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Energy efficient home is model for low income housing

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:35 Published in Local News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia city officials say they hope an energy-efficient home will be a model for future low-income housing projects.
Habitat for Humanity is building the "net-zero" home, which includes solar panels and a solar water heater, low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting.
It's the first time the organization has built such a home, which also has 45 percent more insulation than previous homes. The home also will be completely accessible to the disabled.
About a year ago, the city asked non-profit organizations to submit designs for energy-efficient homes that low-income families could afford.
The Columbia Missourian reports the house will sell for $107,000. It is expected to be completed in late spring or mid-summer next year.
 

Inmates allege cruel punishment at St. Clair County jail

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:23 Published in Local News
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Dozens of inmates at a southwestern Illinois jail allege their constitutional rights were violated when they underwent group strip searches.
The federal lawsuit against the St. Clair County Jail was earlier filed this month in East St. Louis. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports the inmates seek $10 million alleging "cruel and unusual" punishment.
The 29 inmates allege multiple body cavity searches were conducted in front of other inmates and guards.
The lawsuit contends the searches should been done in private.
St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson couldn't be reached by the newspaper. He didn't immediately return messages left Tuesday.
 A similar lawsuit against the jail was dismissed last week. The judge ruled strip searching prisoners as a group didn't violate the Constitution if it wasn't intended to humiliate prisoners.
 

Abortion legislation to be proposed in Missouri

Monday, 30 December 2013 11:18 Published in Local News
A Missouri state senator is proposing legislation that would require  women to wait even longer for an abortion in the state. Missouri currently has a 24-hour informed consent law. 
Now Republican David Sater of Cassville says extending that period to 72-hours would provide additional time for reflection that he hopes will reduce the number of abortions.  The legislation has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session starting January 8th.  Opponents contend a longer waiting period would not decrease the number of abortions, but simply cause them to happen later in pregnancy, which can increase risk.  Only South Dakota and Utah already impose a 72-hour waiting period. 

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