Archives for October 2013

McCaskill Embarrassed By Obamacare Website

Sen. Claire McCaskill is criticizing the botched roll-out of Obamacare.

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McCaskill says she’s “embarrassed and angry” that the website that’s supposed to dispense affordable health insurance isn’t working.  She said the rollout of the online market place had been botched. But she didn’t point a finger of blame, she did say, like other democrats that there were problems when Medicare was created years ago.

McCaskill did not address complaints by many Americans who’ve had their health insurance cancelled or had their rates increased dramatically.  She did say she thinks people will eventually appreciate the online health insurance marketplace.

Scotland Co Coriner

Scotland county is adding a deputy coroner. The Coroner in Scotland county, Dr. Jeffrey Davis, has appointed Thelma Norton, a registered nurse, as deputy coroner. It’s the first time the county has had someone in the position. Norton is the supervisor of the Emergency Department at Scotland County Hospital.  The appointment of a deputy coroner will allow the Coroner’s office and Sheriff’s office to complete their investigations of suspicious deaths independently.

Immigration Reform

A broad range of Missourians are calling on lawmakers to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote in the U-S House


Kurz Blood Drive Planned

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An annual blood drive is set in honor of a local woman who died after a car accident in 2010.

Bridget Kurz was 24 when she died after a car accident and subsequent surgery… she received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life… and that’s one reason why her family chooses to host an annual blood drive. The drive is set for november 16th from 10 a-m until 2 p-m at mary immaculate church in kirksville… that’s at 716 east washington. All blood types are needed. To make an appointment, go online to or call 1800 RED CROSS.

Flags At Half Staff Monday For Skelton

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Governor Jay nIXon has ordered that the u-s and missouri flags at state buildings in all counties and the city of saint louis be flown at half-staff on monday november forth to honor longtime missouri democratic congressman ike skelton, who died a few days ago…

Skelton’s funeral will take place on Monday in his hometown of Lexington, misspuri. He spent 17 terms in congress before he was defeated in 2010. The governor said “Our country is more secure because of what Ike Skelton accomplished in Congress in a manner that was intelligent, humble and dignified.” Nixon said he was honored to call skelton a longtime friend. Skelton died in virginia on the 28th at the age of 81.

Winter Heating Rules Start Friday

Starting tomorrow…cold weather rules go into effect in Missouri…cutting people a break who have trouble paying their heating bills.

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The cold weather rules make it tougher for the power company and the gas company to turn off the heat on customers who haven’t paid.  They’re in effect until from now until spring.  Some of the rules: customers cannot be disconnected on a day when the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing…more lenient payment terms have to be offered and the heat cannot be turned off for elderly or disabled customers who have registered with utilities and make small payments.  The rules do not apply to gas or power systems operated by municipalities or to people  who heat with propane delivered by truck. 

State Asks CWD Sample Help

The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking hunters, especially those in the CWD Containment Zone of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties, to collect tissue samples from deer harvested this fall. Taxidermy shops and meat processors in north-central Missouri have been enlisted to the effort, as well. The cooperative effort is part of MDC’s ongoing work to detect cases of chronic wasting disease, CWD, in Missouri’s free-ranging deer.

Gov. Nixon Visits Novelty Grain Elevator

Gov. Jay Nixon and Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Harry Bozoian joined leaders from Archer Daniels Midland and the Missouri Corn Growers Association yesterday at ADM’s recently-expanded grain elevator in Novelty. During the event, Nixon discussed Missouri’s strong corn harvest and his priorities for continuing to strengthen Missouri agriculture by expanding exports and the use of renewable fuels such as ethanol.

Radio Park Blood Drive

Radio Park Drain your Vein blood drive is today from noon to 6:00 pm In the Rehoboth Baptist Church Gym . To make an appointment, visit Sponsor Keyword: RadioPark. Drop-ins are also welcome. All donors will be served pizza in the donor refreshment area courtesy of Pizza Hut.

BLP Event Set

The 41st Annual BLP Holiday Gift Show is Coming up. This year’s event is set for Saturday, November 9th. The BLP Women’s Club of Palmyra sponsors one of the largest holiday gift shows in the tri-state area. A wide variety of unique gifts will be available from 85+ vendors. Proceeds from the Holiday Gift Show enables the BLP Women’s Club to support numerous community projects.