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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is increasing his push to get the attorney general to appeal a ruling against a new law creating a moral exemption from mandatory insurance coverage of birth control.

   Jones filed a resolution Thursday in the House that, if passed by both chambers, would officially ask Attorney General Chris Koster to appeal the decision. Jones previously sent a letter to Koster requesting an appeal.

   The Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon last year to enact a law requiring insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers say it violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."

   A federal judge struck down the law earlier this month, ruling that it conflicted with a provision of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:54
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A 4-year-old girl is the unintended target of a drive-by shooting last night. Police say the girl was walking with her mother up the front steps of a house on Louisiana Avenue near Itaska Street in Dutchtown when a dark-colored car drove by and fired shots. The little girl was struck in the shoulder. On the way to the hospital, the mother flagged down an officer who drove the girl the rest of the way.  Witnesses are cooperating with police, who believe the shooter may have been aiming for his girlfriend who was standing nearby. 

Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:51
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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster wants some clarification from a federal judge who struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control insurance coverage.

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Koster's office released a statement Thursday saying the ruling earlier this month has created uncertainties for insurers and individuals. He wants the judge to clarify the intended scope of the decision.

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Koster released his statement the same day that House Speaker Tim Jones filed a resolution urging the attorney general to appeal the case.

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Last year, the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to enact a law requiring insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers say it violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."

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A judge ruled that it conflicted with a federal requirement for contraception coverage.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 17:35
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A man accused of using a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test has been arrested in eastern Missouri.

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Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic known as a Whizzinator. The prosthetic is advertised as a "discreet" device that includes synthetic "medical grade urine."

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KMOV-TV reports that Levin, of Lake St. Louis, was charged last week with possessing a forging instrument. He was arrested and released after posting $25,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty Monday.

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Authorities say Levin's probation required him to submit a urine sample as part of drug test. He was on probation for possession of a controlled substance and felony stealing.

 
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