Division One of Circuit Court

Chillicothe man charged with multiple felonies in crash that killed man from Hale bound to Division One of circuit court

A case has been certified to Division One of Circuit Court for a Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in Livingston County in May that reportedly caused the death of another man. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division on July 28. He is […]

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Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]

Medicaid Expansion

Groups urge swift funding after court upholds Medicaid expansion

Health-care advocates called on Missouri lawmakers to allocate funds for Medicaid expansion right away after the state Supreme Court ruled they must extend coverage to the 275,000 people who fall into what’s known as the Medicaid gap. That means they have incomes above their state’s eligibility for Medicaid but cannot afford marketplace or employer-based insurance. […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two on Thursday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reporting arrests Thursday evening, July 22, 2021, in Daviess and Caldwell counties. A man from Tomball, Texas, 39-year-old Harry Hicks, was taken on a 24-hour hold to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. The highway patrol in Daviess County accused Hicks of resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, […]

Federal Income Tax Paperwork

Coalition of lawmakers urge Biden administration to drop proposed tax hike on farm families

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead […]

Drug distributors Johnson and Johnson reach settlement in opioid case with state of Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that his office has received a term sheet from Johnson and Johnson and multiple distributors (McKesson, Amerisource Bergen, and Cardinal Health), setting the stage for the largest victim-centric settlements the State of Missouri has ever seen and tentatively securing roughly just over half a billion dollars of funding […]

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Patrol arrests two on DWI and drug-related allegations

Highway Patrol troopers working in Daviess County have made separate arrests this week of two drivers for alleged alcohol consumption and drug usage. Sixty-year-old Savannah resident Ricky L. Smith was arrested Wednesday evening and accused of felony driving while intoxicated as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He’s also accused of failure to […]

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Blunt sponsors bipartisan senate effort to protect wildlife

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America. “Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, […]

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Leadership Northwest Missouri class of 2021 graduates 19 from the region

Leadership Northwest Missouri recently held their 2021 graduation ceremony in Cameron at the Cameron Community Center. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Julie Robertson, Chair of the Graduation Planning Committee and 2020 LNWMO alum. Tim Wymes, 2020 LNWMO alum, blessed the group with an invocation prior to dinner. Katelyn Addison and […]

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New cases of COVID-19 reported in Putnam, Livingston and Linn counties

The Putnam County Health Department reports seven new COVID-19 cases since July 15th, making the total 535. Five of the new positive cases are linked through close contacts. Eight cases are active. There are 14 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The Putnam County Health Department requests close contacts self-quarantine for at least seven days. On […]

Sam Meservy NCMC Student July 2021

Sam Meservey is NCMC’s Outstanding Student for July

Samuel Meservey from Chula, Missouri, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Student for July. Sam, an A+ student, is a sophomore working toward his Associate in Arts transfer degree. After graduating from NCMC, Sam plans to transfer his two-year degree to Northwest Missouri State University and complete a bachelor’s degree in business […]

Map of The Border Wall in Arizona & New Mexico July 2021

Group says border wall map reveals damage to landscape and migration routes

A newly-released map identifies portions of the U.S.-Mexico border wall built by the Trump administration, and for conservation groups and wildlife advocates, it is alarming. The Biden administration halted construction and said it will use federal funds to assess the damage caused by the new, higher walls. Myles Traphagen, borderlands program coordinator for the Wildlands Network who created […]

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Missouri duck boat employees charged with manslaughter in 2018 sinking that killed 17 passengers

Stone County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced charges against Ride the Ducks Branson employees Kenneth Scott McKee, Charles Baltzell, and Curtis Lanham in relation to the sinking of Stretch Duck #7 on Table Rock Lake on July 19, 2018, which resulted in the deaths of 17 individuals. According to […]

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Coalition of lawmakers introduce Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act

Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, helped introduce the Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act of 2021. Currently, active-duty members of the military can deduct certain moving expenses from their federal taxes, but that benefit does not extend to intelligence community professionals. The bipartisan bill would expand the […]

Chicken CAFO (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

While Cedar County, Missouri awaits ruling in CAFO lawsuit, a large chicken operation moves in

(Missouri Independent) – When the attorney general’s office asked a judge in 2019 to lift a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law pre-empting county regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that were stricter than the state’s, the argument was straightforward. No one was trying to build a large animal feeding operation in Cedar […]