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Judge orders no change – for now – in Missouri’s prisoner health care contractor

(Missouri Independent) – Work to bring a new contractor for prisoner health care services online in Missouri can continue, but the actual transition from Corizon, the current provider, won’t occur until at least early November, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ordered Tuesday. Green issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from canceling its […]

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November trial set for lawsuit challenging $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

(Missouri Independent) – A trial will be held in early November to determine whether a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene will take over the contract for prison health care in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green set Nov. 3 as the first day in the trial where current […]

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Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

(Missouri Independent) – The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Attorney General unhappy about couple charged with felony charges of abuse being put on house arrest

Missouri’s Attorney General has said in a court motion that it was “completely improper” for a judge to release from jail a southwest Missouri couple charged with abusing girls at a reform school.     Boyd and Stephanie Householder were placed on house arrest after a hastily called court hearing. They face multiple counts of […]

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Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests

(Missouri Independent) – In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit […]

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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 […]

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Missouri hospitals sue to block changes in Medicaid payments

(Missouri Independent) – After obtaining some relief from lawmakers for revenue cuts likely from a change in the way Medicaid pays for outpatient services, Missouri hospitals are asking the courts for relief from a coming change in payments for inpatient care. The Missouri Hospital Association on Friday filed a lawsuit in Cole County alleging the Department of […]

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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 […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to working animal legislation

Legislation that prohibits cities and counties from banning working animals has received initial approval from the Missouri House, on a voice vote. Sedalia State Representative Brad Pollitt says it’s improper for political subdivisions to regulate an industry out of business.     The bill is backed by Missouri Farm Bureau and by Cape Girardeau’s Lazy […]

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Panel recommends Missouri House expel Republican accused of sexually abusing his children

(Missouri Independent) – The Missouri House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from the Legislature. The committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, said evidence obtained over the course of its four-month investigation confirmed Roeber had sexually abused two of his children in 1990 when they […]

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One injured, citation issued, after crash on 2nd and Kitty streets in Trenton

Trenton Police issued a citation alleging an improper turn resulting in a recent traffic accident on April 7 at 2nd and Kitty streets in Trenton. One driver, 24-year-old Dillon Matthew Pratt of Trenton, reported his forehead struck the driver’s visor, breaking it during the accident when the impact occurred. He declined medical attention. The other […]

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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 […]

Prison Sentence

Judge hands down prison sentence for former Coffey City Clerk on stealing and forgery charges

Sentencing was held in Daviess County on February 10th for a former Coffey city clerk who pled guilty in November to felony stealing and forgery charges. Online court information shows Mary Lou Browning was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years each on stealing $750 or more and two counts of forgery. She […]