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Former City of Trenton employee files suit alleging discrimination in the workplace

The city of Trenton is the defendant in a lawsuit filed this week by a former employee. Scott Shull is alleging discrimination while he was employed by Trenton Municipal and working with the water and wastewater department The suit was filed in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. According to the suit, Shull […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Audio: Missouri man arrested for reportedly threatening people with a flamethrower

A Missouri man is looking at three federal felonies after being accused of posting video messages threatening people with a flamethrower on Facebook.     Authorities say they discovered several weapons, including an AR-15 style rifle, in 19-year-old Levi McCrorey home, He’s accused of multiple charges including illegal firearms possession During their investigation, The Kansas […]

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Chillicothe woman charged with assault and resisting arrest

A Chillicothe woman faces three felony charges after she allegedly pushed a man to the ground on January 10th. Forty-nine-year-old Kelly Jane Frazier has been charged with third-degree assault, third-degree assault involving a special victim, and resisting arrest, detention, or stop by fleeing. Her bond was set at $5,000 cash only, no surety. She is […]

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EPA renews Enlist product registrations with new control measures, providing growers with certainty for the 2022 growing season

The EPA is issuing seven-year registrations for two herbicide products, Enlist Duo and Enlist One, to ensure growers have access to effective pesticide tools for the 2022 growing season. The new product labels, which incorporate robust control measures to protect non-target plants and animals, meet Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act standards and comply with […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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Chillicothe authorities have plans in place should TikTok challenge to harm school students appear in Chillicothe

The Chillicothe Police Department has received information from a school resource officer about a nationwide TikTok challenge to make threats to harm students at school. Police Chief Jon Maples reports the Chillicothe Police work closely with schools, and school resource officers are in place for reasons like this. He notes the police have plans in […]

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Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

(Missouri Independent) – If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to steal 1,400 cell phones in dozens of burglaries

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a $1 million conspiracy to steal more than 1,400 cell phones in dozens of commercial burglaries across several states, as well as for obstruction of justice. Bryan C. Kirkendoll II, also known as “B Boy” and “Blockboy,” 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced […]

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Trenton R-9 Board of Education hears presentation on implementation of SafeDefend system

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education on December 14th heard about the implementation of the SafeDefend system for the district. Superintendent Mike Stegman reported employee training for the system was December 6th. Law enforcement and fire and rescue members were also invited to participate. On-site employees were fingerprinted into the system, and it is now […]

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Cameron woman facing charges after entering residence and threatening man with a knife

A Cameron woman faces two felonies in Clinton County after she allegedly entered a Cameron residence and threatened a man inside with a knife on December 6, 2021. Thirty-six-year-old Abigail Ann Caselman has been charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree domestic assault. Caselman was initially to be held without bond; however, the court amended bond […]

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Audio: Missouri man arrested for allegedly threatening to open fire at high school “in the name of Kyle Rittenhouse”

An eastern Missouri man has been charged after allegedly threatening to open fire at a high school. Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis says 27-year-old Mitchell Lovelace reportedly posted the threatening message Saturday night against Festus High School.     Rittenhouse took an AR-15-style gun to a Wisconsin riot last year – shooting to death two […]

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Trenton man facing charges of harassment, stalking and assault

Charges have been filed against A Trenton man following an investigation last week by the Trenton Police Department. Twenty-four-year-old Isaac James Wattenbarger faces three felony counts: 1st-degree harassment, 1st-degree stalking, and 2nd-degree assault. Bond is $35,000 cash with Wattenbarger to appear December 14th in Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Wattenbarger is accused of causing […]

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Controversial bill would have aided Orscheln Products LLC, under scrutiny for contamination

(Missouri Independent) – Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical that health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by […]

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Civilian pharmacist at Missouri military base charged with stabbing supervisor multiple times

A civilian pharmacist at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was charged in federal court with assaulting his supervisor with a knife and stabbing him multiple times. Robert E. Sapp, 63, was charged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri., with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent […]