Missouri Attorney General reaches settlement with McKinsey & Company for role in opioid epidemic

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office and a coalition of attorneys general from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories have reached a $573 million settlement with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company. The settlement resolves investigations into the company’s role in working for opioid […]

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Braymer man charged with child abuse after striking 13-year-old girl multiple times

A Braymer man accused of hitting his 13-year-old daughter in the lip and stomach has been charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child, no sexual contact. Fifty-year-old Troy Dale Frazier also faces misdemeanor domestic assault, fourth-degree, first, or second offense. Bond was set at $7,500 cash only with special conditions for bond supervision […]

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Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in […]

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Effort to stop charging 17-year-olds as adults has stalled in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Khadijah Wilson had a bully during her junior year at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles. She told her principal and teachers about the name-calling, and how the other girl constantly threatened to beat her up. But no one intervened. It went on for several months.  “I reported it more […]

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Homeless man found in stolen vehicle pleads not guilty to four felonies in Linn County

A man pleaded not guilty on four felonies in Linn County on January 14th after law enforcement reported finding him in a stolen vehicle from Wisconsin in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot in Brookfield on January 14th. Twenty-eight-year-old Adrian Joe was arraigned, and the case was continued to February 4th.  He has been charged with […]

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Audio: Missouri Capitol heightens security after FBI warning of armed protests; House discusses emergency plans

The Missouri Capitol has extra law enforcement keeping an eye on the building after reports of possible “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol. The increased presence follows an FBI warning of threats of an “uprising” in the days leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. During […]

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Video: Hawley says “Antifa scumbags terrorized his family”; video shows different story

Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley says “Antifa scumbags terrorized his family” last night at his Virginia home while he was away in Missouri. Alisa Nelson reports.     On Twitter, Senator Hawley says the group screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open the door to his home with his wife and baby inside. The […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen presented reports on utility repairs; approve liquor license for local business

Gallatin Public Works Director Mark Morey reported at the Gallatin Board of Aldermen meeting on December 14th on repairs to two water leaks. He said one was located on East Berry Street, and the other was repaired on Cedar Street. Crews had tried to locate the leak on Cedar Street but were unsuccessful. Rural Water […]

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Audio: Governor Parson reacts to investigative report into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes

Missouri’s governor said Thursday in Jefferson City that he wants some answers, after reading a 53-page independent investigation into recent COVID deaths at Missouri veterans homes. Governor Mike Parson ordered the investigation, which was conducted by St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale. The governor emphasizes that he’s limited in what he can say because he doesn’t know […]

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Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

(Missouri Independent) – President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place […]

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Missouri Election Day FAQ: What you need to know to make sure your vote counts

(Missouri Independent) – Across Missouri, local election officials have received 628,395 mail-in and absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s Oct. 27 report.  Already, that’s more than twice the total absentee ballots counted in the November 2016 election. While many Missourians have already voted by mail or in-person absentee, many more will head out […]