BSA Allows Gay Leaders, Churches Can Still Be ExclusiveThe Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.
Fort Leonard Wood to See Reduction of 774 TroopsAlthough Fort Leonard Wood will lose about 15 percent of its active-duty troops in the next two years, the Army reductions announced Thursday could have been much worse.
Illinois Group Sends Pizzas To Troops OverseasPizzas4Patriots arranged for 5,000 to be sent to Afghanistan & 1,000 to Kuwait
National Guard Called Protestors 'Enemy Forces'The Missouri National Guard referred to protestors in Ferguson last year as “enemy forces” and “adversaries,” according to documents obtained by CNN.
Records: Police Wanted National Guard in Ferguson NeighborhoodSt. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement sought unsuccessfully to station National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records released.
UPDATED: 58 Arrested as Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks, Bottles at PoliceNational Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown.
Sen. Durbin Against Sending Troops to Middle EastAs the airstrikes on ISIS continue, there's growing concern of reprisals against the United States and its allies. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is reiterating that he is staunchly against sending ground troops into Iraq to fight ISIS.
Missouri USO Unveils 'Pies for Patriots' FundraiserIn order to participate, customers simply go to the USO's website, order an apple, pecan or pumpkin pie from McArthur's Bakery, and choose a pickup date and location.
Obama's Decision To End the War in Iraq Won't Change Mo National Guard's Plan Currently, the Missouri National Guard reports it has about 1,000 soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan, Egypt and Qatar.

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