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2001 Health Stories
Radio Story - The Governor made cuts to the state budget, including cuts that stop funding to smoking prevention programs.
Newspaper Story - Calling smallpox "a major threat to our homeland security," Gov. Bob Holden has asked response teams in Missouri to respond to any smallpox outbreak.
Newspaper Story - The Senate's Insurance Committee chairman says shrinking competition of health insurance companies is contributing to rising health costs.
Radio Story - According to an audit by the federal government Missouri is wrongly using federal money
Radio Story - Senator Betty Sims says she wants to help people access medicare when needed.
Newspaper Story - The GOP chairman of the Senate Health Committee voiced Wednesday reservations about the recommendations of the governor's task force on prescription drugs - although the task force included a key GOP plank in its proposal.
Newspaper Story - While many Missourians will be home or visiting loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner, the aromas of holiday cooking will be wafting through the wards of the state institutions as well.
Radio Story - The Missouri Health Department said that those over the age of 65 or who have health problems should get the vaccine before everybody else.
Radio Story - A new health lab to help combat terrorism is being delayed by Gov. Holden who will not release the $25 million appropriated last session.
Newspaper Story - Missouri will not build second lab to test for anthrax due to budget shortfalls.
Radio Story - Governor Holden criticized the Department of Energy in its transportation of nuclear waste through the state.
Newspaper Story - Missouri Could Be More Prepared for Bioterrorism Says State Health Official
Radio Story - Director Maureen Dempsey said Missouri is prepared in many areas against a bioterrorist attack, but improvements in the system still can be made.
Radio Story - Mail room employees for the Missouri House of Representatives aren't wearing gloves or any other protective gear, even in light of Anthrax spores discovered 120 miles away.
Radio Story - Missouri's Public Services Commission held a hearing to discuss making the cold weather rule broader so more poor Missourians can have heat this winter.
Newspaper Story - The bacterium anthrax which is getting global attention is no stranger to farmers and ranchers in the western half of the country--including Missouri.
Radio Story - $163,000 will be given to the department to add staff members to investigate and analyze bioterrorism.
Newspaper Story - Despite the state's tight budget, Gov. Bob Holden gave the Missouri Department of Health a small chunk of money to hire eight new people to investigate bio-terrorism and disease reports around the state.
Newspaper Story - More than one year after a CBS national report revealed that a gasoline product used in Missouri could cause cancer, state regulations still allow use of the product in the St. Louis area.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's Capitol dome was pink this weekend - but it wasn't cheap!
Radio Story - To create awareness for breast cancer, the State Capitol dome will light in pink today. This is part of an international campaign. The event is funded by private donations through the American Cancer Society.
Newspaper Story - New Mail Opening Procedures in Capital
Radio Story - The Governor of Kansas blocked all incoming mail to his capitol office while a spokesman from Governor Holden's office said he doesn't want to take that route.
Radio Story - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month the capitol is being lit pink. Governor Holden's spokesman Jerry Nachtigal says it will cost several thousand dollars.
Newspaper Story - Anthrax Anxiety Could Cause Post Traumatic Stress
Radio Story - New Mail Opening Procedures in Capital
Radio Story - The thirty cases of suspected Anthrax have tested negative for the disease.
Radio Story - The Police Department and City Hall will be closed until Thursday. A resident found an envelope with suspicious material on it and now the State Healt Department is investigating.
Radio Story - Postal workers contacted local authorities when they encountered a white substance on a bundle of packages.
Radio Story - The State Health Lab is testing about 30 samples for anthrax.
Newspaper Story - The State Water Patrol was faulted in a state audit released today. The audit said the patrol had poor standards of accountability for its equipment and expenditures.
Newspaper Story - Missouri won millions after a 1998 suit against tobacco won. Debate has ensued over how this money has been spent in the past and will be spent in the future.
Radio Story - The clinic is forced to shut down after a loss of funding from the state of Missouri.
Newspaper Story - Security for Hazardous Waste Transport Beefed Up
Newspaper Story - A table showing how Missouri is spending its tobacco settlement funds.
Radio Story - High lead levels found during testing in august prompted the Natural Resources Department to issue an oreder to clean up the Doe Run smeltering plant in Herculaneum.
Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden to Illuminate Capital Dome for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Newspaper Story - Flu Vaccination Prices Double
Newspaper Story - Missouri is gearing up for the second weekend under a new alcohol policy, although officials agree the new law has not yet had a major impact.
Radio Story - It will cost more to get a flu shot this year, because the vaccine manufacturers almost doubled the prices
Radio Story - Missouri Highway is looking for suspicious vehicle carrying hazardous materials in light of the terrorist attacks.
Missouri's Health Department is stepping up security measures in response to Gov. Bob Holden's proclamation of Missouri's vulnerability as a terrorist target.
Radio Story - Governor Holden has hired a new terrorism czar to oversee Missouri's preparation for terrorist activities.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's Senate adds a welfare-program expansion to the elderly prescription drug bill.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri House has approved creating a new welfare program to provide state funds to lower-income elderly to help pay for their prescription drugs.
Radio Story - Task force Prescription Drug Program could run as high as 150 million dollars per year.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Health Committee approved the governor's prescription drug program for the elderly.
Radio Story - The Senate Health Committee reached a compromise and approved a bill very similar to the recommendations of the prescription drug task force.
Newspaper Story - Republican lawmakers question the governor's power to take tobacco settlement money to balance the state's budget.
Newspaper Story - Carnahan Hears from the Elderly
Radio Story - GOP Questions Democratic Motives
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers consider a program to deal with the disease lupus.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's General Assembly wrapped up this year's session Friday, swiftly passing two major bills while failing to address proposals on roads and prescription drug coverage.
Radio Story - Under a proposed bill, women under 65 diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer will receive Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - With only four days left in the legislative session, the Missouri lawmakers worked to finalize several issues, from prescription drugs to parental notification.
Newspaper Story - All of Boone County would remain in U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof's ninth district under a plan given first-round approval Tuesday in the state House.
Newspaper Story - Women's health issues continued to be debated in the Senate on Wednesday, with questions raised about whether or not contraceptives were an integral part of women's health.
Radio Story - Making sure babies are healthy is the goal of legislation that's gotten final approval from the Missouri House of Representatives.
Radio Story - A proposed bill outlaws using capitol punishment on the mentally retarded.
Newspaper Story - The state would no longer execute the mentally retarded as part of a larger measure approved by the House Wednesday to change court procedures.
Radio Story - The Missouri legislature is getting closer to passing a bill that would completely privatize health information, unless the patient authorizes it in writing.
Radio Story - Lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a measure designed to crack down on elder abuse in nursing homes.
Newspaper Story - A proposal to stiffen penalties for health and safety violations at nursing homes gained preliminary approval Tuesday in the state House despite objections that the bill would hurt even the best facilities.
Radio Story - While the nation waits for George W. Bush to sign medical privacy laws, state lawmakers debate compliance with them.
Radio Story - House Republicans and Democrats proposed to create a fund for the tobacco settlement money.
Radio Story - A bill proposed could give around $30 million to life science research.
Newspaper Story - House leaders Monday announced their plan for the Missouri share of the tobacco settlement. They want to send the issue to a vote of the people.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden's endorsement for House approval of tobacco fund money to ease budget shortfall was rejected by a 69-87 roll call vote.
Radio Story - A leading pharmaceutical company is attacking a prescription drug plan that was introduced by the House Republicans last week. This company said the plan is violating the current Medicaid law, whereas the Republicans said they are just trying to give more seniors prescription drug coverage.
Radio Story - A Senate bill would give students foreign language credit for studying American Sign Language.
Radio Story - Missouri Republicans are sponsoring a bill to make human cloning illegal, in Missouri.
Radio Story - State Auditor Claire McCaskill released a report today outlining the major transgressions of the state's inspection program. Missouri has the highest percentage of commercial dog breeders in the country.
Radio Story - Ted House wants one-quarter of the tobacco settlement to go to public schools.
Newspaper Story - Anti-smoking groups call for a bigger share of the tobacco settlement funds than recommended by Gov. Bob Holden.
Newspaper Story - House Republican proposes banning the introduction of wild elk into Missouri
Radio Story - A massive managed care reform bill would allow women to have direct access to obstetricians and gynecologists.
Newspaper Story - Columbia's own Vicki Riback-Wilson said she is pushing to make her hometown's a priority in the Capitol Building.
Radio Story - Rep. Mike Reid wants to ban introduction of wild elk in Missouri.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Mike Reid has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the importation of wild elks, voicing concern that the animals may carry a dangerous disease.
Radio Story - On Monday GOP House members presented their plan to lower drug costs.
Radio Story - For those who qualify, senior citizens could receive greater rebates on prescription drugs. Republican representatives say the rebates would not cost the state or the taxpayers anything.
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