Missouri Joint Custody Bill Would Equalize Rights Between Parents

May 18, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Many parents across the country find themselves in court fighting for custody of their child. In some Missouri counties though mothers are disproportionately favored over fathers in joint custody agreements. But now a new Missouri bill is hoping to equalize joint custody rights between parents. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Missouri House Representative Kathy Swan about the bill.

Lewis-Thompson: Representative Swan thanks for joining me today.  

Swan: Well thank you for the invitation.

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.

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  Aubrey Fletcher knew she wanted to work on a dairy farm ever since she was a little girl.

“I do remember my mom asking, ‘Are you sure that’s what you want to do?’” Fletcher recalls.

Fletcher knew the work was tough, she grew up milking cows every day. After college she and her husband wanted to return to his family farm, but it wasn’t making financial sense.

“The farm couldn’t necessarily  provide both of us with salaries,” says Fletcher. “So we thought, ‘Why not take our premium milk and take that a little further?’”

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Charles Bassett wants you to buy hamburgers made from his Missouri cows. That’s why the Missouri rancher wants to pay an extra dollar into an industry-created fund every time he sells one of his cattle.

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.