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2004 Children Stories
Newspaper Story - After presenting her latest audit finding, McCaskill said she wants to continue being Missouri's state auditor after the 2006 election. She said she is unsure about running again for governor.
Newspaper Story - After a court decision to delay the trial of Missouri's school funding formula, the attorney general's office has 15 days to decide whether the formula violates the Missouri constitution by not providing equal and adequate funding to the state's public schools.
Radio Story - Missouri's director of homeland security says he cannot guarantee state schools will receive federal terror prevention money.
Radio Story - After failing to meet the federal academic standards, the Department of Education says the No Child Left Behind Act needs to be evaluated.
Radio Story - The nation's Amber Alert system will now use cell phones, pagers and the web to inform policy agencies and the public about abducted children. Missouri Highway Patrol plans on using the technology as an additional tool, but still keeping the current system.
Newspaper Story - Gay marriages, child abuse and the lieutenant governor dominated the last day of the Missouri legislature's 2004 regular session.
Radio Story - We take a closer look at the issues involved in changing Medicaid, and through one woman's experience see how those issues affect the people Medicaid serves.
Radio Story - Working late into the night, the senate approved legislation designed to improve the state's foster care system.
Radio Story - The legislature sent the governor a bill that bans billboards from Missouri highways that advertise adult businesses.
Radio Story - The Senate passed a bill that will make it a crime to remove or confine a child without consent from the parents or guardian.
Radio Story - Currently, children who are not granted a hearing are forced back into unsafe situations in some cases.
Radio Story - The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that stops students expelled for violent behavior from affecting the school's annual drop out rate.
Radio Story - Some Democrats say Missouri schools won't see the 4.7 percent increase over last year, even though it's more than the Democratic Governor Bob Holden recommended. Republican House Budget Chairman, Carl Bearden says they are playing politics.
Radio Story - A bill being pushed through the Senate grants immunity to small towns of deaths or injuries from local fairs and festivals.
Radio Story - House passes bill that would make it more difficult for minors to get an abortion
Radio Story - Under a bill passed in the Missouri House parent would be able to sue anyone helping an underage child to get an abortion in another state.
Radio Story - Under a bill passed in the Missouri House of Representatives parent would be able to sue anyone helping an underage child to get an abortion in another state.
Radio Story - Senator John Loudon has proposed a bill that would allow parents to sue individuals who help their daighters get across state lines to receive an abortion without parental consent.
Radio Story - A bill to double the length required before evicting mobile home owners comes after some of the bill sponsor's constituents faced a difficult eviction.
Radio Story - The House gave final approval to a bill that's designed to overhaul the state's child welfare system.
Radio Story - The House gave final approval to legislation designed to overhaul the state's child welfare system.
Radio Story - McCaskill's audit on child abuse contains statistics she calls alarming
Newspaper Story - Republican lawmakers dismissed Gov. Bob Holden's call for a constitutional amendment Monday to make it more difficult for the legislature to cut state funding for health coverage for welfare recipients.
Radio Story - Governor Bob Holden proposed a constitutional amendment today for what he says will protect health insurance for thousands of Missouri children, but some Republicans feels the move may simply be a way to bolster support for his campaign.
Radio Story - Bikers and other protesters of child abuse gathered on the lawn of the State Capitol to mark the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention month.
Radio Story - Parents of autistic children urged a senate committee to approve a bill that would prevent children from receiving vaccines containing a mercury preservative.
Radio Story - The Senate passed a bill on Thursday requiring birth certificates for stillbirths.
Radio Story - The senate passed a bill Thursday to create a committee to combat underage drinking.
Radio Story - Without ceremony, the governor signed a bill that's supposed to give mentally ill children greater access to treatment.
Radio Story - The House gave first round approval to a measure that would prevent children from getting vaccines that contain mercury.
Radio Story - With House Speaker Catherine Hanaway showing her support, Representative Roy Holand unveiled a new bill prohibiting vaccines containing mercury from being given to children under eight. He says mercury has been linked to autism.
Radio Story - A statewide survey reports more than 100 Missouri school districts plan to ask more money on April's ballot. Missouri's education commissioner says they need the money to cover state budget cuts in excess of 100-million dollars.
Newspaper Story - To address the issue of statewide child abuse and ways to prevent it, the Missouri Children's Services Commission may consider coordinating state and private services. In its monthly meeting Monday, the commission heard Lucia Erikson Kincheloe, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Missouri, explain how her organization can extend services and work together with the commission to tackle child abuse.
Radio Story - Missouri has a state flower, a state tree, and could soon have a state grass if legislation is passed.
Newspaper Story - A bill providing comprehensive services for mentally ill children was passed by the House Health Committee Wednesday. Parents would no more have to relinquish custody of their child to avail the health services.
Radio Story - Missouri's Senate votes to lower the standards for students to pass the MAP test.
Newspaper Story - Just Pacheco, mother of seven-year-old Augustine and five-year-old Wayne, both with a hearing loss, testified in favor of a bill aimed at providing insurance coverage for hearing aids to children up to age 19.
Radio Story - House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has sponsored another bill to change the foster care system because Governor Holden vetoed a similar one last year.
Radio Story - More than 2,000 educators, parents, and students gathered outside the state capitol with one message, they need more money. Lawmakers listened to their requests, and students got to see the legislative process firsthand.
An audit relased by Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill shows that more than 90 percent of tax credits meant to help with the adoption of Missouri children, funded mostly international adoptions instead.
Radio Story - Supporters assure that the bill regulating church-run daycares will not be an attempt to shut them down but to raise safety standards for Missouri's children.
Radio Story - School districts without built-in snow days could have a tough time meeting the state's minimum number of days in school, 174.
Radio Story - Lawmakers are moving to prohibit strip searches in Missouri schools.
Radio Story - School buses in Missouri don't have to have seat belts because mandating them would require major redesigns and overhauls to the buses
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