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Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from […]

Third District State Representative Danny Busick

Audio: Third District State Representative Danny Busick wants to keep gas stations doing business in rural areas

Third District State Representative Danny Busick wants to keep gas stations doing business in rural areas and says that if a gas station owner wants to pass on the business to someone else, there are many regulations.     Busick explains he wants to develop a way to allow small stations to operate, maybe under […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson calls special session, setting up debate on contraceptives, Planned Parenthood

(Missouri Independent) – A special session to extend provider taxes essential to the state’s Medicaid program will begin at noon Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was issued just minutes after a noon deadline set by Parson on Monday. The call came after seven members of the Senate Conservative Caucus sent him a letter demanding […]

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Audio: Missouri Public Defender System prepares to hire 53 new attorneys, biggest staffing increase since around 1989

If Gov. Mike Parson does not make changes to the Missouri Public Defender System’s next budget, the office is on track to get its largest staffing increase since about 1989. Director Mary Fox tells Missourinet 53 new public defenders would be hired statewide.     “This is going to make a huge difference in terms […]

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Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

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Multiple health departments notified of COVID positive individuals who attended Ashes to Beauty Conference

The Mercer County, Grundy County, and Tri-County health departments have been notified of COVID-19 positive individuals who attended the Ashes to Beauty Conference in Roach, Missouri on June 4 through 6. The staff members of the health departments are working together to identify, isolate, and quarantine individuals who may have been exposed. It is recommended […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton R-9 Board of Education tackles busy agenda at meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A representative from SafeDefend presented information to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education on June 8th. Dan Cole demonstrated the system, which he called a crisis management harm mitigation rapid response solution. He said it was created after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.  He explained activation modules allow a […]

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Judge sets trial date for lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – The lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to expand Medicaid coverage under a voter-approved constitutional amendment will go to trial June 18 in Cole County. On Wednesday morning, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem met in a conference call with Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office and attorneys for the three people suing for coverage. In an online notation with […]

North Central Missouri Development Alliance or NCMDA

Audio: North Central Missouri Development Alliance hires new Executive Director

The North Central Missouri Development Alliance has hired a new executive director. Scott Sharp accepted the position on May 17th. He will officially begin on June 14th and work out of the office at the Plaza Apartments in Trenton. He succeeds Micah Landes who resigned earlier this year. Sharp currently works for Pepsi in Chillicothe […]

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Trenton City Administrator reports on 17th Street Bridge and proposed improvements at water treatment plant

On top of reports and public comment, the Trenton City Council agenda Monday night only included one topic. No mention was made last evening of the Planning and Zoning recommendations from last week, one to deny a cell phone tower at a specific location in Trenton and the other to approve the downtown historic district. […]

Moberly Park Trenton Missouri

Trenton Park Board members review staffing needs at swimming pool

The Trenton Park Board discussed pool staffing at a meeting on Wednesday, May 5th. Board President Duane Helmandollar reported six applications have been submitted for lifeguards this season for the Trenton Family Aquatic Center. Park Superintendent David Shockley announced there were three applications for assistant manager, and Taylor Richman has been hired as pool manager.  […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Looks to reduce teacher shortage

Missouri is facing a teacher shortage, and for Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working to inspire more high school and college students to consider becoming educators.     Halley Russell a government teacher at Jackson High School, said the shortage is nothing new but is getting more attention with the […]