Illinois youth panel talk goals, spending

( KTRS ) A panel convened by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to study issues affecting youth focused its first meeting on how to improve education, health, and safety for children in the state. The Republican governor created the panel last month. Members on Thursday, said they want to see more workforce training in the service…

Missouri Senate passes religious objections plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Senate has passed a proposal creating religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage. The Republican-led Senate voted 23-7 Thursday for the proposed constitutional amendment after this week halting a Democratic filibuster that lasted 37 hours. The measure would prohibit government penalties against those who cite religious beliefs…

Missouri House passes $27 billion spending plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House has passed a budget with more than $27 billion in spending for the next fiscal year. The Republican-led House passed 13 appropriation bills Thursday over some Democrats’ objections. The budget includes wording to block Medicaid patients from getting any health care services from Planned Parenthood when the…