Jefferson CIty, Mo – The state of Missouri has sold $387 million dollars in bonds to help erase budget shortfalls projected in the next 15 months.
Although the bonds create 25 years of debt payments, Governor Bob Holden says they're the best way to head off serious cuts in state services.
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Clergy Coalition delivered thousands of signatures to DePaul Health Center officials today in an effort to keep trauma services available there.
DePaul has the only trauma center in North County, and it will close June 30 if $1.5 million in temporary operating funds are not found.
Pastor B.T. Rice says the state should provide some of the money.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri will begin issuing new driver's licenses next week in certain parts of the state.
The new licenses will have security features that are designed to cut down on the production of counterfeits.
The new security features will include a second, smaller picture at the bottom of the license, words that appear only under ultraviolet light and a bar code on the back.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Spurred by the death of a two-year-old foster child, the Missouri House Wednesday gave first-round passage to a bill changing how the state handles child abuse and neglect cases.
Another vote is needed to send it to the Senate.
Supporters hope the proposal will result in fewer children needlessly removed from their homes, and let the state better address the most serious abuse and neglect.
By K. Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Regional Health Commission says too little money is spent on the region's health care safety net, and that patients often have limited access to service providers.
A commission report issued Thursday finds the region would have to spend at least $150-million more each year to provide adequate care to uninsured and Medicaid patients in the area.
The commission's Robert Fruend says proposed funding cuts at the state level are a threat to the system's stability.
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