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Barry Odom wasn’t complaining. He wasn’t looking for pity. Odom was laying out his case as to why he’s the guy who can turn the Mizzou football program around. Odom went on a four-minute rant defending his program. He was talking to three different groups: The fans, media and administrators. Heading into a bye week […] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:40 +0000
Top Stories: Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt has issued a statement after President Donald Trump targeted the NFL in a series of heated comments over the weekend. Hunt released a statement Sunday, saying he believes in honoring the American Flag – and also supporting those who made the sacrifices to protect our freedoms – including the right to […] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:05:38 +0000
Following President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players who do not stand during the National Anthem, several players increased such protests before games on Sunday, forcing team owners to release statements. Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt released the following statement on Sunday. “We are blessed in the National Football League to work with an outstanding group […] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:52:15 +0000
Missouri health care providers are concerned about federal funding for several key programs as Congress closes in on a September 30th deadline to renew them. Three of them deal with reimbursements to hospitals. They include funding for Medicare dependent and low volume hospitals, as well as those that handle an especially large number of uninsured […] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:15:05 +0000
Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen hopes the state will pay the nearly $66,000 it says his county is owed so that he can address things like staffing shortages, broken doors, electrical and plumbing problems. In a letter to Missouri counties, the state Corrections Department says funding and an invoicing backlog have led to $19 million in […] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:38:50 +0000
COLUMBIA - Multiple groups will convene at Senator Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt's offices around the state of Missouri on Monday in opposition of the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare bill.
Jobs with Justice, along with Missouri Healthcare For All, Missouri Faith Voice, COMO for Progress, Indivisible, Empower Missouri, and Planned Parenthood will meet at locations in St. Louis, Springfield, West Plains and Columbia to urge the Missouri senators to vote against the bill.
"This bill advances the same flawed vision that Americans and the Senate have already previously rejected," Jobs with Justice director Richard Von Glahn said in a press release. "Cutting insurance for tens of millions Americans, undermining consumer protections, and gutting funding for Medicaid in order to fund tax cuts for the rich and powerful is simply un-American and must be defeated."
The press release said the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that 530,000 Missourians would lose their healthcare if Graham-Cassidy passes.
Senator Blunt said in a post on Twitter last week that he is supporting the bill.
"Proud to support the [Graham-Cassidy] bill that would provide better healthcare for Missourians. Graham-Cassidy bill repeals Obamacare mandates protects those with pre-existing conditions, makes quality care more affordable," Blunt said in the tweet.
Senator McCaskill has come out and said she will vote against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, and released a statement on the issue.
"All this bill is, is a bait-and-switch, in which they're trying to buy off certain states with promises of more money now, but with no guarantee that healthcare dollars in our state won't ultimately go down," McCaskill said in the statement. "And that's to say nothing of the folks in Missouri who've been sick before and have a preexisting condition, and older Missourians, who'll get slammed by this bill. If this proposal is such a good idea, why do healthcare advocates across the country - along with several Republican governors - oppose it?"
The rally starts at noon at Senator McCaskill's Columbia office and is scheduled to last about 45 minutes.
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 8:30:06 AM
COLUMBIA - For many, fall brings thoughts of pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving and decorating, but with temperatures as high as they've been, some local residents are having a hard time getting into the Fall spirit.
Tyler LaRue, Hy-Vee's Produce Manager said Hy-Vee hasn't been selling any pumpkins yet.
"No one's in the fall spirit right now." LaRue said. "It's been pretty hot lately, definitely had a heat wave."
Friday was the first day of fall, pumpkins are filling local grocery stores and pumpkin patches and corn mazes are now open for the season.
One Hy-Vee worker said she hasn't seen anyone come through the check-out lines with pumpkins yet.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture pumpkin reports show pumpkin sales more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, which totaled more than $207 million. This could be linked to the U.S. pumpkin shortage in 2015.
Pumpkins are harvested on more than 66,000 acres in the U.S. each year.
LaRue said, Hy-Vee "usually gets around 5-600 pumpkins in the fall."
Rob McGavock, a Columbia resident, said he has thought about buying pumpkins and putting them on his porch but with the heat, he's just not quite ready.
"But I have thought about it," McGavock said.
LaRue said Hy-Vee usually sells most of its pumpkins the week before Halloween.
One local pumpkin seller said the heat affects the way pumpkins look and how quickly they wilt, which makes people not as likely to buy them.
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 7:25:11 AM
CAMDENTON (AP) — Authorities say kayakers have found a drowning victim in the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 50-year-old Amy Miller, of Prairie Village, Kansas. The patrol says the kayakers found her body floating Sunday morning in a cove around the 26-mile marker of the lake's main channel in Camden County.
No other details were provided in the patrol's online report, including whether Miller had been reported missing.
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 6:54:11 AM
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgment.
Missouri has been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1, because of the lawsuit Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington filed.
Missouri already bans smoking inside prison buildings, but it allows it in designated areas outside. The evidence at trial showed that inmates are commonly written up for smoking in their cells.
Attorney Michael Foster, who helped represent Washington, says the ruling may save Missouri taxpayers money because of the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses for the state's more than 30,000 inmates.
State officials haven't announced their plan to eliminate smoking.
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 8:13:44 PM
ST. LOUIS — Seven people are facing rioting and resisting arrest charges for their role in a protest that turned unruly at an upscale St. Louis County shopping mall.
Overall, 22 people were arrested Saturday at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, Missouri. It was one of several protests since Sept. 15, when a judge acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.
The protest began peacefully before some protesters began overturning trash cans. Officers cleared out the mall and began making arrests.
One of the seven protesters charged with rioting also is charged with assault, according to information provided Sunday by the St. Louis County prosecutor's office. It wasn't immediately clear what charges the other 15 people will face.
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 8:05:41 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge followed through on his promise Wednesday and blocked abortion-restricting rules in Missouri, saying he's bound by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and that the state is denying abortion rights "on a daily basis,… Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:27:00 -0500
The city will solicit resident feedback on proposals to increase ridership on the city's bus system, in part by increasing how often buses arrive at each stop. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
American Outdoor Brands will save nearly $2.8 million over a decade after the Boone County Commission unanimously approved tax breaks for the shooting and hunting equipment company on Tuesday. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Boone County deputies will conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint between Thursday and Sunday, according to a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
A Missouri State Highway Patrol DWI checkpoint in Moniteau County led to several arrests Friday, the agency said in a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500