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Abortion amendment puts bill to finance Missouri Medicaid program in limbo

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Senate leadership pulled a bill vital for funding the state’s Medicaid program from floor debate Tuesday after adopting an amendment barring the use of public money for common contraceptive treatments. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Wieland, could endanger the state’s entire Medicaid program by eliminating a health care service required by federal […]

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital Foundation purchases transport chairs for hospital

Carroll County Memorial Hospital Foundation purchased 10 patient transport chairs, called Staxis, for use around the hospital. “Staxi chairs deliver safe, secure, and quiet patient transportation,” said Megan Griffin, CCMH Safety & Risk Coordinator. “They are easy to clean, stackable; include lifting armrests, never fail brakes, and have a 600lb weight limit.” Staxi transport chairs […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

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Blunt says final election results unlikely to change enough to make a difference

National media reports Democrat Joe Biden has captured more than the required 270 electoral votes to become the next president, but President Donald Trump is not going down without a fight. Trump, a Republican, Trump has claimed widespread election fraud, a “mail-in ballot hoax”, and his campaign is suing. On Saturday, Trump also said on […]

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Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to require annual de-escalation and implicit bias training

The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission has voted to require annual training in de-escalation techniques and recognizing implicit bias for all Missouri law enforcement officers. Missouri officers will take a one-hour course in each area as part of their required 24-hours of annual continuing education training. “At its June meeting, I challenged the […]

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“Freedom to Read” still under attack in Missouri

Bookworms and literature buffs in Missouri are celebrating freedom of choice, of reading materials, and denouncing attacks on what they say is their First Amendment right to read. Banned Books Week, which spotlights attempts to censor books, recently took place.  Banned Books Week brings to light more than 600 books, films, and other literary materials […]

CAFO

Missouri Supreme Court affirms Clean Water Commission’s decision approving CAFO in Grundy County

The Supreme Court of Missouri affirmed Tuesday, June 16th a Clean Water Commission decision approving a concentrated animal feeding operation in Grundy County. Hickory Neighbors United, Incorporated appealed a water commission decision affirming the Department of Natural Resources’ permit issuance to Trenton Farms RE, LLC. Court documents say Hickory Farms asserted that a House bill […]

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Governor Parson highlights “Show-Me-Strong” Recovery Pillars as Missouri prepares to reopen today

“I want to assure Missourians that we are prepared,” Governor Parson said. “The overall trends in the data show that we have met the four pillars, and we are ready to safely reopen Missouri.” The “Show Me Strong Recovery” Pillars are designed to give Missouri a benchmark for moving forward: Expand the testing capacity and volume in […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Special House panel grills Medical Marijuana director on screening process

A special House committee is ramping up its scrutiny of the state’s new medical marijuana program—focusing on how licenses have been approved. The programs director and the state health department decided to go with an independent group to screen applicants – and now those selections are being challenged in a state court. House member Jered […]