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Injunction blocks Biden administration from working with social media firms about ‘protected speech’

By JIM SALTER Associated Press A judge on Tuesday prohibited several federal agencies and officials of the Biden administration from working with social media companies about “protected speech,” a decision called “a blow to censorship” by one of the Republican officials whose lawsuit prompted the ruling. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty of Louisiana granted the

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Missouri ordered to pay $242K for open records law violations while Josh Hawley was attorney general

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ordered the Missouri attorney general’s office to pay $242,000 in legal fees for violations of the open records law that occurred when current U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley served in the office. Hawley, a Republican, was accused of withholding documents from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee while he

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Richey announces state senate bid

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) State Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) announced Tuesday night on his social media that he will run for the 21st District seat in the Missouri Senate. Richey currently represents District 39 in the Missouri House, which is part of Clay County. He was first elected to that seat in 2018. District 21

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Missouri judge orders end to GOP officials’ standoff over proposed abortion rights ballot measure

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A constitutional amendment to restore abortion rights in Missouri will move forward after a judge broke a standoff between two Republican officials that had halted the process. Cole County Presiding Judge Jon Beetem on Tuesday ordered Missouri’s attorney general to approve the state auditor’s cost

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Area lawmakers react to Parson signing anti-transgender legislation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a pair of anti-transgender bills, and Missouri lawmakers have been showing support and disdain for the measures. One bill — SB39 — prohibits transgender people from participating in girls and women’s sports. The law applies to elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education institutions, including private schools, public school

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Missouri governor signs bill banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors, some adults

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Transgender minors and some adults soon will be banned from accessing puberty blockers, hormones and gender-affirming surgeries under a bill signed by Missouri’s Republican governor. Gov. Mike Parson also on Wednesday signed legislation that will block transgender girls and women from playing on female sports

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