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Faith-based film about sex trafficking being filmed in Missouri

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“Sound of Freedom,” a movie exposing the dark secrets of sex trafficking, was one of the most successful box office releases of the summer. Now, filmmakers in Southeast Missouri are tackling the ...

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Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium opens new 650,000-gallon aquarium

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The much anticipated Sobela Ocean Aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium opened to the public on Friday morning. The 650,000-gallon aquarium features six zones with 34 habitats that tell the ...

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Families at local Lutheran church harvest grapes for communion wine

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While other area churches may have been celebrating communion on Sunday morning, members of Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Liberty were preparing for future communion services. Families joined together to harvest grapes that ...

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Majority of Missourians rate public schools as only fair or poor

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More than half of Missourians are not happy with the state’s public schools. Fifty-six percent rated their local schools as fair or poor, and seven in 10 said the same about public ...

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Springfield judge will decide fate of Missouri law banning gender surgery for kids

A new Missouri law banning gender transition surgery and hormone treatment for children is set to take effect Aug. 28. Lawyers for activists and parents of gender dysphoric minors are trying to ...

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Missouri’s new cell phone use while driving law explained

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Missouri drivers risk receiving traffic citations if they have a cell phone in their hands beginning on August 28. The new law covers sending or receiving phone calls, texting, watching or recording ...

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New Missouri budget includes funds to address state’s child care problems

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The Missouri budget recently signed by Gov. Mike Parson includes significant increases to help families with child care expenses. A 2021 report from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce found that child care ...

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Missouri laws going into effect: Senior tax relief, adoptions, public safety, teachers

Several new laws and provisions are set to become law in Missouri on August 28, ranging from tax relief for senior citizens, extending healthcare coverages, removing financial barriers in the adoption process, ...

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Missouri, Kansas join other states protecting female sports

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As schools reopen after the summer break, more states are passing laws to protect the rights of female athletes from males who want to compete in women’s sports. The issue has moved ...

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Missouri Supreme Court rules parents can be jailed if kids miss too much school

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Missouri parents can be jailed if their children fail to attend school regularly, the state Supreme Court ruled this week. The litigation centered around Tamarae LaRue and Caitlyn Williams in Lebanon, Mo., ...

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Highway Patrol shares safety tips as students return to school

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As students prepare to return to school, the Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrol remind drivers to be cautious on the roads. “With a back-to-school surge, there’ll be a change in traffic patterns,” ...

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New York state public library cancels appearance by local author Jack Cashill

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A public library in Fredonia, N.Y., has cancelled an appearance by Jack Cashill, a Kansas City author, journalist and political commentator. The Darwin R. Barker Library told Cashill last week that it ...

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“The B-R-R is back”: Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts cold, snowy winter for Missouri and Kansas

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Missourians and Kansans weary of the hot summer can brace for a cold, snowy winter. The latest edition of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” predicts cold temperatures and widespread snow for Great Plains ...

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Group may sue after Missouri senior living center stopped Bible study

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The American Center for Law and Justice is considering legal action against a Missouri senior living center after it allegedly banned residents from holding Bible studies. The organization’s Abigail Southerland said that ...

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Volunteers from area churches help remodel Smithville building to serve veterans

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A former nursing care facility in Smithville is being remodeled to provide services to aging veterans, thanks to the help of Baptist Homes and Healthcare Ministries. Volunteer disaster relief workers from the ...

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Investors must admit to ESG considerations under new Missouri rule

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Financial advisers and institutions in Missouri must have clients sign disclosure forms when an investment option could rely on environment, social and governance scores or prioritize elements that may not yield maximum ...

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Several measures to boost student safety will take effect in Missouri this school year

Missouri families preparing to send their children back to school later this month may notice several steps the state is taking to increase school security. Legislators approved recommendations from the governor’s office ...

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Pro-life states expand help to pregnant women, infants following Roe ruling

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Republican-led states are taking the lead in expanding protections for women and children in low-income households, particularly in areas where abortion is now illegal or restricted after the U.S. Supreme Court determined ...

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These city governments can no longer opt out of back-to-school sales tax holiday

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July is winding down, and back-to-school time is right around the corner. Families will get a break under a new Missouri law that keeps local governments from opting out of the annual ...

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New Missouri budget includes funds to address state’s childcare problems

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The Missouri budget recently signed by Gov. Mike Parson includes significant increases to help families with childcare expenses. A 2021 report from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce found that childcare gaps cost ...

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Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments about proposed amendment to protect abortion

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The Missouri Supreme Court will decide the fate of a ballot measure to change the state’s abortion laws. If voters approve it, it would overturn most, if not all, pro-life Missouri laws ...

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Crisis: Missouri fentanyl overdoses are up 75 percent in past four years

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Fentanyl overdoses have increased by 75 percent in Missouri since 2019, and 2023 is on track to be another record year. The drug is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin ...

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Jackson County voters again to decide whether to remove Andrew Jackson statues from courthouses

Although Jackson County voters in 2020 defeated a proposal to remove two statues of Andrew Jackson from in front of the Kansas City and Independence courthouses, county legislators refuse to take no ...

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FCA expects to set new record with 100,000 camp attendees this year

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Not all of the news coming out of U.S. schools is negative. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes believes it can set a new record for attendees of its camps in 2023, with ...

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New state tax credits target film productions, concerts

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The film and music industries have long bypassed major investments in Missouri for states that offer tax incentives. That may change now that Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation to provide tax ...

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