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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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8:21 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. court strikes down science incentive fund

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a decision striking down a 2011 law that created an incentive fund for science and technology-based businesses.

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the court said the law was unconstitutional because the Legislature linked it to an unrelated bill about tax credits. That separate bill ultimately did not pass during a 2011 special session.

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3:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. House backs measure aimed at child sex abuse

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Missouri House members have given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at helping child sex abuse prosecutions.

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