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St. Louis County towns eye municipal court mergers

With the calls for municipal court reform continuing after the fatal Ferguson police shooting, some towns in north St. Louis County aren't waiting for possible changes to state law that could potentially spell their demise.

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New judge in case against Missouri prosecutor

A new judge will hear the case against a mid-Missouri county prosecutor charged with drunken driving in an accident that injured four people when he reportedly backed his truck into a Columbia bar.

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Lawyer’s trial in double homicide delayed

The trial of a suburban Kansas City lawyer charged with killing her father and his girlfriend has been delayed from February and the prosecution will now include members of the Missouri Attorney General's office.

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$250,000 settlement in Missouri inmate’s death

The mother of a man who died in a southwest Missouri jail after being strapped into a restraint chair for several hours has settled her lawsuit against Jasper County and other defendants.

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Koch CEO vows to take on criminal justice system reform

Billionaire Koch Industries leader Charles Koch has vowed to step up his efforts to reform a legal system that he said has too many laws and too many prosecutions of nonviolent offenders.

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States’ use of execution drugs varies widely

Problematic executions in Oklahoma, Arizona and other states have highlighted a patchwork approach states are taking with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely.

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ACLU sues after Ferguson protester gets detention

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Kansas City school district over its punishment of a student who displayed the "Hands up, don't shoot!" gesture while Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was giving a speech.

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