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Supreme Court Will Interpret Religious Freedom in Trinity Lutheran Church Case

Apr 18, 2017
Beatriz Costa-Lima / KBIA

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in what could become a game-changing religious freedom case.

And it began on a Columbia church playground.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer has worked its way up the judicial ladder since 2012, when the church's application to Missouri's Scrap Tire Surface Material Grant program was rejected by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The case was formerly known as Trinity v. Pauley — referring to the former director of the Department of Natural Resources, Sara Parker Pauley.

People who go camping at state parks in Missouri can now add laptops and iPads to their lists of camping gear and supplies.

Prior to this year, only Bennett Spring State Park had WiFi service, which was used mainly for live trout cameras during trout season.  Renee Bungart with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says WiFi service has now been expanded to eleven state park campgrounds.