Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

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Audio: House Bill would reimburse law enforcement officers for police academy training

A bill passed by the Crime Prevention Committee in the Missouri House is in line with the governor’s call for recruiting and better training for police officers. Joplin Rep. Lane Roberts- chairman of the committee- is the sponsor of legislation to reimburse law enforcement officers who go through the state’s police officer training academy.   […]

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USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

Summit Natural Gas

Natural gas rates rates to decrease for Summit Natural Gas customers

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) customers will see natural gas rates drop under a filing that takes effect on February 1, 2022. Gallatin Division: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.65 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Several file for positions on area boards and governing bodies that require no election

Some governmental jurisdictions in Grundy County will forgo an election on April 5th. That is because of a law that allows them to go without an election when the number of candidates is equal to the number of positions to be filled. The candidates will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors announces salary for new Sunnyview administrator

The Board of Directors has announced the salary of the new administrator of Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments in Trenton. The salary is $80,000 per year for Trish Smith, who began the position on January 25, 2022. The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors hired her at a special meeting on January 24th. […]

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USDA urges producers to submit applications for 2021 grazing loss assistance by January 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds ranchers and livestock producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2021 grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2021 LFP assistance is Jan. 31, 2022.  “Ongoing, widespread drought conditions have resulted in significant financial losses […]

House Fire

Trenton Fire Department responds to vacant house on Chestnut Street in Trenton

A fire damaged a vacant house at 1429 Chestnut in Trenton on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2022. Trenton Fire Department Lieutenant Jeremy Summers reports there was heavy smoke and fire damage to the attic, heavy smoke damage to the entire house, and moderate fire damage to the kitchen. Summers says off-duty Firefighter Dustin Whorton noticed […]

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner. (Photo by Rebecca Rivas.)

Appeals court orders St. Louis Circuit Attorney to turn over Eric Greitens case records

(Missouri Independent) – A circuit judge will determine whether St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is entitled to claim privilege for her communications with political donors and key figures in the 2018 investigation of former Gov. Eric Greitens, the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The court affirmed a 2020 decision by St. Louis […]

Legionnaires Disease

DHSS investigating Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Missouri hospital

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation.  Out of an abundance of caution, DHSS is […]

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Republicans and Democrats agree on new map for 163 seats in Missouri House of Representatives

A panel of 20 Republicans and Democrats reportedly have agreed on a new map for the 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives. It’s a proposed map that makes several changes for our area legislative district. The House Independent Citizens Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which needed support from 14 members to […]

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Audio: Missouri testing company closed, workers claiming samples were spoiled, told to lie about test results

A COVID-19 testing company with operations in the St. Louis area has temporarily shut down due to complaints about its rapid test sites and labs.     Former employees of the Center for COVID Control told the website Book Club Chicago that samples were routinely spoiled and that they were instructed to lie to people […]

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Audio: Missouri man sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing hearse with body inside

A man who stole a hearse with a body inside has been sentenced to six years in prison.     Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Schaake admitted he and one other person stole the William Harris Funeral Home hearse from a gas station in north St. Louis County.  The hearse was later recovered with the body inside. Investigators […]