Planned Parenthood http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Sunday, July 8, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-sunday-july-8-2012 <p><strong>Early drought exacting a toll on regional corn farmers</strong></p><p>Extreme heat and drought are driving down what many farmers expected to be a bumper corn crop.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Back in March and April, warm weather had Midwestern farmers planting corn at a record setting pace.</p><p>In Illinois alone, an estimated more than 13 million acres of corn were planted this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Now, many growers are in full on damage control as record setting heat continues to drive down expected yields.</p> Sun, 08 Jul 2012 14:41:18 +0000 Tim Lloyd & The Associated Press 4078 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Sunday, July 8, 2012 Bill to block birth control coverage on religious grounds moves forward http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-block-birth-control-coverage-religious-grounds-moves-forward <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1047086">Legislation</a> that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>committee.</p><p>The bill was filed in response to President Obama&rsquo;s recent mandate that church-run institutions provide coverage for birth control &ndash; that mandate has since been amended to require insurers to provide coverage if a religious employer refuses to do so.&nbsp; Bishop John Gaydos, representing Missouri&rsquo;s Catholic bishops, spoke in favor of the bill. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 01:59:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3073 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill to block birth control coverage on religious grounds moves forward Bill would bar Mo. pharmacies from being forced to sell "morning after" pill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-would-bar-mo-pharmacies-being-forced-sell-morning-after-pill <p>The bill is sponsored by GOP House Member <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=068">David Sater</a>, who owned and operated a<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=yWl&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;q=Sater+pharmacy&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wl"> pharmacy</a> in Barry County for 30 years.&nbsp; He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the so-called "morning after" pill, but would guarantee their right NOT to if the owners so choose.</p><p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:50:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Kelsey Proud 72 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill would bar Mo. pharmacies from being forced to sell "morning after" pill