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Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files

Officials in Ferguson are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Grand jury gets 2nd case on Ferguson officer

A county judge on Monday approved a request by prosecutors to let a grand jury review a 2013 drug case in which an arresting officer was the suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.

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Judge allows class action in Mamtek lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against investment banking firm Morgan Keegan after the collapse of a proposed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be considered a class action.

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State to audit municipal courts after Ferguson

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he plans to investigate whether some municipal courts are improperly relying on traffic fines to boost city revenue.

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Nixon creates office to address racial issues

Gov. Jay Nixon created a new government agency Thursday that's tasked with addressing education, poverty and racial issues, weeks after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson sparked sometimes-violent protests.

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Judges seek St. Louis County court reforms

A newly formed group of municipal judges, lawyers and court administrators is pushing for reforms in St. Louis County's 81 local courts in an effort to lower the financial burden of fines and court fees on residents and reduce the county's reliance on those revenues.

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Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries.

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Court hears arguments over gay marriage’s impact

The three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — two of whom have ruled in previous cases in favor of gay rights — reserved many of their most pointed questions at the defenders of state bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii.

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