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Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

Lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam

Jan. 21, 2020 9:07 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS to reduce soil and water contamination. Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored proposal Tuesday....

Former intern is North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party director

Jan. 21, 2020 8:59 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former intern for the Democratic-NPL Party in North Dakota has been named as its new executive director. The party's Policy Committee voted unanimously for Michael Taylor. He worked as caucus director for the House and Senate Democratic-NPL caucuses during the 2019 legislative...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott to lay out 2020 spending plan

Jan. 21, 2020 8:50 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to lay out his 2020 spending priorities during the governor's annual budget address on Tuesday. Scott is due to give the address during a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Scott is expected...

Wisconsin Senate to legalize taking selfies with ballot

Jan. 21, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under a proposal up for approval in the state Senate on Tuesday. Supporters of the measure call the current ban archaic, especially in an era in which voters are increasingly posting pictures of themselves...

Wisconsin Senate to vote on 1 of 8 homelessness bills

Jan. 21, 2020 7:08 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of eight bills that are part of a bipartisan package designed to fight homelessness in Wisconsin was up for approval Tuesday in the Wisconsin Senate. The Assembly approved all eight bills, which would spend a combined $3.7 million a year, in June. Advocates, including Democratic...

Wisconsin Senate to vote on 2 Evers' Cabinet secretaries

Jan. 21, 2020 7:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to consider approving two of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet secretaries on Tuesday, votes that come just two months after Republicans fired the governor's agriculture secretary. Caleb Frostman, secretary of the Department of Workforce Development and...

Wisconsin Senate to vote on new student restraint guidelines

Jan. 21, 2020 7:00 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill supported by disability rights advocates and parents that would establish more procedures for when schools restrain a student or place them in seclusion. The disability rights community advocated for improvements to the law after a...

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...