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Sports
5:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court rules on mascot mishap

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Kansas City Royals fan injured by a hot dog tossed by the team mascot.

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Crime
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri continues to prepare for Rousan execution

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Efforts to spare the life of a condemned Missouri man hinge on an argument that has so far held little sway over the courts.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. court expands legal rights for injured workers

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The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who are fired from their jobs.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Grocery store bakeries must pay taxes on utilities

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  Grocery store bakeries in Missouri must continue to pay tax on the utilities they use to warm their food.

The state Supreme Court rejected a request on Tuesday, March 11 for a sales tax refund on the electricity and natural gas used by the bakeries at 40 Schnucks grocery stores.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri senator proposes death penalty bill

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A Missouri Republican is proposing legislation intended to speed executions of those who kidnapped their murder victims.

The legislation would limit extensions for appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court would need to hear arguments in a case within six months of submission of the last written argument. The high court would have another six months to issue its decision.

The measure also would require the court to issue a warrant to carry out the execution no more than 10 days after the defendant's state and federal appeals have ended.

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Crime
7:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Mo. Supreme Court: archdiocese must release names

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The Missouri Supreme Court says the Archdiocese of St. Louis must release the names of church employees accused of sexual abuse over the past 20 years.

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Crime
8:27 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court Hears Clemons Case

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Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:29 pm

The case of a Missouri death row inmate who accuses police of beating a false confession out of him was heard Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Crime
10:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court won't hear immigration adoption case

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The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a Guatemalan woman seeking to overturn the adoption of her biological child by a Carthage couple.

Encarnacion Romero sought to challenge a Missouri Court of Appeals decision terminating her parental rights to the child who was adopted by Seth and Melinda Moser. The Mosers have raised the child, who is now 7, since he was 1 year old. Legal battles have gone on since 2008.

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Education
4:14 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature to consider school transfer bill

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A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.

If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

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Education
4:17 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. court upholds student transfer law in KC case

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The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.

A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court denies Franklin's appeal

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5:00pm, 11/19/13 : UPDATE: A federal judge granted Franklin a stay of execution. We'll have the latest here.

The Missouri Supreme Court has denied appeals on behalf of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, hours before his scheduled execution.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Franklin's attorney asks court for execution stay

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The attorney for convicted killer Joseph Paul Franklin has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to halt Franklin's execution, citing concerns about the state's plan to use a drug obtained from a compounding pharmacy.

Attorney Jennifer Herndon, in a document filed Tuesday, wrote that the use of pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy puts Franklin at risk for a painful execution.

Franklin is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 20 at the prison in Bonne Terre, Mo., for the sniper killing of 42-year-old Gerald Gordon outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Same-Sex Partner Of Missouri State Trooper Ruled Ineligible For Survivor Benefits

Kelly Glossip and his partner, Trooper Dennis Englehard, on the day Englehard graduated from the state police academy in 2000.
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Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:54 am

Updated at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday to correct Judge Teitelman's first name.

Updated with comments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a gay man whose longtime partner, a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty, is not eligible for the trooper's survivor benefits because the two were never married.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court hears case concerning Second Injury Fund

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The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving the state’s long-ailing Second Injury Fund. The case centers on the children of a deceased worker and whether they should receive money from the fund for the rest of their lives.

David Spradling was injured on the job in 1998 and died from unrelated circumstances in 2005.  He had filed a Second Injury Fund claim, which his three children pursued after his death, and in 2011 were awarded disability payments from the Fund for life.

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Education
3:59 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court continues debate on school transfers

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The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.

The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.

Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court rules for governor in budget battle

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled for Gov. Jay Nixon in a budget battle with State Auditor Tom Schweich.

The court ruled Tuesday that Schweich lacked legal standing at the time to challenge about $170 million of spending cuts announced by Nixon in June 2011. The court said the challenge amounted to a pre-audit of state spending, which it said the auditor cannot do.

Schweich said the ruling is merely technical and he will consider suing again after doing a new audit of the governor's office.

Nixon said the ruling affirms his authority to balance the budget.

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Crime
8:27 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Mo. courts expanding electronic document filing

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Missouri's judiciary is making plans to do more business electronically.

Chief Justice Mary Russell says the state court system will be expanding the availability of electronic filing for attorneys and the ability of the public to view those documents.

Electronic filing already is used in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the trial courts in 15 counties and the city of St. Louis. Russell says 12 more counties will start using electronic document filing later this year, and 30 others should join next year.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court upholds $1.5M tobacco judgment

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a $1.5 million punitive damages judgment for a Kansas City area family in a long-running lawsuit against a tobacco company.

The court's ruling Tuesday affirmed the 2009 judgment against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. for the family of Barbara Smith. The Independence woman was a longtime smoker and died of a heart attack in 2000.

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Politics
8:22 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Mo. high court weighs sex offender and gun laws

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The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether laws restricting actions by sex offenders and felons can be applied to people who were convicted before the laws were enacted.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court schedules two executions using new anesthetic

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The Missouri Supreme Court's decision to move ahead with two executions this year is being questioned by some death penalty observers and opponents.

The state High Court on Wednesday set execution dates for condemned killers Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. Missouri plans to become the first-ever state to use the anesthetic propofol for lethal injection. Propofol was used in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court rejects animal shelter lawsuit

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The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a law that raised the state's licensing fees on animal shelters.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States and two other animal shelters was moot. The court noted the suit challenged the procedure by which a 2010 licensing law was passed, but that lawmakers had changed the law again in 2011.

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Education
8:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Unaccredited St. Louis school districts facing $23 million bill for transfers

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Two troubled St. Louis-area school districts could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.

The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.

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Politics
9:15 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Mary Russell To Become Chief Justice Of Mo. Supreme Court Next Week

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Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:18 pm

Judge Mary Russell is set to become Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court next week.

The Hannibal native has sat on the state's highest court since 2004, and previously served on the Appeals court for Missouri's Eastern District.  Russell lists the expansion of specialty courts as one of her top priorities for her two-year term.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:09 pm

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Missouri prosecutors gain new legal protections

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Missouri prosecutors advising police on undercover investigations now have greater legal protection that their conduct won't violate ethical rules.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. lawmakers renew efforts on local vehicle taxes

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Missouri lawmakers are trying again to re-impose local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased outside Missouri or in private transactions. Instead, the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

Lawmakers have passed two measures during the past two years that have sought to reverse the court ruling. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

Politics
1:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Medical Malpractice Cap Restoration Bill May Not Survive 2013 Session

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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Efforts in Missouri to restore caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are in limbo.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Mo. lawmakers send legislation to governor to tax out of state vehicles

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Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval.  The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year because it did not give local voters a say in whether they wanted such a tax.

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Politics
9:52 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Voters in numerous Mo. counties pass 'use tax'

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Voters in more than a dozen Missouri counties have approved local taxes that can be applied to out-of-state purchases.

Figures from the Missouri Association of Counties show use taxes passed in 13 of 18 counties where it appeared on Tuesday's ballots. In November, use tax proposals were defeated in six of eight counties.

Results from Tuesday for cities seeking use taxes were mixed.

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Crime
3:17 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Judge tosses evidence in Woodworth murder trial

State prosecutors seeking a Chillicothe man's third murder conviction in his neighbor's 1990 death will have to pursue the case without vital ballistics evidence.

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