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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Missouri Attorney General asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a petition for writ of certiorari in Schmitt v. Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review Missouri’s law prohibiting abortions of unborn children with Down syndrome. “My son Stephen has shown me the inherent beauty […]

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Missouri Attorney General recoups $156,000 in restitution, settles case against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that his office has recovered $156,000 and obtained a consent judgment against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Bakker and Morningside Church Productions back in March of 2020 for marketing “silver solution” as a potential cure for the Coronavirus. The […]

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Audio: Missouri study underway to identify species of ticks and to better deal with tickborne illnesses

A study is underway in Missouri to find out which species of ticks are present here, to better identify the bacterial pathogens they carry. Matt Combes with the Missouri Conservation Department says half of the counties have no information that can be verified. Ticks gathered this summer and next will be tested for bacterial pathogens […]

Audio: State health officials working closely with hotel in Macon after two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease reported

State health officials say two people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease this month had used the hot tub and/or pool at a popular northern Missouri hotel in March.     The state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) says the two people used the hot tub and/or pool at the Comfort Inn and Suites in […]

Breast Health

Lawmakers introduce bill to make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) announced that they have introduced the bipartisan Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis Act. The legislation would make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable. “Early breast cancer detection saves lives,” said Blunt. “Unfortunately, many Americans had to postpone preventive care – including breast cancer screenings […]

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North Central Missouri Mental Health Center in Chillicothe to hold free parenting classes

The North Central Missouri Mental Health Center in Chillicothe will hold free parenting classes via Zoom. Classes will be Tuesday mornings from 8 o’clock to 9:30 through April 20th. Topics will include boundaries, children’s diagnoses, and transitional living skills. Participants can pick and choose classes. Call the North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to get […]

North Central Missouri College Honorees 2020

North Central Missouri College Foundation announces honorees for the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2020

North Central Missouri College Foundation announces the Distinguished Alumni Class for 2020 honorees: Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Mr. John Sturdevant, and Mr. Donovan Thompson. Distinguished Alumni honorees will be recognized during the Pirates Ball on March 13, 2021, at the Ketcham Community Center on the campus of North Central Missouri College along with Voyage Fund donors, […]

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Never say never to nitrogen

Sometimes it pays to be late.  Nitrogen application is one of those times, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist Peter Scharf. Scharf, who has researched nitrogen application in corn, wheat, and other crops for 35 years, continues to favor spring nitrogen application over fall-applied application, especially during wet years, which are becoming more […]

Breast Health

Women are skipping breast exams; fighting cancer complicated by COVID-19

(Missouri Independent) – Amid a battle with breast cancer, Kari Rawley found herself combating a second potentially fatal condition — COVID-19. The Kansas City resident thought she had done everything right to help herself in her immunocompromised state. Her family wore masks and practiced social distancing, but after a small going away party for her […]

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Missouri schools allowed to relax COVID-19 quarantine rules if both people properly wearing masks

Governor Mike Parson and state education director Margie Vandeven have loosened the guidelines for making students and staff quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19 if both people were properly wearing masks. Vandeven explained at a press conference Thursday: “Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in […]

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Trenton City Council approves repairs for 19-year old fire truck; approves health insurance rates for 2021

Trenton City Council on Monday night authorized more repairs to a 19-year-old fire department truck. The council also accepted the employee health insurance rates for next year. Fire Chief Brandon Gibler told the council the American LaFrance white fire truck was taken to an Oak Grove business to diagnose repairs that are needed to the […]

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Audio: Missouri’s school nurses are on the front lines of COVID-19 response within classrooms

The Missouri Association of School Nurses says school nurses are playing an even more critical role during the COVID-19 crisis. The state had about 1600 school nurses among Missouri’s more than 500 K-12 public school districts. Linda Neumann (pronounced newman), executive director of the association, says school nurses have been going above and beyond the […]

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Missouri ranks in top five for its rate of new COVID-19 cases

The Washington Post reports Missouri ranks fifth among all U.S. states for its per capita rate of daily COVID-19 cases over the past week. The state reports 23 new cases per every 100,000 people. Livingston County in northwest Missouri ranks in the top ten U.S. counties reporting the highest rate of cases. The state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the […]