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Lawmakers consider resolution apologizing for slavery

It took Lincoln University librarian Elizabeth Wilson about 50 years to trace her ancestors, including a relative from Concord, N.C., who was valued at $600 as a slave. The effects of slavery live on in Missouri and throughout the country, ...

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House expands right to use deadly force

The House voted Feb. 15 to expand the right for potential crime victims to use deadly force against their attackers. House members endorsed a bill barring civil lawsuits against people who injure or kill someone attempting to enter their home ...

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Senate votes to restrict 'robo-calls'

After an election season of automated calls and constituent complaints, senators voted last Tuesday to restrict how politicians campaign. The Senate by voice vote approved a bill that would expand the state’s no-call list to include “robo-calls” from automatic dialing ...

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Senate approves license refunds fee

Missourians can get a refund on their auto insurance when they get rid of a vehicle and don’t replace it. So why can’t they get a refund from the state on their vehicle license fees? That’s a question Senate Majority ...

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Senate votes to fix overtime law glitch

State senators endorsed legislation last Tuesday to fix a glitch in Missouri’s new minimum wage law that otherwise could put police and fire departments on the hook for millions of dollars of unexpected overtime costs. Voters last fall overwhelmingly passed ...

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Bill would improve Medicaid coverage

The Republican-led Missouri House endorsed an effort last Tuesday to enhance the government health care coverage of about 4,000 disabled workers but rejected Democratic attempts to aid even more. The legislation would restore Medicaid to a few of the many ...

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Bipartisan group of state lawmakers propose journalist shield legislation

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to require those seeking to learn the confidential sources of reporters to get a court order first. Legislation filed in both the House and Senate would require a circuit judge to weigh the public ...

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Senate leader proposes removing gambling limits, impose tax increase

A Senate leader proposed a new twist last Monday in the long-running debate on loss limits in Missouri casinos. Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, wants to remove the $500 loss limit per two-hour period and impose a 1 ...

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Seat belt enforcement bill advances

Lt. Pat Hawkins has seen people die in apparently minor accidents and others, including his own daughter, live through horrific crashes. The difference, the veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said last week, often came down to the click ...

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Democrats pick Temporiti as chairman

John Temporiti, a former aide to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, has been chosen as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. Temporiti was elected last Tuesday night by the Democratic state committee to succeed former Gov. Roger Wilson, who ...

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Parking problems for Public Defenders

To the indignity of being overworked and underpaid, add another daily problem for state public defenders – parking. Members of the Missouri Senate’s Budget Committee last Wednesday lamented the fact that public defenders in the state’s metropolitan areas are among ...

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