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‘Garden of Eden’ just north of Kansas City, according to Mormon tradition

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Different religions have their own sacred  spaces. Though most Mormons may not even know it, one of theirs is just a short drive north of Kansas City. It’s the “Garden of Eden.” ...

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Cameron, Mo., football coach under fire for prayers at games

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Another football team is under scrutiny for its coach-led prayers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said it received a complaint from someone in the Cameron, Mo., community concerning the alleged actions ...

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Missouri Baptists address restoration and reconciliation at annual meeting

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Restoration and reconciliation were the themes of the recent annual meeting of Missouri Baptists in Branson. “We have come to celebrate restoration,” said John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention ...

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Recent news stories about abortion monitoring in Missouri based on incorrect information

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Misinformation continues to cloud the debate over abortion in Missouri. An article by Michael J. New in National Review tried to clear up several false facts by national media. Contrary to media reports, ...

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St. Louis faith leaders push for changes in Missouri juvenile sentencing guidelines

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Seventeen-year-old offenders automatically are prosecuted as adults in Missouri. A group of faith leaders is trying to change that and give prosecutors discretion in filing charges against juvenile suspects, according to KSDK-TV. ...

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Survey finds success for graduates of Adult and Teen Challenge addiction program

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A landmark survey confirms the success of the faith-based Adult and Teen Challenge USA addiction recovery program.  The survey coordinated a measured the effectiveness of the Adult and Teen Challenge program by assessing the well-being ...

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Wife of American pastor arrested in India says his only crime is living for Jesus

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An American pastor from Tennessee is stranded in India after being arrested as he attempted to travel home to the United States. Bryan Nerren, leader of the International House of Prayer Ministries in ...

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Missouri attorney general wrapping up criminal referrals for abuse by priests

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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is completing a dozen referrals of former priests for criminal prosecution, he announced last week. “We issued the report about a month ago with our findings and ...

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Panel says hyperloop test track in Missouri could cost $500 million

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Will Missourians support the controversial hyperloop linking the state’s two largest cities? That’s the hope of a blue ribbon panel charged with investigating the idea. An announcement Monday afternoon by House Speaker ...

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Missouri legislature continues to debate sports wagering

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Companies that stand to gain the most from legal sports wagering in Missouri testified before the state legislature in Jefferson City last week. Sports betting only at land-based facilities such as casinos ...

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Missouri representative hopes to make it easier to become foster parents by speeding up training

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Nearly 14,000 children currently are in the Missouri foster care system. Finding and training foster parents willing to give them loving homes seems to be a never-ending challenge. State Rep. Hannah Kelly, ...

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University of Missouri backs off ultimatum made to The Crossing church after sermon controversy

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The fallout continues from the decision by Ragtag Cinema and the True/False Film Festival in Columbia to cut ties with The Crossing church because of a recent sermon about gender. The University ...

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Missouri has now tested almost all of its backlog of rape kits

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Missouri Republicans have successfully fulfilled a promise to the state’s sexual assault victims to test the huge backlog of rape kits that existed for over a decade. They’ve also secured some Federal ...

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Columbia theater and film festival breaks ties with The Crossing church over gender teaching

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The True False Film Festival and Ragtag Cinema in Columbia have broken ties with The Crossing Church because of disagreement over a sermon about gender. “After ten years… Ragtag Film Society must ...

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Another Missouri church follows trend of MO & KS churches raising funds to pay off medical debt

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Earlier this fall, Metro Voice News reported on The Crossing church in Columbia, which raised money to pay off millions of dollars of medical debt. A congregation in Southeast Missouri recently became ...

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Missouri has one of nation’s highest murder rates

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The Show-Me State has one of the nation’s highest murder rates – and it is climbing rapidly. Missouri had 7.9 murders per 100,000 residents in the period from 2013 to 2017, trailing ...

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Missouri man takes it to the bank on Price is Right

You can add Show-Me-State to Friday’s Showcase Showdown winner on the Price is Right. Clint Singleton of Chillicothe has won $82,000 in prizes, including trips to the Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Iceland ...

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Senator Hawley compares Berlin and Hong Kong protests for democracy

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While the NBA is being criticized for cozying up to Chinese Communists who are battling pro-democracy protesters in China, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, says China is trying to censor Americans from ...

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Missouri city bans gay conversion therapy for minors

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The Columbia, Mo., City Council voted unanimously earlier this week to ban on “gay conversion therapy” for minors. The vote came after testimony from a doctor, a parent and several people who ...

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Orrick, Mo., church members lose thousands in gold purchase scam

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Jesus told his followers to be as wise as serpents. Sometimes, those serpents are selling gold. A man in Orrick, Mo., which is about 30 miles from Kansas City, is charged with ...

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Free tuition at Missouri’s ‘Ivy League’ Washington University

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Beginning next fall Missouri’s Washington University will offer free college to all qualifying students entering as first year freshmen and undergraduate students currently enrolled in the university. MissouriNet reports the plan is ...

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Missouri Supreme Court takes up voter I.D. and sworn statements

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Should voters without proper identification be asked to make sworn statements that they are who they say they are before being handed a ballot at the polls? Missouri’s Supreme Court will soon ...

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Police put down beagle found skinned alive near Neosho

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Police in Neosho, Missouri are investigating an incident of animal cruelty after a beagle was found skinned alive Oct. 3. An $8,000 reward is being offered for information about the case. Neosho ...

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Supreme Court allows execution of Bucklew to take place

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A deliberate and vicious killer was executed in Missouri Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to give him his third reprieve. Russell Bucklew was executed at the Bonne Terre state prison ...

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Agriculture department delays reports as employees accused of pouting

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Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture based in the nation’s capital have a problem with moving to the nation’s bread basket – Kansas City. When the Trump administration announced the move ...

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