Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With 'Legitimate Rape' Comment, By John Eligon and Michael Schwirtz

The New York Times, August 19, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called "legitimate rape," women's bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy....
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Stop Blocking VAWA, by Terry O'Neill, NOW President, August 9, 2012
House and Senate GOP leadership have made their position on VAWA strikingly clear: They remain determined to block this lifesaving legislation. It's not about procedural problems. It's not entirely about election year politics, either, though conservatives have demonstrated that they're willing to go to extremes to stop Democrats and especially President Obama from achieving legislative victories. No, what's going on with VAWA is far more sordid: The GOP leaders are determined to replace VAWA with a bill that excludes certain types of people....
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NOW Celebrates Major Milestone in Women's Access to Vital Health Care, Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill, August 1, 2012
Today marks an important milestone for women throughout the country. Beginning Aug. 1, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, making preventive care more accessible and affordable for 47 million women. From this point forward, women enrolled in new or renewed insurance plans will be able to access a wide range of preventive health services without co-pays or additional out-of-pocket costs. No longer will women be compelled to forego or delay needed preventive care due to economic hard times....
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Mischief in Missouri - 'Right To Pray' Amendment On August Ballot Is likely To Confuse Voters By Rob Boston

Church & State, July/August 2012
Mike McGhee was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004, and since then has sponsored or cosponsored some pretty unusual legislative proposals....
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Group 'inducts' pig into Hall of Famous Missourians By Bob Watson

Jefferson City News-Tribune, June 17, 2012
At least for a short while Saturday afternoon, "Male Chauvinist Pigg" was part of the Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians....
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Missouri NOW plans to urge House Speaker to 'flush Rush' By Mark Schnyder

KMOV News 4, March 15, 2012
(KMOV)--The National Organization for Women is among those ticked off at Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley for planning to put a bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capitol....
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Help Speaker Tilley Flush!

Missouri NOW, March 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Missouri National Organization for Women (NOW) will express its outrage at Speaker Steven Tilley's nomination of Rush Limbaugh to the Hall of Famous Missourians, by delivering an ample supply of toilet paper to the Speaker's office in the Missouri State Capitol....
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Move to Enshrine Limbaugh With Missouri's Greats Draws Ire, By A. G. Sulzberger

The New York Times, March 7, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You will not find T. S. Eliot or Maya Angelou or even Chuck Berry in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Yogi Berra? Jean Harlow? Langston Hughes? No, no and no. Getting into the hall was even one caper that neither Jesse James nor Calamity Jane could pull off....
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Cheryl Schrader named S&T Chancellor, By Shannon Beck

The Rolla Daily News, January 19, 2012
Rolla, Mo. - A glass ceiling was shattered on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology Thursday afternoon when University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe announced Dr. Cheryl Schrader as the next chancellor....
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After the EC Decision, A Lifelong, Third Generation Democrat Wonders Where She Belongs, By Kari Ann Rinker, National Organization for Women (NOW), Kansas, December 7, 2011
President Obama visited Osawotamie, KS on Tuesday and gave a speech about the economy. His speech focused on fair play, fair shares and fair shots for all citizens. I went to Osawotamie to ask the President to extend that message of fairness to the women of the nation, regardless of the religious affiliation of their employer. I went to the speech to represent the interests of a coalition consisting of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, and Kansas NOW. The following is from our press release....
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Gender identity added as protected category, By Andrew Denney

Columbia Tribune, December 6, 2011
Some audience members cheered last night as the Columbia City Council unanimously approved a measure that added gender identity to the city's nondiscrimination rules....
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KS Doctors Challenge Revised Anti-Abortion Law in Court,, October 28, 2011
Despite the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's decision to remove some of its proposed regulations on abortion providers, three doctors who perform abortions in Kansas announced that they will continue their challenge to the state's abortion law in court...
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Wal-Mart Employees File New Sex Discrimination Lawsuit ,, October 28, 2011
On Thursday, current and former employees of Wal- Mart's California stores filed a lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination...
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Abortion rallies coincide at clinic, By Andrew Denney

Columbia Tribune, October 23, 2011
Groups representing both sides of the abortion debate gathered in front of Columbia's Planned Parenthood yesterday to express views on pending federal legislation that would limit access to abortions....
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Columbia Citizens Participate in Pro-Choice Demonstration, By Jake Schlegel

KOMU 8 News, Columbia, October 22, 2011
COLUMBIA - Members of the Columbia Area National Organization for Women or NOW will stand in front of Planned Parenthood Saturday to draw attention to the fact that the U.S. has more restrictive abortion laws than many other countries....
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Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefits, By Steven Greenhouse and Reed Abelson

New York Times, October 20, 2011
After trying to mollify its critics in recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees, Wal-Mart is substantially rolling back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raising premiums for many full-time staff.
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House Passes H.R. 358, the "Let Women Die" Act of 2011, by Jody Jacobson

RH Reality Check -, October 13, 2011
Today the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research Council, passed a bill in a vote of 251 to 172 that would, among other things, allow doctors and hospitals to "exercise their conscience" by letting pregnant women facing emergency medical conditions die.
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Obama Administration Will Veto HR 358, by Robin Marty

RH Reality Check -, October 12, 2011
Tomorrow, the House Republicans will be introducing the so called "Protect Life Act," a sort of supersized anti-choice bill designed to add restrictions to coverage of abortions in the health care exchange that would be so onerous it could cause insurance companies to stop covering the procedure....
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Walmart Associates Protest in Front of Home Office, by Allison Woods

KFSM 5 News, Fort Smith - Fayetteville, October 12, 2011
"Our voice will be heard by the corporate office that we have issues and concerns at every store across the country," says Angie Rodriguez, Walmart Associate from California.

The Organization United for Respect at Walmart protested in front of the Walmart home office Wednesday....

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Domestic battery flap brings city national attention, by Tim Hrenchir

Topeka Capital-Journal, October 10, 2011
Topeka finds itself the focus of national attention as its governing body prepares Tuesday evening to consider repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery.

Appearing Monday afternoon on MSBNC's "NewsNation with Tamron Hall" program, National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill called on officials here to "stop putting traumatized domestic violence victims in the middle of their budget game of chicken."

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Victimized Twice? on The Last Word by Lawrence O'Donnell, October 10, 2011
Featuring an interview with Kansas NOW President Kari Ann Rinker.

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Statement by Missouri AFL-CIO President Hugh McVey on Occupy Wall Street Solidarity Actions Across our State

Facebook post, October 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Contact: Cathy Sherwin 314-452-2179

The Missouri AFL-CIO is proud to stand in solidarity with jobless workers, seniors, students and workers from all walks of life, from across the state that have joined those all over America coming together to demand accountability from our elected leaders....
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Opposing Sides, by Grace Freeman

Truman State University Index, October 6, 2011
In simultaneous but opposing protests, pro-life and pro-choice activists lined Baltimore Street on Sunday afternoon, stretching from Hy-Vee to Normal Street....
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Richland, MO Family Seeks Legal Action After Racial Bullying, by Jennifer Richardson, October 4, 2011
(Richland, MO) -- An Ozarks family claims their daughter is the victim of school bullying and a hate crime.

The family is so upset with the school district they've pulled their kids out of the school....

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After years of ignoring pleas that benefits be extended to same-sex couples, the UM System is starting to listen, by Janese Silvey

Columbia Tribune, October 2, 2011
There's mounting pressure on the University of Missouri System to adopt benefits for same-sex couples - and much of the weight is coming from top campus administrators....
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Camdenton Addresses Internet Policy in Light of ACLU Federal Lawsuit, by Joanna Small and Joel Girdner, September 7, 2011
I am writing in response to Leslie Bosslet's letter published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Index regarding the merits of Planned Parenthood. As a faculty member and a women's health nurse....
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Letter to the editor: Planned Parenthood Deserves Merit

Truman State University Index, August 31, 2011
I am writing in response to Leslie Bosslet's letter published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Index regarding the merits of Planned Parenthood. As a faculty member and a women's health nurse....
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Republic meeting attracts protesters, by Cory de Vera

Springfield, Missouri News-Leader, August 23, 2011
....Though the audience was filled with community members -- many who joined a demonstration that took place outside the central office building before the meeting, protesting the book bans as well as the treatment of a special education student who is suing the district -- there was no discussion in open session of either the book ban or the lawsuit....
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