Medicaid Expansion

Missouri’s state Treasurer, Scott Fitzpatrick, is warning against Medicaid expansion

Missouri’s state treasurer and the House Budget Committee chairman will travel across the state on Monday, urging Missourians to vote against Medicaid expansion on the August ballot. Medicaid, which is formally known as MO HealthNet, is a federal and state program that assists with medical costs for residents with limited incomes. House Budget Committee Chairman […]

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Missouri man who shot police officer, then himself, pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A St. Louis, Missouri, man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Missouri. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]

Charges Filed

Cameron man who threatened officers with a knife officially charged

A Cameron man accused of threatening law enforcement with a knife and running from law enforcement at Hamilton faces charges in Caldwell County. Online court information shows 34 year old William Patrick Vessar has been charged with felony resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony and two misdemeanor counts of fourth degree assault—special […]

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Man who escaped Missouri halfway house caught crossing Mexican border into California

A man who escaped from a Springfield, Missouri, halfway house 17 months ago pleaded guilty in federal court after being caught crossing the border from Mexico into San Diego, California. Benjamin E. Garnica, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to escaping from federal custody. Garnica was sentenced on March 20, 2014, […]

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Farmers market vendors prep for season amid COVID-19 concerns

University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike says that, right now, science is on the side of produce growers.  “There is currently no evidence that the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has been transmitted through food or food packaging,” said Nwadike, who has dual extension appointments with MU and Kansas State University. That’s […]

Health News

Coronavirus Information: How organizations are handling the issue statewide

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continues to receive many questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts student attendance, school closure, assessments, and virtual education opportunities. We are aware that local education agencies must consider a number of factors when making decisions in this current situation. Administrative Memo COM-20-001, issued from the Commissioner […]

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University of Missouri cancels some “in-person” classes

The University of Missouri will cancel some in-person classes amid the growing outbreak of novel coronavirus. In-person classes were canceled as of 5 o’clock Wednesday, extending through Sunday. Faculty were asked to plan to teach remotely next week, (March 16 to 20). Existing online classes will continue as scheduled. Spring break for M-U happens the […]