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Public-private partnership leads to more than 100 human trafficking arrests

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A local Kansas City area organization, DeliverFund, provided support to a multistate operation to stop human trafficking. Operation United Front resulted in 102 arrests and the rescue of 47 victims and sex ...

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Missouri AG files suit to reverse school mask mandates

For many area students, face masks are as much a part of back-to-school supplies as backpacks and notebooks. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, however, has filed a class-action lawsuit in an effort ...

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Census shakes up Missouri town population rankings

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The 2020 Census has big winners and losers in Missouri’s municipal population rankings. St. Louis is again the biggest loser, dropping below the population it counted just after the Civil War in ...

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Bill providing tax credits for private school scholarships passes Missouri legislature

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The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill that would allow donors to receive tax credits for donations to students to attend private K-12 schools in the state. The bill is awaiting Gov. ...

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Hundreds of events will celebrate Missouri bicentennial

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Missouri Statehood Day on Aug. 10 will mark 200 years since the Missouri Territory became the 24th state of the union. More than 200 bicentennial events are taking place this year, with ...

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Absentee ballots could cause long Missouri election night

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A Missouri political science professors is expecting a long election night as absentee votes are counted. In previous elections, Missouri counties posted absentee ballot results first. For Tuesday’s general election, that practice ...

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Election officials gearing up for expected high turnout

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Missouri officials are preparing for a challenging Election Day on November 3 because of some Covid restrictions and expected high voter turnout. Tammy Brown, director of the Jackson County Election Board, said ...

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MU prof relieved of teaching duties after joke offended student from Wuhan

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A business professor at the University of Missouri said he was relieved of teaching duties because of a joke he made to a student in Wuhan, China, in an online class, Voice ...

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Special House session today will address rising crime rate in Missouri

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The Missouri House will meet today in a special legislative session called by Gov. Mike Parson to address the state’s rising crime rate. Unlike the state Senate, the House has broken proposed ...

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Gov. Mike Parson announces phase two of Missouri reopening plan

Gov. Mike Parson says the state of Missouri is open for business – or at least closer than it has been since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, the ...

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Missouri’s Tuesday elections will be the ‘cleanest’ ever for voters

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Pandemic or not, many Missouri residents will be voting on local issues in elections on Tuesday. Gov. Mike Parson told those voters to put their personal safety first. “I hope people feel ...

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Incoming Missouri House education chair is supporter of school choice

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Proponents of school choice again will have an ally in Jefferson City during the 2020 legislative session. The new Missouri House education committee chairman is focused on educational choice and says the ...

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Protests at University of Missouri in 2015 helped foster rise of conservative organizations

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Physics teaches that every action causes an opposite reaction. That may be the case with the protests that roiled the University of Missouri campus in 2015. Reaction to the protests is one ...

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Several local communities rank high in survey of family-friendly Missouri cities

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Missouri boasts a number of great places to raise a family, but its two largest cities are not among them. Kansas City ranked 71st in a recent WalletHub survey, while St. Louis ...

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Columbia man sentenced to federal prison for Molotov cocktail attack on Planned Parenthood

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Wesley Brian Kaster of Columbia, Mo. will face five to 21 years in prison after admitting that he threw a Molotov cocktail inside the Columbia Planned Parenthood building in February. He entered ...

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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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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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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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Columbia congregation pays off more than $400,000 in medical debt

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Perhaps the only thing more stressful than a serious health challenge is worrying about how to pay for treatment. Numerous patients in mid-Missouri can breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to the ...

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State Auditor responsible for implementing Soros-funded redistricting, runs for Governor

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway is running for Missouri Governor in the 2020 election. The liberal Democrat has filed paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to begin the campaign. Galloway has not yet ...

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MU sued over mishandling conservative donor’s money

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The University of Missouri faces a $14 million lawsuit over mishandling of funds from a conservative donor. The university is accused by Hillsdale College of failing to follow through on the instructions ...

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‘Journey of Hope’ to stop in Topeka July 14 for second straight year

The Journey of Hope team will be arriving this year in Topeka Sunday, July 14, at the Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) for a visit with residents. This stop comes immediately after a ...

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Missouri road closures from flooding near record levels

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As levees breach in Northeastern Missouri, officials now say 300 road and highway closures are in effect across the state. The Missouri Department of Transportation says that the closures include a 67-mile ...

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State officials give grave warning: Get off the roads during Sunday’s snowstorm

With a rare March snowstorm barreling towards Kansas and Missouri, state officials are warning drivers to stay home. And while Saturday is the calm before the storm with even some sun peaking ...

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Planned Parenthood loses court case over new Missouri law

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In a major setback for Planned Parenthood in Missouri, a judge has ruled that state restrictions were not “undue” burdens on women seeking abortions. Current Missouri law requires that abortionists have hospital admitting ...

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