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November 09, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Ex-Charity Leader Elected Mo. Governor

Former Nonprofit Head Eric Greitens Wins Missouri Governorship: The Republican candidate, an ex-Navy SEAL and political neophyte, defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster, the Associated Press reports. During the campaign, Mr. Greitens touted his work with the Mission Continues, a veterans charity he founded after leaving the service and left when he entered the gubernatorial race.

L.A. Voters OK $1.2 Billion Fund to Aid Homeless: A ballot measure authorizing the city to borrow money to accelerate construction of permanent supportive housing, mostly by nonprofit developers, won 76 percent approval, easily exceeding the required two-thirds majority, the Los Angeles Times reports.

British Military Charity Slammed for Selling Anti-Muslim T-Shirts: A BBC News investigation uncovered the fundraising by 1st Knight, a nonprofit that aids veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The group’s sale of T-shirts and other items that mock Islamic beliefs and feature Adolf Hitler were condemned by Britain’s top fundraising regulator.

India Tightening Grip on Nonprofits’ Foreign Support: Human-rights groups say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist government is seeking to quell criticism of its policies by restricting 25 charities' fundraising, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. The move is the latest in a clampdown that has seen more than 10,000 Indian organizations lose licenses to raise money abroad since Mr. Modi came to power in 2014.

Philanthropy Emerging as Driving Force on Urban Issues: Taking advantage of their ability to operate largely unconstrained by financial and political pressures, major foundations are pouring unprecedented sums into efforts to make big cities more livable and sustainable, the Thomson Reuters Foundation writes.