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Food insecurity rose for single moms, families of color in 2020

The rate of people experiencing hunger in Colorado and across the U.S. remained statistically steady overall during 2020, according to initial data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But people of color and low-income workers experienced food insecurity at dramatically higher rates during the pandemic. Geri Henchy, director of nutrition policy at the Food Research […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Audio: Eight of nine Missouri counties leading in COVID-19 case rates over the past week are in southeast Missouri

Eight of nine Missouri counties leading in COVID-19 case rates over the past week are in the southeast part of the state. They are Scott, New Madrid, Carter, Madison, Mississippi, Perry, St. Francois, and Bollinger Counties.  Nurse Eric Slaughter tells KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau the hospital turned a holding area into additional intensive care unit […]

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Children’s Mercy Hospital doctor responds to Missouri Attorney General’s lawsuit banning mask mandates in schools

A children’s hospital doctor is responding to the Missouri Attorney General’s lawsuit that aims to ban schools from requiring students and staff to wear masks. Dr. Jennifer Watts of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City says the hospital is strongly advocating to keep children in school.     Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing Columbia […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri’s Governor says state will proceed with Medicaid expansion

Missouri’s governor says the state will proceed with voter-approved Medicaid expansion, following a unanimous ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court and Tuesday’s ruling from Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem. The judge has ordered the state to enroll residents covered under the expansion. Governor Mike Parson tells Missourinet that the state will follow the order. […]

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Audio: Fertilizer projected to approach near-record high prices in 2022

(Brownfield Network) – Fertilizer prices are expected to approach record high levels in 2022, bringing costs to the farmer up with them. Farm Management Specialist Gary Schnitkey with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield the price of major fertilizers in Illinois increased at least 50% in 2021, which will translate to higher fertilizer costs in […]

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Audio: Senators introduce meat labeling legislation addressing false advertising

(Brownfield Network) – A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Mike Rounds of South Dakota, has introduced a bill designed to restrict the use of the ‘Product of the USA’ label. Senator Rounds tells Brownfield the USA Beef Act would only allow products that are born, raised, and slaughtered in the US to bear that label. “Beef that […]

Audio: Mosaic Medical Center executive in Albany to lead Missouri Hospital Association

A northwest Missouri health care executive will soon be moving to Jefferson City to lead the statewide hospital group. Mosaic Medical Center President Jon Doolittle will leave the hospital in rural Albany to become the Missouri Hospital Association’s (MHA) president during a critical time for health care.     Doolittle tells St. Joseph affiliate KFEQ […]

Audio: Starting in August, Missouri’s colleges and universities will no longer have a limit on annual tuition hikes

A new law beginning in August will allow Missouri’s colleges and universities to charge more intuition. Excelsior Springs State Representative Doug Richey sponsored the language that removes a limit on annual tuition increases. He tells Missourinet he does not expect schools to charge unreasonable tuition rates.     Richey says the change will also allow […]

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Video Contest: Enter the “Buckle Up Phone Down” public service announcement competition

Here’s your chance to release your inner Spielberg as the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety seeks your help in creating their next Buckle Up Phone Down public service announcement. “We know that Missouri has a lot of talented individuals,” said Nicole Hood, Missouri Department of Transportation state highway safety and traffic engineer. “We’re asking you […]

Medicaid Expansion

Quick ruling expected from Missouri Supreme Court on Medicaid Expansion

Missouri’s Medicaid expansion lawsuit case is now in the hands of the seven-member state Supreme Court. The court heard about 35 minutes of oral arguments Tuesday morning in Jefferson City. This case will likely come down to the definition of “appropriation.” Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled in June that Missouri’s August Medicaid expansion […]

Deadly Shooting

Audio: Alleged drug dealer shot in the head by elderly man from Moberly has died

An alleged drug dealer shot last week by an elderly man from northern Missouri’s Moberly has died. Our Missourinet Moberly affiliate KWIX reports 49-year-old Mitchell Nickerson was shot in the head by 79-year-old Jerry Fitzwater, who told detectives he shot Nickerson because the man had allegedly sold drugs to children. Randolph County Prosecutor Stephanie Luntsford […]

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Audio: Missouri’s governor opposes federal agents going door-to-door to compel COVID-19 vaccinations

Missouri’s governor is opposed to the idea of federal employees or federal agents going door-to-door to encourage or compel COVID vaccinations. Reporter Justin Fischer at Missourinet Cape Girardeau television partner KFVS has the story.     The governor says the state will NOT force residents to take the COVID vaccine. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol […]

Deadly Shooting

Elderly Moberly man jailed without bond; accused of shooting alleged drug dealer in the head

An elderly man from northern Missouri’s Moberly is jailed without bond this (Friday) afternoon, accused of shooting a man he believed to be a drug dealer in the head. Moberly Police Chief Troy Link tells our Moberly affiliate KWIX that the incident happened Thursday evening, just six blocks from the police station.     Charged […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Governor says state is considering incentive program to encourage more COVID vaccinations

The governor confirms the state is considering an incentive program to encourage more Missourians to get vaccinated. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that he wants to do what he can to encourage more Missourians to take the COVID vaccine.     The details of the incentive program are unclear because it’s still being worked […]

Audio: Missouri labor officials will review Federal unemployment overpayments for possible waiver

Missouri Labor officials have announced that they’re starting a process for Missourians who received unemployment overpayments to apply for a potential waiver. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations emphasizes that this involves non-fraud FEDERAL unemployment overpayments. St. Louis Democratic State Representative Peter Merideth has been urging DOLIR to waive the federal portion:   […]

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Audio: Missouri’s FRA special session begins today at noon in Jefferson City

The governor has called a special legislative session to extend a key funding mechanism for Missouri’s Medicaid program, warning that failure to extend the FRA would cost Missouri 591-million dollars in the fiscal year 2022. The FRA is the state’s Federal Reimbursement Allowance. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz says lawmakers have been working on […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: Missouri judge plans to issue a ruling by Wednesday in Missouri’s Medicaid expansion lawsuit

A judge in mid-Missouri’s Cole County expects to issue his decision in Missouri’s Medicaid expansion lawsuit by tomorrow (Wednesday). Brian Hauswirth covered Monday’s hearing in Jefferson City:     Three Missouri women are suing the state over the issue of Medicaid expansion. They note 53 percent of Missouri voters approved Amendment Two in August. Their […]

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Audio: Missouri Public Defender System prepares to hire 53 new attorneys, biggest staffing increase since around 1989

If Gov. Mike Parson does not make changes to the Missouri Public Defender System’s next budget, the office is on track to get its largest staffing increase since about 1989. Director Mary Fox tells Missourinet 53 new public defenders would be hired statewide.     “This is going to make a huge difference in terms […]