Top Of The Morning News: January 15, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013

Kansas recently overhauled the state’s Medicaid system but it’s unclear what effect those changes will have.  Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally intoxicated when he shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide.  John Dorsey takes his “dream job” as general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lower Cost & Better Care: Will KanCare Deliver?

Medicaid is the second-largest program that Kansas operates, next only to education. And costs of the health program for the poor and disabled have been growing at a faster pace than most other programs. A desire to control those costs and improve care is why officials in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have embarked on a massive plan to overhaul the system.  Find out more here.

Alcohol, No Drugs In Belcher Crimes

A relatively uncomplicated post-mortem report from the Jackson County Medical Examiner finds former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally intoxicated when he killed his longtime girlfriend and himself December 1st.  Read more about the results here.

New Chiefs GM Takes 'Dream Job'

John Dorsey was introduced on Monday as the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Though Dorsey has worked with the Green Bay Packers through most of his professional life, he's excited to be in Kansas City for his first general manager's job in the NFL.  Find out more about Dorsey here.

Governor Nixon Begins Second Term

Thousands of people braved temperatures in the 20’s to hear Govenor Nixon's inaugural address on the steps of the State Capitol, which focused a lot on the Show-Me State’s history.  He said despite the fact that two different political parties control the General Assembly and the Governor’s office that Missouri is not as divided today as it was during the Civil War.  Learn more about the events here.