St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he's reached an agreement with Missouri's 152 hospitals to fund an expansion of Medicaid.
Hospitals would see an increase in their provider tax, which would generate $52 million, allowing the state to draw down $93 million in federal funds. The combined $145 million would allow the state to provide coverage for residents who make up to 50 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $11,000 for a family of four. The current income limit is 20 percent of the poverty level.
St. Louis, MO – Tight credit markets and a delayed opening schedule will not prevent Pinnacle Entertainment from finishing its project in south St. Louis County.
The $380 million River City Casino in Lemay will open in the first part of 2010 - the company had originally suggested it could open this year. But officials say the company is in good shape financially, because it has very little debt coming due. That makes money more easily available to finish construction on River City.
St. Louis – Police in St. Louis County have identified the woman suspected of stealing a car, credit cards and other items from people at St. Anthony's Hospital. They are asking the public to help find her.
The suspect is 38-year-old Misty Johnson. Authorities say that on Jan. 24, she entered St. Anthony's Hospital in south St. Louis County and stole a purse from a woman sleeping in a waiting room.
The victim's credit cards were used at several stores.
St. Louis Zoo officials say Cinder, a 14-year-old hairless chimpanzee that died in February, had an enlarged heart. The Zoo's Dr. Eric Miller says the enlarged heart may have caused a fatal arrhythmia, resulting in a heart attack.
Miller says Cinder hadn't shown signs of heart disease before her death. He says her sudden death is similar to cases of healthy athletes who collapse unexpectedly on the playing field.