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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers are questioning checks and balances in Missouri prisons following reports of employee harassment and costly settlements.

Potosi Republican Rep. Paul Fitzwater said the Corrections Department has been policing itself.  

The agency fell under scrutiny after the Kansas City alternative weekly The Pitch reported on harassment and discrimination claims by prison employees. Some say they were retaliated against.

The paper reported the state's paid more than $7.5 million in related settlements and judgments from 2012 to 2016.

Mountain View adopts new inmate surcharge plan

Feb 26, 2014
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The city of Mountain View has a new approach for saving taxpayer money on jail expenses. On Monday they adopted a plan that would add a two dollar surcharge onto the court fees for the defendant criminal cases in Howell County. The money will go towards housing and identifying prisoners. Police Chief Jamie Perkins, who originally proposed the plan to the city council, believes the program could work well even in a larger city like Columbia.

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The Missouri Senate has passed an unusually large number of tax cuts, credits, deductions and increases at the midway mark of the legislative session.

The bottom line could be a net gain in state revenues, if all the proposed changes become law.

A calculation prepared for The Associated Press by former legislative tax analyst Brian Schmitt shows that Missouri may reap $355 million in 2016, with that gradually decreasing to $118 million by 2019.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.