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Missouri Legislature Passes $35 Billion Budget Without Medicaid Expansion

JEFFERSON CITY — The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature passed a $35 billion spending plan on Friday afternoon without including funding to expand Medicaid. A 2020 constitutional amendment voters passed would add 275,000 low-income Missourians to the health care plan, with the federal government picking up 90% of the cost. But lawmakers declined to put the $130 million in the budget that would have paid the state’s share, saying the amendment didn’t specify funding. Now it’s unclear...

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Bombing Near Kabul School Kills At Least 50, Many Of Them Girls

Updated May 9, 2021 at 7:24 AM ET A bombing near a school in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 50 people, many of them young students. At least 100 people were wounded in the attack, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian, the Associated Press reports. He told the AP that casualties could continue to rise. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban, but a Taliban spokesperson condemned the attack and denied responsibility...

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A majority win by Scotland's pro-independence parties energizes the push for a referendum on leaving the U.K.

Americans are gearing up for summer, but another shortage could crash the fun. Chlorine prices have shot up due to a factory fire and increased demand. The pandemic led more people to put in pools.

The White House finds opportunity to push its ambitious economic plans after a disappointing April jobs report, while the GOP cites the report as proof the government helped the unemployed too much.

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to University of Maine sociology professor Amy Blackstone about the declining number of births in the U.S.

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In the early months of the vaccination campaign, Internet access was essential to the search for a vaccination appointment.

But given that more than 14 million people in the U.S. lack reliable access to high speed Internet, technology has been a barrier for some Americans.

Elon Musk Hosts SNL

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Watching Elon Musk slouch his way through a stint hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live, I had one thought: Lorne Michaels, gentleman provocateur, has done it again.

Michaels, the sketch show's longtime executive producer and guru, does many things well. But his talent for poking the zeitgeist with attention-getting hosting choices may be one of his least appreciated talents — and his secret weapon for keeping SNL in the national conversation.