Kraft-Heinz in Kirksville Doubles Workforce

The Kraft-Heinz in Kirksville has doubled its workforce from the same time last year. Kirksville-Regional Economic Development, Inc. Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman provided an update on Kraft Heinz to K-REDI board members this week. She told board members that there are currently 900 employees at the facility. About 40 of them are temporary hires, the rest are full-time. Last February, the Kirksville City Council voted to allow Kraft Heinz until November 2017 to begin meeting and maintaining the employment figure stated in the Performance Agreement between the city and company. The terms stated that Kraft Heinz needs to maintain a minimum of 479 full-time employees. At the time of the extension last February, Kraft Heinz had 452 full-time employees.

Man Wanted on Drug Warrant Faces New Allegations

A Macon man wanted on a drug warrant is now facing new allegations. 32-year-old Jay P. Patel was charged in June of last year with two counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance in Chariton County. A warrant was issued earlier this month, and Patel was arrested yesterday morning. According to an arrest report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He now faces additional allegations for felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Patel is also charged in an unrelated incident with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender and other minor drug offenses last year in Cooper County. He’s being held at the Macon County Jail. and is scheduled to be arraigned in Chariton County court on Tuesday, February 13th.

Deer Hunting Statistics

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports a preliminary total harvest for the 2017-2018 deer-hunting season is 283,940 deer; an increase of more than 20,000 compared to last year. Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data showed that hunters checked 51,722 deer during the archery season. MDC reported five firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. All were non-fatal. Three involved self-inflicted wounds. Two involved one hunter shooting another.

Income Taxes Might Be Getting Lower For Some Missourians

Income Taxes might be lowered for some Missourians. Karen Johnson has details.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants to lower income taxes for most Missourians and eliminate taxes for the state’s lowest earners. Greitens in a recent press release announced the pillars of his tax plan without much detail. He promised more details in the coming weeks. Greitens says he wants to cut taxes for anyone earning more than about $9,000 a year, which covers most Missourians. He didn’t say by how much. The governor also wants to eliminate taxes for 380,000 low-income workers and reduce corporate taxes.
Spokesman Parker Briden says the governor is still working on details of the plan. I’m Karen Johnson.

Missouri Unemployment Bumps Upward

Missouri’s unemployment rate has bumped up slightly. Karen Johnson takes a look.

Data released this week by the state Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 3.5 percent in December. It was 3.4 percent in November. The unemployment rate was at 4.4 percent a year ago in December 2016, a little less than 1 percent higher. Employment in December dropped by about 18,000 jobs while the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force also lost about 16,000 people. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work. I’m Karen Johnson.

ATXI Reaching Out out to Landowners

Landowners affected by the Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois will be getting letters in the mail soon.

Last week, the Missouri Public Service Commission granted approval for ATXI to construct a transmission line and new substation.

The 345,000-volt transmission line will run from Palmyra to Kirksville and then north to the Iowa border. The route goes through Adair, Schuyler, Knox, Lewis and Marion counties in Northeast Missouri.

The next step is to meet and negotiate with affected landowners about the project. A letter is being sent out to landowners, and then ATXI real estate agents will be contacting them regarding the easement on their property.

Man Arrested for Striking Woman

A man was arrested for striking female in Lewis County. In a press release, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office stated they arrested 57-year-old Daniel E. Hartgrave, of rural La Belle, on one count of assault in the 1st degree. The release stated the sheriffs office received a call from a medical facility regarding a female who had sustained major injuries from a domestic incident that occurred at a home at 29248 State Highway D, La Belle. It stated upon investigation, deputies learned that Hartgrave had struck the female with two different objects causing major injuries. Hartgrave was lodged in the Lewis County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Walker Honored to Receive Prestigious Award

The Mizzou Legislative Network and the Mizzou Alumni Association have given Representative Nate Walker a pretigious award. During a ceremony on Tuesday evening, Walker was one of two recipients of the 2017 Henry S. Geyer Awards. Walker was recognized for his continued efforts to support higher education public policy. In a press release from Mizzou, Walker was praised for his opposition to House Bill 253 in 2013, a tax-cut bill that would have reduced state revenue collections, affecting K-12 and higher education funding. Walker is a graduate of Mizzou, with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural journalism and a master’s in regional and community affairs. Walker says he is humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the award. Adjunct Professor Gary Smith, an advocate for higher education public policy, was the other recipient.

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Walker Honored to Recieve Prestigious Award

The Mizzou Legislative Network and the Mizzou Alumni Association have given Representative Nate Walker a pretigious award. During a ceremony on Tuesday evening, Walker was one of two recipients of the 2017 Henry S. Geyer Awards. Walker was recognized for his continued efforts to support higher education public policy. In a press release from Mizzou, Walker was praised for his opposition to House Bill 253 in 2013, a tax-cut bill that would have reduced state revenue collections, affecting K-12 and higher education funding. Walker is a graduate of Mizzou, with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural journalism and a master’s in regional and community affairs. Walker says he is humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the award. Adjunct Professor Gary Smith, an advocate for higher education public policy, was the other recipient.

Preventing Human Trafficking Is Taking A Step Forward In Missouri

Preventing human trafficking is taking a step forward in Missouri. Karen Johnson has details.

The Missouri House has passed legislation to require some businesses to hang posters advertising the national human trafficking hotline. House lawmakers voted 139-5 Wednesday to send it to the Senate. It’s the first measure the House passed during the 2018 legislative session. The measure would require truck stops, bus stations and some hotels to hang the posters in or near bathrooms. Republican Rep. Patricia Pike says the goal of her bill is to increase victims’ access to help and increase public awareness of human trafficking. Passing the bill was a top priority for House Republican leaders. Pike says it’s one of several bills introduced this year that are aimed at combatting human trafficking in the state. I’m Karen Johnson.