Voter ID

Missouri Republicans look to reinstate voter ID requirement

(Missouri Independent) – About 137,700 registered voters in Missouri did not have a state-issued identification in 2017, according to an analysis from the Secretary of State’s Office.  Another 140,000 voters had expired IDs, and 2,000 more voters had forfeited their driver’s licenses. Under a bill passed Wednesday in the Missouri House, those registered voters would either have to […]

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Audio: Missouri prison system could move officer training from classroom to real-world setting

In 2019, Gov. Mike Parson closed a prison in northwest Missouri’s Cameron. Most staff and inmates transferred to the other prison in town – Western Missouri Correctional Center. Now, Parson wants to reopen the Crossroads Correctional Center and turn it into a training academy for correctional officers. During a House Budget Committee hearing, Trevor Foley […]

Minimum Wage

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

(Missouri Independent) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a […]

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Audio: State lawmaker says faith-based boarding schools need regulations

The top Democrat on Missouri’s House Children’s Committee was featured Thursday night on NBC’s “Dateline,” for her legislation aimed at facilities like the troubled Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch near Humansville. Lee’s Summit State Representative Keri Ingle tells Missourinet the issue with faith-based boarding schools goes well beyond the Circle of Hope.     “Dateline” […]

Conceal Carry Guns Missouri

Missouri Attorney General and 22 other states argue allowing citizens to carry is fundamental right and deters crime

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, along with 22 other state Attorneys General, filed an amicus brief in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett in the United States Supreme Court. The brief, led by Missouri and Arizona, argues that permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in self-defense outside the […]

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Land values in Missouri continue to grow, according to annual survey of farmers, appraisers and ag lenders

All classes of Missouri land values grew steadily in the past year, according to the University of Missouri Extension’s annual survey of farmers, rural appraisers, and agricultural lenders. Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economics professor, heads the survey efforts. No governmental or public agencies in Missouri require the reporting of land values, said Massey. Despite […]

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Missouri Department of Higher Education releases report on response of postsecondary institutions during COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) released an addendum to its third COVID-19 After-Action Report, which was published in December 2020.   Much like last December’s report, the addendum focuses on the initial institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As colleges and universities quickly transitioned to online courses, three major problems […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate Committee hears testimony on Second Amendment Preservation Act

Legislation establishing a Second Amendment Preservation Act had support from rural Missourians during a Tuesday Senate committee hearing in Jefferson City. Battlefield GOP State Senator Eric Burlison, the bill sponsor, predicts President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration will push for gun control.     Burlison’s bill declares that it’s the duty of the courts and law enforcement […]

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Sheriff responds to suicidal subject in rural Mercer County

It was a peaceful resolution to a situation when the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suicidal subject that had locked themselves in the bathroom of a residence in rural Mercer County. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from Grundy County Sheriff’s Department due to the situation and location. A report […]