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St. Louis County’s recently revived justice services advisory board chastised jail officials Friday for being secretive about the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate in late December.

“You guys seem to know what happened, and we do not know what happened,” said board member and jail ministry volunteer Mary Zabawa Taylor to jail director Raul Banasco and the county’s top medical officials at the group’s monthly meeting.

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Tim McBride is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The Washington University professor talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jaclyn Driscoll about the prospect of Medicaid expansion.

McBride headed the board that oversaw Missouri’s Medicaid program until he was replaced earlier this year. At Wash U, he focuses on health care policy. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2013 - Business is good at the Pilates and Yoga Center in Ladue. But an issue that continues to interrupt the peace of owner Karen Prechtl is affordable health insurance for herself and her 10 employees.

"It’s insane," she says of her skyrocketing premiums. But she takes comfort in the possibility that, starting Tuesday, relief might come when a new insurance marketplace opens in Missouri and nationwide, promising affordable health insurance for individuals, families and some small businesses. It is expected to open with plenty of promise — and glitches as well.