Administrators at local and regional agencies that aid low-income Missourians say they are keeping an eye on the impact of the sequester, or across-the-board federal spending cuts, and they fear the cuts could negatively impact their agencies.
While many questions about the impact of sequestration rollout remain, Missouri's Community Action Agencies are expecting an all-around 5 percent budget cut due to the federal sequestration. This could mean serious cutbacks to several services provided by the agency.
Chase Freidel was taking a test in Spanish class when someone looked up at the TV and saw white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel chimney. That meant one thing: A new pope.
"We all looked up, and we all started like cheering and yelling and screaming," she said. "We ran through the halls like saying, 'We've got a pope, we've got a pope!' And like, I ran to the office, and we told them to announce it."
The kitchen near the newborn intensive care unit waiting area at the MU Children's Hospital includes a large refrigerator for families' groceries. The hopsital celebrated the area's opening Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
The University of Missouri Children’s Hospital celebrated the opening of a new waiting area for its newborn intensive care unit. Hospital officials said accommodating families for longer periods and overnight stays is an important aspect of neonatal intensive care units.
The new waiting room, located right next to the NICU, includes a living room, kitchen, two flat screen TVs and shower facilities.
On Tuesday evening, about 50 family members, supporters, and health care professionals got a preview of the new waiting area.
The Columbia Police Department received multiple grants to help better patrol roads for drunk drivers and youths not wearing seat belts. The grants, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traffic & Highway Safety Division, will go towards enforcing youth seat belt use and sobriety checkpoints.
Columbia Police Traffic Unit Supervisor Sergeant Curtis Perkins said the goal of the grant provided for the youth seat belt enforcement is to have a visible presence.