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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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Laredo Board of Aldermen, fill by appointment, a vacant alderman at large seat

The Laredo Board of Aldermen December 13th made an appointment for the vacated alderman at large position. Amanda Tobias took the oath of office. City Clerk Ashley Bonnett reports Brett Mathews previously resigned from the position. Filings for the April election as of December 13th were incumbent Carol Holloway for mayor, incumbents Bruce McFie and […]

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Critics say Spire Missouri’s warning of natural gas outages a “manufactured crisis”

(Missouri Independent) – As federal energy regulators prepare to decide the fate of a St. Louis natural gas pipeline, Spire Missouri is warning customers their gas service could fail this winter.  Business industry groups and the utility maintain their responsibility to keep customers informed. But environmental groups and some local elected officials — who note federal regulators seem […]

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Trenton City Council reviews problems with trash service; city health insurance premiums to decrease

All votes were unanimous Monday night when the Trenton City Council adopted four ordinances and approved a resolution. Faced with two dozen additional, documented complaints on trash service, at least two members of the council called for a change in trash hauling companies. The city of Trenton’s contract with Rapid Removal Disposal doesn’t expire until […]

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Hamilton man charged with murder has jury trial vacated in DeKalb County

An October jury trial has been vacated in DeKalb County for a Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder. The case for 37-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic was continued to November 8, 2021, for a plea or trial setting. Bostic has also been charged with felony first-degree domestic assault involving serious physical injury. In another case, […]

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Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim is nothing new for Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect on Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition […]

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Missouri Attorney General scores massive win in “Remain in Mexico” lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, along with the Texas Attorney General’s Office have prevailed in their lawsuit against the Biden Administration over President Biden’s cancellation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or “Remain in Mexico” policy. A federal court in northern Texas, where the case was filed, issued a nationwide permanent […]

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Audio: Cole County judge expected to issue final order on Missouri Medicaid expansion today

We’ll learn new details Friday in Jefferson City about how Missouri will proceed with voter-approved Medicaid expansion.     The Missouri Supreme Court’s 14-page ruling includes a conclusion, which requires Friday’s hearing in Cole County Circuit Court. “For the reasons set forth above, the circuit court’s judgment is affirmed only insofar as it overruled the […]

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Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests

(Missouri Independent) – In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit […]

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Legal-Aid Groups: Know your rights when facing eviction

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium on shaky legal ground and set to expire at the end of June, legal advocates in Missouri want tenants to know their rights when facing an eviction. More than 90% of tenants in eviction courts go unrepresented, while 90-percent of landlords have representation. Jacki Langum, director of […]

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Trenton City Council to review budget, consider additional construction on 17th Street Bridge at meeting April 12

The Trenton City Council will consider an ordinance adopting an amended budget as well as other ordinances next week. The council will meet at the Trenton City Hall April 12th at 7 o’clock at night. The meeting will also be available on Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/87879251004. The ordinance involving the budget would be for the fiscal […]

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Audio: Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden says Greitens still unfit for office; Schatz has similar feelings about the ex-governor

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia has strong words about fellow Republican Eric Greitens running for the U.S. Senate.     Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 after allegations about federal campaign donation violations, taking a half-nude photo of his former mistress without her permission, improperly taking a donor list to bankroll his […]

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DISH Network to pay $210 million for telemarketing violations

A settlement in which DISH Network will pay $126 million in civil penalties to the United States for placing millions of telemarketing calls in violation of the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule.  This settlement represents the largest civil penalty ever paid to resolve telemarketing violations under the FTC Act and exceeds the total penalties […]

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Attorney General directs Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule executions for inmates convicted of brutal murders

The United States Attorney General has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of three federal-death row inmates sentenced to death for brutal murders, including the murder of a child and, with respect to two inmates, the murder of multiple victims. Alfred Bourgeois abused, tortured, and beat to death his young daughter.  […]