Science and Technology
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates

Solar panels on top of the Dickmann Building on South Grand Avenue in St. Louis.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 9:28 am

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment and several solar panel companies have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Public Service Commission in an effort to keep the state’s solar rebate program alive.

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7:54 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fayette R-III settles lawsuit alleging school promotion of Christianity

The Fayette R-III School District will be making several changes to its school policy after a lawsuit from a national organization. The American Humanist Association settled a lawsuit with the school district regarding alleged violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Lawsuit aims to halt development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park. 

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3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
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Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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10:22 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New lawsuits filed over failed Mamtek plant in Moberly

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A bankruptcy trustee has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages against former officials with Mamtek, the company behind a failed plan to build a sweetener facility in Moberly.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Trustee Bruce Strauss filed lawsuits last week seeking repayment of $7 million that former officers and agents of Mamtek received. The lawsuits also seek actual damages of $72 million and punitive damages.

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9:02 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Lawsuit seeks $30 million in failed Mamtek plant

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A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees because of a failed factory project in central Missouri.

Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., was the underwriter in 2010 for a $39 million bond issue for a failed artificial sweetener factory for Mamtek US Inc. in Moberly. Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment.

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11:45 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Humanist group files lawsuit over prayer in public high school

The American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri's Fayette School District on Wednesday (Nov. 20), saying Fayette High School is unconstitutionally promoting Christianity through teacher-led prayer.

The lawsuit focuses on the activities happening in the classroom of Gwen Pope, a math teacher at the school. Pope was the faculty advisor for the Christian student group at the school.

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2:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Moberly settles Mamtek lawsuit

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A northeast Missouri community has agreed to pay $95,000 to end its involvement in a lawsuit filed by investors in a failed artificial sweetener plant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Moberly and the Moberly Industrial Development Authority have settled a lawsuit filed by Shelter Insurance Cos. and other Mamtek investors.

The city filed notice of the deal with the Missouri Supreme Court this week and asked it to dismiss a pending case to determine whether the city could be forced to take part in the suit.

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4:08 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawsuit filed against Jefferson City Public Schools

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A federal lawsuit accuses the Jefferson City school district and two administrators of not doing enough to prevent a band teacher from having an affair with a student.

The band teacher, Christopher Knehans, pleaded guilty in 2012 to two felony counts of sexual contact with a student.

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5:18 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap.

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4:58 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

KC-based labor group trying to block birth control law

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Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:51 pm

Updated 9/13/2012, 4:51 p.m.

A Kansas City-based labor group is seeking to block the new law allowing Missouri employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive procedures.

The new law took effect after the Missouri General Assembly overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto during Wednesday’s veto session.  Attorney E.E. Keenan represents the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women.

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8:32 am
Thu August 9, 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two

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Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 8:37 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.  

Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU’s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:

This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.

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6:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision


The Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul plan — the Affordable Care Act. In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Court determined that although Congress didn’t have the power of commerce to force Americans to buy health insurance, Congress does have the power to implement a tax. And in this case, the Court finds the penalty for not buying health insurance by 2014 to be a valid tax.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Newscast for May 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Deaf Association wins lawsuit against state of Missouri for failing ADA standards
  • Statewide meetings discussing future of Missouri's transit start next Monday
  • Columbia Public School students will pay more for lunch in 2012
  • Insurer's lawsuit against state of Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Missouri association of the deaf win suit against state

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A federal judge has approved settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians over mental health services for the deaf.

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3:24 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of a levee at the height of spring flooding.

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2:10 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House endorses business lawsuit restrictions

The Missouri House granted first-round approval on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:03 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Surgeon suing University of Missouri

The lawsuit against the University of Missouri amounts to $15 million.

An orthopedic surgeon who was hired by the University of Missouri to take over a position at a partner hospital is suing.

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