U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler

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 […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson to be in Milan to sign resolution regarding East Locust Creek Reservoir

Thursday’s visit to Milan by Governor Parson is to sign a House-Senate resolution that enables the state to join in a debt service arrangement supporting the construction of the East Locust Creek Reservoir. That’s the large lake proposed north of Milan to serve as a regional water supply and offer recreational opportunities. The resolution enables […]

Prescription Drugs in Missouri

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 […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri’s Governor says there was no path forward for Medicaid expansion, without legislative funding

Missouri’s governor says there was no path forward for Medicaid expansion without legislative funding and that the courts will decide the issue. Governor Mike Parson says he never supported Medicaid expansion because he didn’t think the state could afford it. The governor says he called for its implementation because voters approved it in August:   […]

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Iowa program aims to usher in next generation of farmers

Iowa farmers have been busy with the spring planting season. As operations hire workers for the summer, a nonprofit connects them with aspiring ‘ag’ professionals who could represent the industry’s future labor force. For nearly a decade, the group Practical Farmers of Iowa has carried out its Labor-4-Learning initiative, where participating farms provide on-site training for […]

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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 […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri’s Governor Parson abandons plans to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will not expand Medicaid coverage to working-age adults on July 1 because lawmakers refused to include funding for the health care program in the state budget, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday. In a news release, Parson said the state was withdrawing documents submitted to the federal government necessary to add the approximately 275,000 […]

Prescription Drugs in Missouri

Missouri House approves prescription drug monitoring program, sends bill to the governor

(Missouri Independent) – In a historic vote, the Missouri House signed off Tuesday on legislation creating a prescription drug monitoring program — inching one step closer to ending Missouri’s designation as the only state without one. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Parson for his signature or veto. Sen. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican who […]

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Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s Walk Against Hunger raises over $2K

More than $2,100 was raised during the Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s Walk Against Hunger last week. FFDD Executive Director Kayla Graham and some walk participants April 30th presented a $1,052.50 check to Bright Futures Trenton and another $1,052.50 to Backpack Buddies of Grundy County. Twenty-four Families and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to working animal legislation

Legislation that prohibits cities and counties from banning working animals has received initial approval from the Missouri House, on a voice vote. Sedalia State Representative Brad Pollitt says it’s improper for political subdivisions to regulate an industry out of business.     The bill is backed by Missouri Farm Bureau and by Cape Girardeau’s Lazy […]

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Trenton High School Band and Choir take center stage at Trenton High School Performing Arts Center

The Trenton High School Band and Choir performed on opening night for the performing arts center at the high school on April 16th. The invitation-only event also included recognition of people who made the PAC a reality. Director of Supportive Services Kris Ockenfels expressed appreciation to project engineers and architects, the board of education, former […]

Medicaid Missouri

Audio: Missouri’s House Budget Committee Chairman outlines Medicaid-related budget bill

Missouri’s House Budget Committee learned details today (Tuesday) about a budget blueprint from Chairman Cody Smith to use dollars slated for Medicaid expansion for other programs instead. Funding includes 26-million dollars for adult daycare and home-delivered meals. Chairman Smith testifies the funding also includes 88-million dollars for nursing home care.     This involves a […]