Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis-based non-profit group has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to combat tobacco use and obesity among low-income Missourians.
The Missouri Foundation for Health will distribute the money to more than a dozen other non-profits across the state. Spokesperson Bev Pfeifer-Harms says the numbers of both smokers and obese Missourians exceed national averages.
St. Louis – A former high school basketball coach from suburban St. Louis is facing more than a dozen charges for alleged sexual activity with two teenage girls.
Brent Michael Woody, 27, coached track and ninth grade basketball at Parkway Central High School.
Both alleged victims were 15 when the crimes occurred. Principal Tim Gannon sent an e-mail to parents informing them of the investigation and urging them to come forward if they are aware of any other allegations.
Jefferson City, MO – As Missouri's current budget year begins, there's word that next year's projected budget is already $600 million short.
The estimate comes from Governor Jay Nixon's Office of Administration. Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the biggest contributor to the shortfall will be the loss of about $860 million in federal funding
"The largest portion of it is reimbursement to the state for its Medicaid spending; the other is targeted specifically to education," Luebbering said.