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Missouri lawmakers, health agency fight over Bourbon virus


March 18, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers frustrated about lack of information about a sometimes deadly virus have slashed the state health department's budget.

The House Budget Committee this past week approved eliminating 10 staffers in the Department of Health and Senior Services' director's office and cutting the administration's budget roughly in half.

The budgeters also proposed moving oversight of a laboratory that tests for diseases from the health department to the Department of Public Safety.

The move comes after Republican Vice-Chairman Rep. Justin Alferman, of Hermann, and...

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