warns that there will be consequences for vaccinators that allow people to jump the line. Governor Mike Parson briefed Capitol reporters during a Statehouse press conference, emphasizing that his administration will vaccinate the most vulnerable and […]

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Governor Parson announces site locations for week two of COVID-19 mass vaccinations

Governor Parson Announces Site Locations for Week Two of COVID-19 Mass Vaccinations (JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson announced site locations for week two of the COVID-19 mass vaccination events in partnership with the Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and local health care systems. “We are very pleased […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 12-years in federal prison for meth trafficking, illegal firearm

A Missouri, a man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm. Ladd E. Callen, 50, Rolla, Missouri was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 12 years in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 25, 2020, Callen pleaded guilty to […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy to graduate 31 new troopers

Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Eric Olson announces that 31 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. The ceremony will be by invitation only due to COVID-19 guidelines and can be watched live on the patrol’s Facebook page on the morning of January 20th at 10 o’clock. Members of the 110th Recruit Class with […]

Traffic Fatalities

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports four traffic fatalities over New Year’s holiday weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released preliminary statistics related to the New Year’s holiday weekend: Four people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021. 2021 New Year’s Holiday Traffic Statistics Troopers investigated the following: […]

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Missouri University of Science and Technology gets $300 million donation

Today is a historic day for the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and the state. St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife June have donated $300 million to a foundation supporting the university he graduated from in 1955 as a civil engineer. According to a press release from the school, the […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John M. Enderle, Troop D, to retire November 1, 2020

John Enderle joined the Patrol on January 1, 1990, as a member of the 62nd Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop C, Zone 12, Jefferson County. He was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 11, Jefferson County, on June 1, 1995. Enderle […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation awards grant funding for community forest improvements

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded $366,446 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools, and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. “TRIM grants help communities with tree management-related activities that help keep neighborhood trees […]

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Trump Administration invests more than $1 million in rural business development in Missouri

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, today announced 20 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,068,984 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “When rural, small businesses expand and do well, it leads to a positive impact on the […]