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In Missouri, 300,000 Patients' Dental Care Is In Limbo As State Struggles To Fund Coverage

Earlier this year, 69-year-old Aneita McCloskey needed her two front teeth filed down and capped.“They were kind of worn down and they were also getting little tears and cavities,” she recalls.Without dental insurance, McCloskey is on the hook for the full $2,400 cost of the procedure. She was given 18 months to pay it before she gets charged interest. That’ll be hard to do on her fixed income.In years past she would have had to wait to see the dentist again until she could afford it.
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Earlier this year, 69-year-old Aneita McCloskey needed her two front teeth filed down and capped.

“They were kind of worn down and they were also getting little tears and cavities,” she recalls.

Without dental insurance, McCloskey is on the hook for the full $2,400 cost of the procedure. She was given 18 months to pay it before she gets charged interest. That’ll be hard to do on her fixed income.

In years past she would have had to wait to see the dentist again until she could afford it.


A follow-up to last year's municipal court reform bill, commonly known as Senate Bill 5, has passed the Missouri House.

This year's measure, Senate Bill 572, would limit fines for minor traffic violations at $300 and limit municipal code violations at $500. Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters, carried the bill in the House.

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Republican Missouri state Sen. Dan Brown is dropping out of the race for state treasurer.

A Missouri lawmaker is urging students to reconsider attending the University of Missouri in Columbia following campus turmoil last year.

The battle over cold beer sales in Missouri is heating up again.

On March 3, the state Senate narrowly passed legislation to allow beer companies to lease portable refrigerators to grocers and convenience stores. It would also allow those same stores to sell beer in reusable containers, commonly known as growlers.

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Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood, shipping shrimp, tuna and other fish to supermarket chains and pet food companies in the U.S. and Europe.

But a series of investigations by the Associated Press and other news agencies have highlighted a pervasive problem in the Thai fishing industry: the use of slave labor from people tricked or kidnapped into working at sea. 


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 A Columbia man has been charged with fatally shooting his mother and brother-in-law in central Missouri.

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 The leader of Missouri's House says he doesn't expect there will be an effort to revive a contested measure to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage.

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 U.S. forecasters will review whether they went too far out on a limb to warn people about bad weather that didn't fully develop.

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