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GRAPHIC: Proximity to a high-risk chemical facility is part of the school day for 19.6 million kids who attend schools in so-called vulnerability zones, according to a new report. Image courtesy of Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Schools are supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that hundreds of thousands of Missouri kids attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone." The level of risk associated with a particular chemical facility has to do with the q...Read More

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PHOTO: Booster seats can reduce injuries during a car crash by 45 percent, but a new survey finds a majority of parents move their children to seat belts before they're big enough. Photo credit: M. Shand.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Kids often want to act like grownups, but experts say having children ride in cars the way mom and dad do is something that should be put off as long as possible. A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide found that the majority of parents are moving their children to seat belts be...Read More

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PHOTO: A new proposal would provide doctors an easy way to practice in multiple states, and could especially help rural, medically underserved areas. Photo credit: the Federation of State Medical Boards.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A new plan to allow multi-state licensing for physicians could help fill the gap in areas without enough health-care services. If at least seven state legislatures agree to what's known as a multi-state compact, a licensed doctor could easily get permission to practice medicine...Read More

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PHOTO: Same-sex couples and LBGT-rights advocates across the state will be watching and waiting this week as a Jackson County Circuit Court judge is set to decide whether Missouri will recognize same-sex couples married out of state. Photo courtesy of PROMO.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been 10 years since Missouri voters passed Amendment 2, making same-sex marriage illegal in the state, but many advocates feel the tide of both public-and-legal opinion is turning, and have their sights set on the courts this week. Katie Stuckenschneider, communications or...Read More

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PHOTO: If approved, the Grain Belt Express transmission line would bring wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and points east. Supporters say it would also carry environmental and economic benefits to the state. Photo credit: Kevin_P/morguefile.com.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It appears the winds of change are blowing in Missouri, as more people speak out in favor of a plan to build a high-voltage wind energy transmission line through the state. Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the line, whi...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy FreePress.org.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare o...Read More

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PHOTO: Missourians looking for a way to help out this tax season can volunteer their time and services as greeters, tax preparers, or translators for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Photo credit: R. Benter.

KANSAS CITY - With summer just winding down, tax season might not yet be on your mind, but it definitely is for those who help recruit and train volunteers to provide free tax preparation assistance to tens of thousands of low-to-moderate income Missourians. Bob Juergens, central region coordinato...Read More

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PHOTO: More empty plates? The number of Missouri households struggling to put adequate food on the table continues to rise at one of the fastest rates in the nation, according to the USDA's annual food=insecurity survey. Photo credit: ladyheart/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There's a hunger crisis in Missouri and it's only getting worse, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study found that the state is losing ground despite efforts to help families put food on the table. When it comes to feeding its most vulnera...Read More

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