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A fresh GOP promise and a 'talking stick' help end shutdown

Budget Battle Inside the Room

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Senate called it quits late Sunday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared there still was no deal to end the federal government shutdown and address a standoff over immigration. On Monday morning, he and many of his fellow Democrats got to yes fast. Whether...


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5 years after fall on ice, former aircraft mechanic still struggles

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Blake Halfacre says his goal in waging his battle for treatment is to get back to work, but the chances are looking slim as he exhausts all possibilities. 


Business

The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

Trump-Tariffs on Solar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. It says it will “use all...


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POLITICS ROUND-UP: A look at some key stories in state and local politics

With the state legislature in session and attention focused on news about Missouri’s governor, we offer a few key stories about state and local politics from the past week and a calendar of upcoming events. Governor says he will not resign In an interview with The Associated Press published...


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Proposed bill would help trafficking victims expunge prostitution records

JEFFERSON CITY — As a minor, Christine McDonald was the victim of sex trafficking for 17 years. Because of that, she has been convicted of felony prostitution. She hasn’t been able to forget it. “Fourteen years out of the life it’s still a barrier for me. I’ve still struggled to find work.I still...


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SANDY DAVIDSON: Missouri lawmakers must stay a step ahead and pass a 'revenge porn' law

“The best revenge is massive success.” So says that great American philosopher, or at least crooner of love songs, Frank Sinatra. But, when a love affair or marriage ends, sometimes the aftermath gets nasty. Perhaps the ultimate in nasty is so-called “revenge porn.” Usually, but not always, revenge...


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Residents explore alternatives for Columbia water treatment

Wayne Hawks didn’t mind coming to a two-hour meeting of the Drinking Water Planning Work Group on a cold Monday night in November. The Columbia dentist is passionate about drinking water standards, even to the point of checking out water treatment plants as he travels around the country. At the end...


Government

Federal budget agreement includes pay for federal workers during shutdown

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Congress has approved legislation to make sure federal workers get paid for the three-day government shutdown.


Business

Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

Trump-Tariffs on Solar

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican’s decision followed recommendations for tariffs by the U.S. International Trade Commission. “The president’s action...


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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

This Kaiser Health News story can be republished for free ( details ). A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the...


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