Missouri Republicans make immigrant scholarship ban a priority of veto session

When the Missouri General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Sept. 16, lawmakers will debate a bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon that would ban undocumented immigrant students from being eligible for the state’s A+ Scholarship Program. “I can’t rationalize in my head why we would reward somebody who is breaking the law,” says state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Shell Knob Republican.

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Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night. Gomes was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

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KCK man sets racial strife and harmony to music to honor Quindaro

America Patton is tackling the complex issues of slavery, freedom and contemporary racial tension in America by producing an album of meaningful music. “I want to be a voice of hope,” Patton said. “We don’t have to remain divided. We don’t have to go about it in a violent way. There is another alternative.”

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Andy Parker: I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence

Andy Parker, whose daughter. Alison Parker, was one of two people shot and killed last week while reporting live for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va., writes: “We must focus our attention on the legislators who are responsible for America’s criminally weak gun laws. Laws that facilitate the access dangerous individuals have to firearms on a daily basis.”

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Here’s why Kendrys Morales didn’t run to first base

The hitter’s reaction tells you whether he thinks a ball is fair or foul; he’s looking right down the foul line and has the best view. I don’t doubt that some hitters are smart enough to try to mislead umpires by their reaction; you see guys pretend to foul a ball off their foot when it missed hitting them by six inches, but if Kendrys Morales was acting, he deserves an Academy Award. He stood at home plate looking like a guy waiting for a bus — or an umpire to get the call right.

 
 
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