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Push to ban LGBTQ discrimination failed in Missouri Senate. Advocates vow...

Missouri Sen. Greg Razer hadn’t planned to speak on an amendment that purported to prevent discrimination based on a person’s vaccination status by barring...

Quest for D.C. statehood finds new friends and foes: Other states

WASHINGTON — Congress had yet to even schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the District of Columbia when a panel of...

Lawmakers press Missouri DSS for change after abuse allegations at unlicensed...

Since 2015, the Department of Social Services has been court ordered to place at least two children in unlicensed youth residential facilities — including...

As evictions loom, federal moratorium extends and Missouri rental assistance expands

About 7,000 households in St. Louis County will receive an urgent postcard this weekend. In big, bold letters, it states: “Do you need help paying...

U.S. House Agriculture panel probes ‘systemic’ USDA discrimination against Black farmers

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday heard about how Black farmers have faced decades of racial discrimination in their dealings with the...

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in the...

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to...

Missouri lawmakers seek answers from DSS on oversight gaps of unlicensed...

State lawmakers grilled the head of the Department of Social Services Wednesday afternoon for answers on how allegations of abuse and neglect at unlicensed...

Chokehold ban, repeal of KC residency rule wins initial approval of...

A bill banning police chokeholds and repealing a requirement that Kansas City police officers reside within the city received initial approval in the Missouri...

St. Louis church helps Missourians navigate system to obtain state-issued IDs

Edna Scott and Juan Chambers arrived early at St. Francis Xavier College Church on Tuesday morning. But the line was already out the door.  Just like...

Group seeking public records on Missouri ‘alternative to abortion’ program charged...

When the reproductive-rights watchdog Equity Forward received an invoice for its records request to the Missouri Department of Social Services, the bill came as...

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