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According to a new national report, Missouri ranks third in the country for providing care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The report released this month was created by United Cerebral Palsy, a national non-profit organization for people with disabilities. The ranking is based on services like promoting independence, keeping families together and reaching those in need.

In 2007, Missouri came in at 41 overall in the same report, meaning the state moved up 38 places over seven years.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 174 on Monday, creating the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program. The program allows Missourians with disabilities acquired before the age of 26 to open a tax-exempt savings account to use toward expenses related to the disability.

The program also allows people with a disability, family members or donors to make a tax-deductible contribution up to $8,000 to an ABLE account per year.

A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.

Nixon signs bill aimed to protect seniors and the disabled

Jul 11, 2012
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Governor Jay Nixon is signing legislation Wednesday designed to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.  Senate Bill 689 expands the definition of financial exploitation against seniors and those with disabilities to include “undue influence…”

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At its meeting Friday in Columbia, the Missouri Housing Development Commission took a big step toward housing homeless individuals with special needs. 

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A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities.