State officials, economists debate fiscal impact of Medicaid expansion

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COLUMBIA — There’s no question that Medicaid expansion would provide more health  care to adults, but there is heated debate about of whether the state can afford it. Advocates predict socioeconomic benefits based on what other states experienced after expanding; others aren’t sold on expansion. Some lawmakers and others are concerned that even 10% will strain […]

Chiefs RB Damien Williams opts out

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KANSAS CITY (AP.)- Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Williams had 290 yards and six touchdowns in three postseason games — two TDs in the Super Bowl […]

Seven vehicle collision sends two to hospital

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MONROE COUNTY —Seven vehicles were involved in a collision on Tuesday afternoon. According to a Missouri Highway Patrol crash report, one person, 64, was air-lifted from the scene, and a 16-year-old suffered serious injuries.  The report states that six vehicles were stopped for a flagman in a construction zone. A […]

Columbia police ask public for help locating homicide suspect

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COLUMBIA —During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Columbia police said they need the public’s help finding Marlin Cortez Johnson. Johnson is a suspect from the Saturday homicide of 38-year-old Sturgeon man Joseph Hecht. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous. His location is unknown.  Police described Johnson as Black, 5’10” and […]

Mid-Missourians report receiving strange seeds

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COLUMBIA — Missouri residents have been receiving mysterious seeds in the mail addressed from China and surrounding areas. The USDA put out a simple warning: Do not plant the seeds. If someone receives one of these packages, the USDA also urges them to call and report the package to their State Plant […]

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