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Audio: Conservative group wants to send gas tax hike to Missouri voters

(Missouri Independent) – On Monday morning, Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, filed paperwork with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office to begin the process of putting the 12.5-cents a gallon tax increase on a statewide ballot. To succeed in forcing a referendum on the bill, the campaign would have to gather about 110,000 […]

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Eleven public high schools in Missouri recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education

Eleven public high schools in Missouri are being recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education. In an effort to promote completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among high school seniors, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development launched the Show-Me FAFSA Challenge in October 2020. The competition ended […]

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Missourians join call to pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act

 Missouri voting-rights advocates joined a national call to action Saturday to promote the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act. The Lewis Act would require states with a history of voter discrimination to get approval from the Justice Department before making legal changes to voting rules. Julie Steiger, co-president of the League of […]

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Audio: Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri offers a multitude of services including LIHEAP and services for women

The Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri provides various services in the Green Hills area.  One of those services is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps households in need with utilities. Executive Director Chris Small reports Community Action works with more than 40 utility vendors. Some of the vendors are municipal […]

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Public comment period opens on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

A draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system was presented today to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. A 30-day public review and comment period began on Wednesday, May 5) Missouri Department of Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,417 […]

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Governor Parson issues state workforce directive; all state employees to return to pre-COVID-19 work settings by May 17

Governor Mike Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, and that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.  “Since the start of COVID-19, our state team members have gone above and beyond to keep state government running and […]

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Grass is growing and mowers are mowing; Be alert and slow down for MoDOT mowing crews

 It has been a rainy spring, and that, coupled with warmer temperatures, means seasonal growth on Missouri roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution when encountering tractor mowers near the shoulder of interstates and other busy roadways beginning this month and throughout the summer. “Even the most aggressive warning lights and […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri Senate sides with House; chooses not to fund Medicaid expansion

The Missouri Senate has passed a $34 billion state budget proposal without funding an expansion of Medicaid. The upper chamber sided with the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Missouri House of Representatives by rejecting attempts to put expansion funding into the budget that begins in July. Gov. Mike Parson’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 […]

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Missouri KidsFirst announces recipients of 2021 “Standing with Children” awards

Missouri KidsFirst presented the 2021 Standing with Children Awards at a virtual event hosted by the organization at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021. The 2021 recipients of the Standing with Children Awards are Laura Bauer and Judy Thomas, investigative reporters with the Kansas City Star, Dr. Linda Shaw, child abuse pediatrician with SSM […]

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LGBTQ advocates oppose bills seen as harmful to trans youth

The Missouri House of Representatives advanced a bill aimed to ban transgender kids from participating in girl’s sports, which advocates said is the latest in a growing list of legislative attacks on trans youth across the country. More than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in 2021 alone, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Shira Berkowitz, communications […]

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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 […]

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New weather station launched at Barton Farm Campus in Partnership with NCMC and University of Missouri Extension

A collaboration between the University of Missouri and North Central Missouri College has resulted in a new weather station at NCMC’s Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm at Trenton. Phil and Chris Hoffman retired owners of the Hoffman & Reed grain elevator in Trenton, began the movement for the weather station after attending the annual Crop […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

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Unemployment Rates: Five area counties above state average while eleven counties are below state average

Five area counties have unemployment rates above the state average while eleven others are below the statewide rate for February, the most recent month available. The Missouri unemployment rate average is 5%. Above that mark are Linn County at 7.8%, Caldwell at 6.0%, Clinton and Sullivan counties are 5.7%, and Carroll County is 5.2%. Unemployment […]

Share The Harvest

Missouri Department of Conservation expresses appreciation to deer hunters for “Sharing the Harvest”

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated 238,920 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 4,787 whole deer. MDC and CFM also thank the participating meat processors throughout the state who grind […]

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Audio: Legislation creating a Department of Defense given final approval by Missouri House

Missouri and Massachusetts are the only two states that don’t have a Department of Defense, but that would change under a proposal given final approval today (Thursday) by the Missouri House in Jefferson City. St. Charles State Representative Adam Schnelting, who serves in the Missouri Army National Guard, is sponsoring the proposed constitutional amendment.   […]