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In response to restrictive abortion legislation passed by Missouri lawmakers last week, protestors gathered at Capaha Park’s Freedom Corner in Cape Girardeau Monday evening. The rally, entitled “Preserve Our Freedom,” was a show of support for access to “reproductive health rights, including safe, legal abortion,” according to regional grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood, Aaron Lerma.

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Taking task forces to task: that’s the objective at hand for one Missouri State Representative.

Democrat Jon Carpenter of Kansas City has introduced a measure that would create the Missouri Task Force Task Force--an organization meant to manage and monitor the state’s task forces.

The legislative amendment also states the group will have to investigate the task forces currently active in Missouri to decide if they’re fulfilling their “statutory obligations.”

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Missouri’s Bible bill that would have allowed schools to offer Bible electives hasn’t picked up enough traction this legislative session, but lawmakers still want schools to teach about the Bible.

The House passed a Senate resolution Thursday morning to encourage schools to offer classes on the Bible, and it’s now being sent to the Governor’s desk.

The resolution does not change the law, but rather signals that schools should consider putting the Bible in their curriculum.

Via a webcast on Wednesday afternoon, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson voiced his support for a restrictive abortion bill currently making its way through the Senate.

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For the first time since 2009, the Missouri House of Representatives refused to approve the higher education budget bill. The main sticking point for House Republicans surrounded a section on DACA students receiving in-state tuition.

Currently, the budget requires undocumented immigrants with DACA status in Missouri to pay international rates at colleges.

House Democrats and Republicans engaged in a passionate debate over this section on Thursday.

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