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Olivia Ingle

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Duo says Big Brothers Big Sisters changed their lives

'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.

Parkinson's support group raises awareness of disease

'A fellowship of people'

John Sander wants the public to be more tolerant and understanding of Parkinson’s disease.

Agencies look ahead to next ACA enrollment

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.

YMCA continues addition plan

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.

Apartments continue to suffer bed bug infestation

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.

Survey: Funding cuts have led to hospital reductions

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.

Committee hears testimony on abortion-related bill

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.

Couple who defrauded SSI could still receive benefits

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.

Food pantry donations qualify for tax credits

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.

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Book sale nets estimated $40,000

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.

Library's electrical system a critical issue

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.

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Enrollment dates set for health insurance

March 31 marks the end of the six-month enrollment period for individuals to enroll in health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Jones: Change authorization for medical procedures

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.

Petitions circulating in Capital City

Two statewide petitions — one for early voting and one relating to teacher performance evaluations — are making their way around Jefferson City.

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Truman health clinic to open March 17

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.

Declining in-patient volumes lead to furloughs

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.

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Donna Seidel - Keeping the public healthy

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.

Study: Hospice saves money

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.

Bill would arm school protection officers

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).

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Redeem Project relocates

The Redeem Project will open its doors Wednesday at a new home in the basement of KNLJ-TV at 311 W. Dunklin St.

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Ready to deploy

Don Barnett wanted a volunteer position with the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter that didn’t involve a lot of paperwork.

Memory Day intended to give lawmakers a jog on Alzheimer’s

“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.

Art auction raises money for orphans

The HALO Foundation’s Sixth Annual Artreach Auction is from 7-11 p.m. March 7 at the Community Room at Capital Mall.

Lincoln students, staff to perform ‘Vagina Monologues’

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.

ACA requires chronic care coverage

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.

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Advocates for Governor's Mansion celebrating anniversary

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.

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CRMC breaks ground on $37M expansion

'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.

Tackling the issue of dangerous patients

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.

Lawmakers look to tweak term limits

On the same day that candidate filing opened for elected offices, state lawmakers debated term limits in a Missouri House General Laws committee.

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House pitches new plan for Fulton state hospital

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.

Changes sought in welfare system

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.

New Fulton State Hospital funding plan to be unveiled

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.

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Kids work against hunger

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.

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Nominations sought for Red Cross Lifesaver Award

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.

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Nixon, Barnes add voices to mental health rally

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.

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Library director leaving for post in Wichita

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.

Bills target texting while driving

A ban against texting while driving could be extended to all drivers under several bills discussed Tuesday at a Missouri House Transportation Committee hearing.

Jefferson City councilman eyes county office

Fifth Ward Jefferson City Councilman Ralph Bray announced he plans to challenge incumbent Larry Rademan in November’s Cole County recorder of deeds race.

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Chamois group looking to restore town's bandstand

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.

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New FSH could free space for sex-offender program

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.

Affordable Care Act covers kids

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.

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Capitol issues inspire humorous Valentine tweets

What would you say to your #MOLegValentine?

Bills advance to allow food, beverage vendors at Capitol, MSP

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.

Steady stream seeking help with 'Medicaid gap'

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.”

Voter ID bill runs into House opposition

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.

Low abortion rates cited in preventive health bill

Comprehensive, medically accurate sex education was a common thread in a Tuesday Missouri House hearing on a preventive health services bill.

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Agency hopes to put 20 working families in driver’s seat

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.

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Habitat: Winter storms slam donations

River City Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has an increased need for donations because of winter weather in Mid-Missouri.

Barnes pushes 4 privacy rights bills

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.

Bill defines who can make health decisions for you

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.