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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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