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Scenes from the Health-Care Struggle in Missourinew

Missouri now ranks in the nation's bottom five states when it comes to parent eligibility for Medicaid, and lawmakers, advocates argue, should do more to help the state's most vulnerable citizens, especially during a period of high unemployment.
The Pitch  |  Carolyn Szczepanski  |  06-16-2009  |  Politics

Missouri's Death Penalty May Not Outlive Dennis Skillicorn Very Longnew

Two bills in Missouri's Legislature have proposed a moratorium on the death penalty and a review board to examine issues such as cost, fairness and the risk of wrongful execution.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  05-19-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Christian Former Cops Fight a Battle of Wit, Skill and Strategy with Imaginary School Shootersnew

Since a 2006 school shooting in Missouri, the state has been trying to get Missouri's schools prepared for another attack. Beating out more than a dozen agencies across the country for the one-year, $100,000 contract was Christian security firm Strategos.
The Pitch  |  Peter Rugg  |  03-17-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Fields of Plasticnew

Researchers Brian Mooney and Douglas Randall are looking into growing plastic along the fringes of Missouri farmland.
Riverfront Times  |  Kristen Hinman  |  03-13-2009  |  Environment

A Southwest Missouri Hamlet is Leading the Latest Fight to Legalize Medical Marijuananew

Cliff Village has become the second Missouri city to legalize marijuana for medical use. But with a population in the double-digits and a local sheriff who vows to lock up any pot smoker he can find, the town's 30-year-old mayor, Joe Blundell, concedes that the move is "symbolism, pure and simple."
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  02-20-2009  |  Drugs

Conservative States Push Abstinence Education, to Questionable Resultsnew

What happens when the behavior doesn't match the lesson plan? A professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is co-writing a book that attempts to come up with an answer.
The Pitch  |  David Martin  |  02-17-2009  |  Sex

Anarchy in the Ozarks: A Hardcore Punk Scene in the Missouri Backwaters?new

Springfield and Joplin once served as Missouri's primary nexus for punk. Those relatively populous cities harbored the region's most popular bands and, despite their remote locales, national touring acts considered them a perfect stopping point while driving from, say, Chicago to Dallas.
Riverfront Times  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-23-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

My Life in the McCain Campaignnew

If the maverick loses Missouri, maybe it's because his volunteers didn't work hard enough.
The Pitch  |  Peter Rugg  |  11-04-2008  |  Politics

Can the Obama Campaign Win Springfield and Rural Missouri?new

The Greene County Democratic Central Committee, which has headquarters in Springfield year-round, estimates that about a quarter of the county's voters are independent, so the Obama campaign has invested a great deal of energy here. Swing-state Missouri matters: The winner in Missouri has also won the general election in every contest but one since 1904.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  11-04-2008  |  Politics

The Unsolved Murder of Ernie Brasiernew

A Clayton, Mo., attorney's death nearly two years ago continues to mystify police and colleagues.
Riverfront Times  |  Kathleen McLaughlin  |  10-03-2008  |  Crime & Justice

For the Makers of Shatto Milk, Success is Cold and Tastynew

The product has considerable appeal. It comes from cows that haven't been treated with artificial growth hormones. The animals live on a dairy 45 miles outside the city, a significant factor for those who try to mind their carbon footprints. And the bottles, in addition to being reusable, are cool as hell.
The Pitch  |  David Martin  |  09-23-2008  |  Food+Drink

Free at Last: Darryl Burton's Thoughts After 24 Years Behind Barsnew

For the St. Louis native, who was released from prison last week after a judge overturned Burton's murder conviction, freedom means he now reports only to himself.
Riverfront Times  |  Matt Kasper  |  09-12-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Perverts Beware: St. Louis Area Police Have Your Numbernew

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway has made prosecuting child pornography offenders a top priority since her appointment in July 2005. For the fiscal year that will end on September 30, the justice department predicts that Eastern Missouri will have generated 76 child-exploitation cases, making it second only to central California.
Riverfront Times  |  Kathleen McLaughlin  |  09-05-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Recent Tiger Attacks Have Some in Missouri Calling for Tougher Exotic Animal Lawsnew

Missouri is one of 23 states that permit individuals to keep tigers and other big cats as pets. State law says only that owners must register their animals with a local law enforcement agency and that failure to do so is a misdemeanor.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  08-22-2008  |  Animal Issues

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