A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.
Republican challenger Todd Akin is going on the offensive against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill by claiming her husband's businesses profited from the federal stimulus act.
Akin began running a TV ad Monday claiming "the stimulus made McCaskill rich." In an interview with The Associated Press, Akin noted that the 2009 stimulus law funded a federal program for low-income housing that directed about $1 million to corporations affiliated with McCaskill's husband.
A 4-H Club and community members in Chillicothe, Missouri are celebrating the completed renovation project of a historic schoolhouse. This weekend the Liberty 4-H Club hosted an open house in the newly-renovated, 134-year-old Swain Schoolhouse.
The Liberty 4-H Club hasn’t taken the deterioration of its clubhouse over the past few years sitting down. Over the past three years, the club members and their community have worked to save the Swain Schoolhouse that’s been its home for generations:
For just $1, congregants at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church could purchase a square of the old orange carpet that used to cover the sanctuary floor.
“People either hated the carpet or loved the carpet,” said Urb Molitor. He’s the head of the building committee for the church’s recent renovation.
The congregation celebrated the completion of the renovation Sunday with an open house. They had food in the fellowship hall, a bounce house out back and music on the portico. Members mingled in the new narthex, admiring the extra space and new doors and windows.
Did you catch Glenn Greenwald when he was in town last week? The celebrated political journalist stopped by the University of Missouri on a speaking tour. While he was in Columbia it looks like he picked up on the case of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who just began a three-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary for sending money to his family in Iraq at a time when sanctions made that illegal.
I'm currently traveling around the US on a speaking tour, and as I've written before, one of the prime benefits of doing that is being able to meet people and their families whose lives have been severely harmed by the post-9/11 assault on basic liberties.