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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Health care providers and advocates for the poor say a disposable diaper shortage among needy families is harming both the infants and their parents.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local food pantries receive countless requests for diapers but are unable to meet the demand. The CEO of Nurses for Newborns says the organization would need as many as 10,000 diapers a day for their mostly poor clients but can only supply a dozen diapers per person in an emergency.
Disposable diapers can cost up to $100 a month for one child.
Social worker Jessica Adams is organizing a nonprofit St. Louis diaper bank that would accept charitable donations and help distribute the diapers to those in need.
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Army sergeant killed in last week's shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, has been buried in the Missouri town where he went to high school and met his wife.
Sergeant Timothy Owens was originally from Effingham, Illinois. He was one of three soldiers killed April 2nd when a gunman fired on the military base. Sixteen others were wounded.
Saturday's funeral was in Rolla (RAH'-lah) where Owens lived in the 1990s.
The Rolla Daily News reported that as many as 75 motorcyclists from the Rolla Patriot Guard Riders accompanied the casket before the service at Rolla's First Baptist Church and afterward, to Lake Springs Cemetery in rural Dent County.
As the casket left the church, Patriot Guard Riders, law enforcement officers and residents lined the sidewalk outside and saluted.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are advancing an early voting measure that could overlap with an initiative petition tackling the issue.
The competing proposals set up a scenario in which Missouri voters could endorse two early voting periods but see only one become law. Missouri law states that if conflicting constitutional amendments are approved at the same time, the measure that gets the largest affirmative vote takes effect.
The initiative petition would allow early voting for six weeks and require officials to accommodate early voting on Saturday and Sunday for the final 21 days before federal or state elections. The proposal in the Legislature calls for nine days of early voting and depends upon lawmakers approving funding.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.
Under the bill, incest would carry additional jail time in child sex crimes. Parents who leave their children without proper care could also spend a decade more in jail if a child dies or is seriously injured.
The main focus of the legislation is the creation of additional classes of felonies and misdemeanors. But a child advocate says the increased punishments for crimes against children will have an impact on their lives.
The House and Senate passed the criminal code overhaul this week and must work out differences to pass an identical bill by May 16th, when the session adjourns