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Governor Signs Missouri Right-to-Work Billl Into Law

A bill by Republican Sen. Greitens, like the legislators who cheered him Monday, is hopeful that the change will lure business to Missouri and keep the state competitive with 27 other states that have adopted similar laws. Right-to-work laws allow workers to opt out of paying those dues. "Rather than working to strengthen the middle class and create jobs, Missouri lawmakers are choosing to wage an attack on the working people of this state", said Jim Kabell, President of the ... Read More

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Appeals court rejects Trump attempt to restore travel ban

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia ordered the federal government to give the state a list by Thursday of "all persons who have been denied entry to or removed from the United States ". On Friday, a federal judge in MA sided with the Trump administration. The judge issued a restraining order on the government - allowing travel to resume while he heard the states' lawsuit. Read More

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Collins says she won't support DeVos for education secretary

Collins says she won't support DeVos for education secretary

If Democrats stay united against DeVos along party lines, as they did in a committee vote Tuesday, that makes 50 votes against her. The White House was unconcerned, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying they are still convinced Mrs. Lindsey Graham told the trustees he plans to support her when the vote goes to the full Senate. Gym has been one of DeVos's most vocal opponents. Among the U.S. Read More

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Corrections Officers Held Hostage at Maximum-Security Prison in Delaware, Officials Say

Corrections Officers Held Hostage at Maximum-Security Prison in Delaware, Officials Say

The union representing guards at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, where guards have been taken hostage at the maximum security facility, reported that a corrections officer was assaulted there last week. after an alarm was sounded, KYW reported. A state corrections spokesperson said it was an "isolated incident", though under protocol all prisons are put on lockdown when there is an emergency at one. Read More

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Roughly half of California out of drought

Roughly half of California out of drought

At its height, the Exceptional Drought area covered almost 2/3 of the state and as recently as Christmas of 2016, approximately 20% of the state was still in the worst of the drought. That is significant since the snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California's water particularly in the spring and summer months. While there are still spots of extreme drought in areas of southern California, Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia, those are overshadowed by the wide swaths of improvement. Read More

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Republican senators introduce Affordable Care Act alternative

Republican senators introduce Affordable Care Act alternative

But it is another sign that Republican lawmakers are increasingly feeling the heat to show how they would replace what they roll back the Affordable Care Act. Cassidy's office described the legislation "an Obamacare replacement plan that would: return power to the states; increase access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans; improve patient choice; and begin to bring coverage to the almost 30 million Americans who still do not have health insurance". Read More

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Tornado leaves 4 dead in Mississippi

Tornado leaves 4 dead in Mississippi

The four deaths caused by the tornado were confirmed by Forrest County emergency management and by the city of Harrisburg via Twitter. The National Weather Service in Jackson has warned of hazardous weather conditions in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, and MS, saying that severe thunderstorms with possibility of golf ball-sized hail, strong winds and tornadoes are likely. Read More

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Arizona's Allonzo Trier tested positive for PEDs

Arizona's Allonzo Trier tested positive for PEDs

Goodman noted Trier failed a random NCAA drug test in September and the school was made aware of it in October. However, the NCAA still prevented him from playing until the drug was completely out of his system. "So when you're dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we've had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control". Read More

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Earth to Pruitt: At a Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands While Temperatures Rise

Thirteen former heads of state environmental departments, some of whom served in Republican administrations, recently urged the Senate to reject Pruitt . He said the waivers that EPA has already used to set requirements below those targets to accommodate market conditions should be used "judiciously". "He has filed 14 lawsuits against it, or participated in 14 lawsuits against them". Read More

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Siblings kidnapped from RI in 1985 found, mother arrested

Siblings kidnapped from RI in 1985 found, mother arrested

Officials say Kimberly and Kelly Yates were taken from Warwick, Rhode Island by their mother on August 26, 1985. Kelly Yates was 10 months old, and Kimberly Yates was 4 when they were reported missing. Waldberg, was found living in Houston. Officials were able to locate the family after receiving an anonymous tip on December 23, 2016, police said. Read More

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Senate to Begin Confirmation Hearings for Trump Nominees

Senate to Begin Confirmation Hearings for Trump Nominees

In 1986, Sessions, who was working as a USA prosecutor in Alabama, was picked by President Ronald Reagan to become a federal judge, but was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee because of racist comments he made . Three African-American supporters (though not members of Congress) are expected to testify on Sessions' behalf. During Sessions' confirmation hearings Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Vermont Sen. Read More

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SeaWorld killer whale at the center of

SeaWorld killer whale at the center of "Blackfish" film dies

Seaworld acknowledged in its statement today that " Tilikum's life will always be inextricably connected with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dawn Brancheau ". In 2010, Tilikum grabbed the ponytail of Dawn Brancheau , a SeaWorld trainer, and dragged her underwater to her death in front of horrified onlookers at the end of a show at SeaWorld Orlando . Read More

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Mother dies holding child live on Facebook

Mother dies holding child live on Facebook

While holding her one-year-old son named Riley, Herndon began rubbing her face and shaking her head, according to local NBC news affiliate KATV. She was transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately, it was already too late. "The nurse came in and told me that my baby was gone", said Mary Morgan , Herndon's mother, according to KATV . 'I don't have the strength to watch it right now, ' he said. Read More

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Did you wake up to a wage increase today? Millions did

Did you wake up to a wage increase today? Millions did

The Constitutional Amendment (II-34a) passed by OH voters in November 2006 states that Ohio's minimum wage shall increase on January 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. "Rather, it's low-wage workers, it's their neighbors, it's folks in their communities who overwhelmingly voted to support ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage". Read More

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Lake Effect Snow Warning In Effect Until Saturday Morning

Lake Effect Snow Warning In Effect Until Saturday Morning

Some scattered snow showers are still expected until 11 a.m., but that snow will switch over to rain as temperatures warm, according to the National Weather Service at State College. Elsewhere in the region, much of Montana is under winter weather advisories calling for several inches of snow as well as high wind warnings regarding the expected hurricane-strength gusts of 80 miles per hour. Read More

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Ronda Rousey: Schrödinger's cage fighter

Nunes will have to curb some of her aggressive instincts though as too much aggression and forward-pressure in the early stages of the fight could draw her into Rousey's judo wheelhouse, using her momentum against her , and while the Brazilian is very unsafe on top on the mat, she's far less effective from her back. Read More

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Ready to recycle a Christmas tree?

Though Anderson has been spared from tree fires this year, Fire Chief Dave Cravens said he's seen many house fires started by dried out Christmas trees that were kept up past their prime. All decorations should be removed from a tree before it is dropped off at the waste site, city officials said. Christmas trees can be weighed down with cinder blocks and placed on the surface of a frozen lake, allowing them to sink to the bottom during the spring thaw. Read More

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A Look Back at Carrie Fisher's Memorable Film Roles

A Look Back at Carrie Fisher's Memorable Film Roles

The actress was born in Beverly Hills, California, to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who also found fame hosting his own television show. Carrie Fisher signs copies of her new book The Princess Diarist at a book signing in the US. In addition to being an actress, Carrie was a prolific author who wrote semi-autobiographical novels including " Postcards from the Edge " and the autobiographical play Wishful Drinking . Read More

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