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Republican effort to restore abortion rights in Missouri folds

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-led group trying to restore abortion rights in Missouri is ending its campaign. Executive Director Jamie Corley on Thursday announced her moderate abortion-rights campaign is withdrawing to clear the path for a competing, more sweeping proposal. Corley was trying to amend Missouri’s constitution to

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After Teamsters meeting, Trump says of possible union endorsement, ‘Stranger things have happened’

By JILL COLVIN and TOM KRISHER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald met with members of the Teamsters Union in Washington Wednesday as he looks past the GOP primary and toward a general election rematch against President Joe Biden. The former president participated in a roundtable with the group’s executive board, its president

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Ashcroft calls state audit a political attack

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ) State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick released a report giving the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office a “fair” rating — a downgrade from the office’s “good” rating. The report claims that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office refused to provide Fitzpatrick’s office with cybersecurity reviews of 116 local election authorities. In addition, the

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Why ‘viability’ is dividing the abortion rights movement

By CHRISTINE FERNANDO and SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A divide between abortion-rights activists over whether to include restrictions regarding the viability of the fetus on planned state ballot measures is roiling the movement. Advocates say the fight has resurfaced long-brewing ruptures among reproductive rights advocates, especially in Republican-leaning or closely

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