Stories by Olivia
'Everything just kind of snowballed'
Brad Scroggs walked into Lucas Schwaller’s childhood home Monday, carrying a small wrapped gift for the father-to-be and his wife, Courtney. “Bradleigh Jo” was written across the gift’s tag.
'A fellowship of people'
John Sander wants the public to be more tolerant and understanding of Parkinson’s disease.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace ended at midnight Monday, and the White House announced Tuesday that sign-ups exceeded the administration’s goal of 7 million.
Officials with the Jefferson City Area YMCA hope to move forward with plans for a new $3 million addition to the West YMCA within the next few months.
Treatment continues at Dulle-Hamilton Towers
Bed bugs have been a problem at the Jefferson City Housing Authority’s Dulle-Hamilton Towers for nearly two years, but Housing Authority Executive Director Allen Pollock said the problem has recently escalated.
A recent survey by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) found that federal funding cuts, high uncompensated care costs and changing patient utilization patterns at Missouri hospitals have led to reductions in the state’s health-care workforce and a hiring freeze for many positions.
Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, told a Missouri House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday that a proposed abortion-related bill would strengthen abortion requirements in the state and prevent women from crossing the state border to Kansas to receive care.
In late 2012, the Jefferson City Social Security Administration (SSA) contacted federal authorities regarding a scheme that had been uncovered to defraud the SSA of disability benefits.
Missourians who made monetary donations to food pantries in 2013 may claim a tax credit on their 2013 tax return, because of a bill passed during Missouri’s 2013 legislative session.
Carol Davidson credits volunteerism, spirit and cooperation for last week’s successful Missouri River Regional Library and Adult Basic Literacy Education annual used book sale.
The Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) board’s renovation plans have changed since reviewing a Capital Renovation Projects study of the MRRL building completed late last year by Kansas City engineering firm Clark Enersen Partners.
March 31 marks the end of the six-month enrollment period for individuals to enroll in health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, has proposed two bills that seek to change how physicians receive authorization to perform certain radiology procedures, as well as to change the timeline to get authorization from insurance carriers.
Two statewide petitions — one for early voting and one relating to teacher performance evaluations — are making their way around Jefferson City.
State employees enrolled in the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) will have access to a convenient health-care clinic located on the fourth floor of the Truman Building, beginning March 17.
Experts: Staff adjustments common in medical field today
Due to a decreased in-patient volume in January, Capital Region Medical Center has required its non-nursing and non-clinical staff to take time off over a six-week period as a cost-savings measure.
Prior to joining the Cole County Health Department as assistant director of nursing a little more than a year ago, Donna Seidel worked part time in a doctor’s office for nearly 12 years while her children were young.
A recent study by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association found that Missouri Medicaid recipients who choose end-of-life hospice care have lower Medicaid costs than those who don’t.
Missouri lawmakers presented several firearm-related bills Tuesday that pertain to school protection officers, landlords and tenants, a firearms safety training course and testing requirements for concealed carry weapons (CCW).
The Redeem Project will open its doors Wednesday at a new home in the basement of KNLJ-TV at 311 W. Dunklin St.
Don Barnett wanted a volunteer position with the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter that didn’t involve a lot of paperwork.
“From the get-go, I knew I had to educate myself on this disease just to find out what we’re in for,” Niemeier said.
The HALO Foundation’s Sixth Annual Artreach Auction is from 7-11 p.m. March 7 at the Community Room at Capital Mall.
Lincoln University will present “The Vagina Monologues” March 6 as part of a fundraising event to honor V-Day, a global movement that began 15 years ago to end violence against women and girls.
The Community Health Center of Central Missouri has established a Chronic Care Program to help patients with chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes, asthma and depression.
Redesigned website, interactive children’s website planned
Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion (FMGM) is marking its 40th anniversary with a new name, a redesigned website and a new interactive children’s website.
'Our journey to adapt, be agile'
Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) is moving forward with an expansion project intended to put more focus on outpatient services and patient-centered care.
Riddle wants to expand restraint, isolation authority at FSH
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, presented a bill Wednesday to a House Health Care Policy committee that she says is one small step in helping Fulton State Hospital (FSH) become a safer place.
On the same day that candidate filing opened for elected offices, state lawmakers debated term limits in a Missouri House General Laws committee.
Plan for 5 years of $47M payments could save $120M over Nixon proposal
House lawmakers revealed Monday an alternative bonding proposal to fund a new Fulton State Hospital (FSH) that when compared to Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal, reduces the length of bonding by 20 years, and saves Missouri taxpayers nearly $120 million.
Barnes eyes tighter rules, access to farmers markets
Two lawmakers presented bills to the House Government Oversight and Accountability committee Monday that seek to change various aspects of the state’s welfare system.
Legislative plan expected to have shorter timeline, lower interest costs
House Budget Chairman Rick Stream plans to unveil Monday an alternative funding proposal to rebuild Fulton State Hospital (FSH), which he says will protect taxpayers and finish the project on a similar timeline as Gov. Jay Nixon’s bonding proposal.
It took 21 50-pound bags of rice at Memorial Baptist Church to pack 10,000 meals on Saturday afternoon which are destined for Haiti.
Who are your heroes?
The Red Cross Heart of Missouri’s Lifesaver Awards are all about recognizing heroes, and the chapter is calling on community members to submit nominations for who they consider local heroes.
Less than a day after a House budget committee voted to strip funding for Fulton State Hospital from the supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon, lawmakers and Missourians rallied Wednesday at the Capitol for the expansion of mental health services in the state.
Last chapter at MRRL
Missouri River Regional Library is searching for a new director. Director Helen Rigdon submitted her resignation Feb. 5, effective April 4.
A ban against texting while driving could be extended to all drivers under several bills discussed Tuesday at a Missouri House Transportation Committee hearing.
Fifth Ward Jefferson City Councilman Ralph Bray announced he plans to challenge incumbent Larry Rademan in November’s Cole County recorder of deeds race.
Project strikes a chord
The Chamois Historic Preservation Commission is working to restore and preserve a more than century-old bandstand in the town’s Riverside Park.
If a new maximum security facility is built at Fulton State Hospital, space will open up to expand a growing Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services program in one of the hospital’s current, safe and functional facilities.
Pediatrics on list of essential health benefits
In terms of pediatrics, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is all about expanding health coverage for children, says St. Mary’s Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Aaron Scholer.
What would you say to your #MOLegValentine?
Missouri’s Capitol and the state will soon commemorate several anniversaries, and with those milestones, the Capitol Commission wants to celebrate by hosting events that include bringing in food and beverage vendors to the Capitol and the Missouri State Penitentiary.
The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA) has found more and more clients who fall within what the agency’s chief executive officer calls the “Medicaid gap.”
Those in opposition to a voter identification bill argued in a Missouri House committee hearing Tuesday that there’s no compelling reason for the legislation.
Comprehensive, medically accurate sex education was a common thread in a Tuesday Missouri House hearing on a preventive health services bill.
Cars needed for program
Working Wheels for Working Families is seeking church and civic organizations for its Adopt-a-Car program, to find a used vehicle that can be cleaned and reconditioned for a local family.
River City Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has an increased need for donations because of winter weather in Mid-Missouri.
The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, even when it comes to corporate or industrial spying, Rep. Jay Barnes told a Missouri House panel Thursday.
A bill presented Wednesday before a Missouri House committee would create a default list of individuals who can consent for the health care of another individual.