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As Coronavirus Stifles Ballot Initiatives, Missouri Medicaid Expansion Effort Presses On

As Coronavirus Stifles Ballot Initiatives, Missouri Medicaid Expansion Effort Presses On

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsCoronavirus concerns have made gathering signatures for ballot items basically impossible, especially with state and local governments placing restrictions on public gatherings.But a group seeking to put a Medicaid expansion proposal before Missouri voters says it started early enough to get the necessary signatures for the 2020 ballot.Healthcare for Missouri is seeking a constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid to people making 138% of the federal poverty level, which is a little less than $18,000 a year....

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March 24, 2020
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COVID-19 Puts An End To Campaign To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Missouri, For Now

COVID-19 Puts An End To Campaign To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Missouri, For Now

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsThe campaign to put recreational marijuana on the 2020 Missouri ballot is over. Organizers with said COVID-19 is to blame.Stay-at-home orders prevented the grassroots effort from gathering the petition signatures it needed for a statewide vote in November. The proposed amendment would have legalized adult-use recreational marijuana and expunged low-level marijuana convictions. A combination of social distancing and business closures led to a plunge in foot traffic, which a tight deadline for gathering signatures cannot...

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April 17, 2020
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KCUR - Homepage | KCUR 89.3 - NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.

KCUR - Homepage | KCUR 89.3 - NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsCourtesy Toni GayleMore than 100 people at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation have tested positive for COVID-10 and 19 have died.Lisa Rodriguez/KCUR 89.3 file photoDaily updates from the KCUR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemicInformation you need to stay healthyRegular updates from the Kansas News ServiceUp To Date Special Coverage: Coronavirus in KCCommunityFood & DrinkHealthKansas News ServiceArts & LifeEducation

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April 17, 2020
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Rainbow Flag's Creator Didn't Celebrate His Home State But Some Kansans Are Keeping His Memory Alive

Rainbow Flag's Creator Didn't Celebrate His Home State But Some Kansans Are Keeping His Memory Alive

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsThe iced tea is flowing, and the women of Parsons High School’s class of 1969 are on a roll.A handful of them are circled up at a table in the increasingly crowded fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where yearbooks from 50 years ago are spread out at the front of the room and laughter from old stories grows louder amid the white cinder block walls and green-and-yellow linoleum-tiled floor. One of the women at the table has purple hair – not the subtle tint of elderly ladies’ salon rinses but the declarative...

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June 6, 2020
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Already Struggling Hospitals In Rural Missouri Now Must Deal With Coronavirus Challenges

Already Struggling Hospitals In Rural Missouri Now Must Deal With Coronavirus Challenges

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsMike Gruenberg, director of disaster preparedness at Salem Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access care facility, said getting ready for coronavirus patents meant making major changes.“We don’t usually admit patients on ventilators, so usually those kind of patients we would send to the urban facilities,” he said. “We have had to change our way of dealing with that. We have some extra ventilators in-house. We are able to keep these patients.”The hospital, located in a town of about 5,000 about 125 miles southwest of...

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May 25, 2020
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The Coronavirus Blew A $650M Hole In Kansas' Budget, Putting Even School Funding In Jeopardy

The Coronavirus Blew A $650M Hole In Kansas' Budget, Putting Even School Funding In Jeopardy

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsLAWRENCE, Kansas — When Kansas lawmakers left for an early spring break in mid-March, the state was projected to have a healthy savings account of nearly $1 billion in reserves come June. They passed an as the coronavirus pandemic was just beginning, not knowing whether they’d even come back to Topeka.Since then, the virus caused thousands of businesses across Kansas to close and more than people to file for unemployment. Tax revenues started falling off a cliff — income taxes are expected to be down more than 15% and...

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May 18, 2020
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Missouri Governor Signs Bill Making Absentee Voting Easier For Some In Pandemic

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Making Absentee Voting Easier For Some In Pandemic

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsMissouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed legislation allowing people at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus to vote absentee without needing an additional notarized statement. “Any Missourian affected by COVID-19 should still be able to vote, including those who are sick or considered at-risk,” Parson said in a statement. “I applaud Senator Dan Hegeman, Representative Dan Shaul, and the rest of the legislature for taking this important step, which provides Missourians with a safe and secure way to vote while...

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June 5, 2020
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Blunt Wants To Step Up Justice Department Oversight Of Police Departments

Blunt Wants To Step Up Justice Department Oversight Of Police Departments

© 2020NPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsU.S. Sen Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, has written asking the Department of Justice to resume “pattern-and-practice” reviews of police departments — and, when necessary, enter into consent decrees with law enforcement agencies. Blunt said such moves would have more impact than any legislation Congress could pass in response to George Floyd’s death.“In the wake of recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Americans are rightfully demanding justice and accountability,” Blunt wrote. “To that end, I...

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June 4, 2020
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Half Of Kansas Counties Turn Down COVID Vaccines Even Though They're Far From Herd Immunity

Half Of Kansas Counties Turn Down COVID Vaccines Even Though They're Far From Herd Immunity

© 2021 Kansas City Public RadioNPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsEven as Kansas remains far from reaching the coveted public health standard of herd immunity against COVID-19 — essentially starving off the virus because it runs out of vulnerable bodies — more than 60 counties just their weekly allotment of vaccine doses.Not long ago, local health officials struggled to get enough doses for people clamoring for protection in a pandemic. Now they’re straining to get people — and sorting out how to make the most of doses given out to smaller groups.Consider...

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Apr 21
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As Feds Investigate Police Killing of Overland Park Teen, There Are Questions About The Police Chief

As Feds Investigate Police Killing of Overland Park Teen, There Are Questions About The Police Chief

© 2021 Kansas City Public RadioNPR in Kansas CityPlay Live Radio0:000:00Available On Air StationsThe FBI opened a civil rights investigation last September into the killing of Overland Park teenager John Albers. But new developments reveal the information investigators were looking for from the Overland Park Police Department about the officer who shot and killed the 17-year-old teenager in the driveway of his home in 2018.Through the Kansas Open Records Act, KCUR has obtained the federal grand jury subpoena served on Overland Park in November.The subpoena demands, in part, "use of force...

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Apr 14
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