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Driven by the 2024 election, states around the U.S. push to change voting laws

by Emmaline Luetkemeyer Missouri News Network State lawmakers concerned about the integrity of elections ahead of the 2024 presidential vote are proposing and enacting an unprecedented number of laws to restrict — and, in some cases, expand — voting rights and ballot access. In the shadow of the 2020 presidential election, states enacted more “restrictive”

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Southern MO set for prime viewing of April 8 solar eclipse

On April 8, citizens across southern and southeast Missouri will have the chance to see a rare celestial event – a total solar eclipse. The moon will block the sun’s light and cause a total solar eclipse to be visible across nearly 115 miles of Missouri. Visitors will come to the Show-Me State to witness

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Child care tax credit debated on Senate floor

by Ezra Bitterman Missouri News Network A bill that would enact a trio of tax credits for child care was debated in the state Senate before being temporarily set aside Tuesday. A similar bill — which is a priority for both Republicans and Democrats this year — passed through the House a few weeks ago

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Bill would reimburse parents for private education

by Dmitry Martirosov Missouri News Network A proposal by a Missouri lawmaker would establish a new tax credit program that, if approved, would put money back in the pockets of families who homeschool their children or enroll them in private schools. Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, beginning in January parents

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New parents’ bill of rights raises concerns of teacher intimidation

by Aidan Pittman Missouri News Network Concerns over teacher intimidation and the critical thinking skills of students were discussed during a Wednesday House hearing on legislation creating a parents’ bill of rights. House bill 2160, sponsored by Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho, would “provide a list of rights that parents may require school districts that receive

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Gov. Parson requests $2 million to send National Guard to Texas

by Quinn S Coffman Missouri News Network Missouri House members questioned National Guard leadership and Parson administration officials Monday over a $2 million request for funding for guard members being deployed to Texas’ southern border. Last week, Gov. Mike Parson announced he would be deploying the Missouri National Guard to the southern border to participate

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Wilson Logistics Apprenticeship Program recognized by Missouri governor

Missouri Governor Mike Parson made special recognition of Wilson Logistics and the success of its apprenticeship program during his January 24, 2024 State of the State address. The hour-long speech touched upon many triumphs the governor helped shepherd during his administration, including his focus on stimulating an increase in professional apprenticeships throughout the state, which

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For Your Health: what to know about young adult colorectal cancer

by Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center We’ve seen great progress in the fight against colorectal cancer. While it’s still one of the most common cancers in the U.S., annual rates of new cases have dropped by nearly half since the mid-1980s. More recently, though, there’s been a concerning increase in colorectal cancers in

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