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Court: Grad students are ‘employees,’ but more litigation looms

In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Jonathan Butler uses a megaphone to encourage others to stand and chant during a "day of action" celebrating graduate students and draw attention to their demands in Traditions Plaza on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. Butler began his hunger strike on Nov. 2 to call attention to racial problems at the state's flagship university. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District has ruled that graduate students at the University of Missouri count as “employees” under the Missouri Constitution’s protections for collective bargaining rights. But, the appellate court added, it’s not clear if the school ...

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Kansas, Missouri truce over jobs conflict appears shaky

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after signing her executive order aimed at ending an economic "border war" between her state and Missouri over jobs in the Kansas City area at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Standing behind her is Kansas Commerce Secretary David Toland. AP Photo by John Hanna

The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic “border war” that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close to the Kansas City-area ...

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Missouri, Kansas see uptick in drug overdose deaths

Federal data indicates drug overdose deaths in Kansas and Missouri are on the rise even as national drug-related fatalities are in decline. Provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows drug-related deaths in the ...

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