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Nursing homes, hospitals oppose federal plan to cut funds

Missouri budget writers could have a $1.3 billion hole to fill in the state Medicaid program in coming years if a federal plan is enacted, officials of the health care industry warned Wednesday. Missouri hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and managed ...

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Child support checks give way to debit cards

The child support check is becoming a thing of the past in Missouri, giving way to payments delivered directly to debit cards. The new debit cards began going out this week to residents in Cole County, and the switch from ...

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Blunt administration says it broke law in investigation

Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration acknowledged July 28 that it broke the law when it asked the State Highway Patrol to investigate allegations against state Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell. State law governing the Highway Patrol forbids it from performing any duties ...

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Committee asks Blunt for help fighting illegal gambling

A legislative panel wants Gov. Matt Blunt to get involved with a crackdown on illegal gambling devices such as arcade slot machines, raffles and sweepstakes. The committee, led by Sen. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield, has written to Blunt outlining concerns that ...

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Judge says ballot issue has unfair financial estimate

(AP) Already barred from the November ballot, a proposed constitutional amendment limiting state spending suffered another setback July 28 as a judge invalided an estimate of its financial impact. The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan was the ...

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Health insurance costs still rising

Desires sometimes conflict with the bottom line for small business owners. Consider Linda Bax, who has desired to offer health insurance at her four-person travel agency but never done so because of the cost. During the 2004 elections, Bax put ...

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Ruling affects nearly half of offender registry

Nearly half of the people included on the state’s sex offender registry are affected by a Missouri Supreme Court decision barring it from being retroactive, an Associated Press record review has found. But the state doesn’t plan to drop their ...

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Judge upholds rejection of eminent domain, spending limits measures

A group backing ballot measures to restrict government spending and eminent domain suffered a double loss last Monday as a judge ruled the initiative petitions were illegally disorganized. The rulings by Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan upheld Secretary of ...

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Democrats challenge voter ID law

Democratic officials from St. Louis and Kansas City filed a legal challenge last Monday against a new Republican-backed law requiring Missourians to show photo identification to vote. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt signed the law about a month ago, praising it ...

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Judge rules against environmentalists

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by an environmental group that had sought to save an old Missouri River railroad bridge as a potential part of the Katy Trail State Park. The ruling July 18th by Cole County Judge Byron ...

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Mo. details execution procedures

The state’s proposed procedures for executing condemned prisoners would use various medical personnel, but not a board-certified anesthesiologist as required by a federal judge because, Missouri says, it can’t find one. Court documents filed late on July 14th by State ...

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