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State has suspended 157 lawyers over taxes

They are college professors and big-firm law partners, and even a few judges. Lots are solo attorneys. What do they all have in common? They're among scores of lawyers who were suspended by the Missouri Supreme Court since 2007 for not paying their taxes.

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Crista Hogan

Before Crista Hogan started as executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, she wondered why any attorney would pay to belong to a voluntary association. In the past eight-plus years, she has worked to add resources and programs that ...

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Colleen Coble

The walls of Colleen Coble’s modest office in Jefferson City are covered with signed and framed legislation that she advocated in her more than 20-year career as chief executive officer of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Among ...

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Inmate’s alleged rape case restored

A federal appeals court has given a woman another chance to make her case in a civil suit filed against jailers she alleges didn't protect her from being raped by another inmate in a prison van.

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Taking the 10th

Impassioned radio host Michael Reagan addresses a Missouri Tea Party rally last week outside the Capitol in Jefferson City. The plain language of the U.S. Constitution's 10th Amendment seems pretty simple, giving the states any powers not specifically granted to the federal government. But its ultimate effect, and how that wording has been interpreted by U.S. courts, is far from it.

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Years-long dispute over fate of historic locomotive chugs on

It's a business arrangement that dates back nearly 60 years, and a court fight that's been going since 2002, over a century-old train engine. The St. Louis County Museum of Transportation and a historic railway organization can't agree on who's in charge of a 1905 locomotive. The New Jersey-based railway group permanently loaned the train piece to the museum in 1953 but several years ago asked for it back and was rebuffed.

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TRO granted against court plan group

A St. Charles County judge has granted a temporary restraining order for a group pushing a ballot measure to return to judicial elections across Missouri. ShowMe Better Courts, led by James Harris, filed suit in St. Charles County on Wednesday ...

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8th Circuit considers appeal of lawsuit over InBev takeover

Opponents of the InBev takeover of St. Louis brewer Anheuser-Busch Inc. told a panel of three federal appellate judges Wednesday that the court should now go back and undo the 2008 acquisition. The plaintiffs in the case, a group of beer drinkers, appealed after a federal judge last year granted Belgium-based InBev's motion for judgment on the pleadings and dismissed the lawsuit.

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