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Grants totalling $93 million will help 92 churches strengthen bonds

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Lilly Endowment has awarded 92 grants to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of ...

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Law professor attributes soaring homicide rates to “Minneapolis effect”

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Homicides are spiking in major cities across the United States because of what a law professor at the University of Utah calls the “Minneapolis effect.” “These spikes are remarkably large, suddenly appearing ...

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Mayor Quinton Lucas announces yet another approach to fight rising violent crime

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Kansas City is on pace to shatter its homicide record this year, with 146 murders recorded so far. Mayor Quinton Lucas earlier this week introduced  another new crime prevention initiative directed at ...

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Family Research Council documents state funding of abortion industry

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A new study by the Family Research Council gives Missouri and Kansas credit for attempting to defund the abortion industry but also points out where work remains to be done. Missouri has ...

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‘Stoking fears,’ WH Chief of Staff accuses CNN’s Jake Tapper on Post Office funding

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As Democrats and news outlets push the conspiracy theory that the US Post Office is tampering with the election, the White House is hitting back with a little history. White House chief ...

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Effort to defund Fort Worth police defeated by voters

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The defund the police movement has been rebuked in the nation’s 13th largest city where voters approved the continuation of a tax that funds the city’s police department. More than 64 percent ...

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‘Do more than vote,’ Kansans for Life tells pro-life voters as it endorses Trump

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Kansans for Life (KFL) has given President Donald Trump the most enthusiastic endorsement one can get.  But the organization says those who have pro-life views need to up their game this year ...

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Missouri Supreme Court rules that state must reimburse Planned Parenthood for services

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Missouri must reimburse Planned Parenthood for medical services, the state Supreme Court ruled this week. At issue is House Bill 2011, which is the Department of Social Services appropriations bill for the ...

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Missouri senator to file constitutional amendment to prevent state funding of abortions

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Missouri State Sen. Bill Eigel plans to file a bill in the next legislative session for a constitutional amendment to deny state money to abortion providers. “I’m going to propose a constitutional ...

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Supreme Court OK’s taxpayer credits for religious schools

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Montana’s decision to exclude religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The decision was a huge win ...

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Ben Carson speaks out against calls to defund police departments

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Recent calls to abolish or defund police departments in the wake of George Floyd’s death are not a good idea, according to Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson ...

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Trump defunding of Planned Parenthood upheld in court

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A federal court has upheld enforcement of a pro-life rule instituted by President Donald Trump protecting Americans from having to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The rule shut down one of ...

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More than $400,000 raised to assist small churches during pandemic

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Many small churches have been hit hard by reduced giving during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, more than $400,000 already has been raised to help them, and more than 1,000 churches already ...

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Trump administration: No stimulus for Planned Parenthood

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The Trump administration followed through this week on its promise to Americans that coronavirus stimulus funds will not be distributed to Planned Parenthood. Congress allotted $2.4 trillion in aid for the global ...

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President Trump redirects part of WHO funding to Samaritan’s Purse

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Samaritan’s Purse will receive part of the money originally earmarked for the World Health Organization. President Donald Trump halted funding to the WHO earlier this month after arguing that the U.N. body ...

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Trump administration offers CARES Act relief to faith-based groups

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Churches and faith-based organizations are eligible for loans under the recently passed CARES Act. Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration, announced that houses of worship and faith-based organizations are eligible to ...

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Missouri lawmakers argue over funding for coronavirus response

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Missouri lawmakers are sparring over an emergency spending plan passed by the House. The plan includes $33 million in federal funds and also frees up another $7 million in state funding that ...

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ANALYSIS: What the new federal education reform means for communities

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A sweeping overhaul of federal education funding has been proposed that, according to the Trump administration, would return decision-making power to states, school boards and teachers. It also gives students more pathways ...

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Missouri Gov. Parson outlines priorities in state of the state address

In his state of the state address, Gov. Mike Parson outlined some good news for a major local highway project and fans of Buck O’Neil. “There is one more very special project ...

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MO Supreme Court to hear Planned Parenthood arguments for taxpayer money

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The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday morning in Jefferson City in a key case involving the Planned Parenthood of St. Louis’s legal dispute to force the State of Missouri ...

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Proposed Trump administration rule would overturn Obama restrictions on adoption and foster agencies

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Adoption and foster care agencies that receive federal funding would be able to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity under a new rule proposed by the ...

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Israeli embassies worldwide shut down in strike against own government

Israeli embassies and consulates around the world shut down Wednesday until further notice due to an ongoing dispute with Israel’s Finance Ministry over funding for Israeli diplomats abroad. Israeli diplomats and other ...

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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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Clinton judge blocks wall funding but some liberal experts say Trump’s ’emergency’ was legal

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A federal judge appointed by Bill Clinton is trying to stop the construction of the new wall along the border with Mexico. U.S. District Judge David Briones, offices in Texas, has ruled ...

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Rural areas ‘vital’ to nation as Transportation Secretary Chao addresses funding disparity

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says the Trump administration is working to eliminate disparities in transportation funding between rural and urban areas. Chao was in St. Louis this week to unveil a new ...

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