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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Members of three religious denominations say they are setting aside their differences to work together.

About 250 people from 37 Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Bahá'í congregations met Thursday to discuss issues they plan to address with the Missouri Legislature, such as early voting, Medicaid expansion, poverty and living wages.

Springfield Faith Voices is a chapter of Missouri Faith Voices, which connects more than 500 state congregations in the state that work to improve their communities and push for justice and equality.

The Springfield News-Leader reports small groups will later fan out across Springfield to gather signatures to put an early voting initiative on the ballot. Church members also will be asked to push their legislators to pass Medicaid expansion.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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