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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 […]

Medicaid

Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

(Missouri Independent) – While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured in headlines across the state, state Sen. Paul Wieland has put the entire Missouri Medicaid program in jeopardy with his late-night amendment to a […]

Elizabeth Kilgore

Woman convicted in 2018 murder of St. Clair County Missouri man

On Saturday, March 6, in a case handled by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, a jury convicted Elizabeth Kilgore in connection with the murder-suicide of her husband, Lance Kilgore, and father Charles Sander.    On the morning of September 7, 2018, the defendant’s husband Lance Kilgore was ambushed and murdered by her father Charles Sander […]

Eric Nelson McKinney

Fugitive child sex offender from Livingston County arrested in Oklahoma

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports a fugitive child sex offender was arrested in Oklahoma on a Livingston County warrant. He explains an investigation began on 44-year-old Eric Nelson McKinney after he registered with the sheriff’s office in November due to concerns of false information on his registration. McKinney had been convicted of several violations, […]

Spickard School

Superintendent of Spickard school submits letter of resignation to Board of Education

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education has accepted a letter of resignation from the superintendent; however, no reason was given for Kristi Weldon’s resignation.  Weldon says the board will begin the process of looking for another superintendent. The board hired her in June. The board also approved the 2021-2022 school calendar. No specific calendar dates […]

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Missouri House committee votes to forgive federal unemployment debts

(Missouri Independent) – Thousands of Missourians facing repayment of mistakenly paid unemployment benefits would get some relief under legislation passed with a bipartisan vote Wednesday in a Missouri House committee. The bill, which will likely be debated on the House floor next week, would forgive debts due to overpayments from federal coronavirus relief programs but would not […]

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Man charged with $1.9 million COVID-relief fraud after seeking forgivable loans

A Nevada man was charged in an indictment Wednesday for his alleged participation in a scheme to defraud multiple financial institutions by filing bank loan applications that fraudulently sought more than $1.9 million dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Nicholas L. […]