Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson issues state workforce directive; all state employees to return to pre-COVID-19 work settings by May 17

Governor Mike Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, and that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.  “Since the start of COVID-19, our state team members have gone above and beyond to keep state government running and […]

Evergy Coal Plant in Lawrence Kansas

Evergy to shutter Kansas coal plant, speed transition to renewable energy

(Missouri Independent) – Evergy, an electric supplier to about 600,000 customers in western Missouri, will retire its coal power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023, the company announced on Friday. The utility revealed its plan to regulators in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The “integrated resource plan” lays out Evergy’s next […]

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Three from Georgia charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

Three Georgia men were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery. The indictment also charges two of the men with separate counts of using firearms during that crime of violence. Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, 65; […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Democrats vow court battle if lawmakers don’t fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – With the Missouri Senate poised for what promises to be a lengthy debate over Medicaid expansion, legislative Democrats said Tuesday that the fight over funding will move to the courts if lawmakers don’t approve money for the new coverage. During a rally on the Capitol Building lawn, Senate Democrats promised to push […]

Big Rig Crash

Big rig fails to negotiate curve in old Pattonsburg and overturns injuring Gilman City man

The Highway Patrol reports a Gilman City man sustained minor injuries as the result of the Kenworth truck he drove failing to negotiate a curve in Old Pattonsburg on the morning of April 23rd. An ambulance transported 55-year-old Timothy Kollanda to the Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany. The truck traveled west on Route Z […]

18-Wheel truck big rig

Two from Chillicothe injured when big rig strikes SUV on Highway 65

Two Chillicothe residents sustained injuries when a Peterbilt truck struck a sports utility vehicle in Carroll County on Friday night, April 23rd. Emergency medical services transported the driver of the SUV, James Nauman, and passenger 59-year-old April Nauman, to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton with minor injuries. No injuries were reported for the other […]

Fire Hydrant being flushed

Trenton Municipal Utilities to continue flushing of water system east of railroad tracks

Trenton Municipal Utilities will continue the flushing of the water distribution system through the first part of May. The entire area east of the railroad tracks will be flushed starting April 26th as a semi-annual water treatment process requirement. There may be some discolored water during flushing hours, which are weekdays from 7 o’clock in […]

Mark McCloskey

Audio: Gun-toting attorney Mark McCloskey considering run for United States Senate.

A gun-toting St. Louis Attorney says he is considering running for Missouri’s soon to open Senate Seat.     Mark McCloskey drew headlines last year for brandishing an assault rifle as protesters walked in front of his house on a private street in the Central West End. In an interview on Tuesday McCloskey said (quote): […]

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

(Missouri Independent) – On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning […]

Representative Rick Roeber Lee's Summit

Panel recommends Missouri House expel Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from the Legislature. The committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, said evidence obtained over the course of its four-month investigation confirmed Roeber had sexually abused two of his children in 1990 when they […]