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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Audio: St. Louis Man charged with 15 felonies, for allegedly installing cameras in camp bathrooms and shower rooms

A St. Louis Boy Scout chaperone will appear in court Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Farmington, after being charged with 15 felonies for allegedly installing cameras in the bathroom and shower rooms at Camp Gamble, at the S bar S Ranch, a southeast Missouri camp. David Lee Nelson, 39, was charged by St. Francois County […]

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Nine MS-13 gang members indicted in racketeering and violent crime conspiracy

A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee, has returned a 60-count indictment charging nine members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) with a racketeering conspiracy spanning more than seven years. Those charged in the second superseding indictment are Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 31, aka “El Serio;” Jason Sandoval, 35, aka “Bin Laden;” Jorge Flores, 29, aka “Peluche;” Kevin […]

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Missouri fugitive arrested in Guatemala, returned to United States to face indictment for kidnapping and murder

 A Noel, Missouri, man has been arrested in the Republic of Guatemala and returned to the United States to face a federal indictment for kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase last year. Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, 39, a Somali national, was charged in an indictment returned on Aug. […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit to stop mask mandates in St. Louis City and St. Louis County

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit to stop the reimposition of a mask mandate in St. Louis County and St. Louis City. The suit, which was filed in circuit court in St. Louis County, names St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, and the respective directors of the county and […]

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Florida company pays $100,000 into Missouri Investor Protection Fund; returns money to Missouri investor

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a consent order against Florida-based WCO Holdings, LLC, and a top executive after allegedly defrauding investors in several states, including Missouri.  Between February 1, 2016, and December 31, 2019, WCO Holdings and managing member Alan K. Brooks sold $700,000 of unregistered, non-exempt promissory notes through unregistered Las […]

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USDA invests $14 million in rural economic development projects in 10 states

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $14 million in rural economic development projects in 10 states. “When we invest in infrastructure, we’re investing in the people of rural America to help create thriving communities where they can grow and prosper. These loans […]

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Trenton R-9 School District to continue free meals to students for 2021-22 school year

The Trenton R-9 School District will continue to offer free meals to all students through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option. The school district reports the program will be in effect for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Families can complete the free and reduced application to have on file for other benefits […]

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Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]

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Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate, and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he […]

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North Central Missouri College’s Dean, Mitch Holder, selected for NCIA Board

Mitchell Holder, Dean of Instruction at North Central Missouri College, is a new member of the Board of Directors of NCIA serving Region 5, including the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Mitch is devoted to the mission of community colleges across the country, providing open access education to increase […]

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United States Air Force responds to area near Lake Viking to destroy explosive device

On Saturday evening, July 24th, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an old explosive device being located near the Lake Viking area. According to the sheriff’s department, the United States Air Force responded and safely destroyed the explosive device. If anyone heard an explosion near the Lake Viking area Saturday night, the […]

Medicaid Expansion

Groups urge swift funding after court upholds Medicaid expansion

Health-care advocates called on Missouri lawmakers to allocate funds for Medicaid expansion right away after the state Supreme Court ruled they must extend coverage to the 275,000 people who fall into what’s known as the Medicaid gap. That means they have incomes above their state’s eligibility for Medicaid but cannot afford marketplace or employer-based insurance. […]

Missouri State Fair 2021

Audio: Events at Missouri State Fair planned around bicentennial celebration with $9 million in renovations

The theme for this year’s Missouri State Fair is “Our Missouri Celebration.” State Fair Director Mark Wolfe says the theme is tied to the state’s bicentennial celebration, which is what the events at the fair are planned around.     August 10 is the actual 200th anniversary of Missouri entering the United States. Missouri State Fair Director […]

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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 […]

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Coalition of lawmakers urge Biden administration to drop proposed tax hike on farm families

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead […]

Drug distributors Johnson and Johnson reach settlement in opioid case with state of Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that his office has received a term sheet from Johnson and Johnson and multiple distributors (McKesson, Amerisource Bergen, and Cardinal Health), setting the stage for the largest victim-centric settlements the State of Missouri has ever seen and tentatively securing roughly just over half a billion dollars of funding […]