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Olivia Ingle

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Library adding digital magazines

Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) is now offering digital magazines to library patrons. Nearly 50 magazines are available through the service.

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Affordable Care Act mandates emergency services

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.

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Affordable Care Act mandates 10 essential health benefits

‘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.

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Volunteers to lay wreaths on veterans’ graves

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.

Kiwanis donates $2,500 to Samaritan Center

The Kiwanis Club of Jefferson City donated $2,500 to the Samaritan Center on Monday for the agency’s Christmas efforts.

Unclaimed property: Lost, found and then donated

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced Wednesday a new program allowing Missourians to donate unclaimed property to charity.

4,124 get health plans from Missouri exchange

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.

Reed moves up to PR post with CVB

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has hired Jefferson City native Katherine Reed as its new communications manager.

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Nightmare to mural to dream

‘Starving Artist’ hopes to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

It all started with a nightmare when Dennis Holliday was 6 years old.

23 holiday adoption cases still unclaimed

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

Working Wheels for Working Families (WW4WF) has blessed Teryn Mitchem and her family in many ways.

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Variety is spice of life for engineering supervisor

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.

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Two Mid-Missouri legislators vote against Boeing incentives

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.

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Going to new lengths against cancer

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.

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Forecaster: JC area on fringe of winter storm

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.

$140,000 saved by curbing jail time for inmates

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.

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Mid-Missouri lawmakers back Boeing incentives proposal

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.

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Shopping weekend loses chaos

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.

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Small Business Saturday draws crowds

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.

Health care moving to new coding system

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.

Missouri offers insurance-policy exemption for 2014

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).

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Library board focuses strategy on patron service

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.

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Green Berry Acres rescued

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.

Redeem Project program matches donors with families in need

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.

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Blunt rips Obamacare failure

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.

Missouri exchange plan enrollment numbers lagging

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.

St. Peter service pays homage to those called to serve

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.

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Staging his own uprising

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.

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Bark for Life fetches funds for cancer fight

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.

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Accountability, transparency vital to Ethics Commission

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.

Interaction with troopers brings new appreciation of Patrol

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.

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Charity launches Red Kettle Campaign

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.

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United Way feeling a little green

Throughout its 2013 Community Campaign, the United Way of Central Missouri has echoed a line from the 1979 classic “The Muppet Movie.”

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More afghans for sad goodbyes

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.

‘Frequent fliers’ grounding health care

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.”

Experts say health exchange enrollment improving

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).

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Community members learn about patrol gun safety

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.

Samaritan Center seeks turkey donations

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.

Forget Me Not Gala aids foster care group

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.

Missouri legislators explore managed care options

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.

Mid-Missouri expert: We’re losing war on poverty

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.”

Class learns about divisions of Missouri State Highway Patrol

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.

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Resource fair puts aid in one place

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.

Committee hears Jefferson City school demographics study

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.

Cole County renews WIC contract

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.

VA counsels veterans on health care options

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.

Patrol class learns about bomb squad, crime scene work

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.

JC rallies around Habitat after theives hit job site

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.

Family Fun Night will aid two organizations

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.

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Capital Region Medical Center details expansion

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.