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The Pulse: Veterans Bill Fails in U.S. Senate

In Missouri, the State Legislature considering legislation similar to that recently vetoed in Arizona; the FDA premieres new nutrition labels; and more in Thursday's edition of "The Pulse."
In Missouri, the State Legislature considering legislation similar to that recently vetoed in Arizona; the FDA premieres new nutrition labels; and more in Thursday's edition of "The Pulse."

Legislation similar to that vetoed in Arizona is making the rounds in the Missouri State Legislature: a bill to allow business to refuse service that would "burden their beliefs" -- especially with same-sex marriage. Opponents say the bill is all the more unnecessary as the "Show me state" does not recognize same-sex marriages anyway. They also say its broad wording could lead to discrimination of other groups as well. But supporters argue the bill does not guarantee discrimination.

A veterans bill failing in the Senate Thursday. The Democrat-sponsored bill needed 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle, but failed in a 56-41 vote. The $21 billion bill would improve access to health care services and expand educational and job training programs for veterans. It also aimed to reduce the claims backlog at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Documents related to the New Jersey bridge scandal released Thursday -- without redactions. A special state legislative committee said the newly-unveiled sections should never have been blacked out in the first place. The documents reveal emails and text messages between players in the scandal joking about causing traffic problems. The investigation continues.

Nutrition labels are getting a makeover. The Food and Drug Administration is redesigning the nutrition labels found on foods bought in grocery stores. First Lady Michelle Obama unveiling the new design Thursday. The new labels have a stronger emphasis on calories. They now have big, bold numbers and a new line showing amount of sugar added by the manufacturer. The FDA is also proposing changes to serving sizes to reflect what it believes are changes in eating habits.

The Oscars are just a few days away. And just nominations for movie stars and directors can generate notoriety and that can bring big money. Some films, like "Philomena," "Nebraska" and "her" getting boosts in box office sales thanks to the Oscar buzz. But will they walk away with the awards? We'll see as the Academy Awards take place in Hollywood Sunday night.
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