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Missouri Bill Would Strengthen Children’s Health Care

A bill proposed by Representative Steve Helms would strengthen children’s health coverage in Missouri. House Bill 2379 would allow eligible children to keep their Medicaid coverage for a full 12 months, preventing kids from cycling on and off their coverage throughout the year. Currently, Medicaid eligibility is based on a family’s monthly income, so slight…read more »

Southern Illinois Housing Authorities to Receive Over $11 million in Funding

Public housing authorities within the Southern Illinois region will receive a total of $11,398,973 in federal funds on behalf of the .U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. The funding will go towards development, financing and modernization of public housing. The local authorities that will soon be receiving funding include…read more »

Kentucky bill to legalize medical marijuana advances

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the full House next, and one of its lead sponsors, Rep. Jason…read more »

Renovations Finished to American Legion Hall in Jackson

.The renovations to the American Legion Hall Post 158 in Jackson have been completed and an open house has been scheduled for Sunday at 2.p.m.  The facility was closed in June after the building was damaged extensively from straight line winds that came through the area. The storm lifted a large portion of the roof…read more »

Illinois Authorized to Continue Testing for Novel Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) test performed by Illinois has not been impacted by issues seen in other states. As a result, CDC has confirmed IDPH should continue to provide in-state testing for 2019-nCoV. All tests…read more »

Cape Girardeau County Historical Society to Add New Research Center

Members of the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society recently signed a lease for the addition of a research center at 110 South High Street in Jackson. This new research center will be located a short distance away from the historical society‘s History Center at 102 South High Street. The building will have the library’s research…read more »

Elementary Teacher Cited for Grabbing Girl’s Neck

An elementary school educator in Paducah has been cited for grabbing a student by the neck. Police say said on  Monday, a 5th grade student at McNabb Elementary, told her grandparents that her math teacher Phillip Harned, 55, grabbed her by the neck and pulled her to the classroom marker board. The student said that…read more »

Missouri State Health Officials on Alert for Coronavirus Cases

So far there haven’t been any confirmed cases of novel coronaviris in Missouri, but health officials say they are prepared to respond if the need is necessary. Officials with the Cape Girardeau Department of Public Health and Senior Services say they and other agencies stay in contact with state health officials as the number of…read more »

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