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City-county tiff over sales tax could prompt next look at TIF law

Relations between the city of Monett and the commissions of Lawrence and Barry counties have seen better days. The three entities are locked in litigation over the counties’ failure to pay 50 percent of their sales tax revenue into the two TIF districts that gave birth to the Walmart and the Lowe’s.

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Jury awards $95M in sexual harassment case

A record-breaking $95 million sexual harassment verdict could make employment plaintiffs’ attorneys rethink what claims they bring and provide an object lesson for employers.

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Calling for equal shots

In the nationwide debate over mandatory vaccines for human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., some argue only girls should get vaccinated because only women suffer from the cervical cancer caused by some HPV strains. But that thinking doesn’t hold up under constitutional scrutiny, says Elizabeth Chen.

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Bondsmen preferred in Missouri

A group of bail reform advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to push the nation’s courts to abandon cash bonds in favor of nonfinancial conditions of pretrial release.

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Tackling justice

It only took 18 years on the bench of the Minnesota Supreme Court for Alan Page to start getting more questions about his legal career than his football career.

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