Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri’s Governor Parson abandons plans to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will not expand Medicaid coverage to working-age adults on July 1 because lawmakers refused to include funding for the health care program in the state budget, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday. In a news release, Parson said the state was withdrawing documents submitted to the federal government necessary to add the approximately 275,000 […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: Missouri’s Senate president says Medicaid and social services consume 46 percent of state operating budget

Missouri’s Senate leader says the state’s operating budget has grown from 21-billion dollars a decade ago to 34-billion dollars today. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz tells Sullivan affiliate KTUI that Medicaid expansion is too expensive. He says the state Department of Social Services’  budget continues to grow.     The Missouri Senate and House […]

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 […]

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

(Missouri Independent) – On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning […]

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Biden calls on U.S. Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s […]

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Missouri lawmaker: State employees and teachers should receive pay raises, not elected officials

A veteran state lawmaker from southeast Missouri will file a resolution this week, aimed at blocking proposed pay increases for state lawmakers and for statewide elected officials. State Rep. Andrew McDaniel, R-Deering, was first elected to the Missouri House in 2014 and will be a senior member in January during his final House term in […]

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“Missouri is fully prepared to start vaccinating people in December,” DHSS promises, including transporting long-term care patients

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director told Missouri legislators that the state is “fully prepared to start vaccinating people in December” if the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Randal Williams updated the House Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention on how a vaccine would […]

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Operation LeGend results in over 500 arrests, including 37 murder suspects

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison, at a joint press conference with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, announced that 518 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in Operation LeGend. “On behalf of the team of federal law enforcement agencies involved in this groundbreaking initiative, I […]

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Artwork by NCMC Instructor and local artist, Jim Norris, to be featured at Dorris Rider Art Gallery

A collection of works by a Trenton resident will continue the 2019-2020 exhibition schedule in the Dorris Rider Art Gallery at North Central Missouri College in Trenton.  “A Retrospective…So Far!” by Jim Norris is now open and will be on display through December 13. This collection contains work from two solo exhibitions – Cautionary Tales […]

Farm News

Farmers urged to enroll early for popular Crop Management Conference, December 17 and 18th

Farmers ending an erratic crop year have help ahead. To get it, they should enroll for the MU Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Organizer Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri plant scientist, says the annual event fills quickly. He opened enrollment early for the December 17 and 18, 2019 event. There’s plenty to talk about. Bradley […]

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Dr. Tim Crowley to speak on campus of NCMC at Leadership Northwest Missouri event

Leadership Northwest Missouri with the help of the NCMC Development Office will be hosting Dr. Tim Crowley and Leadership Northwest Missouri for Leadership in Action: Reclaiming the Power of Face to Face Conversation on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri. The event will take place in the Ketcham Community Center Sugg […]

Grain Belt Express

Audio: Grain Belt Express/Eminent Domain Bill quickly passes committee, heads to House

A bill to stop – or at least redirect–the Grain Belt Express powerline project, is headed to the Missouri House floor.   A House committee moved quickly this week to pass the bill by Jim Hansen, Republican from Frankford. The issue, he says, is the privately-held company’s use of the power of eminent domain to put […]

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State auditor finds poor planning in Tax Increment Financing projects in Bethany

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a citizen-requested audit of the City of Bethany, which found that poor planning in tax increment financing projects (TIF) spearheaded by the city resulted in delays and lack of oversight. “Economic incentives can be valuable for communities, but they must be presented transparently and used effectively as part […]