Springfield, ILL. – A lobby group for pharmacists in Illinois says many independent pharmacies have stopped accepting new Medicaid customers because the state of Illinois isn't paying its bills fast enough.
The state reimburses pharmacies when Medicaid patients buy prescriptions, but shortfalls have delayed those payments.
The Illinois Pharmacists Association says the average amount owed to pharmacies is $181,000.
Archaeologists most often study the pre-historic past--digging into ancient Native American settlements, Egyptian tombs and other places where historic records are scant. A class from the University of Missouri-St. Louis is examining a more recent era.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation says 23% of Missouri bridges are structurally deficient. Officials say the bridges need restricted weight limits, immediate fixes or to simply be closed.
The number is down in recent years, but a lack of funds has prevented the state from doing enough maintenance to get ahead.
The average age of Missouri's bridges is 46 years old; many are designed with an average design life of 50 years.
Jefferson City, MO – As the federal government prepares to send $400 for each child to millions of parents, Missourians should not expect the full amount.
The state's tax code is set up to trigger a tax increase from Jefferson City with each tax break from Washington, unless lawmakers choose to create an exemption. That didn't happen this year, so the state will take $24 for every $400 sent from Washington.
That will mean $12 million for the state treasury.