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Missouri lawmakers try again to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood

Missouri's Republican-led House gave final approval Thursday to a stopgap budget that attempts to strip public funding for Planned Parenthood while paying for Medicaid expansion and funneling billions of federal dollars to schools.

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Justice Department sues UnitedHealth over nearly $8B deal

Federal regulators are suing to block UnitedHealth Group’s purchase of technology company Change Healthcare, a deal they fear will put too much health care claims information in the hands of one company.

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After $73M win, Sandy Hook families zero in on gun marketing

After agreeing to a $73 million lawsuit settlement with gun-maker Remington, the families of nine Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims say they are shifting their focus to ending firearms advertising with macho, military themes that exploit young men's insecurities, all in the hopes of preventing more mass shootings.

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Group sues St. Louis over police promotion procedures

A police group that advocates for minority officers filed a lawsuit against St. Louis and some city officials contending that procedures used for promotions do not give minority officers an equal chance to advance their careers.

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Missouri finalizes $458M deal in opioid epidemic lawsuit

Missouri will get $458 million to help victims of the opioid epidemic as part of a settlement with the three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, the state attorney general announced Friday.

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Justice Department sues Missouri over new gun law

The Department of Justice on Wednesday sued Missouri over a contested new law banning local police from enforcing federal gun laws just days after pulling out of a state crime-fighting partnership.

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