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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Massive fraud case involving Missouri hospital brings criminal charge to ex-CEO

A former top executive of a Missouri hospital has been charged in a massive billing fraud scheme that came to light in 2017 as a result of a state audit.

David Lane Byrns, the ex-chief executive of Putnam County Memorial Hospital, a 15-bed federally designated critical access hospital in Unionville, Missouri, was accused in federal court in Kansas City of one charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Byrns, according to an 11-page charging document filed on Friday, was part of a scheme to submit fraudulent claims for reimbursement on laboratory tests to insurance companies on behalf of the hospital in Unionville from patients who never visited the facility or had any connection to it.

According to the docket, Byrns’ case will be transferred from Kansas City to a federal court in Florida for plea and sentencing on the charge. Justin Johnston, a Kansas City attorney representing Byrns, was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

Read more: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article235633372.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 04:30 AM (0 replies)

Kansas moving closer to 2020 showdown over abortion after Supreme Court decision

TOPEKA -- Kansas is moving closer to a showdown over abortion that would add volatility to the 2020 elections.

In a landmark case this spring, the Kansas Supreme Court found the state constitution guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion. The decision set abortion opponents scrambling to fight back.

Now, the outline of their response is beginning to come into focus.

The state’s leading anti-abortion group, Kansans for Life, on Tuesday said its goal is to pursue a constitutional amendment next year to reverse the decision.

And lawmakers took their first steps toward considering an amendment by holding a hearing in Topeka where anti-abortion activists made the case for one.

Read more: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article235683267.html

I expect that Gov. Laura Kelly will veto the legislation.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 04:11 AM (1 replies)

Texas County judge sued for allegedly violating rights of group in his courtroom

Texas County Associate Circuit Judge Douglas Gaston is being sued for allegedly “conspiring” to imprison a couple in his courtroom, thus violating their rights, according to a recent lawsuit.

Arthur and Norma Rogers of neighboring Wright County, along with son-in-law William Hale, were seated in Gaston’s courtroom in June 2017 for a custody hearing regarding the Rogers’ granddaughter, the lawsuit said.

The three were not parties to the case, but the suit alleged Gaston “conspired” with officers in the court to have the three taken into custody, tested for drugs, and detained. The suit said Hale, who suffers from diabetes, was restrained around the ankle. He developed an ulcer and had to have a partial amputation of his foot — an ailment he had experienced before, the lawsuit said.

The Rogers and Hale are represented by Anthony Rothert and Gillian Wilcox of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri. Gaston was not able to respond to the allegations when reached by The Missouri Times, citing the “Canons of Judicial Ethics.”

Read more: https://themissouritimes.com/65299/texas-county-judge-sued-for-allegedly-violating-rights-of-group-in-his-courtroom/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:59 AM (0 replies)

Group alleges Missouri school district forcing religion

OAK GROVE, Mo. (AP) — A nonprofit group that advocates for the separation of church and state alleges a Missouri school district on the outskirts of Kansas City is forcing religion on students and threatened to sue if it didn't stop.

Oak Grove Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said the district is investigating the claims from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kansas City Star reported.

The group alleged in a letter this month the district, which is about 27 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri, repeatedly violated the First Amendment's establishment clause, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others.

The letter said many middle and high school teachers instruct students on the "biblical view of the creation of the world" while teaching them about evolution. The letter said high school students who express belief in evolution "sometimes face skepticism and questioning from their teachers."

Read more: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2019/sep/28/group-alleges-missouri-school-district-forcing-religion/797229/
(Jefferson City News Tribune)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:22 AM (0 replies)

Missouri Capitol stone restoration company cited for workplace health violations

The contractor overseeing stone restoration of the Missouri state Capitol has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious alleged violations, though the contractor is appealing OSHA's findings.

Chicago-based Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration LLC is overseeing the $28.69 million restoration of much of the Capitol's exterior stone work.

The stone restoration work began in spring 2018 and is planned to be finished by December 2020, in time for the January 2021 Inaugural Ceremonies traditionally held on the Capitol's South Lawn.

OSHA opened its file about Bulley & Andrews' work at the Capitol on Jan. 29, 2019, and unannounced inspection of the work site followed a complaint, according to details available online through OSHA.

Read more: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2019/oct/02/missouri-capitol-stone-restoration-company-cited-workplace-health-violations/797795/
(Jefferson City News Tribune)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:35 AM (0 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Team Trump Implodes as Scandals Multiply

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 11:13 PM (2 replies)

Beto O'Rourke On Impeachment: 'This Has To Be About What Is Good For This Country'

Former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke said he firmly supports the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump, calling it the "right course to pursue."

He also charged that Senate Republicans are complicit in allowing the president to engage in "willful lawbreaking."

"If we allow this president to commit crimes with impunity, then we will have set a precedent in America that some people are above the law," O'Rourke told NPR's Michel Martin as part of NPR's Off Script series of 2020 candidate interviews.

Martin pressed O'Rourke on whether going down the impeachment path is wise for the Democratic Party.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/01/766101576/beto-orourke-on-impeachment-this-has-to-be-about-what-is-good-for-this-country
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 09:38 PM (2 replies)

Beto O'Rourke On Impeachment: 'This Has To Be About What Is Good For This Country'

Former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke said he firmly supports the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump, calling it the "right course to pursue."

He also charged that Senate Republicans are complicit in allowing the president to engage in "willful lawbreaking."

"If we allow this president to commit crimes with impunity, then we will have set a precedent in America that some people are above the law," O'Rourke told NPR's Michel Martin as part of NPR's Off Script series of 2020 candidate interviews.

Martin pressed O'Rourke on whether going down the impeachment path is wise for the Democratic Party.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/01/766101576/beto-orourke-on-impeachment-this-has-to-be-about-what-is-good-for-this-country
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 09:38 PM (0 replies)

South Carolina gun store sells 'No Beto' AR-15 part, targeting presidential candidate

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Midlands gun store is selling a “No Beto” AR-15 part after 2020 candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke declared during a debate that, as president, he would confiscate such weapons.

Palmetto State Armory, based in West Columbia, is selling a “No Beto” AR-15 stripped lower receiver, a gun part that holds the magazine and the trigger.

The receiver, which has the words “No Beto” printed on it, is available for pre-order for $49.99. All profits made from the sale of the item will be donated to the South Carolina Second Amendment Defense Fund, according to the Palmetto State Armory’s website.

https://twitter.com/PalmettoArmory/status/1173642934773833734

The item went on sale the day after September’s Democratic debate, in which 2020 hopeful O’Rourke responded to a question about gun control with a staunch statement in support of confiscation of weapons that “were designed to kill people on a battlefield.”

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article235628127.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 11:39 AM (0 replies)

South Carolina gun store sells 'No Beto' AR-15 part, targeting presidential candidate

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Midlands gun store is selling a “No Beto” AR-15 part after 2020 candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke declared during a debate that, as president, he would confiscate such weapons.

Palmetto State Armory, based in West Columbia, is selling a “No Beto” AR-15 stripped lower receiver, a gun part that holds the magazine and the trigger.

The receiver, which has the words “No Beto” printed on it, is available for pre-order for $49.99. All profits made from the sale of the item will be donated to the South Carolina Second Amendment Defense Fund, according to the Palmetto State Armory’s website.

https://twitter.com/PalmettoArmory/status/1173642934773833734

The item went on sale the day after September’s Democratic debate, in which 2020 hopeful O’Rourke responded to a question about gun control with a staunch statement in support of confiscation of weapons that “were designed to kill people on a battlefield.”

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article235628127.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 11:39 AM (3 replies)
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