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Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

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Vicky Hartzler makes it official, joining 2022 Missouri GOP Senate primary

(Missouri Independent) – Vicky Hartzler made her entry into the 2022 U.S. Senate race official Thursday, kicking off her campaign at a firearms store surrounded by supporters.  One day before Republicans gather in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days meetings, Hartzler said her experience in Congress will make her the best candidate over the […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of June 14, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in north Missouri for the week of June 14 – 20. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of […]

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Gallatin man injured in rollover crash; accused of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident

The Highway Patrol reports a Gallatin man sustained minor injuries when he lost control of a pickup truck. The vehicle overturned one mile south of Jamesport on Friday morning, June 11. He was later arrested on several allegations. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Butts drove himself to the Cameron Regional Medical Center. The pickup traveled north on Highway […]

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Kansas City man facing multiple felony charges in Caldwell County after high-speed pursuit

A Kansas City man faces several felony charges in Caldwell County after he allegedly misidentified himself and fled from police, starting from Polo, in April. Forty-six-year-old Billy Leon McCollum has been charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle; resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony; resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing, […]

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Teachers across the country share FFA and agriculture opportunities

For years, teachers across the country have advocated for their students regardless of their environment – whether it be in-person, virtual, or hybrid. Agricultural education teachers are no exception. For the past few years, they have worked together to share the story of FFA and agricultural education in their states and communities. This summer, more […]

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Illinois man injured in crash on I-35 near Eagleville

An Illinois resident was injured in a single-vehicle Interstate 35 accident that occurred Sunday three miles south of Eagleville. Twenty-eight-year-old Abeke Abedi of Rockford, Illinois received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Harrison County Community Hospital in Brookfield. The northbound car traveled off the west side of I-35 into the median. The driver […]

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Two SUVs collide at west edge of Trenton; both vehicles towed from scene

Trenton Police described damages as major when two vehicles collided at the west edge of Trenton. No apparent injuries were noted; however, one driver received a citation because of the wreck on Highway 6, near 5th Street. According to a police report, 63-year-old Jeffrey Lee Jackson of rural Trenton was southbound when he attempted to make […]

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Unionville man hospitalized in Kirksville after crashing on Highway 129

A Unionville resident received serious injuries when the vehicle he was driving overturned in northeastern Sullivan County. Twenty-three-year-old Jeramiah Summers was taken by ambulance to the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Summers was southbound when the sports utility vehicle (Suzuki Vitara) traveled off the left side of Highway 129, eight miles south of Highway […]

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Audio: Missouri House Corrections Chair calls on Governor to release Kevin Strickland from prison

A key Missouri lawmaker who chairs the House Corrections Committee is calling on Governor Parson to grant an immediate release to an inmate that prosecutors say was wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has our report:     GOP State Representative Andrew McDaniel of southeast Missouri’s Deering tweeted that Thursday night […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Governor to sign prescription drug monitoring program on Capitol lawn in Jefferson City

The governor will sign prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) legislation into law Monday (today)  in Jefferson City, making Missouri the 50th and final state to have the PDMP program. Governor Mike Parson (R) plans to sign bipartisan PDMP legislation from State Sen. Holly Rehder (R-Scott City) and State Rep. Travis Smith (R-Dora) Monday afternoon, on the Missouri Capitol lawn […]

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COVID-19 vaccination rates in north Missouri lag behind state and national average

Completion rates COVID-19 vaccinations, when including total populations, include the united states at 41.6 percent, Missouri is several points behind at 35.2 percent. In this area, Carroll County at 31.3 percent of its residents fully vaccinated, then Livingston 29.9, Linn 29.6, Sullivan 26.8, Caldwell 24.2, Grundy County in sixth place among ten area counties. Grundy […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of June 7, 2021

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 June 7 – 13. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of […]