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The Curious Case of Same-Sex Divorces in Missouri Courts

Columbia Attorney Christine Kiefer got married to her same-sex partner in Iowa and is now seeking a divorce. She says there appears to be just one option.

11/12/2013

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Former Sen. Lembke Optimistic About Red Light Camera Ban

“These aren’t about safety. These are about bringing in moneys to the coffers of these small municipalities and they’re just balancing their budgets on the backs of taxpayers”

11/05/2013

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Minor Legal Issues Pose Major Barriers For Poor, Homeless

A group of St. Louis attorneys says the old adage “do the crime, do the time” doesn’t always make sense.

10/21/2013

Robert Renna stands along the Kirkwood train tracks where he was fined for collecting cans. September 27, 2013 (KMOX News/Kevin Killeen)

Webster Groves Man Collecting Cans Fights Trespassing Charge

“All I would like [the judge] to do is dismiss the citation, dismiss the fine,” Robert Renna says. He estimates the cans he was collecting that day were worth about six to nine dollars.

09/30/2013

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Mo. Lawmakers Considering Veto Override on Gun Bill

The Missouri legislation is one of the boldest examples yet of what has become a nationwide movement among states to nullify or ignore federal laws with which local officials disagree.

09/11/2013

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Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Prior Offenses

The court spent several hours discussing whether sex offenders and people with gun and drug convictions should face further “retrospective” charges after they’ve been sentenced.

09/04/2013

Illinois Unveils New Domestic Violence Laws

The laws signed by Gov. Pat Quinn vary from harsher punishments for repeat offenders to requiring schools to take action to prevent dating violence among teenagers.

08/07/2013

University of Missouri Prevails in Syllabus Lawsuit

A Boone County Circuit Court judge recently rejected the National Council on Teacher Quality’s efforts to compel release of copies of course syllabuses under the state’s open records laws.

07/29/2013

ACLU Sues Mo. Jail Over Mail Confiscation

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people’s constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.

07/22/2013

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Breckenridge Hills Man Sentenced on Sex Trafficking Charges

The federal prosecutor in St. Louis said Tuesday in a release that 26-year-old Carl Mathews was sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcing two women into prostitution.

07/17/2013

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