JEFFERSON CITY — Tucked into legislation cutting tens of thousands of people from the state’s Medicaid rolls is a provision reconfiguring a program that provides prescription drug benefits to older people.
Missouri’s SenioRx program provides helps with drug costs to more than 17,000 Missourians age 65 and older who have too much money to qualify for the government-run Medicaid program for the poor but not enough to afford private prescription coverage. But the state is changing its program to mesh with a federal prescription drug benefit that is part of the Medicare program and is set to take effect in January.
Patrick and Laurie Hamilton spent Saturday morning browsing rows of flowers and plants at Strawberry Hill Farms with their son, Josh. Like many other Columbians, the Hamiltons see gardening as a fun and therapeutic activity.
“It’s fun. It’s therapeutic,” Patrick Hamilton said.
Laura Nauser, touted as a business-savvy and growth-friendly real estate agent, will attend a swearing-in ceremony tonight that will make her Columbia’s new Fifth Ward city councilwoman.
Nauser won Tuesday’s election, beating Columbia attorney Gayle Troutwine and state epidemiologist Joseph Vradenburg.
Shalia Lindsey does not gamble, and the prospect of her Social Security retirement savings being placed in a private account that relies on the stock market does not sit well with her.
JEFFERSON CITY - While lawmakers were cutting more than $380 million from social services, elected officials received an increase.
The Department of Social Services took the brunt of the cuts, which Republican leaders said were necessary to keep a balanced budget while increasing spending for K-12 education. But the state's $19 billion budget also calls for an extra $43 million for elected officials in the executive branch, an extra $2.5 million in state money for the judiciary and a $500,000 increase for the Public Defender Commission.
Columbia police made three drug arrests and issued a summons to another suspect after serving two search warrants Thursday.
Columbia doesn’t fit the mold of a literary hub. Aside from the intense focus on a single institution, it’s not much more than a sleepy burg. But, in fact, writers are perfecting their craft and making their mark in Columbia and beyond.
Contributing to the success of a number of award-winning writers with local connections is MU’s creative writing program; the presence of a renowned literary magazine, The Missouri Review; and access to a great public library. Its compact layout and affordability make Columbia an easy place to live, allowing writers the freedom to focus on their craft.
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begin to buzz, shining an orange glow over the small town of Huntsdale.
MU Senior Emily Hemeyer designs clothes for more than just fashion and fame. During the past month, Hemeyer has worked to design six pieces that were showcased in Kaleidoscope: A KCOU Fashion Show at the Blue Note earlier this month. The proceeds of this event were donated to Rainbow House, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. Hemeyer’s pieces are unique because of the the method in which she makes them — the fabrics are hand-dyed and hand-sewn.
For the next 30 minutes, sit down and focus on this story.
Don’t turn on the television. Don’t check your e-mail. Don’t turn on the stereo. Don’t pace around the house. Don’t run to the fridge for a snack. Don’t pick up the phone.
As temperatures have steadily climbed upward, so too has the price of gas. And the latest government forecasts for the beginning of the summer travel season don’t offer relief.
Gas prices in central Missouri have increased 36 cents a gallon in the past two months, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Gas was $1.82 per gallon Feb. 7 and $2.18 per gallon April 7.
Environmental Protection Agency rules are allowing Columbia to earn extra cash by selling excess sulfur dioxide allowances from its relatively clean coal-burning power plant.
The Columbia City Council on Monday authorized the sale of the excess emissions allowances. The credits could be worth as much as $6.3 million and could help the city cover an anticipated increase in the cost of its next coal contract.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded the Columbia Public School District its first Distinction in Performance Award during a banquet Friday night.
The Distinction in Performance Award is based on accreditation standards for schools in Missouri and recognizes districts that make consistent progress in all of the areas covered by accreditation standards. The award specifically looks at attendance rate, dropout rate and test scores such as the MAP test and ACT for high school students.
In January 1989, to commemorate the 23rd annual World Communications Day, Pope John Paul II addressed a large crowd in Rome on religion and the media. In particular, the pontiff urged Roman Catholics to start looking at media not as a revealer of scandal, but as a positive force for change.
“The question confronting the church today,” he said, “is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the gospel message.”
A pilot grievance plan approved by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators at its Friday meeting in Rolla could clear the desk of UM system President Elson Floyd by redirecting complaints to an investigating officer. The plan will expedite the way the system hears faculty complaints and be implemented at MU for a three-year trial basis before it can be adopted at other UM schools.
MU’s Faculty Council had discussed the grievance policy for at least five years before the curators’ approval, council chair Gordon Christensen said. The revised plan would create a standing committee to hear grievances and create the position of a part-time investigating officer.
One Columbia man was arrested late Thursday and another early Friday in connection with two shooting incidents Wednesday near two day-care centers and an elementary school.
In a third incident Thursday night on North Garth Avenue, a car that police suspect was used in one of the Wednesday shootings was sprayed with bullets. Police said the three shootings are related.
After the flood waters recede and the coffin has been sealed, the eternal question remains: What kind of God permits tragedy, suffering and grief?
The answer is as varied as religious belief itself. But whether you view life as endless suffering, see God as infinitely unfathomable or hold that tragedy as a reflection of an immoral culture, the key to understanding is your faith.
This year is filled with notable anniversaries, but there is one I only discovered recently. I have been writing this column for five years this month. So I thought a trip down memory lane was in order.
I remember being approached by a newsroom editor who asked if I wanted to write a column for the “new” Taste section. I was told I could write about anything my heart desired — with a few rules. I wasn’t allowed to write hard-hitting editorials about local or national issues. Being the token conservative in the newsroom, I knew that rule was a given. And the column wasn’t to be a preachy epistle about how “together” we can change the world. My mission was to write a light-weight missive about life — and, oh yeah, could I make it humorous?
Kim Webb is helping to fight child abuse. Not with legislation or as a lobbyist, but with pens and notebooks.
As coordinator of the Adolescent Mother Journaling Program and a mother of four children, Webb travels the state teaching strategies that help teen mothers cope with the stress of parenting without turning to child abuse.
JEFFERSON CITY — A key plank in the governor’s plan to increase education spending without tax increases by substantially cutting the state’s welfare system, particularly Medicaid, cleared its final hurdle Thursday when it passed the state House of Representatives.
The bill — one of the most hotly contested items in a legislative agenda that pushed for changes in the civil liability system, the Southwest Missouri State University name-change and wholesale changes to the worker’s compensation system — would tighten eligibility requirements to remove 89,000 from the Medicaid rolls.