Parson Axes Medicaid Expansion, Setting Up Lawsuit Over Future Of Health Care Program

Gov. Mike Parson has pulled out of efforts to expand Medicaid, a move that almost certainly guarantees a lawsuit that could determine the future of a voter-passed initiative bolstering the health care program. After voters approved a constitutional amendment last year expanding Medicaid, Parson’s administration had sent an amendment to the federal agency that oversees the program to follow through. The amendment would allow someone with an annual income of $17,600, or roughly $36,000 for a...

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To Your Health: COVID Vaccine Safety

On April 13, 2021, use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to immunize against COVID-19 was paused after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. On April 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined known and potential benefits outweigh the vaccine’s known and potential risks and recommended its use resume in the U.S. Hello, I’m Dr. Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, instructor of...

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Chris Hodges, the principal of Gaylord High School in Otsego County, Michigan, never thought he'd be a contact tracer.

"I definitely thought, you know, 'Why — why am I doing this?'" he says with a laugh. "That's not what I went to school for."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new guidance that fully vaccinated people can safely do most indoor and outdoor activities without wearing masks or social distancing.

But much of the transportation sector still operates on pandemic-era rules. Here's what is and isn't changed by the updated guidance.

What does the new guidance mean for mask requirements on public transit and air travel?

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Collegiate softball in Southeast Missouri is heating up. Last weekend, Southeast Redhawks Softball took home the 2021 OVC regular-season title during a doubleheader.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators on Thursday that in the midst of a surge of migrants trying to enter the U.S., the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody continues to fall dramatically.

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A strike by thousands of nursing home workers appears likely to be averted. Nearly 3,000 workers in Connecticut have threatened to walk off the job starting tomorrow. Now it seems at least some of their demands have been met. NPR's Andrea Hsu has more.

ANDREA HSU, BYLINE: Tanya Beckford has been a certified nursing assistant for 24 years, 20 of those years she spent on the Alzheimer's unit, feeding and bathing residents, helping them go to the bathroom, rushing from person to person to keep up. She's tired of being called a hero.

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05/13/2021: Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue; COVID-19 Positivity Rate At 4.1% In SE Region

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Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters Among Those Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Tina Turner doesn't need anybody's validation to hold her place in rock and roll history, but she's now been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She joins 12 others in what the organization calls the most diverse list of inductees in the its 36-year history. Joining Turner among the performers in the main class of 2021 inductees are Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Jay-Z, The Go-Go's and Foo Fighters. The full list of inductees, which includes those named in categories like "Early...

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