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Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) is now offering digital magazines to library patrons. Nearly 50 magazines are available through the service.
Local hospitals each see about 3,000 ER visits a month
When the full effects of the Affordable Care Act are in place, all health insurance plans must cover emergency services — one of 10 health benefits required by the law.
‘Continuum of care’
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurance plans in the Marketplace to cover 10 essential health benefits. And in some cases, those 10 essential benefits fall in line with how health care providers are already evolving their care.
Community members and leaders will lay nearly 1,600 wreaths on veterans’ graves in the Jefferson City National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of the fourth annual Wreaths for Heroes program.
The Kiwanis Club of Jefferson City donated $2,500 to the Samaritan Center on Monday for the agency’s Christmas efforts.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced Wednesday a new program allowing Missourians to donate unclaimed property to charity.
During the first two months of open enrollment, 4,124 Missourians successfully selected a health insurance plan through the federal health insurance marketplace, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report released Wednesday.
The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has hired Jefferson City native Katherine Reed as its new communications manager.
‘Starving Artist’ hopes to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project
It all started with a nightmare when Dennis Holliday was 6 years old.
Fifteen Cole County families and eight children from the state’s Division of Family Services remain on The Redeem Project’s Hope for Christmas adoption list.
Working Wheels for Working Families (WW4WF) has blessed Teryn Mitchem and her family in many ways.
David Bange enjoys city staff position
David Bange enjoys that his job as Jefferson City’s engineering supervisor offers him a variety of duties throughout a typical work day.
Was price tag too high?
Two Mid-Missouri representatives voted against a bill Friday that includes $1.7 billion in economic incentives meant to attract Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial jet in the St. Louis area.
Hairdresser Melinda Peak cut nearly 12 inches from Tina Sellner’s hair Thursday at Wave-Lengths Hairstyling Salon. Sellner plans to donate the locks to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which makes real-hair wigs from the donations and distributes them free of charge.
Agencies offer storm-safety tips
A band of sleet and freezing rain is currently hitting southern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.
A pre-trial release screening and supervision program that began in Cole County Sept. 1 met its goal of reducing overcrowding at the Cole County Jail. Each day an inmate spends in jail costs taxpayers $70.
Several Mid-Missouri lawmakers think the General Assembly should discuss Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $150 million economic incentives package for aerospace projects in the state, as bait to attract the Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial jet in the St. Louis area.
Cindy Ottman, assistant store manager at the Sears at Capital Mall, said Friday she thinks stores opening Thanksgiving evening, instead of the early morning hours Friday, gave people time to spread out their shopping.
More than 30 local businesses participated in Small Business Saturday in Jefferson City. In addition to shopping, the day included the opportunity for children to visit with Santa at Central Bank’s High Street location. A trolley also took shoppers to the small businesses located around the city.
Delays in appointments, payments expected after conversion
Local health care organizations want the public to be aware the federal government is requiring the health care industry to transition to an updated medical coding system by Oct. 1, 2014. ICD-10 will require physicians to be much more specific in their documentation.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missourians who have health insurance from the individual and small group markets in the state can keep the insurance in 2014, even if it doesn’t comply with standards laid out in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) board approved a final Strategic Plan Outline on Tuesday that highlights the library’s three-year plan to improve patron experience.
Girl Scouts approve local funding plan, but won’t offer details
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) has approved a plan to save Green Berry Acres.
Vicki Bullock said The Redeem Project’s Christmas program is aptly named Hope for Christmas. This year is Hope for Christmas’ fourth year, and the program allows families, community members and groups to adopt families for Christmas.
President Barack Obama said Thursday there’s no doubt that millions of Americans are frustrated about receiving cancellation notices from their health insurance companies, especially when the president promised they could keep their health insurance from the individual market if they liked it.
751 picked exchange health plans in first month
During the first month of open enrollment, 751 Missourians successfully selected a health insurance plan through the federal health insurance marketplace, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report released Wednesday.
A three gun salute and the sound of “Taps” echoed throughout downtown Jefferson City and St. Peter Catholic Church Monday following St. Peter’s Veteran’s Day Service.
A passion for music and a goal to promote live music for youth inspired Brian Shepard to found Musical Uprising, an open mic night for young singers and songwriters up to college age.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes romped through Jefferson City's Memorial Park with their owners Saturday morning for the American Cancer Society’s first-ever Bark for Life event in Cole County.
What James Klahr enjoys most about his new position as executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission is being able to apply the skills and tools he’s gained working in state government for most of his career.
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers are recruited for possessing eight core values, and are expected to uphold those values throughout their employment. The values include integrity, responsibility, respect, professionalism, compassion, resourcefulness, character and commitment.
The Christmas season has officially started for The Salvation Army. The agency kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign on Friday, and it will run through Christmas Eve.
Throughout its 2013 Community Campaign, the United Way of Central Missouri has echoed a line from the 1979 classic “The Muppet Movie.”
Three women with Jefferson City’s First United Methodist Church are working to keep a longtime Jefferson City resident’s legacy alive. Marylin Durk, Karen Fischer and Carol Galloway are collecting afghans for a program called Afghans for Angels.
Repeat visits to emergency rooms driving up costs
It’s people who don’t have a relationship with a primary care physician who are returning to the hospital’s emergency department time and time again, said Tony Houston with St. Mary’s Health Center. In health care, these individuals are sometimes termed “frequent fliers.”
The user experience on the health insurance exchange website has improved since the site’s Oct. 1 launch, said Jean Leonatti with the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA).
Silence. Then the sound of repeated gunfire echoed throughout a room at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s (MSHP) Law Enforcement Academy located at MSHP Headquarters on East Elm Street.
A drumstick for every child
With Thanksgiving less than a month away, the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City is in the midst of collecting 1,600 turkeys for the families the agency serves.
Event to benefit children
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association has found a way to get some of Missouri’s 1,400 foster kids involved in the agency’s Forget Me Not Gala Nov. 7.
Experts: ACOs could improve health care quality, efficiencies
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that have been successful with Medicare could be viable options for Missouri’s Medicaid system, state health experts say.
Poor wages, benefits blamed for Cole County’s 12.3 percent rate
Ashley Varner said there’s currently a war on poverty, and we are not winning it. “I don’t have all the answers,” said Varner, community organizer for Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA). “I’m only working toward helping.”
The highlight of Thursday’s Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Community Alliance course wasn’t the handful of troopers who presented, it was Rocky, the 5-year-old Troop F canine. Rocky and his handler, Cpl. Matt Morice, are on call 24/7 for MSHP.
For people with disabilities and their caregivers
A resource fair at the Capital Mall on Wednesday was a one-stop shop for people with disabilities and their caregivers. The event included nearly 50 booths, with agencies such as Pathways, Capital Region Medical Center and NAMI Missouri.
The Jefferson City School District’s enrollment has increased steadily since 2007, according to a district demographics study completed by Business Information Services of Kansas City.
The Cole County Health Department has renewed its contract for 2014 with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to continue to provide Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.
Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) health care programs do not need to take additional action on their health insurance before Jan 1, 2014, to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act. The VA health care programs include the Veterans Health Care Program, the VA Civilian Health and Medical Program and the Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program.
Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Eric Stacks said the most difficult thing about investigating a crime scene is not seeing everything, but smelling the smells. Stacks and Cpl. Marcus Reynolds discussed crime scene investigation and polygraph testing at Patrol’s Community Alliance Program on Thursday.
Community donates tools, money
River City Habitat for Humanity has received tool donations and more than $1,200 in monetary donations after tools were stolen from a construction site sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
One-man volleyball team will raise funds for United Way, PAL
Helias Catholic High School will host a Family Fun Night to benefit the United Way of Central Missouri and the Central Missouri Parochial Athletic League at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Helias.
Capital Region Medical Center officials expect to break ground around the first of the year on a $35 million expansion of the hospital’s Madison Street campus in Jefferson City.