Medicaid Expansion

Groups urge swift funding after court upholds Medicaid expansion

Health-care advocates called on Missouri lawmakers to allocate funds for Medicaid expansion right away after the state Supreme Court ruled they must extend coverage to the 275,000 people who fall into what’s known as the Medicaid gap. That means they have incomes above their state’s eligibility for Medicaid but cannot afford marketplace or employer-based insurance. […]

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Iowa resident injured in crash on I-35 near Bethany

A resident of Ottumwa, Iowa, was hurt south of Bethany when the van he was driving traveled off Interstate 35 and overturned multiple times. Sixty-seven-year-old Harold Roberts was taken to Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany with moderate injuries. The accident happened Saturday morning eight miles south of Bethany on Interstate 35. The northbound van […]

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Iowa resident injured when ATV overturns; driver accused of DWI

An Iowa resident was hurt on Saturday afternoon when the all-terrain vehicle he was operating overturned north of Unionville. Forty-one-year-old Dennis Anderson of Bondurant, Iowa was taken by private vehicle to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville with moderate injuries. The accident happened three miles north of Unionville on Wildflower Drive as the northbound ATV […]

Weed Zapper

Weed electrocution research sparks interest as herbicide resistance impedes current methods

Move over, herbicides. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s toting some powerful guns loaded with electricity to kill weeds.  This shocking new method of weed control was demonstrated at the 2021 Pest Management Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia.  As more weeds develop resistance to herbicides, electrocution […]

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Consolidated Machine and Welding expands in Hannibal, creating 30 new jobs

Consolidated Machine and Welding announced it will expand its facility in Hannibal, investing $4.3 million and creating 30 new jobs in the area. “We’re excited to see Consolidated Machine and Welding grow in Hannibal,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This new facility brings good-paying jobs and opportunities for our citizens in Northeast Missouri. Businesses often find […]

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Casey Stout named 2021 Coca-Cola “Leaders of Promise” scholar

Casey Stout, a student from North Central Missouri College, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center revise visitor guidelines to Level 3

Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center have revised their visitor guidelines to allow Level 3 limited visitation, as of July 23. Wright Memorial and Hedrick were previously at a ‘Level 4’, which allowed patients only one visitor per day. Level 3 visitor guidelines allow two visitors per patient per day in inpatient areas and […]

Severe Weather

Audio: Severe thunderstorm warnings to be added to Wireless Emergency Alerts on cell phones and mobile devices

Some severe thunderstorm warnings will be added to Wireless Emergency Alerts on compatible cell phones and mobile devices on July 28. Meteorologist Emily Klaus with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill:     She says the system currently sends out alerts for tornado warnings. Phone users may get alerts for severe thunderstorm warnings through […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

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Coalition of lawmakers urge Biden administration to drop proposed tax hike on farm families

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead […]

Drug distributors Johnson and Johnson reach settlement in opioid case with state of Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that his office has received a term sheet from Johnson and Johnson and multiple distributors (McKesson, Amerisource Bergen, and Cardinal Health), setting the stage for the largest victim-centric settlements the State of Missouri has ever seen and tentatively securing roughly just over half a billion dollars of funding […]

Audio: Neighborhood Leadership Academy to be offered starting September 13, 2021

A leadership program focused on community building principles will be offered via Zoom. The Neighborhood Leadership Academy will be held Monday evenings from 6 to 9 o’clock starting September 13th. It will conclude with graduation on November 15. University of Missouri Extension County Engagement Specialist in Agriculture and Environment Jackie Spainhower says there will be […]