JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has selected the chief medical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health to lead the state's Medicaid health care program.
Joe Parks will take over as director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services starting Dec. 16. He replaces Ian McCaslin, who left that position in May after serving as director since August 2007.
Nixon announced the new Medicaid director Friday.
The MO HealthNet Division oversees a Medicaid program that provides health coverage to about 850,000 lower-income children, custodial parents, disabled residents and seniors.
Nixon has sought to expand the program. Republican legislative leaders have said they want to improve Missouri's current Medicaid program before considering Democratic proposals to expand eligibility.
At a plea hearing Friday, 19-year-old Keith Esters admitted to shooting and killing Megan Boken.
As part of his guilty plea, Esters was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years. Megan's family was on hand to read statements before sentencing. Police says Esters did not act alone.
His cousin, Johnathan Perkins faces second degree murder charges. Officers say they tracked down Esters and Perkins by tracing a cell phone that was stolen from someone else six days before Megan was murdered.
A St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teen, is no longer facing charges.
Father Joseph Jiang had pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge before the case was dismissed today. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim's family is still active. The family claims that Archbishop Robert Carlson did nothing to stop the abuse.
The Survivors Network of these Abused by Priests released saying they are disappointed. They are now asking for anyone who may have seen or suffered abuse by Father Jiang or others, step forward.