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News to Know: Winter storm ends, but roads still dangerous and Missouri lawmakers continue fight to defund Planned Parenthood

JOPLIN, Mo. – The winter storm may be on the way out but roads can still be dangerous. Road crews in Missouri are working to keep drivers safe, but there are some things to keep in mind. This storm brought sleet and freezing rain. With temperatures remaining low, that ice hasn’t been able to melt and it might not always be easy to see.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – KDOT pre-treated the roads in Kansas with a salt mixture and officials there say the roads in Kansas are back to normal. Even still they warn there could be some slick spots so always keep an eye out.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers pass a stopgap budget plan that again seeks to strip any public funding from Planned Parenthood while paying for Medicaid expansion and pumping money to schools. The budget plan is primarily needed to dole out roughly $1.7 billion in federal funding directly to schools before the end of the state fiscal year in June. But Republicans also added a provision aimed at blocking public funding for Planned Parenthood centers, including clinics that don’t provide abortions. Learn more about the budget bill here.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Republicans in the Kansas legislature moved to block local bans, restrictions or taxes on plastic bags or other packaging. The state senate voted for a bill that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate or tax bags, cups, bottles or other packaging. The measure would cover not only plastic, but cloth, paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass or foamed plastic such as Styrofoam. The bill goes next to the house.

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