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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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Lawmakers consider changes to Maine's Clean Election law, Florida offers a big no comment over "arranged" migrant flights to California, and the Global Fragility Act turns U.S. peacekeeping on its head.

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A bipartisan effort aims to preserve AM radio, the Human Rights Campaign declares a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people, and the Atlanta City Council approves funding for a controversial police training center.

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Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.


Staffing shortages at the Department of Social Services have led to parents seeking child care assistance being placed on hold for as long as two or three hours. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, June 5, 2023

Praise for MO Early Childhood Funding; Concerns About Sustainability, Gaps

Missourians scored some big wins for child care and pre-K programs in the 2023 legislative session, although some said it is just a start. Brian …

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Adult ticks are the easiest to identify, but nymphal and larval ticks are small and may be hard to identify. (Adobe Stock)
Tick-Borne Illnesses Highlighted During Lyme Prevention Month

As Lyme disease Awareness Month draws to a close, levels of some tick-borne illnesses in Missouri are on the rise. While Lyme infections in Missouri …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls well-child visits
Contentious 2023 MO Legislative Session Saw Wins for Struggling Families

Although Missouri's 2023 legislative session was contentious and resulted in a historically low number of bills being passed, advocates for children …

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The CDC reports along with lack of sleep, shift work, untreated sleep disorders and alcohol can contribute to drowsy driving. In a survey by the agency, 1 in 25 drivers over the age of 18 reported having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days.  <br />(Photo: Maksym/AdobeStock)
Many Missourians' Sleep Deficits Expose Them to Health Risks, Accidents

Feeling tired may be a chronic condition for many people in this country, with the number feeling this way varying from state to state. In a 2020 …

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Report data shows the number of Black students enrolled in America's community colleges in 2020 was the same as in 2000. (Marharyta Hanhalo/Adobe Stock)
Report: 600,000 Fewer Black Students Enrolled in US Colleges vs 20 Years Ago

A recent report looking at Black enrollment in the nation's colleges shows a stark downturn in recent years. The Lumina Foundation's Level Up report …

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Student Reporters Get On-the-Job Training at Statehouse

Student reporters are stepping up to fill gaps in news coverage as the number of full-time statehouse reporters continues to decline. State …

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By federal law, all states provide Medicaid coverage for pregnancy-related services to pregnant women with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level and cover them up to 60 days postpartum, according to KFF. Missouri lawmakers are considering expanding these services to cover a year. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates Push for More Postpartum Healthcare Funding

Healthcare advocates in Missouri are urging support for a measure that would expand health care services for new mothers on Medicaid. Senate Bill 45…

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The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 5 million to 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage as the public health emergency ends and states and resume the annual renewal process. (suthisak/Adobe Stock)
MO Medicaid Renewals Underway; Recipients Urged to Update Information

Missouri's Department of Social Services anticipates as many as 200,000 Missourians will lose their Medicaid benefits over the course of the next year…

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The 2020 study by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence concluded that Stand Your Ground laws exacerbate both systemic racism and gender bias, and
Legal Expert On Castle Doctrine, 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Missouri's Stand Your Ground law has been cited a number of times since the recent shooting of a Missouri teen by a homeowner whose house he went to b…

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In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 34% of Black adults reported having had a family member killed by a gun, compared with 17% of white adults. (Adobe Stock)
MO Nonprofit Seeks More 'Nuanced' Coverage of Firearm Injuries, Deaths

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri ranks fourth nationwide in firearm deaths. The nonprofit …

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Rockhurst University's renovated Sedgwick Hall, which opened in 1914, originally housed the college, a high school, and the residence for the Jesuit university's Society of Jesus. (Rodnae Productions/
Sustainable Renovation of Century-Old Building at Rockhurst U.

By Brian Roewe for Earthbeat.Broadcast version by Deborah Van Fleet for Missouri News Service for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News Service…

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Fortune magazine reported in January 2022 child care expenses had risen an average of 41% from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and some families spend 20% of their income on child care. (Ljiljana/Adobe Stock)
MO Legislation Would Help Families Afford Child Care

Like others across the country, many Missouri families struggle with the cost of child care, and state lawmakers are proposing some relief. Rep…

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