Missouri Senate Considers Banning Touchscreen Voting

By BLAKE NELSON, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate is considering whether to permanently unplug the state’s touchscreen machines amid concerns that electronic voting machines might be susceptible to hackers. The proposal, which already passed the House in a 108-31 vote, would require voters to use paper ballots exclusively. Machines could still…

Teens Begin Mississippi-To-Memphis March In Honor Of King

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press DUNDEE, Miss. (AP) — Wearing aqua-colored T-shirts and hydration backpacks, a group of teenagers on Saturday launched a 50-mile walk from northern Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, a tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Escorted by police cars, support vans and…

Israel To Restrict Entry Of Gaza Christians For Easter, Citing Security Reasons

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Thursday that they have decided to block most of Gaza’s small Christian community from entering Israel for Easter celebrations, citing security concerns. Israel maintains a blockade over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and restricts entry from the territory. But it often eases the restrictions during religious holidays to allow Gaza’s…

Missouri Lawmakers Grow Budget By $700M, Mainly For Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved an additional $700 million of spending this year, primarily to fund higher-than-expected costs in the Medicaid health care program for low-income residents. The Senate gave final approval Thursday to the supplemental budget bill, sending it to Gov. Eric Greitens. The House approved it earlier this month.…