Eviction Notice

Advocates fear homeless crisis with federal eviction moratorium on shaky legal ground

(Missouri Independent) – At least once a day, housing advocate Melissa Pashia speaks to someone living in a car.  Once the situation gets to this point, it’s hard to get people back into stable housing, said Pashia, a housing resource specialist for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.  “Landlords don’t want to […]

Healthcare

Audio: Missouri Legislature expected back for special session to vote on healthcare renewal tax

The Missouri Legislature is expected to head back for a special session later this year to vote on a healthcare renewal tax. In a rare move, the Missouri Senate adjourned the legislative session several hours early Friday without passing the legislation. The Federal Reimbursement Allowance also referred to as FRA, helps to fund about two […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol Website New 2021 (MSHP)

Missouri State Highway Patrol: “Every available trooper to be out enforcing traffic laws during Memorial Day weekend”

The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. Over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 10 people died, and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers made […]

Audio: Missouri Legislature fails to pass fix for 46,000 Missourians given too much in unemployment aid

The state Legislature did not end up passing a bill this session that would let about 46,000 Missourians keep extra unemployment relief the state mistakenly gave them. Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia says a fix could be part of a special session.     Early on, Governor Parson supported the idea of the […]

Human Trafficking Graphic

Two suspects detained, 9 victims rescued, during human trafficking operation at Holiday Inn East Hotel in Columbia

The Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies conducted a successful joint human trafficking operation at the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Friday night. The joint operation, organized by the Columbia Police Department, the […]

Edward Eli Whitney (Photo courtesy Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Milan man charged with first-degree murder after wife found dead in apartment

A Milan man has been charged with first-degree murder after his wife was found dead in the couple’s apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to her face. Twenty-year-old Edward James Elijah “Eli” Withey has also been charged with armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse. He is to be held without bond. A probable […]

Lawsuit

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission files suit against Hiland Dairy Foods for disability discrimination

Hiland Dairy Foods, a Missouri-based producer and distributor of dairy products, violated federal law when it refused to hire a man to work in its Norman, Okla. plant because he was vision-impaired, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed. According to the suit, Hiland interviewed the man, toured the plant with […]

Coronavirus Update

Livingston County Health Center reports 12 cases of COVID-19; Daviess County 2 cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports the addition of 12 COVID-19 cases since May 10th. That brings the total number of confirmed positive cases to 1,479. Twenty-three cases are active. Two COVID-19 cases have been added in Daviess County since May 5th, which the health department reports make the total 679. Three cases are active. […]

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 […]