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Court: Sex offender registry must be updated after each move

Sex offenders who move out of a residence must notify law enforcement of the change within three business days and may not wait until they have a new permanent residence, a state appeals court said in a case of first impression.

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Judge approves $55M Doe Run settlement

St. Louis Circuit Judge Lisa VanAmburg has approved a $55 million class action settlement over contaminated property with the owners of the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum, overruling most of the last-minute objections that had threatened to derail the agreement.

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St. Louis police commissioners violated open meetings law, suit says

Activist John Chasnoff is suing the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners — again.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the St. Louis Circuit Court, alleges the board violated Missouri’s Sunshine Law when it voted in an April 20, 2011, closed meeting to close internal records related to an investigation into the World Series ticket scandal of 2006.

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Judge: Supreme Court made three major errors in Dred Scott case

The Missouri Supreme Court judges who ruled against Dred and Harriet Scott in their 1852 suits for freedom made three major errors: They ignored precedent, they ignored the will of the state Legislature, and they based their decision on their personal biases.

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Ford prevails in trial of product liability suit

Ford Motor Co. is not responsible for a 2003 car accident that injured two passengers, one of them severely, a St. Louis jury decided at the end of a 14-day trial.

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US Fidelis owner pleads guilty to federal charges

Darain Atkinson, one of the owners of bankrupt US Fidelis, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and of filing false tax returns

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