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Missouri crisis centers see wave of calls since the 988 suicide hotline’s launch

2 hours 59 minutes ago

In its first days of operation in July, a newly revamped, national mental health hotline was already exceeding Missouri providers’ expectations as a wave of people dialed three numbers: 9-8-8. They ranged from the curious to those seeking help, and several providers across Missouri told The Independent calls had already increased by 50% within a […]

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Tessa Weinberg

Elaborate lies spreading through U.S. can’t be dismissed as ‘conspiracy theories’

3 hours 9 minutes ago

Journalists have a problem with “conspiracy theories.” I put the phrase in quotes because writers, editors and headline writers have a problem with those consecutive words — “conspiracy theories” — in their writing. It’s not because they are being duped into believing farcical truths about the world. Journalists are lumping all kinds of gaslighting, misinformation, […]

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Eric Thomas

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

2 days 15 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

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Jennifer Shutt

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

2 days 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything the […]

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Jennifer Shutt

Zero bus fare does not equal easy commutes for Kansas City riders

2 days 19 hours ago

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. On weekdays, Melissa Douds catches the 35th Street bus at 5:48 a.m. to get to her job as a facility worker at the Bartle Hall Convention Center. Starting at the Armour and Gillham stop in Hyde Park, she is only seven minutes from work by […]

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Mili Mansaray

Experts say drug measures in inflation bill are good for seniors, but there are downsides

3 days ago

The sweeping Inflation Reduction Act passed by Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Sunday takes on an issue that Americans have been screaming about for years: The high cost of prescription drugs. But while it will bring immediate relief to millions of seniors, several experts have said it may dampen development of new drugs and […]

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Marty Schladen

Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids touts federal funds for lead pipe replacement

3 days 17 hours ago

The locations of lead service lines seem like the sort of thing someone would know, Congresswoman Sharice Davids said Thursday.  But as cities and counties across the U.S. grew, water utilities didn’t keep track of them all.  Now, they’re finally required to find them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s updated lead and copper rule requires […]

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Allison Kite

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

3 days 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has […]

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Allison Winter

Attorney sees victories in Missouri Sunshine Law cases over access to meetings, records

4 days 1 hour ago

In the tiny town of Edgar Springs, Rebecca Varney recently won a small victory in her fight to access city records, though a final resolution of the long-running dispute isn’t in sight. In another Sunshine Law dispute, the Southern District Missouri Court of Appeals recently ruled a public health emergency doesn’t suspend the requirement for […]

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Rudi Keller

Missouri budget makes smart investment in community health centers

4 days 2 hours ago

Each year, National Health Center Week presents an opportunity to spotlight the contributions that community health centers make to our communities. This year, we are celebrating not only the outstanding care that  community health centers provide, but also the investment Missourians are making to keep this infrastructure strong. As the medical home to more than […]

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Joe Pierle

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

4 days 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

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Jennifer Shutt

Republican divide in Missouri Senate boils over in Kansas City radio interviews

4 days 19 hours ago

Tension among Republicans that has mired the Missouri Senate in gridlock over the last two years bubbled up again this week, as a GOP state senator and an adviser to the conservative caucus took aim at each other in dueling radio interviews.  Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, took the first shot, laying into the Senate […]

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Jason Hancock

Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s one-party primaries

5 days 1 hour ago

One of the major aspects of Missouri’s recent primary was the number of races for which there actually was no contest. In more than half of the 180 state legislative districts on the ballot, one of the two major parties did not have a candidate. That meant that in those 100-single-party district primaries, the primary […]

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Phill Brooks

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

5 days 17 hours ago

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive publicity […]

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Jacob Fischler

St. Louis police associations sue city to block the new civilian oversight law

5 days 19 hours ago

Three St. Louis police organizations have filed a lawsuit against the city to block a law expanding civilian oversight of the police.  The law, which was approved by the St. Louis Board of Alderman last month and signed last week by Mayor Tishaura Jones, would create the Division of Civilian Oversight. Over the next year, the […]

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Rebecca Rivas

Missouri voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana this November election

5 days 20 hours ago

Missouri voters will decide this November whether to legalize recreational marijuana, four years after they first approved the drug for medicinal use. Secretary of State John Ashcroft announced Tuesday an initiative petition to put the question before voters received 203,551 valid signatures across six Congressional districts — barely overcoming the minimum threshold in two Congressional […]

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Tessa Weinberg

Federal government steps in to help pull Missouri out of Medicaid backlog

5 days 23 hours ago

Federal officials last month approved a plan to help Missouri deal with “ongoing and persistent” delays in processing Medicaid applications that have left the state out of compliance with federal standards for nearly a year. Longtime observers of the state’s Medicaid program say the decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to intervene is […]

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Clara Bates

Recent efforts to combat teacher shortages don’t address the real problems

6 days 2 hours ago

States have recently focused their efforts to reduce the nation’s teacher shortage by promoting strategies that “remove or relax barriers to entry” to quickly bring new people into the teaching profession. California, for example, allows teacher candidates to skip basic skills and subject matter tests if they have taken approved college courses. New Mexico is […]

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Henry Tran