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 […]

Child Death Investigation

Three from Kansas charged in Linn County with accessory to child neglect resulting in death

Three Kansas residents have been charged in Linn County with being an accessory to abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death stemming from July 2018. Each defendant had a bond set at $50,000 cash only for 63-year-old Sabrina Marie Nemmers of Arma, Kansas, 32-year-old Matthew Blunt of Mulberry, Kansas, and 36-year-old Ashley Dawn […]

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Grundy County authorities report the arrest of 3 over the weekend

Four counts have been filed against a man from central Missouri arrested Friday night in Grundy County during a highway patrol traffic stop. Twenty-eight-year-old Bradley Nathan Teal Lybarger appears Tuesday for arraignment in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Lybarger has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, listed as heroin. […]

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Highway patrol reports multiple arrests over the weekend

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Montreal, Missouri man in Grundy County on Friday, July 9 on several allegations. Twenty-eight-year-old Bradley Lybarger was accused of felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana with the substance being heroin, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, and failing to display valid […]

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Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

(Missouri Independent) – For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses, and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I […]

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Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton files suit against Grundy County Nursing home District

A petition for damages has been filed against the Grundy County Nursing Home District relating to bidding for a partial HVAC system replacement in the 1972 section of Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments of Trenton. Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton filed the petition, which involves five counts, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment, money […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests two on drug-related allegations

The Highway Patrol arrested two Kirksville men in Adair County on Wednesday, June 23 on several allegations. Twenty-nine-year-old Jerry Williams was arrested on a felony Adair County warrant on possession of methamphetamine. He was also accused of felony possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and not wearing a seat belt. The Patrol […]

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Missouri prison healthcare contract won by a company accused of bid-rigging in Tennessee

(Missouri Independent) – The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge more than lawmakers appropriated and is accused of bid-rigging to obtain a contract in Tennessee prisons. Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of St. Louis-based managed care company Centene, beat […]

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 […]

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Former Harrison County deputy sheriff sentenced to jail time and probation on tampering charge

A former Harrison County deputy sheriff has been sentenced in Harrison County after he entered a plea of guilty to misdemeanor tampering with a public record. Forty-four-year-old Kevin Lawson of Gilman City was sentenced to six months in jail. The court suspended the execution of the sentence, and he was placed on probation for two […]

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 […]

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Coalition of Attorneys General urge Zuckerberg to halt plans for kids’ Instagram

Tennessee’s attorney general is part of a group that wants Facebook to stop its plans to create a kids’ version of Instagram.  The group contends using social media can be detrimental to children’s health and well-being, and that kids aren’t equipped to navigate the challenges. Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery signed the letter, along with more than […]

Arrest

Springfield man to be transported to DOC after being arrested on parole violation

A Springfield man will be transported to the Department of Corrections after allegedly violating his parole on a Grundy County charge of possession of a controlled substance. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 53-year-old Duane Jeffers was arrested May 11th, and he is being held on no bond. Court information indicates his alleged absconder parole […]

Lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against St. Louis County executive over COVID-19 restrictions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, Dr. Faisal Khan, and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for the arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable application of COVID-19 restrictions in St. Louis County. Specifically, the suit takes issue with the restrictions on religious institutions, masking requirements for […]

Arrest

Trenton man facing charges after alleged DWI incident on Highway 6

A Trenton man faces multiple charges after an alleged incident on Highway 6 in Grundy County on May 4th. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 40-year-old Cole Wright was arrested May 5 and has been charged with the felonies of aggravated driving while intoxicated, aggravated, driving while revoked/suspended, and resisting/interfering with an arrest for a […]