State and Regional News

Lawmakers discuss bills on chokeholds, officer-involved deaths

BY JOSE LUIS ADRIANO, Missouri News Network
The Missouri Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety discussed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit the use of chokeholds by police officers.
The measure came in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Michael Brown because of police brutality.

Bill would allow recipients to keep much of overpaid unemployment benefits

BY SARA DINGMANN, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill passed by the Special Committee on Government Oversight on Wednesday would allow Missourians to keep the portion of overpaid unemployment benefits that came from federal stimulus package money.

Parson talks fuel price gouging NEA demands vaccines for teachers

JUDY LUCAS, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY - Parson spoke about the outcry for assistance regarding huge price increases of heating fuel due to the record-low freezing temperatures at a news conference Thursday.

Missouri Hospitals provide record $1.7 billion
In uncompensated care

The Missouri Hospital Association’s statewide Community Investment Report finds that in 2019, hospitals provided $1.7 billion in total uncompensated care — an increase of $200 million over 2018. More than 85% of year-to-year growth in uncompensated care was provided as charity care, which exceeded $1 billion for the first time, with a 17% increase over 2018. When combined with the other benefits the state’s hospitals delivered to their communities, hospitals’ total community benefit was more than $3.4 billion in 2019.