When futures trading firm MF Global went bankrupt at the end of October, regulators discovered $1.6 billion in customer funds missing, much of it belonging to Midwest farmers and ranchers. But MF Global clients aren’t the only ones hurting in farm country.
You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation – just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week's Health & Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri's tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.
The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget. Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.
Josh Wilson puts his arm around his father, Dan, after his team captured the gold medal at Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Special Olympics basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.
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Sue Wilson talks to her son Ryan, 18, about his basketball schedule while watching his younger brother, Josh, play at New Haven Elementary in Columbia, Mo. Ryan has general learning disabilities.
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Josh Wilson, 11, takes a water break in between his Special Olympics basketball tournament games on Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. Josh, who has autism, competes with his brother, Ryan, 18. Josh’s team won the gold medal in their division.
Sue Wilson says her family is “just like any other American family,” in her words. The family of four is almost always on the go—basketball games, ballet recitals and so on. But for her two sons, Josh and Ryan, sports have opened up a world that once seemed closed to them. KBIA’s Nick Gass has this audio postcard.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted over 10 million dollars to Missouri health centers Tuesday. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s new health care law, the funds are going to five community health centers across the state. Martin Kramer is a spokesperson for the U.S. Health, Resources and Services Administration. He says the funds will allow the centers to expand their services to more people in need.