Audio: Missouri could ban hospitals and long-term care centers from restricting visitors

Missouri could ban hospitals and long-term care centers from restricting visitors, including during an emergency. A state House committee is reviewing the bill sponsored by State Representative Brian Seitz, a Republican from southwest Missouri’s Branson.     State Representative Ashley Aune, a Democrat from Kansas City, says medical professionals should be making the health care […]

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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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Missouri Governor’s budget proposes moving prisoners from Western to Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron

One of the proposals in Governor Mike Parson’s state budget request involves the Cameron prison population. Alisa Nelson of Missourinet provides details on the proposal involving moving operations from the Western Missouri Correctional Center to the nearby Crossroads Correctional Center.  

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Missouri State Auditor begins audit of Worth County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway today announced that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Worth County, located in northwest Missouri. The most recent audit of Worth County was completed in September 2018, with the county receiving an overall performance rating of “good.” “My office will conduct an independent review of county operations to ensure the effective […]

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Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in Missouri prison for heroin conspiracy

A Kansas man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy. Solomon B. Hawthorne, 31, of Kansas City, Kansas was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years and one month in federal prison without parole. The sentence includes a term of two years for violating his federal […]

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Community leaders celebrated for commitment to learning

Community leaders in six northwest Missouri counties were part of Maximize Northwest Missouri’s 2021 Regional Learning Collaborative that wrapped up late last summer.  “Some of the keywords that participants used to describe their learning experience include: enlightening, motivating, empowering, informative, inspiring, insightful, and team-building,” shared Mary Hinde, president of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. […]

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December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

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Man from Weatherby life-flighted to St. Joseph after crashing north of Maysville

A resident of Weatherby was flown this morning to the hospital in St. Joseph following a single-vehicle rollover accident three miles north of Maysville in DeKalb County. The highway patrol listed injuries as serious for 33-year-old Derik Buckles of Weatherby who was taken to Mosiac Life Care in St. Joseph. The state patrol said Buckles […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of 7 people over the weekend

Highway Patrol troopers in northeast Missouri made seven arrests over the weekend. In Sullivan County, 33-year-old Edgar Matos of Browning was accused of driving while intoxicated early Saturday evening, Matos was taken to the Sullivan County Jail. In Linn County, 31-year-old Gara Curtis of Macon has been accused of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning. […]

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Carrollton woman injured in crash on Highway 23

A Carrollton resident was hurt when the sports utility vehicle she was driving traveled off Highway 23 in Lafayette County striking a fence. Fifty-four-year-old Melissa Ashley was taken by private vehicle to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton with minor injuries. The accident happened early Saturday on Highway 23 southwest of Waverly as the southbound […]

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Missouri Attorney General obtains $53 million settlement from student loan servicer Navient

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, entered into a civil settlement agreement with his office and 38 other states for abuses originating in predatory student loans. The agreement resulted in a $53 million settlement for Missourians: $2.5 million in restitution and $51 million in private […]

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5-year-old child injured in two-vehicle crash west of Polo

The Highway Patrol reports a child from Lee’s Summit sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident four miles west of Polo the morning of January 13th. He was the passenger in a pickup truck. A private vehicle took the five-year-old boy to the Excelsior Springs Hospital. No injuries were reported for the driver of the […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen address financing of street resurfacing project and approve purchases

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on Monday, January 10th  approved a resolution involving funding for a street project and an ordinance regarding an equipment sales agreement. The resolution states the intent to seek funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program and authorizes the mayor to pursue activities in an attempt to secure funding for […]