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Ketanji Brown Jackson considered among Biden’s top candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer by this summer, President Joe Biden has said he will fulfill a campaign promise of appointing a Black woman to an open seat on the highest court in the land. A top contender, who was even vetted by the Obama administration in 2016 as […]

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Catch-and-keep trout season begins February 1 at two St. Joseph lakes

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s winter trout fishing program in St. Joseph takes a new turn on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, when anglers can begin keeping their catch. Krug Park Lagoon and Everyday Pond both have had rainbow trout stocked by MDC last fall for catch-and-release fishing. But starting Feb. 1, anglers with the proper […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearm

A Missouri, man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Jeremiah Ezekiel Brown, 37, Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to 10 years in federal prison without parole. This is the maximum statutory penalty for this offense. Brown was found guilty at trial […]

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Northwest Missouri State University to host retired NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly

Northwest Missouri State University will host retired NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as the next featured speaker for the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Kelly’s presentation centers on the remarkable story of his year in space – and how personal determination made […]

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Counties ask Missouri Supreme Court to strike down law restricting local CAFO rules

(Missouri Independent) – A pair of Missouri counties are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 2019 law that stripped them of their ability to set their own rules for concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.   Under the law, county commissioners are prohibited from setting policies that are “inconsistent with or more stringent than” state […]

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GEC Community Foundation awards over $2,900 in grants

The Trustees of the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. met on January 26, 2022, and awarded four grants totaling $2,971.00. All grants are funded by member donations called Operation Round Up where members voluntarily round up their utility bills each month to fund grants to eligible entities. Education grants were awarded to Trenton-IX Middle School, Trenton, […]

Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

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USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

Audio: Missouri school board group responds to attorney general’s lawsuits against schools

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is suing 45 K-12 public school districts around the state for what it calls illegally enforcing mask mandates. All of Missouri’s charter schools have mask requirements but they are not being sued. Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, cites a recent Cole County Court ruling he […]

Turkeys

Apply online during February for Missouri Department of Conservation spring managed turkey hunts

Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February for 2022 spring turkey-managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation website.  Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be posted starting March 15. The spring turkey hunting youth portion will be April 9 and 10 with the regular spring […]

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Man from Hopkins injured in Friday crash; accused of multiple offenses

A northwest Missouri man received serious injuries in a traffic crash late last Friday night in eastern Nodaway County. Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Poppa of Hopkins was taken to Mosaic Life Care in Maryville. The crash happened seven miles northwest of Parnell on Route NN, in the area of Route E, as the eastbound car driven by […]

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University Missouri Extension farm lease information sessions set for February 10

Landowners and renters can learn about farm leases from University of Missouri Extension specialists 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2022. Participants can attend via Zoom or in person at one of six locations across the state, says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist and longtime presenter on farm leases. “Open communication is the key,” […]

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Green Hills Animal Shelter receives over $2,600 in donations during “Betty White Challenge”

The Green Hills Animal Shelter in Trenton received more than $2,600 in donations through the Betty White Challenge. The public was encouraged to donate $5.00 to a rescue or animal shelter in memory of Betty White who died December 31st at age 99. Donations were received around the world for various shelters. Betty White was […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri woman sentenced to 9 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearm

A Missouri woman who was arrested with 19 firearms and quantities of illegal drugs in her home was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Robin A. Graham, 38, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to nine years in federal prison without parole. On June 22, 2021, Graham […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of January 24, 2022

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in Northern Missouri for the week of January 24 – 30. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map.  Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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Director of Agriculture announces grants for 4-H and FFA service projects

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 16 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2022 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eight local chapters of the National FFA Organization and eight Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year. “We […]

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Missouri Senate hears bipartisan push to forgive mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits

(Missouri Independent) – Tracie Engelmeyer was among hundreds of bus drivers who were furloughed in St. Louis County in March 2020 because of the pandemic. School-district authorities told them that even though drivers are contracted labor, they would qualify for unemployment benefits and urged them to apply. Engelmeyer recalled the conversation she had with a […]

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Man sentenced to 21 years for meth trafficking at Missouri hotel

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for possessing methamphetamine to distribute when officers found large amounts of illegal drugs in his room at a Camdenton, Mo., hotel. Anthony Martinez Harris, 49, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for illegal firearms and marijuana grow operation

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for growing marijuana and illegally possessing dozens of firearms. Darrin Dale Smithee, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 31, 2021, Smithee pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing marijuana and one […]