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‘Viewpoints’ to review domestic violence laws, property rights

Domestic violence laws and property rights headline the discussion on this weekend’s edition of “Missouri Viewpoints.”

Dave Roland, of the Freedom Center of Missouri, a nonprofit public interest law firm, will explain two cases and their potential impact on local governments and residents.

Later, Jennifer Carter Dochler, of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, will provide an update on recent changes in Missouri laws aimed at helping victims of domestic abuse and stalking. She also will outline the coalition’s priorities for the next legislative session.

Missouri Viewpoints airs at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on both FOX 26 KNPN and NBC 21 KNPG. More information can be found at www.missouri and on Facebook. Mike Ferguson is the producer.

— News-Press

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Home building fell 4% in July, slowing housing market

WASHINGTON | The pace of U.S. home construction fell a sharp 4% in July despite strong demand from would-be buyers, held back by a shortage of skilled labor and affordable land.

The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. So far this year, housing starts have declined 3.1%. Though there was a slight 1.3% uptick in the construction of single-family homes last month, the gain was offset by a 17.2% plunge in the apartment category.

The construction slowdown, which has persisted all year, is thwarting prospective homebuyers.

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

HAGATNA, Guam | A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said.

Manhattan Project Beer Co. is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of radiation by U.S. government research from 1946 to 1958, The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday.

The government and residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands have objected to the company’s beer named Bikini Atoll, an area of the island chain that remains uninhabitable.

The name is insensitive to people still dealing with the impacts of radiation decades later, islanders said.

The company has several beers with nuclear-themed names including Half-life, Plutonium-239, Particles Collide, and 10 Nanoseconds.

— From AP reports