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Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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The National Council for Behavioral Health believes cuts to Medicaid will result in increased costs for police departments, jails and hospital emergency rooms. (paulbr75/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It rips the rug out from under Missourians who struggle with addictions and mental illnesses. That's what behavioral health advocates are saying about the U.S. Senate healthcare reform bill released Thursday. The bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), pr

A disproportionate number of Missouri's Medicaid population is children. (Soledadsnp/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A broad coalition of Missouri hospitals, nurses, mental healthcare advocates, and parent-teacher organizations is feeling anxious as Republican Senators in Washington, D.C., work to draft a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Missouri Health Partnership is concerned

When someone develops dementia, gets in an accident or struggles with a disability, the role of caregiver often falls to a family member. (Gaertringen/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Forty-seventh. That's where Missouri ranks nationwide in providing assistance to family caregivers. The finding appears in the Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, which ranks states on how they're doing to create a high-performing system of care for older people

New Annie E. Casey Foundation statistics rank Missouri 28th among states for providing resources to benefit children and families. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An annual report on child well-being ranks Missouri 25th in the nation for providing children vital supports. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic well-being, education, health, and family and community factors that influence children's

Kansas City native Paul A. Schwarz died in 2011 after eating cantaloupe tainted with listeria. (Paul Schwarz)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A Missouri resident is taking on Washington D.C. in the name of his father, who died of listeria poisoning. Paul Schwarz of Independence just returned from a trip to the nation's capital, where he pleaded with senators and members of Congress not to cut food-safety regula

Children's Mercy hospital is embarking on a six-year study of hemophilia in children. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About 20,000 people in the U.S. are living with hemophilia, a rare, inherited blood disorder. And a study of the disease is under way at Children's Mercy hospital. Hemophilia causes a person's blood not to clot, and that can lead to severe bleeding, joint damage, bleeding into

More than 30 percent of the Missourians who are considered food insecure are children. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Nearly a million people are food insecure in Missouri, meaning they don't always have enough food or access to food to meet their needs, according to the latest "Map the Meal Gap" report by the group Feeding America. The overall food-insecurity rate for Missouri is close t

Advocates say Missouri is lagging behind other states when it comes to solar energy. (sierraclub.org)

MOBERLY, Mo. – Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are paying a visit to Thomas Hill Energy this week, where they'll be thanked for protecting electricity rates, but advocates say the environment and the health of residents are under threat because of

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