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Missouri’s battle against masks costs taxpayers thousands

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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt took several local governments and school districts to court over mask mandates during the summer. Now, taxpayers are footing the bill to defend them. Plus, could chestnuts be a way for small farmers in Missouri to turn a profit?

This summer, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued multiple local governments over their mask mandates. And with those lawsuits have come hefty legal bills for some of those local governments, school districts, and health departments. Steve Vockrodt, investigative editor of NPR’s Midwest Newsroom, shares what he uncovered about what these lawsuits are costing taxpayers.

Americans eat more than 7.5 million pounds of chestnuts every year. Most are imported from Italy, China and Korea, but they could easily be grown in the Midwest. Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl says chestnuts offer an option for small-scale, low-effort and, importantly, profitable way to farm.

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