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Missouri could receive $1.7 billion in Medicaid funds under U.S. House plan

BY: - February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice a dozen holdout states to expand Medicaid coverage with the prospect of billions of dollars in federal cash.  And although Missouri has approved a Medicaid expansion, it has not yet rolled it out and would receive the extra money included in the House Democratic proposal. […]

Missouri lawmakers eye federal funds to cover cost of mistakenly paid unemployment

BY: - February 11, 2021

A legislative committee may have found a way to relieve all the debt of Missourians who were mistakenly paid too much from federal and state unemployment programs after COVID-19 crashed the economy. The best part for lawmakers? They might be able to use federal funds, instead of general revenue, to cover the cost to the […]

Missouri company accused of illegal gambling has sued the state

BY: - February 10, 2021

A Missouri-based company accused of operating illegal gambling devices filed a lawsuit alleging state law enforcement’s crackdown on rogue slot machines is a campaign of “harassment and intimidation.” Torch Electronics LLC filed its lawsuit on Friday in Cole County against the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Division of […]

‘Road to hell’: Students who faced abuse at Missouri boarding schools call for action

BY: - February 10, 2021

Thrown to the ground and restrained for hours. Forced to eat food they had thrown up. Silenced with duct-tape over their mouths. Beaten without immediate medical care. Those were just some of instances of the horrific physical and sexual abuse former residents, parents and staff described witnessing in youth residential facilities within Missouri and across […]

Republican U.S. Senator blasts Trump legal team’s ‘terrible’ performance

BY: - February 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was one of six GOP senators who voted Tuesday to uphold the Senate’s authority to hold an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, taking Republicans aback by reversing the position he took in a vote last month. Speaking to reporters Tuesday evening, Cassidy also contrasted the “focused, […]

Indicted lawmaker claims University of Missouri faculty post in Florida filing

BY: - February 10, 2021

A state representative under federal indictment for medical fraud falsely claimed she had a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri when she applied for a medical license in Florida. State Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, facing 20 federal felony charges under an indictment unsealed on Feb. 1, has been licensed in Missouri as an assistant […]

Feds boost state vaccine shipments to 11 million doses next week

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — States will see another increase in the COVID-19 vaccine doses they receive, with the Biden administration announcing Tuesday that the federal government will distribute 11 million doses next week. That’s an increase from 10.5 million doses this week, and 8.6 million during the week President Joe Biden took office last month. Those increases were […]

Senate resolution condemns 1852 Missouri Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott case

BY: - February 9, 2021

For two brief periods of his life, Dred Scott was a free man. The first period of freedom began with the decision of a St. Louis jury in January 1850 and continued until March 1852. During that time, Scott and his wife, Harriet, were emancipated because Missouri law recognized they were freed when their owners […]

How the pandemic is complicating mental health services for Kansas City kids

BY: - February 9, 2021

Without daily, in person interaction with teachers and peers, flagging mental health issues in students is increasingly difficult. In the move to virtual classes, schools say they can no longer depend on teachers to notice warning signs and refer students to mental health services. Now districts are turning to new ways of screening children for […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

St. Louis County sounds alarm at dwindling COVID vaccine supply, appointments may pause

BY: - February 8, 2021

Last week, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health was listed along with St. Louis’ four major hospital systems as a “high throughput” provider that would be receiving a portion of 15,600 doses allocated to the region each week to administer to residents. But according to an email sent by St. Louis County Executive […]

Missouri House GOP boots indicted lawmaker out caucus, though she says she won’t resign

BY: - February 8, 2021

The House Republican Caucus voted Monday to eject a freshman lawmaker indicted Feb. 1 on 20 federal charges of medical fraud and improperly prescribing narcotics and amphetamines. The caucus wants state Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, to resign her seat, the House GOP leadership said in a joint statement from Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, Speaker Pro […]