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Missouri appeals court gets early voting challenge

At issue is a measure placed on the November ballot by the Republican-led legislature that would allow a six-day early voting period before future general elections.

St. Peters mayor wants red light cameras ban

The mayor said there is confusion among residents about whether they should pay red-light tickets issued by St. Peters amid conflicting court rulings.

Historic finds uncovered during Amtrak street work

A Missouri environmental research team uncovers a historic workhouse as Water Street reconstruction continues in Jefferson City.

 

Unemployment, casino bills among new Missouri laws

Some of this year's most high-profile measures contained clauses delaying their effect until future years, including a rewrite of the state's criminal laws and a gradual income tax cut that won't kick in until at least 2017.

Adjunct St. Louis faculty exploring unionization

Colleges and universities around the country have been relying on adjuncts more and more as a way to save money as state funding for higher education continues a steady decline now approaching 25 years.

UPDATE: Suspect in 6-year-old's shooting death caught after manhunt

During questioning, the suspect admitted that he shot the boy multiple times with a Hi-Point .40 caliber handgun.

Missouri dairy farmers press veto override

The Missouri Dairy Association said the proposed industry incentives are important to keep farmers from closing their dairy operations.

Ozark Fire District's push for same-sex benefits halted

Last week, the Ozark Fire Protection District's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state marriage to a woman is not recognized in Missouri.

Ferguson unrest could cost taxpayers millions

St. Louis police officials estimate the county spent $1.5 million in police overtime to deal with unrest following Michael Brown's death Aug. 9.

Thousands comment on future Army reductions

The Army estimates the southern Missouri installation could lose more than 5,000 civilian and military positions by 2020 after a round of much smaller cuts last year.

Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson must meet a difficult standard of proof.

Online donations reach nearly $700,000 after Ferguson shooting

Contributions have poured in for both Michael Brown's family and Darren Wilson.

Gov. Nixon names new public safety director

The governor announced Wednesday that former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1.

In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

Kansas City, Mo., police have also begun a series of community forums where residents can meet with officers.

Group seeks clemency for nonviolent offenders in Ferguson

Law professors and a nonprofit group say Ferguson has more than 40,000 outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenders, including those with overdue fines for traffic tickets.

Lawyer criticizes Missouri child abuse proposal

If approved by Missouri voters in November, Constitutional Amendment 2 could make it more difficult for defendants to persuade juries and judges of their innocence, said Kim Benjamin, a Belton attorney who is the past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

King's daughter: Legacy on the line

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., told about 30 students that much of her concern is centered on the violence that may return as the legal process moves ahead.

Jurors will be brought in for homicide trial

The trial date for 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood was not set during a hearing Tuesday but attorneys agreed to import a jury.

Law groups back child sexual abuse amendment

The November ballot proposal known as Constitutional Amendment 2 would create an exception to the general prohibition against using evidence of past crimes against defendants facing new criminal charges.

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

Since the '60s, a blueprint has developed for how black advocates confront cases of alleged police brutality: protest marches, news conferences, demands for federal intervention, public pressure by sympathetic elected officials.

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