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Kristin Metcalf-Wilson said the activist in her couldn’t help leading cheers of “What do we want? Access. When do we want it? Always.” with those gathered Monday at Glenn’s Café to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Hellerstedt.

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ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt Earl Forrest's execution hours before the Missouri man is scheduled to die by injection.

The court issued its ruling without comment today. Forrest is scheduled to die tonight at the state prison in Bonne Terre for the 2002 killings of Harriett Smith and Michael Wells in a drug dispute and Dent County Sheriff's Deputy Joann Barnes in a shootout that followed at Forrest's home.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, denied a clemency request earlier today.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill wants a hearing and Sen. Roy Blunt says he won't vote for President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

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Some Missouri counties are still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, and an advocacy group is threatening legal action to force compliance.

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Two state senators proposed bills to reduce the sentencing for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday.

Under the current law, the sentence is life in prison without parole for all convicted persons under the age of 18. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 could also be sentenced to death.

The Supreme Court ruled both of these sentences as unconstitutional in separate cases. Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, proposed bills to reduce these sentences.

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Republicans will push this session to reinstate some lawsuit damage award caps the Missouri Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the scheduled execution of a Missouri man who was convicted of killing a woman and her two children in 1998.

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After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

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Missouri home health care workers could be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees in Illinois.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three appointments President Obama made in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board are not valid because they were not approved by the Senate, which was in pro forma session at the time.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said the Constitution's recess-appointments clause gave Congress the power to decide when it is in recess, and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The case is National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.

What DOMA means for Missouri

Jun 26, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s  a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.

For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states.  Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri).

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?

Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?

The United States Supreme Court ruled today in a Missouri case that police cannot take a blood test from a drunk driving suspect without a warrant, during a routine drunk driving arrest.

The commission that picks finalists for the Missouri Supreme Court will interview 18 applicants to replace Judge William Ray Price Jr.

The commission said the pool includes three women and one racial minority. The commission selects three finalists, and Gov. Jay Nixon makes the final appointment.

Applicants include at least five who have worked for Nixon or his administration.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.  The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.

Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air

Jul 4, 2012

After last week's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory. But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri's participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.

Newscast for June 29, 2012

Jun 29, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • After Supreme Court decision on health care, Missourians split on next step
  • Court's Medicaid ruling could leave thousands uninsured
  • Missouri will get No Child Left Behind waiver

Supreme Court Upholds Care Health Law

Jun 28, 2012

In one of the most widely anticipated decisions in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the sweeping federal law overhauling the nation's health care system is constitutional.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia officials meet for two-day retreat
  • Commission accepting applications for Mo. Supreme Court
  • Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol
  • WiFi coming to state parks
  • Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Missouri awaits Supreme Court ruling on health reform

Mar 28, 2012

Health care reform is in the cross-hairs at the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In this Health & Wealth update, as the nine justices hear oral arguments on Obama's 2010 health reform, implementation of some aspects of the law are on hold in Missouri.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Missouri’s law banning flag desecration is unconstitutional.

Newscast for February 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • State senators face uncertain future after Mo. Supreme Court tosses redrawn district lines.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court hears testimony over a redistricting of House seats.
  • An Oscar-winning film and its directors are coming to Columbia.

Two lawsuits challenging Missouri’s new congressional district map have been heard for a second time by the State Supreme Court. The cases returned to the high court after the map was upheld two weeks ago by a Cole County judge.

The Missouri Supreme Court plans to take another look at the state's newly redrawn congressional districts.

Newscast for February 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • School closures in Columbia on a snowy morning.
  • Governor Nixon heads to Columbia to discuss flood protection.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court plans to look again at congressional districts.

The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts — at least for now.

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