The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending several health care taxes that help generate about $3 billion annually for state's Medicaid program.
The special taxes are levied on such things hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. They are used to draw down federal Medicaid money, which is then distributed to health care providers through various programs.
Missouri's health care taxes are to expire Sept. 30.
A former police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton faces sentencing in July after pleading guilty to taking a $5,000 bribe.
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says 38-year-old Scott William Haenel of O'Fallon also admitted obstructing a federal investigation in his guilty plea on Wednesday.
Federal authorities say a person cooperating with the FBI met several times with Haenel between November and January and paid him $5,000. In exchange, Haenel agreed to help conceal a money laundering scheme involving drug trafficking money.
Missouri Lawmakers Give Final Approval to Federally Funded Jobless Payments
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of people who lost their benefits because of a protest against federal spending by several Republican state senators. The House voted 138-13 Tuesday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The redistricting map passed by the Mo. House is currently before the Mo. Senate.
Credit Mo. Senate
This is the redistricting map passed by a Mo. Senate commitee.
Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
An alternate map proposed by State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D, St. Louis) would preserve most of the congressional district currently held by fellow Democrat Russ Carnahan (NOTE: A digital copy of the map was not available at press time).