Haiti Gang Attack Claims Lives of Missouri State Rep’s Daughter and Son-in-Law

Neosho, Missouri – State Representative Ben Baker is mourning the tragic loss of his daughter Natalie and son-in-law Davy, who were both full-time missionaries in Haiti. The couple was reportedly attacked and killed by gangs in a devastating incident. Baker shared his heartache on social media, expressing the immense pain he is feeling over the loss of his loved ones. The nonprofit organization Missions in Haiti Inc. issued an urgent call for prayer following the …

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Missouri Legislation Targets Transgender Healthcare Access with Proposed Bans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri House members spent over eight hours on Wednesday deliberating on a list of bills that seek to impose further restrictions on transgender individuals in the state. The House Emerging Issues Committee heard comments on seven bills, including one that focuses on removing the expiration date on a law that prohibits transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming health care like puberty blockers. Last session, Missouri lawmakers passed the SAFE Act, which included …

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Tax Freeze Legislation for Missouri Seniors Seeks Clarification

Jefferson City, Missouri – The Missouri General Assembly passed a bill last year aimed at freezing property taxes for seniors, introducing a sense of stability for older residents in the state. However, the implementation of the bill raised many questions among local municipalities, prompting the introduction of new legislation to clarify key points. Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, the sponsor of the previous bill, has put forth new legislation to address the confusion surrounding the property tax …

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Execution of Missouri Man Who Killed Family Members Despite Clemency Appeals

Bonne Terre, Missouri – A Missouri man convicted of murder in 2006 has been executed by lethal injection despite appeals for clemency. Brian Dorsey, 52, was put to death after being found guilty of shooting his cousin, Sarah, and her husband, Ben Bonnie, following financial struggles with drug dealers. The tragic incident occurred in the presence of the couple’s four-year-old daughter, who witnessed the fatal attack. His execution, carried out at 18:11 local time on …

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Insurance Legislation in Missouri Raises Concerns Over Consumer Protections and Coverage adequacy

Jefferson City, Missouri – A controversial legislation allowing the Missouri Farm Bureau to sell health insurance plans that bypass certain federal regulations is causing concern among critics who fear it may leave consumers vulnerable without adequate protections or coverage. The bill, already approved by the Missouri House and awaiting a Senate committee hearing, permits the Farm Bureau to offer health plans that do not comply with the rules outlined in the Affordable Care Act, commonly …

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Children’s Security Law Passes in Missouri Senate to Safeguard Foster Youth Social Security Benefits

Jefferson City, Missouri – The Missouri Senate made a significant move on Friday by passing a bill aimed at ending the state’s practice of seizing Social Security benefits from foster children. This legislation, sponsored by Republican state Representative Hannah Kelly and state Senator Holly Thompson Rehder, seeks to redirect these funds to address the specific needs of vulnerable youths in the foster care system. Over the past five years, Missouri has withheld approximately $28.2 million …

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Senate Bill Protects Social Security and VA Benefits for Foster Kids in Missouri

Jefferson City, Missouri – The Missouri Senate passed a bill aimed at safeguarding the social security and VA benefits of foster children. This legislative move comes amidst growing public attention on the issue, highlighting a significant step toward protecting vulnerable youth in the state. The bill, once signed into law, will prevent the children’s division of the Social Services Department from diverting the funds allocated for the care of foster children towards other expenses. Exceptions …

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Children’s Social Security Benefits Protected by Missouri Senate Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has taken a significant step towards safeguarding children’s Social Security benefits with a recent bill introduced by Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder, R-Scott City. This legislation aims to ensure that children who have lost parents or whose parents are disabled continue to receive the necessary financial support as they transition into adulthood. Rehder emphasized that the bill is particularly important for foster children who are already facing numerous challenges. …

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Missouri Legislative Momentum Builds to End Seizure of Foster Children’s Benefits

Jefferson City, Missouri – Proponents of bills aiming to end Missouri’s practice of seizing Social Security benefits from foster children are optimistic about regaining momentum in the legislative process after a setback during the spring break. Despite hurdles in both the House and the Senate, advocates for the bill are working to push it forward when lawmakers reconvene. In the Senate, GOP state Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder of Scott City faced challenges with her bill …

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Palestine Bracelet Sale for Children’s Relief Fund Sparks Controversy in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri – Amidst the usual hustle and bustle of Girl Scouts cookie season fundraising, a troop in Missouri took a different approach. Troop 149, consisting of eight girls, decided to raise money by making and selling bracelets, with the intention of donating the proceeds to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund during the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Troop leader Nawal Abuhamdeh supported the girls’ decision, noting their passion and empathy for the situation. However, …

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