Parson Says Budget Will Be Cut If Medicaid Tax Isn’t Passed

Gov. Mike Parson said he’s working with lawmakers on resolving a deadlock over a critical tax that funds Missouri’s Medicaid program. Hashing out differences, Parson said, is needed, though, before he calls a special session. And he said failure to pass what’s known as the Federal Reimbursement Allowance could lead to big consequences for the state’s budget. “There’s no doubt we’re going to walk in here with some plan in place before I ever call a special session,” Parson said to reporters in...

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Two-Minute Drill: Redhawks Win First-Ever OVC Commissioner's Cup with Unprecedented 2020-21 Season

In 2018, SEMO Athletics developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan which included a significant goal related to Competition: “Win the OVC Commissioner's Cup within the next five years and compete annually thereafter." Three years later, mission accomplished.

SEMO Athletics' is officially OVC Commissioner’s Cup Champions for the 2020-21 school year, capping off the most successful school year in the programs Division I history.

SEMO accumulated a total of 119 points,...

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Jon M. Chu On 'In The Heights'

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A commercial lobster diver says he escaped relatively unscathed after nearly being swallowed by a humpback whale, in a biblical-sounding encounter that whale experts describe as rare but plausible.

Michael Packard, 56, said in local interviews and on social media that he was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Mass., on Friday morning when the whale suddenly scooped him up.

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is going into space on July 20 on a reusable rocket made by his space exploration company, Blue Origin. So is his younger brother Mark. And now, pledging $28 million, a mystery bidder has won an auction to join them on the suborbital ride.

The mission is estimated to last about 11 minutes. That works out to $2.545 million per minute. Or $42,424 per second.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Now it's time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

It all started with a challenge from Invisibilia co-host Yowei Shaw: "Is it possible to tell a boring story that people will listen through to the end?"

Predictions

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Now, panel, who will take that third seat on Jeff Bezos's rocket to space? Charla Lauriston.

CHARLA LAURISTON: I think his girlfriend is going to take it probably in exchange for not having to marry her.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Limericks

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06/11/2021: COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue; 36% Of Missourians Fully Vaccinated

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The Best 2021 Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Saw This Week: Volume 3

Lately, we've been sharing some of our favorite entries to the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest, which closed for entries on June 7. We've heard songs from every state in the country, from big bands and solo artists, in a huge range of genres and styles — and now, our judges will start to comb through our entries to find a winner. Here are some of the best entries we've seen recently. Raine Stern, "Touchin' Dont Feel Right" YouTube Hometown : Madison, Wis. Pairs well with : Cancelling a date you didn't...

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