- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
States urged to reduce out-of-wedlock birth rate
WASHINGTON -- Four states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands will share $100 million in federal bonuses for reducing out-of-wedlock births, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.
The District of Columbia had the largest decline in illegitimate births, 5.5 percent, and will receive about $19.8 million, as will Colorado, Maryland, Texas and Wyoming. The Virgin Islands will receive $888,000.
The bonuses have been awarded annually, as part of the 1996 welfare reform law, to as many as five states and three U.S. territories.
"Reducing out-of-wedlock births can have a strong, positive impact on the lives of our children, and these bonuses recognize progress toward that goal," HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said.
In addition to reducing out-of-wedlock births, top states also must reduce their abortion rate.