Weed Zapper

Weed electrocution research sparks interest as herbicide resistance impedes current methods

Move over, herbicides. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s toting some powerful guns loaded with electricity to kill weeds.  This shocking new method of weed control was demonstrated at the 2021 Pest Management Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia.  As more weeds develop resistance to herbicides, electrocution […]

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Casey Stout named 2021 Coca-Cola “Leaders of Promise” scholar

Casey Stout, a student from North Central Missouri College, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

Coronavirus Update

Grundy County reports 8 new cases of COVID-19; Putnam County to offer Pfizer vaccine clinic

Eight COVID-19 cases have been added in Grundy County since July 20th. The health department reports 1,294 total cases. Twenty-six cases are active. The Livingston County Health Center reports one COVID-19 case has been added since July 20, bringing the total to 2,065. Twenty-seven cases are active. The Putnam County Health Department will hold a […]

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Missouri hits new peak in Delta variant summer surge with almost 3,000 COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – The summer surge of infection tied to the easily spread Delta variant of COVID-19 is accelerating in Missouri, with state health officials on Wednesday reporting the highest case total since mid-January. The Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,995 additional cases, with at least one case in 105 of the state’s 117 local […]

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New cases of COVID-19 reported in Putnam, Livingston and Linn counties

The Putnam County Health Department reports seven new COVID-19 cases since July 15th, making the total 535. Five of the new positive cases are linked through close contacts. Eight cases are active. There are 14 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The Putnam County Health Department requests close contacts self-quarantine for at least seven days. On […]

Map of The Border Wall in Arizona & New Mexico July 2021

Group says border wall map reveals damage to landscape and migration routes

A newly-released map identifies portions of the U.S.-Mexico border wall built by the Trump administration, and for conservation groups and wildlife advocates, it is alarming. The Biden administration halted construction and said it will use federal funds to assess the damage caused by the new, higher walls. Myles Traphagen, borderlands program coordinator for the Wildlands Network who created […]

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Three from Iowa, including two children, injured in crash on Highway 36

Three Shenandoah, Iowa residents were hurt late Friday afternoon in DeKalb County when a sports utility vehicle overturned on Highway 36 east of Osborn. The driver, 28-year old Roger Cromwell, and a passenger, who’s a seven-year-old girl, both received serious injuries. Another passenger, a four-year-old girl, received minor injuries. All three were transported to Cameron […]

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As COVID-19 causes hospitals to fill, Springfield asks Missouri for temporary care site

(Missouri Independent) – Facing a looming shortage of beds caused by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, healthcare providers in Springfield are asking the state to set up temporary hospital beds so existing hospital space can be dedicated to caring for the most severely ill. The alternate care site would treat patients stable enough to be removed […]

Medicaid Expansion

Quick ruling expected from Missouri Supreme Court on Medicaid Expansion

Missouri’s Medicaid expansion lawsuit case is now in the hands of the seven-member state Supreme Court. The court heard about 35 minutes of oral arguments Tuesday morning in Jefferson City. This case will likely come down to the definition of “appropriation.” Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled in June that Missouri’s August Medicaid expansion […]

The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday over Medicaid expansion. (Screenshot from pool video provided by KMIZ-TV)

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the […]

Parson signing new legislation

Governor Parson signs SB 262 into law, increasing transportation funding for critical infrastructure projects

Governor Mike Parson has signed SB 262 into law, which will increase transportation funding for critical state and local infrastructure projects across the state of Missouri.  “With nearly $1 billion in unfunded transportation needs each year, we can no longer wait for another day or another generation. We must change course and address these problems head-on,” Governor Parson said. “SB […]

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Audio: Governor Parson praises northern missouri’s Macon, during Bicentennial Tour across Highway 36 corridor

The governor visited seven small northern Missouri towns across the Highway 36 corridor on Monday, as part of his Bicentennial Tour. One of them was Macon, a farming community between Moberly and Kirksville. Governor Mike Parson describes Macon’s Historical Society museum as incredible.     Several presidents have visited Macon over the years, including then-President […]

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Trenton City Council responds to concerns over residential trash pickup

Much of the discussion during Monday night’s Trenton City Council meeting involved discussion on trash service complaints. City administrator Ron Urton provided a list of recent complaint calls received by city hall detailing addresses that experienced issues. Two members of the public, Larry Huffstutter and Gaylon McCorkle voiced their concerns. Responses were provided by Rapid […]