Some Columbia City Council members and department staff say they created a solid foundation during their annual retreat. The first day they focused on coming up with a clear vision statement with the help of hired consultants. By the end of the retreat, the council members and staff set aside specific priorities for the future. City Council member Helen Anthony said planning won’t stop since the retreat is over.
Around 200 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today against President Obama’s mandate that employers provide coverage for contraceptive services.
Churches are exempt from the mandate, but religious non-profit organizations, such as schools and hospitals, are not. John Gaydos is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.
“Religious freedom is not merely about our ability to attend church on Sunday," Gaydos said. "It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and at the same time compromise the faith that inspires us to action.”
As the Missouri Supreme Court decides whether to set execution dates for six condemned killers, attorneys for death row inmates are citing concerns over the state's new one-drug lethal injection method as among the reasons why the executions should not proceed.