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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.
   
The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to include $48 million of federal and state money in next year's Medicaid budget to pay for adult dental care. The House previously approved the same amount of money, although there are differences between the two chambers about exactly how that money would be spent.
 
Missouri lawmakers eliminated dental coverage for adult Medicaid recipients under a 2005 law that also made other cuts to the program.
 
More than 300,000 adult Medicaid recipients could benefit from the proposed restoration of dental care.
Children already receive dental coverage under Missouri's Medicaid program.
 

Bonus For Illinois Airport Director Despite Big Losses

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:50 Published in Local News
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - The director of a southwestern Illinois airport that has never turned a profit since opening with great fanfare 16 years ago has gotten a pay raise as well as a bonus of more than $13,000.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Tim Cantwell oversees MidAmerica St. Louis Airport near Mascoutah. His earnings jumped nearly 5 percent last year to roughly $128,000.
The newspaper says Cantwell got his bonus in January for meeting unspecified goals.
 
St. Clair County owns the airport, and Cantwell oversees its 14 employees and manages a $5.5 million budget.
MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and critics persistently have labeled it a $330 million boondoggle.
A message left Wednesday for Cantwell by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.
 

Defendant Admits To Shooting But Pleads Not Guilty

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:45 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man accused of shooting the financial aid director of a downtown St. Louis business college has told a jury that he did it, ignoring the advice of his attorney.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sean Johnson testified at his trial Tuesday. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and possession of a defaced firearm.
 
The shooting happened Jan. 15, 2013, prompting a lockdown at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts.
 
Johnson told the jury that he didn't intend to kill anyone. He says he was upset because his student loans were running out a few credits short of graduating.
 
Financial aid director Greg Elsenrath survived the attack.
 
 

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