Government & Politics

Switch to prison coming soon for West Bottoms community release center

A new prison is expected to open in September in the West Bottoms, and people are genuinely happy about that. The new facility will house inmates nearing parole who will get housing and job assistance to aid their return to society. The previous center released parolees daily into downtown, which was the source of disruptions and complaints.

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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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