Missouri officials have granted licenses to 60 of the more than 500 companies that applied to grow medical marijuana. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the winning applicants last week and one of the winning applicants is based in Northeast Missouri. Agri-Genesis LLC, which is based in Macon, had three applications approved. Applicants granted licenses have five days to accept the offer, and those not awarded licenses are now exploring their options. One applicant in Southwest Missouri is suing after not being awarded a license. The lawsuit argues the state’s 60-license limit violates the state constitution’s “right to farm” amendment passed by voters in 2014. It also challenges the state’s “geographical bonuses,” which granted more points to applicants in zip codes with high unemployment rates. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Monday.
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Thousands of Missouri businesses will receive tax cuts with the new year. A law taking effect in 2020 will cut Missouri’s corporate income tax rate from 6.25% to 4% – making it one of the lowest rates in the nation. But another provision in the law will do away with an option for calculating corporate income that could result in higher Missouri tax bills for some multi-state businesses.
There’s been a lot of local flooding in Northeast Missouri. Roadways in Chariton, Linn and Shelby Counties have been closed over the past few days due to flooding. Things will dry out for the next couple days with chances for rain returning on Thursday and Friday.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B is reminding drivers that troopers will be working additional projects this week to help prevent, and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. They also advise that you plan now if alcohol is part of your new year celebrations and designate a sober driver as chances of finding a taxi, Uber, or Lyft in Troop B is slim!
The Kirksville Police Department awarded two officers during a recent ceremony. Officer Cabe March and Police Sergeant Luke Bachman were awarded for their exemplary performance and saving a life. The officers were recognized for their actions during an incident on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Deputy Chief of Police Justin Jones said that if Officer March and Sergeant Bachman had not acted quickly, the person would not be alive.
A Northeast Missouri man has been arrested in connection to forgery and passing bad checks. Officers from the Shelbina Police Department with cooperation from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe City Police Department performed an investigation of forgery and passing bad checks. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Daniel Hadsall Friday morning. Hadsall had written checks to Hines Performance Parts and Orschlen’s Farm and Home totaling over $1,700 dollars between the two stores. Hadsall was taken to the Shelby County Jail.
A Macon teen was injured in a 1-vehicle crash. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 7:00 yesterday morning on U.S. Highway 63, just north of Macon. Troopers said a 16-year-old male was traveling northbound, when he went off the side of the road and struck an embankment. The teen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Bridge work will affect traffic today on Highway 136 in Schuyler County. MoDOT will reduce Highway 136 traffic to one lane near the North Fork Middle Fabius River Bridge at Lancaster for bridge work between 11 and 4 today, weather permitting. There will be an 10 ft. width restriction in place. You are asked to use caution if traveling through this area, and obey all work zone signs and personnel. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT. All roadwork is also posted on the traveler information map.
The Highway Patrol released a traffic report for the 30 hour Christmas holiday counting period. Overall, there were 91 crashes, 23 that led to injuries and 18 DWIs. There were 2 fatalities that occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area, on Christmas Day. Troop B worked 6 crashes resulting in 3 injuries and no fatalities. The counting period ran from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve through midnight Thursday morning. Operation CARE continues through Sunday, December 29th.
Two people from Columbia are facing felony charges after an assault in Putnam County. According to the Unionville Police Chief 22-year old John Murray and 22-year-old Victoria Larsen, kicked in the door of a residence and shot a man multiple times. He was seriously injured. The suspects are charged with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action.