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Radio Story - Gov. Matt Blunt and MoDot chief engineer Kevin Keith say toll roads are in Missouri's future
Radio Story - The Public Counsel office wants an emergency clause added to the "Cold Weather Rule".
Newspaper Story - If approved, the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act would mandate that physicians inform women seeking abortions at or after 20 weeks of the fetus' capacity to feel pain, and then to offer to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion.
Radio Story - Republican Senator Chuck Gross sponsored a bill that would require physicians performing abortions to offer pain relief to unborn fetuses.
Radio Story - House Republican Rod Jetton says he will back a bill that to make kids get vision tests.
Radio Story - Tobacco settlements in Missouri add up to more than 200 million dollars, but not one cent is being spent on youth tobacco prevention.
Newspaper Story - Missouri children will be required to wear booster seat restraints in an expected bill for next legislation session.
Radio Story - If the proposed tax passed part of the money would be spent on smoking prevention and cessation program.
Newspaper Story - Recent cuts and eligibility reductions to Missouri Medicaid have the hardest effect on women, according to a report released yesterday by the National Women's Law Center.
Radio Story - State Senator Jason Crowell plans to propose legislation that would keep the Morning After Pill a prescription drug and allow pharmicists to refuse to fill the prescription.
Radio Story - A steering committee formed to help children exposed to meth labs
Newspaper Story - A Missouri coalition was formed to protect the availability of the morning after pill.
Radio Story - A federal appeals court today said parts of an abortion law requiring discussion between doctor and patient is too vague.
Radio Story - The Department of Social Services resports Medicaid transportaition service is improving. Spokeswoman Deborah Scott reports 31 new ambulances, 48 more phone lines and extra personnel have been added. Scott says since last week no-shows are down by half.
Radio Story - Committee Chairperson Liz Hagar-Mace says the Medicaid cuts could drive the poor into homelessness.
Radio Story - A 66 year-old southwest Missouri man never made it to his doctor's appointment in St. Louis.
Radio Story - A Republic man died in his home waiting for transportation to St. Louis.
Newspaper Story - A 63-year old man died Tuesday, he was scheduled to receive Medicaid transportation.
Radio Story - Health officials told the panel they are taking preventive measures to fight an outbreak.
Newspaper Story - The commission charged with reforming the state health care system switched its discussion yesterday from changing coverage to changing behavior.
Radio Story - The Medicaid Reform Commission looked for ways to encourage recepients to live healthier
Radio Story - The Governor's Office says a new contract is to blame for delays, but Democrat Jeff Harris says the delays should have been prevented.
Radio Story - Twenty Seven House Democrats from across the state wrote a letter to the agency which gives final approval to the major Medicaid cuts.
Newspaper Story - Some senior citizens are having problems renewing their drivers' license because they don't have a birth certificate.
Radio Story - The Department of Health says widespread distribution of the drug Tamiflu would not be practical.
Radio Story - State Senator Jon Dolan is in contract talks to become the next executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association.
Radio Story - The Medicaid Reform Commission met to discuss how new technology and screening recipients for risk behaviors can save the program money.
Radio Story - The commission now has the nine members necessary to hold a meeting.
Radio Story - Members of the commission discussed dozens of Medicaid reform ideas during their first work meeting. Commission member Margaret Donnelly wants the commission to make decisions on reform ideas that will be recommended to the governor next year.
Radio Story - As the bird flu continues to spread overseas, Missouri is taking precautions.
Radio Story - Missouri's state veterinarian says that since the avian flu has not yet hit US shores, it is not a significant threat to Americans.
Newspaper Story - Medicare officials have designed a handful of online tools to allow people to search for and compare the first-ever prescription drug plans under the federal insurance program. Despite a promised mid-October unveiling, many are not yet available at the Medicare Web site, www.medicare.gov.
Newspaper Story - A welfare advocacy group filed a petition that would restore Medicaid benefits to thousands of Missourians.
Radio Story - It would restore benefits to more than 90,000 people.
Newspaper Story - Missouri will recover $21 million from a $567 million multi-state settlement with Serono Laboratories, which illegally marketed the AIDS drug Serostim.
Radio Story - The Fort Zumwalt school district adopted a voluntary program to drug test it's athletes
Radio Story - Senator Matt Bartle says voters attitudes haven't changed
Newspaper Story - Missouri Corrections Department will transport a female prisoner for an abortion.
Radio Story - The Missouri Agriculture Department is allowing poultry companies to test their birds for avian flu. Other states have mandatory testing.
Newspaper Story - If approved by Missouri voters, the cigarette tax increase and stem-cell research protection measures would be immune to legislative tampering.
Radio Story - A Missouri inmate has been given the go ahead for her abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal to stop the abortion.
Radio Story - The bird flu is a national concern, but the Department of Health says Missourians shouldn't be too worried.
Radio Story - SEMA has plans in place for a possible outbreak of Avian Flu in Missouri.
Radio Story - The Missouri Department of Agriculture say they are prepared if bird flu comes to the state, coordinating their efforts with Arkansas and Oklahoma
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect stem-cell research in the state.
Radio Story - A coalition supporting stem cell research wants to guarantee Missouri will not have any restrictions beside Federal law, but Senator Matt Bartle says Missouri should retain the right to make its own stem cell laws.
Radio Story - Chair of the Coalition says Missouri can to more to support end-of-life issues.
Newspaper Story - Opposition to a proposed 80-cent cigarette tax increase is emerging from some groups that support a higher tobacco tax, but oppose the way the revenue would be allocated under the proposal.
Radio Story - An initial group has come out in opposition to a petition drive attempting to a get a tobacco tax increase on the ballot.
Newspaper Story - Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office found approximately $5 million in Medicaid budget cuts could have been retained.
Radio Story - State Auditor Claire McCaskill says competitve bidding for non-emergency transportation and medical supplies will save the state money.
Radio Story - Republicans say the move is neccessary to save time, but Democrats say it silences the voice of poor, rural Missourians.
Newspaper Story - More than 800,000 Missourians who are over 65 or disabled will soon be faced with a multitude of options for privatized prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Newspaper Story - Government control over medical-industry expansion would be eased under a plan before Gov. Matt Blunt's government review commission.
Newspaper Story - House passes an abortion restriction bill with an overwhelming 115-35 vote in favor.
Newspaper Story - The state government review commission will meet Thursday to examine more than 100 preliminary proposals.
Radio Story - The House Children Committee approved an abortion bill that would make it harder for minors to get abortions across state lines.
Newspaper Story - After a house committee hearing, a bill adding abortion restrictions was approved.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Senate approves the governor's abortion-restriction bill after nearly 12 straight hours of debate.
Newspaper Story - Missouri State Treasurer, Sarah Steelman, announced a statewide effort to find available housing in Mo. for Hurricane Katrina victims
Radio Story - Friday morning major units from Columbia, Fulton, and Maryville left for New Orleans to provide aid.
Radio Story - Thousands of Missourians will be without much needed medical supplies unless one lawsuit is successful.
Radio Story - Ten public interest organizations are suing the state to stop the Medicaid cuts that take effect this week.
Newspaper Story - As thousands of Missouri adults lose Medicaid coverage because of cutbacks effective Sept. 1, Missouri's welfare agency says it does not have a plan to track the impact of the cuts on those who lose medical coverage.
Newspaper Story - The special session called by the governor to discuss unpassed anti-abortion issue illustrated a split in the Republican majority--fiscal versus social conservatives.
Radio Story - A Democratic filibuster shelved an abortion bill.
Radio Story - Jackson County Senator Matt Bartle says the Missouri Supreme Court has placed the safety of the state's school children in extreme jeopardy.
Radio Story - The Pensions committee heard testimony for the bill to legalize midwifery.
Newspaper Story - Two bills addressing incapacitated patients have received mixed reviews from some Missourians.
Radio Story - Pet legislation was proposed by both Democrats and Republicans, but none of the bills were passed.
Newspaper Story - The bill would not allow children under three or pregnant women to receive immunizations containing mercury, the bill passed out of the Senate April 13.
Radio Story - New bill means state can choose to fund or not to fund wheelchairs.
Newspaper Story - Medicaid Protestors Chain Themselves to House Doors
Radio Story - The House General Laws Committee passed Senate Bill 500. The bill would pass some of the cost of First Steps to both parents and insurance companies.
Radio Story - The Missouri Supreme Court reverses a St. Louis school counselor's misconduct charges.
Radio Story - Governor Blunt signed the bill cutting healthcare to nearly 100,000 Missourians.
Radio Story - The tax is for managed care providers to generate more money for the state Medicaid program.
Radio Story - Missouri is the only state where it is a felony for midwives to deliver babies without a doctor present, but the House of Representatives passed a bill that would legalize the practice.
Radio Story - The Senate heard a bill increasing prison time for drunk drivers causing fatal accidents.
Radio Story - The bill opens up lawsuits against people assisting minors in getting an abortion without parental consent.
Radio Story - Legislators move closer to adopting a bill that places harsher penalties for underage drinking.
Radio Story - Legislators are close to adopting the bill which allows for more strict penalties for minors caught drinking and for parents caught serving alcohol to minors.
Radio Story - The Senate Agriculture Committee is considering legislation that would legalize the use of physical therapy on dogs and cats.
Radio Story - The Senate discussed toughening penalties for underage drinkers and those who give them the alcohol.
Radio Story - Senate filibuster shelves bill removing helmet requirement
Radio Story - Under the new bill insurance companies would pay up to $3000 a year to families with a child in the program.
Newspaper Story - The First Steps bill would change the way the program is financed, placing the primary burden on insurance providers.
Radio Story - Legislators voted down an amendment that would have cut their own state-provided healthcare benefits by twenty percent. The amendment failed by only three votes.
Radio Story - The house was split almost evenly on the subject.
Radio Story - Democrat Trent Skaggs backed an amendment that would have saved the state of Missouri nearly 300,000 dollars.
Newspaper Story - ROUNDUP: UM open to big changes; Medicaid "awesome"; Vaccine bill; Blunt budget
Radio Story - An estimated 100,000 people will be cut from Medicaid and the program will end in 2008.
Radio Story - The House of Representatives passed the bill that will cut an estimated 100,00 Missourians off Medicaid and terminate the program in 2008.
Newspaper Story - The House passed the Senate's version of a bill that would cut 89,000 people off Medicaid.
Radio Story - It was the first day of debate on the Senate floor concerning stem cell research. The bill would make it illegal to clone a human being.
Newspaper Story - After extensive debate in senate, the lack of Republican votes put the bill to rest.
Radio Story - Hundreds of Missourians voiced their opposition to proposed healthcare cuts.
Newspaper Story - Hundreds gathered at the Capitol in a continued effort to stop cuts to the program.
Newspaper Story - House lawmakers opened debate on Gov. Matt Blunt's Medicaid cuts.
Radio Story - The bill to cut Medicaid would also eliminate the program in 2008.
Radio Story - The struggle over Terri Schiavo's death has lead two Missouri legislators to propose laws giving Missouri power to award custody of patients, or even take over patient care.
Newspaper Story - In response to the death of Terri Schiavo, Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon filed a bill today that would make it illegal to remove feeding tubes from patients.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers propose bills trying to prevent cases like Terri Schiavo's.
Radio Story - Governor Blunt signed a workers' compensation bill into law today that will take effect Aug 28th.
Radio Story - Wheeler says the bill would force pharmacists to fill prescriptions like the morning after pill regardless of their personal religous beliefs.
Newspaper Story - House hearing on Medicaid stretches into the night
Radio Story - A key part of Governor Matt Blunt's plan to slash Medicaid went before a House Committee.
Newspaper Story - Blunt signs work comp bill
Radio Story - The bill would allow harsher penalties for trespassers in animal facilities.
Radio Story - Protestors filled the Capitol to save a Medicaid program allowing disabled Missourians to live independently.
Newspaper Story - Protesters came to the capital today to sway Gov. Blunt and other legislators to change their minds on the proposed Medicaid cuts. They spoke on behalf of the disabled.
Radio Story - Missouri's legislature takes a week off, after giving business major bills before the break.
Newspaper Story - Following a passionate debate in which Democratic senators questioned the morality of Republicans voting in favor of bill to cut people off Medicaid, the Senate gave final approval to the bill.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate sent a bill to cut Medicaid to the House.
Newspaper Story - Two business bills sent to the governor
Dozens gathered on the Capitol steps today to protest Medicaid cuts after it passed in the Senate on Tuesday.
Radio Story - Lawmkers achieved the two goals of Gov. Matt Blunt's pro-business agenda, passing bills that would limit compensation for injured workers and medical malpractice claims in state courts.
Newspaper Story - Gibbons says Medicaid must go
Radio Story - The bill to cut medicaid was placed on layaway until the Senate session later in the day.
Newspaper Story - The Senate voted along party lines to add an amendment that would end the state Medicaid program in 2008.
Radio Story - Missouri Senators voted on party lines to end the Missouri Medicaid program within three years.
Newspaper Story - Joint committee works on work comp, GOP finetunes its legislation
Radio Story - The Senate debated a plan to tighten income requirements for Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - Dems filibuster Medicaid cut
Radio Story - A top Republican is gearing up for Medicaid debates.
Radio Story - The Republicans haven't caved, and the Democrats haven't given up; the future of medicaid is still up in the air.
Radio Story - St. Louis City Senator Pat Dougherty says the debate should last well into the night.
Radio Story - Democrat Pat Dougherty will filibuster the proposed medicaid cuts, which are on the schedule for the Senate.
Radio Story - Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty from St. Louis City spent the afternoon preparing his attacks on the bill to cut medicaid.
Newspaper Story - A bill that would tighten eligibility to workers' compensation, which some opponents are calling a "hidden tax" is set for a conference committee.
Radio Story - With no debate or amendments, a Missouri Senate committee passed a bill to cut more than 20,000 people off Medicaid.
Radio Story - A House subcommittee has modified Blunt's cuts to Medicaid.
Radio Story - The bill, makes it illegal to help a minor get an abortion without parental consent, passed by a large majority.
Radio Story - In an effort to squeeze more money from the Missouri government, Governor Matt Blunt has formed a commission to reduce state bureaucracy. Blunt has asked a group of Missouri business leaders, citizens, former state employees and the Lieutenant Governor to review how state agencies are organized. Blunt says the commission could recommend cutting state services, consolidating agencies, and eliminating positions.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri House ruled Tuesday that it is illegal to transport a minor out of state with the intention of receiving an abortion. Other changes to current abortion laws in Missouri were made.
Radio Story - A bill aimed at stopping minors from getting abortions in Illinois has passed its first vote.
Newspaper Story - The Department assessed its situation in the context of Matt Blunt's proposed cuts to Mental Health
Newspaper Story - Protestors gather for Medicaid cuts hearing
Radio Story - Thousands of Missourians could lose their health care coverage if Republican Senator Chuck Purgason's bill to cut Medicaid spending passes.
Radio Story - A bill that would make it illegal to help minors receive an abortion is scheduled to come up for debate this week.
Radio Story - The committee will hear testimony on three bills that could affect health care for Missourians.
Radio Story - Cuts to Medicaid are on their way through the Senate, heading to committee next week.
Radio Story - Senators and representatives are forming a conference committee to form a mutually agreeable workers' compensation bill
Newspaper Story - The Zionist women's organiztion came to the capitol Wednesday hoping to halt a bill that would ban human cloning.
Newspaper Story - Workers' Comp bill passes House
Radio Story - Livingston County farmers rallied against a bill that would eliminate local authority over health ordinances.
Radio Story - Director of the Department of Mental Health said that there will not be a drastic push for closure of Bellefontaine.
Newspaper Story - Friends and families of Bellefontaine residents held a press conference today protesting its closure.
Newspaper Story - A House committee passed along a partisan line a bill that would limit the workers' compensation program.
Radio Story - In a broad stroke, the Missouri House sumbitted a bill replacing much of the Senate compromise on change to workers' compensation law. Provisions limiting terms for workers' compensation judges could be changed during conference committee.
Radio Story - The House committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony over the Seante-originated bill that would make major revisions to Missouri's workers' compensation law.
Radio Story - Senator calls for tax on adult entertainment stores.
Newspaper Story - The senate debated Sen. Matt Bartle's bill that would charge a five dollar admission for all customers and a 20 percent tax to owners.
Newspaper Story - A bill substitute submitted Wednesday erases compromises made in the Senate and inserts several measures favored by business interests.
Radio Story - The House considers the workers' comp bill that the Senate already approved.
Radio Story - Senator Kit Bond is asking the Federal government to provide five hundred million dollars to Parents as Teachers, an early childhood development program. In the program, parent educators meet with families to encourage healthy childhood development. Bond began the program as governor in 1980.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Bond announced today his proposal for the "Education Begins at Home Act." The bill will provide $400 million over three years to states to expand parent education and family services.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Margaret Donnelly of St. Louis said she thinks hasty decisions may lead to costly mistakes.
Radio Story - The bill that would limit liability awards in Missouri received first round approval in the House... meaning the House can no longer make changes.
Radio Story - Grass Roots Organizing, Paraquad, Inc. and Missouri Budget Prodject teamed up to voice complaints about Gov. Blunt's proposed funding cuts.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence), medicaid recepients and organization leaders spoke out against Gov. Matt Blunt's proposed Medicaid cuts.
Newspaper Story - With the exception of Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Jackson, all the Democrats voted against the bill due to concerns that it unfairly targets workers.
Radio Story - The Missouri House discussed a bill that puts a $250,000 cap on punitive damage awards. The bill also changes how award amounts are calculated, and adds restrictions to where lawsuits can be heard.
Newspaper Story - By a vote of 7-2 in favor of the legislation, the cloning issue now moves to the senate floor for further debate.
Radio Story - Senator Matt Bartle's bill that outlaws human cloning and SCNT, or somatic cell nuclear transfer.
Radio Story - The Senate sends the House a bill restricting health coverage for workers injured on the job.
Radio Story - Missourians would have to show a photo ID to buy Sudafed under a measure cleared by the Senate.
Newspaper Story - Opponents argue a worker's compensation bill is favors insurance companies at the expense of workers.
Radio Story - First Step supporters gather at the governor's office to deliver petitions.
Newspaper Story - Supporters signed petitions and testified in hopes of saving the program
Radio Story - First Steps supporters argue that the program is the only program that addresses children's developmental problems before the child grows past the window of opportunity.
Radio Story - In a House committee hearing, well over 100 parents and their children gathered to protest Gov. Blunt's proposal to eliminate the more than $17 million First Steps program from state spending.
Newspaper Story - Workers' Comp bill wins first round approval.
Newspaper Story - After discussions involving a handful of senators, a bill that would tighten requirements for eligibility in the state worker's compensation program will likely see floor debate on Wednesday and Thursday.
Radio Story - The first half of the flu season has been more moderate compared with last year. Now in the peak of the season, the number cases has gone up.
Radio Story - Stephanie Edwards lives below the poverty line and worries how she will pay for her diabetic son's healthcare once she is dropped from Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - The committe of Health, Mental Health and Social Services heard testimony today on proposed budget cuts and the impending closure of Bellefontaine Habilitation Center.
Newspaper Story - Wal-Mart employees will be some of the hardest hit by Gov. Blunt's proposed Medicaid cuts. That's because they can't afford the health coverage Wal-Mart offers its employees.
Radio Story - In a 90 to 66, almost exclusively partisan vote, the Missouri House voted to pass its own version of the workers' compensation bill.
Radio Story - In a 90 to 66, almost exclusively partisan vote, the Missouri House voted to pass its own version of the workers' compensation bill, reducing the number of injuries covered under the law.
Radio Story - St. Louis County Senator Tim Green proposed a bill to eliminate state health insurance for all state legislators today.
Radio Story - The NAACP held a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol and several members were upset with Blunt's cuts on healthcare.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Jackson County, presented his bill to the senate Judiciary committe that would ban human cloning.
Radio Story - Missouri could join seven other states in a ban on human cloning.
Newspaper Story - Despite a campaign not to reduce Medicaid eligibility, Blunt called for a budget that would cut the benefits for 110,000 Missourians.
Newspaper Story - Governor Blunt's proposal to cut Medicaid spending could largely impact Missouri's hospitals.
Radio Story - Blunt budget plan would cut 89,000 from Medicaid rolls.
Newspaper Story - In hopes to control methamphetamine production in Missouri, a set of bills aim to allow only licensed pharmacists the ability to sell cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine
Newspaper Story - A Republican bill that would narrow the definition of work-related injury was voted through to the Senate Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - The Senate introduced a bill to create lower medical malpractice insurance premiums for physicians.
Radio Story - State Democrats filed a bill aimed at lowering medical malpractice premiums.
Radio Story - Members of the senate committee listened to law enforcement officers talk about the need to reduce the availability of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.
Radio Story - Disabled Missourians injured on the job spoke out today in opposition of workers' compensation regulation.
Radio Story - Sierra Club has praise, if faint, for new DNR chief
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