Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Dual credit assistance program now available to income-qualified high school students

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri is offering a dual credit assistance program to income-qualified high school students currently residing in our nine-county service area. The program’s funding can be used toward multiple classes across multiple semesters and covers both tuition and books. Students seeking their High Set (GED) certificate, trade-school, and nursing program […]

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While Cedar County, Missouri awaits ruling in CAFO lawsuit, a large chicken operation moves in

(Missouri Independent) – When the attorney general’s office asked a judge in 2019 to lift a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law pre-empting county regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that were stricter than the state’s, the argument was straightforward. No one was trying to build a large animal feeding operation in Cedar […]

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Audio: Missouri county considering whether to use federal aid to boost broadband access

The U.S. Department of Economic Development estimates that more than 400,000 Missourians do not have reliable internet access. The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year includes giving 16.9-million dollars to Buchanan County in northwest Missouri. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer says at the forefront of his and his commissioner’s minds are using the […]

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Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests

(Missouri Independent) – In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit […]

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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Grundy County Commission signs documents relating to Streambank Stabilization Project

The Grundy County Commission digitally signed a document on May 25th regarding the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Streambank Stabilization project near the Thompson River Bridge on Highway 6. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the document will allow the State Highways and Transportation Commission to allocate 12.5%, or $43,750, for the project that will then go […]

Cocaine

Man sentenced to 15 years in a Missouri prison for distributing almost 6,000 pounds of cocaine in KC area

A man who was a leader of a $56 million criminal enterprise was sentenced in federal court for his role in the conspiracy that distributed more than 2,600 kilograms (5,732 pounds) of cocaine in the metropolitan area. Jose Luis Armendariz-Rascon, Kansas City, Kansas, also known as “Uncle” or “Rambo,” 40, was sentenced by U.S. Chief […]

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Mexican national pleads guilty to selling 14 kilos of meth, 30 firearms to undercover agent

A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. He sold more than 14 kilograms of methamphetamine and 30 firearms to an undercover federal agent. Jose Alvarado, 28, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to one count of conspiracy to […]

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Lawmakers introduce resolution supporting Israel

Twenty Republican lawmakers have announced a resolution condemning the attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian-backed and funded terrorist organization, and reaffirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to our ally Israel and its right to take whatever means are necessary to stop the murder of its citizens and foreign nationals residing in Israel. The bill’s […]

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Advocates fear homeless crisis with federal eviction moratorium on shaky legal ground

(Missouri Independent) – At least once a day, housing advocate Melissa Pashia speaks to someone living in a car.  Once the situation gets to this point, it’s hard to get people back into stable housing, said Pashia, a housing resource specialist for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.  “Landlords don’t want to […]

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Audio: Closing arguments set for Thursday in high-profile Addie Murder trial; Court TV has live coverage

Closing arguments are set for Thursday in Jefferson City in a high-profile northern Missouri murder trial that’s being broadcast live nationwide on Court TV.     54-year-old James Addie is charged with first-degree murder for the 2018 death of Molly Watson, his fiance. Addie and Watson both worked at the Moberly Correctional Center (MCC). The case was […]

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Audio: Jury hears opening statements in northern Missouri murder trial; Court TV airing live coverage

A jury listened to two vastly different stories during opening statements Monday in Jefferson City, in a high-profile northern Missouri murder case. 54-year-old James Addie’s murder trial is being broadcast live nationwide on Court TV.     Addie and the victim, Molly Watson, both worked at the Moberly Correctional Center. The case has been moved from […]

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Grundy County Commission accepts proposal for 911 recorder license

The Grundy County Commission accepted a proposal and applied for funding on April 20th. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the proposal was for a 911 recorder license from Command 1 for $3,600. The commission applied for annual state funding for the local emergency planning commission of approximately $2,600. The Grundy County Commission had a conference […]

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 […]

CAFO

Audio: United Hog Systems withdraws permit application to build CAFO in Livingston County

United Hog Systems, LLC has withdrawn its permit application to build a concentrated animal feeding operation in northern Livingston County. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas says the Livingston County Commission got word April 14th from the Department of Natural Resources. Douglas explains United Hog originally applied for a CAFO in February 2020 but withdrew that application. […]

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Judge assigned to Osborn man’s case relating to death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark

A judge has been assigned in a case involving an Osborn man charged with second-degree murder in relation to a motor vehicle accident that caused the death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. Daren Adkins was assigned to 35-year-old Gary Wayne Downs’s case by Presiding Judge Ryan Horsman. Brent Elliott recused himself from the case […]

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Grundy County Commission reviews election results; terminate Grundy County emergency declaration degree

The Grundy County Commission on April 13th went over election results and terminated the county’s emergency declaration in regard to the pandemic. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the county will follow state statutes on the ordinance involving enforcement of brush control adjacent to county roads. Landowners will be allowed 30 days from the delivery of […]

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Judge recuses himself in case involving man charged with murder in death of Sheriff Andy Clark

The judge has recused himself in the case involving an Osborn man charged with murder—second degree in relation to a motor vehicle accident that caused the death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. Online court information shows Judge Brent Elliott recused himself on April 9th and ordered the case for 35-year-old Gary Wayne Downs be […]

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Grundy County Commission approves bids for piping, culverts and fuel

The Grundy County Commission approved the replacement of the transmission in an ambulance and accepted bids for pipe and fuel on March 30th. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the Ford OEM replacement transmission for Grundy County Ambulance Medic 2 is estimated to cost $5,000. A bid for metal pipes was accepted from Metal Culverts. The […]