The Supreme Court signals ruling for Missouri church looking to use state money for playground

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FILE – In this March 21, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch explains mutton busting, an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep, as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is signaling that it’ll rule for a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.

The case is being argued before the justices Wednesday – and it’s being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers.

Liberal and conservative justices alike seem troubled by Missouri’s decision to exclude the church from a grant program that pays for playground surfaces made of recycled tires.

The court doesn’t appear ready to scuttle the case – even after Missouri’s governor announced last week that he was changing the policy that said churches couldn’t participate in the program.

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