Governor Parson announces Missouri to end all pandemic-related unemployment benefits

To address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. “From conversations with business owners across the state, we know […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

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Audio: Jury deliberates two hours before convicting northern Missouri man of killing his secret fiance

A jury in mid-Missouri’s Cole County deliberated for more than two hours on Thursday before returning guilty verdicts against a northern Missouri man charged in the 2018 death of his secret fiance.     54-year-old James Addie has been convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the April 2018 death of Molly Watson, […]

Justice Department

Justice Department releases $58 million in solicitations to combat the distribution of illicit drugs and improve officer wellness

The Justice Department announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released approximately $58 million in three grant solicitations that will advance community policing, help combat the dual scourges of opioid and methamphetamine use, and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers. “The grant solicitations announced will […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri’s Senate President says state is $800 million short annually in maintaining the state highway system

Business groups and construction companies from across the state have testified for legislation to increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by 12-point-five cents per gallon by 2025.     Schatz testified last (Wednesday) night before a Missouri House committee. The GOP-controlled Missouri Senate has already given final approval to the bill.  Schatz is urging lawmakers to increase […]

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Biden administration to reverse birth control access restrictions

The Biden administration has taken the first steps in the regulatory process to eliminate the domestic gag rule, which forced more than 900 reproductive-health clinics nationwide to leave the Title X family-planning program and lose major amounts of funding. Rachel Fey, vice president for policy and strategic partnerships at the contraceptive-access advocacy group Power to Decide, said the […]

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

Missouri Secretary of State announces 2 initiative petitions approved for circulation

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office recently approved for circulation two initiative petitions amending the Missouri Constitution. Before circulating petitions for signatures, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state’s office. The office then has 23 days after the form of the […]

Doug Richey

Audio: Northern Missouri lawmaker to chair new Missouri House subcommittee on stimulus funding

A northern Missouri state lawmaker is chairing a brand-new House subcommittee on federal stimulus spending.     Excelsior Springs GOP State Representative Doug Richey is humbled by the appointment. The subcommittee will hold its first meeting in Jefferson City today (Monday) and will hear public testimony on capital improvement needs that could be eligible for […]

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Audio: Northern Missouri lawmaker warns about shortage of gas stations near Missouri-Iowa border; says It’s a safety issue

A state lawmaker who represents four northern Missouri counties is warning about the lack of gas stations near the Missouri-Iowa border. Newtown State Representative Danny Busick, the Missouri House Special Committee on Small Business vice chair, says regulations make it difficult to operate small gas stations.     But Busick tells our Moberly affiliate KWIX […]

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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 […]

Missouri state capitol

Audio: Missouri’s Senate President expects PDMP to receive final approval this week; state budget to get attention

Missouri’s Senate leader says the state operating budget will get a lot of attention in his chamber during the next five weeks. The House has approved a 34-billion dollar budget, that does NOT include funding for Medicaid expansion. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) notes the budget now heads to the Senate. […]

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Audio: Railroaders to rally Thursday in Jefferson City for additional Amtrak funding;

Railroaders from across Missouri will rally at the State Capitol in Jefferson City today (Thursday), urging lawmakers to restore some Amtrak funding.     A delegation from the American Association of Railroaders Inc. wants twice-daily Amtrak passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The group says the tourists […]

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

COVID-19 vaccinator eligibility expands to additional medical professionals and students

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently amended the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act Declaration to allow more qualified professionals to serve as COVID-19 vaccinators.  This action surpasses current Missouri standing orders for vaccine administration and authorized additional categories of qualified professionals to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines anywhere in […]

Sex Offender

Audio: Missouri Department of Conservation backs legislation keeping registered sex offenders away from conservation areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri support legislation aimed at keeping registered sex offenders away from state Conservation areas. House Bill 1090 is sponsored by State Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Whitewater), a former law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of experience. The House Public Safety Committee approved the bill 8-0, and it’s […]

Jury Duty

Livingston County Circuit Court to implement new system for more convenient communication with prospective jurors

Beginning in April 2021, prospective jurors in Livingston County can choose to communicate with the court by text or e-mail, as the Livingston County circuit court implements the new Show-Me Jury system. The Livingston County circuit court will mail new Show-Me Jury questionnaires starting April 1, 2021, for jury service beginning June 8, 2021. “A […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton Administrative Committee to recommend changes to ordinance regarding exotic animals

The administrative committee will recommend changes in the city ordinance regarding exotic animals including reptiles. The revisions are designed to have the Trenton ordinance be more similar to state law. Adam Clear had requested a review of the city code in his hope of having a reptile type of zoo in Trenton. Clear has stated […]

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Corn Xpress Bulk Corn Vending Machines not-legal-for-trade in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture issued a consumer alert to advise Missourians that the Corn Xpress Bulk Corn Vending Machine is not-legal-for-trade in the state of Missouri. The machine is advertised as an agricultural vending machine that can dispense products such as corn, wheat, protein pellets, and rock salt. The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Weights, […]

Protection Order

Audio: Missouri bill would allow domestic violence victims to get lifetime order of protection

Current state law allows orders of protection for one year – potentially forcing domestic violence victims to repeatedly return to court and face their abuser. Joplin Republican Representative Lane Roberts says that is wrong. During a state House committee hearing, Roberts, a former Missouri Public Safety Department director, says he wants to change the law […]