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KS Considering Medical Marijuana

Kansas lawmakers are considering legalizing medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee heard the bill Monday (2/20). If it passes, Kansas would

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Former MO AG Koster Has New Job

Former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has a new job at Centene Corporation. The Clayton-based company announced in a statement that Koster has been hired to be the managed care

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