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Report urges strong eviction moratoriums, robust rental aid

A new study of eviction filings in St. Louis during the pandemic found people within protected classes under the Fair Housing Act, communities of color, women-led households, and families with children are impacted at higher rates than others. The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council’s report noted even though moratoriums have kept many people unable to […]

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Audio: Missouri feral hog bill sponsor is hopeful Governor Parson will sign bill

Bipartisan legislation toughening penalties on residents who KNOWINGLY release feral hogs in Missouri is now on the governor’s desk. The Missouri House voted 150-1 to give final approval to the bill from Speed State Representative Tim Taylor, before Friday’s adjournment. Under Taylor’s bill, repeat offenders would be charged with a felony for each feral swine […]

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Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

(Missouri Independent) – After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

Bomb Threat

Woman threatens to bomb prep school, kill officials and students because school published same-sex wedding announcements

The Justice Department announced today that Sonia Tabizada, 36, of San Jacinto, California, was sentenced to 15 months and 13 days for intentionally obstructing persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs by threatening to bomb Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.  In May 2019, school officials announced that Visitation Prep, […]

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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

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Livingston County Sheriff’s Department checks sex offenders to ensure compliance of “Halloween Law”

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports his office checked area registered sex offenders on Halloween and found a few violations of what he called the “Halloween Law.” A Missouri statute says sex offenders are required to avoid Halloween-related contact with children, remain inside their residences from 5 o’clock to 10:30 unless required to be somewhere […]

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Teacher threatened as parental custody issue erupts at Chillicothe school

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples reports an investigation into a disgruntled parent yelling, cursing, and making threats at a teacher this week led to the arrest of a 32-year-old woman for disorderly conduct. The woman was issued a summons, released pending a court date, and advised by School Resource Officer Eric Menconi she was not […]

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Soldier at Fort Riley charged with distributing instructions for bombs

A soldier stationed at Fort Riley was charged in federal court with sending over social media instructions for making bombs, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Jarrett William Smith, 24, Fort Riley, Kan., was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction. Smith, a private first class infantry soldier, […]

Suspect attempts to flee from Livingston County deputy, surrenders when threatened with taser

An arrest was made when the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a location in the Wheeling area on Sunday for a reported domestic assault and trespassing. A deputy learned an adult female was claiming to have been physically assaulted. Sheriff Steve Cox reports as the deputy was going to speak with a male […]

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Trenton City Council informed of possible business venture interested in building at airport

Discussion on several topics dominated a 90-minute meeting last night of the Trenton City Council. Action was taken on just two items and approval was given by the seven council members present to a resolution for reimbursement to the city of over $54,000 in expenditures made since July on the new asphalt plant project. The […]

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Cattle farmers must guard against high nitrate in hay which causes cow deaths

On top of dealing with harsh winter weather in feeding cows, cattle farmers must guard against too much nitrate in poor-quality hay. “Just from cases we’ve confirmed, I know of 150 cows dying in the last month,” says Tim Evans, head toxicologist at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.  High nitrate, mostly concentrated in […]