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Local Lawmaker Endorses Controversial "Religious Shield" Legislation

Apr 10, 2016
Missouri House of Representatives


The disputed Missouri legislation that would provide protections for clergy members and business owners from being penalized for their refusal to take part in same-sex weddings has a new supporter. Sen. Wayne Wallingford spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson to explain why he pledged his support.

Lewis-Thompson: Welcome Sen. Wallingford.

Wallingford: Thank you.

Update: The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office officially decided not to file charges against Donald Trump, North Carolina TV station WRAL reports:

West Miami is a small town of around 6,000 people. Among the many residences is a middle-class home with a basketball hoop in front of it. On the hoop is a sticker for Marco Rubio, which comes as no surprise, since this is Marco Rubio’s house.

“He has a very nice home, among other homes in the area,” said Eduardo Muhina, mayor of West Miami. Most of the houses in West Miami are smaller, his house is one of the newest house in West Miami. It was built, I wanna say 10 years back.”

Missouri is one of the five states set to hold primary elections on Tuesday. In the Democratic field, where polls show a tight race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, delegates will be awarded proportionally.

However, if the winner of the Republican primary – where Trump is leading – earns more than 50 percent of the state’s overall votes, he will walk away with all 52 delegates, making Missouri a big prize for GOP contenders.

(Updated 3 p.m. Tues, March 15)--On the eve of Tuesday’s crucial presidential primaries, some of the Democratic and Republican hopefuls are barnstorming Missouri and Illinois in a final quest for votes.

At this stage, the candidates are no longer seeking to woo new supporters. They are out to energize existing backers so they show up at the polls.