News to Know (4/29/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate votes against paying for Medicaid expansion. Senators last night voted 20 to 14 against a proposal to add the funding to the state budget. The vote locks in the House’s decision not to pay for Medicaid expansion. Missouri voters last year voted to expand who is eligible for government health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. But the Republican-led legislature has long opposed growing the program. If lawmakers send the governor a budget without paying for the program, it likely will set up a court battle.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Two inmates face charges in connection with a disturbance at the Ottawa County Oklahoma Jail. The two men are Tristen Tiffany and Trinton Cole. They’re both charged with rioting and malicious injury to property after the disturbance in which inmates broke windows and barricaded doors. Authorities say no one was hurt. The sheriff’s office is still investigating and they say other inmates will face charges.

BRANSON, Mo. – Wednesday morning storms left damage in Stone and Taney counties in Missouri. A home near Jakes Creek Trail in Branson partially collapsed. The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District says the people who lived there have been accounted for. One woman near the damaged home says she hid under her couch during the storm. She wasn’t hurt. Old Matt’s Cabin at Shepherd of the Hills was also involved. The historic cabin has minor damage from a fallen tree.

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – The campgrounds at Roaring River State Park evacuated as water rose over the 1-12 bridge. The flooding isn’t just isolated to the river though. Other areas of Barry County are dealing with high water. Officials ask people to stay clear of the Cassville area.

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