From Missouri Digital News: https://mdn.org
Born and raised in rural Eastern Iowa, Ben graduated from DePaul University in the spring of 2004. He is currently enrolled as a graduate student in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Stories by Ben Welsh include:
6/2004: Newspaper Story - A spokesman for Governor-elect Matt Blunt said recent reports criticizing the management of Missouri's Medicaid system show that a reorganization of the program needs to be seriously considered.
Inadequate computer systems, poor organization and mistakes by staffers have allowed taxpayer dollars to be misspent, according to two reports issued by the Committee on Legislative Research on Monday.
12/13/2004: Radio Story - Daniel Shipley brought his lawsuit aimed at reclaiming tax dollars from Planned Parenthood to Cole County Circuit Court on Monday.
12/10/2004: Newspaper Story - New shipments of flu vaccines entering Missouri in the coming week will easy the state's shortage on shots, but a full remedy has yet to be found.
12/ 3/2004: Newspaper Story - There will be at least two different invitations printed up for Governor-elect Matt Blunt's inauguration, though neither will be required to gain admission.
11/29/2004: Newspaper Story - A proposal being considered inside the federal Department of Education would require Missouri colleges -- both public and private -- to submit the personal information of their students, including social security numbers, to the federal government.
11/15/2004: Newspaper Story - While the Blunt team remains committed to its campaign promises of cutting out waste and fraud first, the governor-elect's spokesman said he cannot rule out the possibility of future Medicaid cuts.
11/ 8/2004: Newspaper Story - For the first time in over 80 years the Republican party controls both the legislative and executive branches of Missouri government.
11/ 5/2004: Newspaper Story - Columbia Rep. Jeff Harris was named the new House minority floor leader in a close-door caucus Friday.
11/ 3/2004: Newspaper Story - At least 3 senatorial seats vacated by democrats will be filled by republicans. The turnover gives republicans a two thirds majority in the states upper chamber.
11/ 3/2004: Newspaper Story - Robin Carnahan, daughter of former Gov. Mel Carnahan will be Missouri's next secretary of state. Sarah Steelman has been elected Missouri's new treasurer and Jay Nixon has been voted to his fourth term as Attorney General. As of this writing, the lieutenant governor's race between Sen. Peter Kinder and Bekki Cook has yet to be decided.
11/ 3/2004: Newspaper Story - Sec. of State Matt Blunt defeated Claire McCaskill in the race for governor. Blunt becomes the first conservative governor in more than 10 years.
11/ 1/2004: Newspaper Story - In the battle to win a governor's race that two recent newspaper polls placed within the margin of error, both major parties said they have a staff of lawyers and poll watchers ready and on the lookout against dirty tricks this Election Day.
10/22/2004: Newspaper Story - Tim Daniel, director of Missouri's Homeland Security office, said the state does not have the resources to screen most state employees.
10/18/2004: Newspaper Story - A profile on the Libertarian candidate for governor, John Swenson.
10/18/2004: Newspaper Story - Sen. Peter Kinder and former Secretary Bekki Cook have a couple things in common -- their hometown, their chosen profession -- but more than a few things that set them apart.
10/15/2004: Newspaper Story - Initial reactions to the new proposal that would charge commuters $20 for a round trip between Kansas City and St. Louis
10/15/2004: Newspaper Story - Mubarak Hamed, an economist for the Department of Natural Resources is the executive director of an Columbia-based charity organization that was raided by the FBI.
10/ 4/2004: Newspaper Story - With less than one month remaining before Election Day, local officials say they are having difficulity staffing Missouri's polling places and fear many positions will go unfilled.
9/27/2004: Newspaper Story - The push to pass a constitutional amendment that would route money raised by transporation related taxes to road construction has ben largely fueled and driven by construction interests.
9/ 3/2004: Newspaper Story - A profile on the man Bob Holden bested four years ago who now takes over the Democratic Party.
8/27/2004: Newspaper Story - Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson criticized GOP gubernatorial nonimee Matt Blunt's record on education at a press conference Friday.
8/26/2004: Newspaper Story - Missouri has a new Transportation Department director.