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University Autism Center Expands, Serves Kids On The Spectrum In Rural Southern MO

After taking root in Sikeston, Southeast Missouri State University has come closer to serving children with autism in the southernmost part of the region. Although still operating out of their main office in Cape Girardeau, the University Autism Center satellite location will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of autism in children from 2-5 years old. According to behavior analyst Allison Bruner, they utilize what’s called Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention -- also known as EIBI -- to...

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Let's Talk Business: Information Technology Sector

This plays an important part in virtually every aspect of our lives. Of course, I’m talking about the information technology sector, or IT. The IT sector is made up of companies producing software, hardware or semiconductor equipment, and companies providing internet or related services. According to numerous sources, these related companies are leading the economic growth we currently experience.

Think about your daily life. How important is your computer, your handheld smart...

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The Missile Defense Agency says it has conducted another successful test of its ground-based interceptor system.

Monday's test involved a missile carrying a dummy warhead fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean towards the U.S. West Coast. Sensors tracked the missile as it flew, and then two interceptors were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Medicaid expansion promoted by the Affordable Care Act was a boon for St. Mary's Medical Center, the largest hospital in western Colorado. Since 2014, the number of uninsured patients it serves has dropped by more than half, saving the nonprofit hospital in Grand Junction more than $3 million a year.

But the prices the hospital charges most insured patients have not gone down.

It was a frigid 15 degrees on the picket line along the railroad tracks in Wilmerding, Pa. More than 100 union members and activists chanted slogans of solidarity and in favor of a fair contract with Wabtec Corporation — a company that builds freight train locomotives. It turned out to be the final hours of a nine-day walkout by 1,700 workers.

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The Department of Defense is shifting $1 billion from a military personnel account to build a 57-mile fence at the southern U.S. border, saying the funds were freed up after some service branches fell short of their recruiting goals.

Days after three separate suicides in Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn. left those communities reeling, the Senate is doing something rare for a GOP-led chamber: holding a hearing on gun control.

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I didn't know what it was about this song that enthralled me.

Joining me on this edition of All Songs Considered is NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna, Marissa Lorusso and Joshua Bote for some sips of Rosé, bites of cupcakes and sweet music. Today's sounds include the legendary dub master and reggae king Lee "Scratch" Perry. At 83-years of age, he's just made a brilliant new record with another legendary producer, Adrian Sherwood. Both artists are the reason that punk and reggae became so intertwined in the 1980s.

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Missouri Lottery

After returning from a family vacation, Jackson resident Kevin Pruitt won $77,777 on a Missouri Lottery Scratcher ticket.

       

“We got home from Cancun on Thursday, and I bought the ticket on Friday,” said Pruitt. “My wife works next door to a mini-mart, and I stop in a few times a week to buy a ticket while I’m visiting her.”

 

The ‘Fireball 7s’ ticket awards players with a prize for uncovering ‘7’ symbols.

 

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Sparkle Unicorns And Fart Ninjas: What Parents Can Do About Gendered Toys

With Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty on one side and bulbous-headed Fart Ninjas on the other, the gender divide was impossible to avoid at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City back in February. The light-up Barbie mermaids vying for space with Gatling-style foam-dart blasters in Manhattan's Javits Center raised a question: Have toys really progressed since our grandparents' days? And how do the toys we play with shape the people we grow up to be? We set out to answer...

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