Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.
At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million. The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.
The Niedermeyer apartment building was recognized as one of the six Most Notable Properties in Columbia at a Columbia Historic Preservation Commission gala last night as the building faces possible demolition. St. Louis Developer Fred Hinshaw wants to build a student-housing complex in place of this oldest building in downtown Columbia.
At the gala, Preservation Commission Chairman Brian Treece said that the Niedermeyer building has been a staple in Columbia’s history for more than 170 years.
Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.
“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.
Healthcare reform was on the agenda in Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2013 state of the state address as he called upon lawmakers to broaden Medicaid so more Missourians would have access to healthcare. Nixon’s proposed budget includes an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program. Estimates are the plan would add nearly 260,000 lower-income adults to the healthcare program through the use of $908 million in federal funds, money that would be received by opting in to the federal Medicaid expansion. In his recent state of the state address, Nixon argued the expansion would create jobs for many Missourians and would bring increased revenue to the state.
Larry James, a candidate for a leadership role in MU's College of Education, spoke on campus Tuesday. His possible hire has stirred controversy. He's never been found guilty, but he was a leading Army psychologist during prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay.
Larry James, the former Army psychologist being considered for a leadership role in the College of Education at MU, spoke to an audience of about 60 people today.
Community members have expressed concern about the possible hire of James -- he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist during times of intense abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. About 40 people gathered on Friday to protest his potential hire .
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said the student tradition of driving to and from school campuses has to change; transportation was a key issue at Monday night's Columbia City Council meeting.
Council members discussed transportation options and solutions to increasing transportation problems created by Columbia's growing student population.
McDavid compared Columbia to other college towns in the Midwest like Ames, Iowa and the Champagne-Urbana area of Illinois, saying that those cities succeeded in creating mass transit instead of parking garages nearly 30 years ago.