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 […]

Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City

Missouri Senate approves FRA, rejects push to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition handed anti-abortion activists a rare defeat in the Missouri Senate Friday night, rejecting a push to ban Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider as it passed a bill to secure billions for the state’s Medicaid program. And only a restatement of the state’s already existing ban on using public funds to […]

Medicaid Missouri

Special session on tax crucial for Medicaid in doubt over Planned Parenthood amendment

(Missouri Independent) – Last Tuesday, Republicans appeared to have reached a fragile consensus around extending a tax crucial to Missouri’s Medicaid finances — opening the door for Gov. Mike Parson to call lawmakers into a special session this week.  By Friday afternoon, June 18, that consensus appears to have been derailed, at least temporarily, by disagreements […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Parson set to call special session to extend Federal Reimbursement Allowance with ban on certain contraceptives

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri lawmakers appear to be headed into a special session next week to renew medical provider taxes vital to sustaining the state’s Medicaid program. Gov. Mike Parson met Tuesday with the state Senate Republican caucus. The group discussed language that would bar the state from paying for some contraceptive medications and devices and extend […]

Economic Development

Department of Economic Development awards $15.8 million for community development projects statewide

The Department of Economic Development announced it will award more than $15.8 million to 38 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Program to help communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across Missouri. “Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remains my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities, or […]

Arrest

Authorities report four arrested over the weekend

Court dates have been set following multiple arrests this past weekend on various charges. Forty-year-old Caleb Ray Ingraham of Trenton has been charged with felony assault in the third degree, felony exhibiting a weapon and misdemeanor peace disturbance.  Bond is $7,500 pending an appearance Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court.  Court […]

Bank Robbery

Attempted robbery at Bank of Kirksville thwarted after multiple agencies respond

An attempted bank robbery in Kirksville on May 18th led to the arrest of a 30-year-old Kirksville man. According to the Kirksville Police Department, officers responded to the Bank of Kirksville at 214 South Franklin Street.  Officers were informed the suspect might be armed with explosives.  A Highway Patrol trooper was nearby and responded, making […]

Healthcare

Audio: Missouri Legislature expected back for special session to vote on healthcare renewal tax

The Missouri Legislature is expected to head back for a special session later this year to vote on a healthcare renewal tax. In a rare move, the Missouri Senate adjourned the legislative session several hours early Friday without passing the legislation. The Federal Reimbursement Allowance also referred to as FRA, helps to fund about two […]

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in conservation-related […]

Audio: Missouri Legislature fails to pass fix for 46,000 Missourians given too much in unemployment aid

The state Legislature did not end up passing a bill this session that would let about 46,000 Missourians keep extra unemployment relief the state mistakenly gave them. Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia says a fix could be part of a special session.     Early on, Governor Parson supported the idea of the […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri Senate sides with House; chooses not to fund Medicaid expansion

The Missouri Senate has passed a $34 billion state budget proposal without funding an expansion of Medicaid. The upper chamber sided with the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Missouri House of Representatives by rejecting attempts to put expansion funding into the budget that begins in July. Gov. Mike Parson’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Democrats vow court battle if lawmakers don’t fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – With the Missouri Senate poised for what promises to be a lengthy debate over Medicaid expansion, legislative Democrats said Tuesday that the fight over funding will move to the courts if lawmakers don’t approve money for the new coverage. During a rally on the Capitol Building lawn, Senate Democrats promised to push […]

Trenton High School

Trenton High School Choir students take part in Virtual Solo and Ensemble Competition

Trenton R-9 High School Choir students participated in a virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest. Trenton Choir Director Tyler Busick notes that instead of the district and state-level events, the contest was considered state-level. At the state level, students receive gold, silver, or bronze. Gold choir ensembles for Trenton included two mixed double quartets, a women’s […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri House plan to reject Medicaid expansion faces uncertain fate in the Senate

(Missouri Independent) – Republicans in the Missouri House finalized their plan to block funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion on Thursday, giving final approval to its version of the state’s budget and sending it to the Senate. What happens next remains unclear. House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade said she’s confident the Senate will restore the $1.9 […]

Eric Greitens

Audio: Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden says Greitens still unfit for office; Schatz has similar feelings about the ex-governor

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia has strong words about fellow Republican Eric Greitens running for the U.S. Senate.     Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 after allegations about federal campaign donation violations, taking a half-nude photo of his former mistress without her permission, improperly taking a donor list to bankroll his […]

Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Photos: Thirty Missouri FFA and 4-H sophomores selected to attend 2021 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced 30 high school sophomores were selected to participate in the 2021 Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Students selected will spend several days in June in the Mid-Missouri region exploring careers in agriculture, building leadership skills, and learning more about farming, ranching, and food production. “Giving back to agriculture is important and […]