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Seven die in traffic crashes over Labor Day holiday weekend

Seven people died in traffic crashes during the 2021 Labor Day holiday weekend. Last year, there were 18 fatalities. The 2021 counting period for the Labor Day holiday ran from 6 p.m., Friday, September 3, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 6.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following enforcement activity during the 2021 Labor […]

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Audio: Missouri University of Science and Technology holds unique explosives camp

Missouri University of Science and Technology held an explosives camp for high schoolers from all over the country. The one-of-a-kind camp is a recruitment tool for the university and attracts students who want to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. Bo Bryan came all the way from Las Vegas to get some hands-on […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to graduate 29 new troopers in July 23 ceremony

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 29 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, July 23, 2021. The ceremony will take place on the South Lawn of the Missouri State Capitol and the public is invited. The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed on the Patrol’s YouTube channel. […]

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USDA invests $910,000 to improve rural water infrastructure in Jackson County

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $910,000 to modernize rural drinking water infrastructure in Jackson County, benefitting nearly 3.000 rural Missourians. “Every community, large and small, needs safe, reliable access to necessities like clean water,” Thomas said. “Rural Development congratulates Public Water Supply […]

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Native north Missourian and long time employee named as NW District Engineer for MoDOT

Marty Liles has been named the district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Northwest District. The district covers 20 counties, including nearly 5,625 lane miles of highway and 1,383 state bridges. He will take over the leadership of the Northwest region from Chris Redline, who recently transferred to run MoDOT’s Kansas City region. Liles […]

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After winter cold snap drove up natural gas prices, utilities grapple with who should pay

(Missouri Independent) – Penalties that Spire Missouri issued to suppliers who failed to provide natural gas during a February cold snap that forced power outages across the Midwest could drive bills for hospitals, schools, and businesses to astronomical levels, according to a trio of complaints pending before state regulators. During the worst of the cold snap in February, […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson fills five county office vacancies

Governor Mike Parson filled five-county office vacancies.  Densil Allen Jr., of Knob Noster, was appointed as the Johnson County Presiding Commissioner. Dr. Allen is a former veterinarian and owned and operated Warrensburg Animal Hospital until his retirement. He has also owned and operated Allen’s Auction Service and taught animal science courses at the University of Central […]

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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 […]