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Students Prepare to Demonstrate for Stricter Gun Laws

Local students are gearing up for SGF Walkout for our Lives this Friday, March 23. Around 30 people gathered at Strong Hall on the MSU campus Sunday night to make signs. "I'm an English education major so I plan on being in schools, and just given my own perspective as a future teacher, I can't imagine living somewhere where children should have to fear going to school--what should be one of, like, the safest places," said MSU student Hayley Werth who attended the sign-making event. The city...

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Trump Cabinet Turnover Sets Record Going Back 100 Years

Last week, when #firingFriday was trending on Twitter and White House aides had to be reassured by the chief of staff that no changes were imminent, President Trump embraced the uncertainty in public statements. His willingness to say "you're fired" to so many people, so early in his administration, is just another way Trump is unlike those who have come before him. No elected first-term president in the past 100 years has had this much Cabinet turnover this early in his presidency. And going...

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On small peasant farms across Colombia, panela, or unrefined whole cane sugar, is grown, picked and processed entirely by hand. It constitutes the basic economy for hundreds of municipalities, and is second only to coffee in the number of people engaged in its production.

Vladimir Putin won a fourth term as Russia's president on Sunday in a vote designed to be more of a referendum on his 18 years in power than a competitive election.

According to official results as of Monday morning, Putin swept up almost 77 percent of the vote, with Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin trailing in a distant second with less than 12 percent. None of the other six pre-approved candidates rose above the single digits.

It's the worst Lassa fever outbreak ever recorded in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

"In January alone there were more cases [203 suspected cases] than during the whole year 2017 combined," says Lorenzo Pomarico, emergency coordinator for the medical group ALIMA, the Alliance for International Medical Action. "This is an extraordinary and unprecedented outbreak in its sheer scale."

Some Retailers Are Holding Your Returns Against You

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Shoppers and consumer advocates are up in arms after finding out that major retailers have been keeping closer tabs on them than they thought.

Retailers such as Best Buy, Victoria's Secret and The Home Depot have been working with a third-party organization to manage a database that determines which of their consumers should be banned from making returns, The Wall Street Journal reports.

People across the country will gather to call for stricter gun regulations at the "March For Our Lives" on Saturday, March 24. Are you planning on participating in the march — or a counterprotest — in Washington, D.C., or another city? Tell us why.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Representative Steve Helms of the 135th House District in Springfield.

Rep. Helms serves as Chair of the Subcommittee for Short-term Financial Transactions, and will be speaking about proposed measures to reduce the often predatory nature of short term lending.

A Town Hall style meeting about this topic will be Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm at Schweitzer Brentwood Library.

There's a big movement among major retail companies to become more than just places that sell you things. In the latest example, Walmart is partnering with a home-services app called Handy to give shoppers a deal on professional help assembling furniture or installing a TV.

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