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What actually happened with the Park Hill South slavery petition

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A racist incident at a Kansas City high school appears to have played out far differently than was originally reported. Now a prominent civil rights attorney is representing four students in a federal lawsuit against the school district.

Kansas City's Park Hill South High School made headlines two months ago when students allegedly passed around a petition calling for the return of slavery. One student was expelled from the school, and three others were punished.

But a different side of the story has recently emerged, as the disciplined students sued the school district with the help of a prominent civil rights lawyer. According to KCUR’s Dan Margolies, the lawsuit claims the petition began as a joke between a biracial student and a Black student on the football team.

Months after a court ordered Missouri to expand Medicaid, enrollment has been slow. An estimated 275,000 newly eligible residents could benefit from the public health care program. But KCUR's health reporter Alex Smith found that Missouri is lagging in its outreach efforts, even compared to other GOP-led states.

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