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Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize heads to mediation

A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long ...

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Missed deadline means no St. Louis stadium vote this summer

St. Louis city residents won’t be voting this summer on using their tax dollars to build a new $985-million riverfront football stadium. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the deadline to get a measure on the August ballot was Tuesday. And ...

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Document disputes stolen baby claim

Missouri adoption records dispute a St. Louis woman’s claim that her baby was stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1965 after she was told the newborn had died. The Associated Press obtained a letter dated May 21 from the ...

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Missouri man accused of illegally practicing law

A southeast Missouri man faces federal fraud charges linked to what prosecutors say was his practicing of law even though he wasn’t a licensed attorney. A grand jury in St. Louis has indicted 50-year-old James Michael Arnold of Sikeston on ...

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Supreme Court to hear Texas voting case

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant ...

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Hearing set this week for Mamtek construction contractors

Construction contractors who haven’t been paid for work on a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be in court this week to try to enforce liens on almost $2 million in unpaid bills. The contractors did preliminary work for ...

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Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

A woman whose book “To Die For” was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began a torrid affair with 15-year-old ...

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Missouri Senate hires attorney for ‘harassment complaint’

The Missouri Senate has hired a lawyer in response to a “workplace harassment complaint.” A document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows the Senate hired the attorney May 7. The legal fee agreement didn’t give additional details regarding the ...

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Court won’t lift hold on Obama immigration action

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation. The U.S. Justice Department had asked the ...

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11-year church protest faces moment of reckoning

Parts of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone’s living room, if not for the stained glass window depicting Mother Cabrini. Beds line the confessional area and sacristy, where vestments are kept. The vestibule ...

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High court to consider appeal over exclusion of black jurors

The Supreme Court will consider whether prosecutors improperly singled out potential black jurors in notes and then excluded them all from the death penalty trial of a black Georgia man accused of murder. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal ...

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