June 27, 2022
Missouri General Assembly members introduced almost 150 elections-related bills this year. Dr. Granzier-Nakajima breaks down the major election bills discussed this year, and the highlights from our related Science Notes.
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Kansas schools are poised to ditch class hours for real-world training as graduation requirements

For more than a century, Kansas students have earned credits — and, after enough of them, a high school diploma — based on how much time they spend in a classroom.  The age-old “Carnegie unit” approach to education became the academic law of the land way back in 1906. And it stuck: One credit equals about 120 instructional hours in one subject.

Science Note: Alternative High School Graduation Pathway

42-foot bus brings on-demand drug and alcohol abuse treatment to north St. Louis

Counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is coming soon to three north St. Louis neighborhoods by way of a 42-foot bus. Doctors, nurses and therapists on the bus, operated by the Black Alcohol/Drug Service Information Center, aim to provide immediate care to Black communities in the area. The therapy bus will make stops five times a week in the rear lots of CareSTL Health. 

Science Note: Opioids in Missouri 

How satellite-guided cows might save the Kansas prairie and make ranchers more money

Third-generation rancher Daniel Mushrush has 30-plus miles of barbed wire fence to tend to. Calves wriggle beneath it. The wires get loose. Wild animals take a toll. And when streams surge after storms, rushing water often snaps sections in two. For Mushrush and his family, the fence-mending on their Flint Hills ranch never ends. “Fencing is right up there with death and taxes,” the third-generation cattle rancher said.
Science Note: Soil Health

Federal regulators launch investigation into drug rebates said to drive up prescription costs

The Federal Trade Commission last week announced what some believe could be a game-changer when it comes to the rising cost of prescription drugs. The agency — which is meant to protect fair competition — said it would look into the murky practice by which drugmakers grant rebates and other fees to insurer-owned pharmacy middlemen in exchange for better treatment of their products. 

Science Note: Pricing & Transparency in Prescription Drug Costs
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