KBIA Newscast for October 18, 2011

Oct 18, 2011

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is calling out Governor Jay Nixon’s administration for acting too slowly to provide in-home care services for seniors and disabled residents affected by the loss of Indiana-based Syncare.

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Senior Services hired Syncare to assess people's home-care needs. But that contract dissolved more than a month ago after seniors complained of long delays in getting service. The department says its own employees have since provided faster service. Kinder’s criticism of Nixon comes as Kinder prepares his announcement to challenge the governor in the 2012 gubernatorial race.

Columbia residents are getting the opportunity to offer their input to update the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. The public session will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:30 at the Activity and Recreation Center. Park Education Specialist Janet Godon says she’s looking to hear ideas from a wide range of park users.

“Well, what we’re hoping is that we get a great turnout from a variety of user groups, and that their input really gives us a long term strategy to help us better decide how to use our limited resources,” Godon said.

The city council will allocate funds based on the input they receive from the meeting.