missouri

Who would have thought it?

Even a few weeks ago, some pundits predicted that Missouri and its presidential delegates – Republican (52) and Democrat (84) – would be inconsequential in this year’s combative contests.

But now, most everybody concedes that’s no longer the case. Missouri, Illinois and the three other states holding March 15th primaries – Ohio, Florida and North Carolina -- will likely matter a lot.

Rise in Tourism Benefits Cape Girardeau Businesses

Feb 19, 2016
Breanne Bleichroth/KRCU

 

In January, Gov. Jay Nixon announced tourism in Missouri was on the rise. The state brought in more than 40 million visitors and nearly $13 million in revenue last year. The increase in tourism has been felt in the riverfront city of Cape Girardeau. Last year, the city saw a 3 percent growth in tourism.

While the increase was slim, Brenda Newbern, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said many local businesses are reaping the benefits of the increased tourism traffic.

A student advocacy group wants Missouri’s merit-based scholarship program, Bright Flight, to be restructured. Advocates say it should take a back seat to need-based programs that are vital for low-income students seeking a college education.

Given the intricacies of individual insurance plans, co-pays and hospitals' calculations to determine how much to charge for care, it is no simple feat to figure out how much your health care costs. Shopping around for around for the best price in town? Even harder. But a new set of data released Wednesday by the Missouri Hospital Association might make that process a little bit easier.  

Democrats in the Missouri House and Senate have unveiled their agenda for this year's legislative session, and it includes several items Republican leaders have no intention of moving forward.

Those items include expanding Medicaid coverage to more low-income Missourians (HB 2201 and SB 961) and expanding the state's definition of discrimination to include LGBT people (HB 2279 and SB 653).

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