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As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what that means for women who might seek an abortion.


The short answer: nothing yet. None of the laws has taken effect, and all will almost definitely be blocked amid legal challenges.

Backers of the laws welcome the challenges. They've said their goal is to get the Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which said a woman has the right to choose whether to have an abortion.

A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a suburban St. Louis man in his dispute with a municipal government over how many political signs he can have in his yard.

The ACLU in January 2018 filed a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Bel-Nor, Missouri, resident Lawrence Willson, who was threatened with fines and jail time over an ordinance that says residents can post no more than one political sign. He had three.

A judge ruled in favor of Bel-Nor, but the appeals panel on Monday reversed that ruling.

The leader of a Jefferson City daycare says she hasn't seen any evidence of a downturn in the number of Missouri children living in poverty.

Studies show about 261,000 children living in poverty in the state. Little Explorers Discovery Center's Executive Director Donna Scheidt says she hasn't seen much of a change in her more than 36 years working at the daycare.

Rainfall Postpones New Agriculture Park Opening, But Weekday Markets Start Soon

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Spring storms have delayed the opening of the Columbia agriculture park project at Clary-Shy Community Park for the third time this year.

The anticipated opening is now early June. Despite the delays, the park will still launch Tuesday and Thursday market hours in the new location at Clary-Shy Community Park, on the far eastern slab of the MU Health Care pavilion.

Soybeans in New Madrid
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Soybean farmers in southeast Missouri say they're worried about what one called a "train wreck" combination of tariffs and weather. Soybeans are Missouri's top cash crop, and roughly one-third of all soybeans grown in southeast Missouri go to China.

"In our community, we are failing to help the most marginalized to have the opportunities to get out of poverty, and we need to do more to help them." -- ANDREW GRABAU on the reason why Heart of Missouri United Way has spent more than 400 hours this year alone reviewing grant applications that deal with financial stability  May 20, 2019

A Columbia man launched a business, published a children's book and created a nonprofit after serving eight years in prison. Cory Crosby now wants to open a business incubator that supports minority entrepreneurs.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Crosby is trying to fundraise $100,000 to open an incubator. Crosby says the center would expand upon the mission of his nonprofit, Innovated Dreamz, to help Columbia businesses grow. He says some of the city's existing business incubators don't welcome minority community members.

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The Missouri health department says pill abortions in Missouri declined last year after the state began requiring pelvic exams on patients seeking the procedure. The Department of Health and Senior Services says Missouri doctors performed 359 pill abortions last year, compared to 982 in 2017. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the 2017 figures don't include all pill abortions from November and December of that year. Dr.

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Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill.

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Missouri's attorney general is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media accounts.

The Kansas City Star reports Eric Schmitt's announcement on Thursday concludes what is believed to be the last investigation into alleged wrongdoing during Greitens' administration. Greitens resigned last June amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations.

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On campuses across mid-Missouri students and faculty are wrapping up the semester, and on this edition of Off the Clock we visit a unique end-of-term tradition hosted by MU's Ancient Mediterranean Studies department: The Homer-athon. It's a celebration of "The Iliad," in multiple languages, and KBIA's Olivia Love captured the languages and the sounds of the recent 25th annual Homer-athon, on May 10th. 

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation limiting the number of young children at in-home child-care providers.

State law currently limits unlicensed child-care providers to supervising four children who are not relatives but contains no limit on the number of sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins who can also be present.

A bill given final approval Thursday would set the limit at six children, of which no more than three could be under the age 2. Only relatives eligible to be enrolled in elementary or secondary school would be exempt from the cap.

Missouri House Passes 8-Week Abortion Ban

May 17, 2019
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Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

Self-described 'head muggle' JENNIFER ROBERTS invites everyone to the Columbia Kiwanis Club's 7th annual Harry Potter Trivia Night - a fundraiser for Beads of Courage! Also, MICHAEL O'HALLORAN, RN, LD, tells us about the many ways we can keep our bones healthy this month - think calcium! - which is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. (4:21) May 17, 2019

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State proceedings against the owner of a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, will be temporarily halted until federal charges in the case are resolved, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Thursday.

Schmitt said in a news release he and officials of Branson Duck Vehicles signed an agreement Tuesday for a temporary stay of proceedings pending resolution of any charges by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District and other federal agencies "and any additional criminal charges that may be forthcoming."

The amphibious vehicle sank July 19, 2018, at Table Rock Lake near Branson after it entered the lake despite severe weather warnings. Fourteen people survived.

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Japan and South Korea face stark demographic change. Longer life spans and low birth rates in both countries have led to rapidly aging populations.

At 126 million, Japan's population is already declining and is forecast to shrink below 100 million in 30 years.

South Korea's will begin shrinking in the next decade, but is expected to decline even faster.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the challenges for both countries as they face a future with a shrinking workforce trying to support a rapidly expanding elderly population - and what lessons they hold for the U.S. and other countries.

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MU leadership Thursday wrapped up a two-part series of public information forums by urging campus departments to take the time they need to explore budget scenarios that will serve them best with the new budget model. 

The new “resource allocation model” shifts budgeting responsibility to individual schools and departments within the university. The model will calculate an allotted amount of money for a college incorporating student tuition, tuition waivers, and amount of space used by a school or department.

Missouri lawmakers have approved new requirements for a state demographer responsible for drawing state House and Senate districts under a voter-approved constitutional amendment.

The bill given final approval Thursday by the House would create an online site for the demographer to receive suggested maps and comments from the public. Those materials all would be open to the public.

A lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group is co-hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Gov. Mike Parson next week as officials finalize rules for the state's fledgling medical marijuana program, which is scheduled to launch next year.

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Abortion opponents in Missouri have cleared the biggest hurdle to restrict access to most abortions — Senate approval. A bill passed in the Senate early Thursday morning bans abortion as early as eight weeks into a pregnancy. But the bill also saw some last-minute changes, under threat of a filibuster.

Agriculture Park will officially open this Saturday, weather-permitting, after many years of fundraising and construction! Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS tells us why it's the ultimate compliment to the neighboring Activity and Recreation Center. Also, HANNA REEVES invites everyone to come and enjoy a new experience at the newly-expanded Sager | Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia! (4:35) May 16, 2019

Nearly four years after the traffic stop that led to the arrest, and death, of motorist Sandra Bland, a new cell phone video emerges that tells a story different from the police dash cam video. Why di it take so long to surface? Also, the possibility a Colorado public library could be home to a newsroom, turning a legacy newspaper into a non-profit, and a call to break up Facebook. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

UM System Approves 5 Percent Increase in Tuition

May 15, 2019
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Undergraduate students at all University of Missouri System schools will face a 5 percent increase in tuition for the next academic year.

The UM System Board of Curators on Wednesday approved the increase, which ranges between $14.20 and $17.30 per credit hour. Only nonresident students at Missouri Science and Technology will not pay higher tuition.

Average resident tuition and fees in the system was $7,980 a semester in fall 2018.