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A media advocacy group and the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Missouri's highest court to settle whether the state's prison officials must publicly reveal their source of the execution drug pentobarbital.

The nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the ACLU and others asked the Missouri Supreme Court in a filing Wednesday to resolve the issue that's produced conflicting low court rulings.

The Missouri Department of Corrections has refused to disclose its pentobarbital supplier, saying the identity is shielded by a state law.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A panel has selected three choices for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy.

The Appellate Judicial Commission's nominees are state Western District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Hardwick, attorney Benjamin Lipman and Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell.

In Missouri, the Appellate Judicial Commission screens applicants and recommends three nominees to the governor, who makes an appointment.

Greitens said at a press conference Thursday that he'll interview all three candidates.

Kansas City residents will vote in August on whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Kansas City Council agreed Thursday to comply with a Missouri Supreme Court order and put the petition initiative on the Aug. 8 ballot.

The Kansas City Star reports the proposal would increase the current $7.70 minimum wage to $10 per hour by Sept. 1 and gradually to $15 per hour by 2022.

The initiative is backed by civil rights activists, urban core ministers and other social justice advocates.

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Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in the state House.

House members in a Wednesday voice vote gave the measure initial approval.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's bill is a revival of a failed 2015 plan to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent. That's seven weeks fewer than what's now allowed.

Missouri's unemployment rate in December was 4.4 percent. More current data are not available.

The Missouri Supreme Court is ordering Kansas City to put a proposed minimum-wage hike to $15 an hour on the ballot.

Supreme Court judges ruled Tuesday that a vote is needed before judges can decide if a wage increase is lawful.

A group of citizens had collected enough signatures to force a vote on minimum wage in 2015. But the vote was scheduled to take place after the enactment of a new state law prohibiting higher local minimum wages from the state's minimum wage.

Missouri's minimum wage is $7.70 an hour.

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An attorney for a man sentenced to 25 years in prison for rape is arguing that a Missouri law allowing sexually violent predators to be indefinitely committed to mental institutions is unconstitutional.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday from attorneys for Jay Nelson and the state.

Nelson was convicted of rape in 1989. While in prison, he was accused of sexually assaulting female guards.

Missouri Supreme Court Suspends Lawyer Who Used a Slur

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  The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended a southwest Missouri lawyer who referred to a federal judge using a racial slur.

The Springfield News-Leader reports a disciplinary order announced Tuesday shows Jason Henry has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law for his comments about Senior U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr., who presides in the Western District of Missouri.

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  Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing arguments over the constitutionality of a law passed in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson that would cap the amount of revenue cities can keep from traffic fines and court fees.

A lawyer for several St. Louis suburbs told judges in the capital courthouse Wednesday that the law unfairly targets those cities.

The law limits most cities to 20 percent of their budgets. St. Louis County municipalities face a 12.5 percent cap.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says several municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating.

Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said in a statement Tuesday the move is designed to reduce costs and lessen the incentive to use municipal courts as revenue generators.

Municipal operations from Charlack, Northwoods and Vinita Park are consolidated into the St. Ann municipal division. And municipal courts from Bellerive Acres, Cool Valley, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Pasadena Park and Uplands Park are expected to be consolidated into Normandy municipal court.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says voters will get to decide whether to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs.

Judges ruled Tuesday that the proposal will stay on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The measure would phase in a 60-cent-per-pack increase of the state's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco taxes. It also would raise fees by 67 cents a pack for off-brand cigarettes, in addition to the tax hike.

Cigarette giant Reynolds American Inc. is backing the proposal.

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A Missouri initiative to re-instate campaign contribution limits has cleared its final legal hurdle to appear on the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to hear a challenge of the proposed constitutional amendment.

The proposal known as Constitutional Amendment 2 would limit contributions to candidates to $2,600 per election and cap donations to political parties at $25,000.

Missouri's previous campaign contribution limits were repealed in 2008. Since then, some donors have routinely given five- and six-figure checks.

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  Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a measure to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The Republican-led Legislature overturned the Democratic governor's veto Wednesday after GOP senators forced an end to debate.

Lawmakers' action is the first step to enact the policy in the state. Voters on Nov. 8 also must vote to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow for a photo identification law in order for the policy to be enacted.

That's needed because the Missouri Supreme Court has previously found voter photo ID laws to be unconstitutional.

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The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.

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A Missouri Supreme Court ruling last month opens the door to possible parole for a Jasper County man and 80 other inmates who were convicted as juveniles of first-degree murder.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court is considering a claim that state senators violated the Sunshine Law by barring some people from taking videos at committee meetings.

The court heard arguments Wednesday in a case brought by Progress Missouri. The liberal group was denied permission to record videos in four Senate committee hearings last February and March.

Its lawsuit claims the Senate violated the open-meeting requirements of the state Sunshine Law.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns.

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Some Missouri retired judges say they were underpaid based on a 2010 policy change that tied state judges' salaries to their federal counterparts' pay.

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A lawyer for a Missouri mother says a pawn shop was wrong to sell her mentally ill daughter a gun that was used in a fatal shooting.

Attorney Jonathan Lowy of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence told Supreme Court judges Wednesday that Odessa Gun & Pawn was negligent.

Pawn shop lawyer Derek MacKay says state and federal laws protect firearms dealers from such claims. Lowy also challenged the constitutionality of a federal gun commerce law.

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A Missouri appeals court has ruled that a man who claims he was fired because he's gay can't sue for discrimination.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Tuesday's 2-1 decision by the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals says the state law barring discrimination based on sex only covers gender-based actions.

Chief Judge James Welch said the court's decision was bound by the legislature's choice to not include sexual orientation in the Missouri Human Rights Act's protections.

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St. Louis is giving back $5.6 million to drivers who paid red-light camera tickets since early last year.

The city announced the give-back program on Wednesday. It applies to red-light camera tickets paid between Feb. 11, 2014, and Aug. 19 of this year. More than 56,000 people paid $100 fines for those violations.

The decision follows a Missouri Supreme Court ruling on Aug. 19 that struck down the city's red-light camera ordinance.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a November execution for an inmate convicted of killing three workers at a Columbia convenience store more than two decades ago.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed tomorrow for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. 

The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sought a stay of execution for Roderick Nunley. The court also rejected his request for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds.

Relatives are outraged after the Missouri Supreme Court decided wrongful death litigation can't go forward against a northwest Missouri hospital. 

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state constitutional amendment on gun rights does not allow convicted felons to possess firearms.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against traffic camera ordinances adopted in several cities.

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  A September execution date has been set for a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.

Mary Russell says she's mostly satisfied with her two-year term as chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, which ends next week on June 30.

She took over as chief in July 2013 after fellow Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman wrapped up his two-year term.

Russell's tenure coincided with the resumption of executions in Missouri, which have been on a record pace as 16 convicted killers have been put to death since November 2013.  Russell says the increase is due to several factors.

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The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder and arson convictions of a southern Missouri man who was charged in the death of his grandmother-in-law.

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