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Memos: Kansas City police child crimes unit ‘incompetent’

A police unit set up to investigate crimes against children including rape, abuse and serious negligence failed to properly investigate thousands of cases, with some detectives doing no work at all, according to internal police memos that described “gross negligence,” ...

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Nixon cuts $59M in funding after tax-break veto override

Gov. Jay Nixon cut $59 million in funding for Missouri’s schools, roads and other programs Thursday to counteract new tax breaks enacted a day earlier when lawmakers overrode vetoes. The Democrat, who previously warned lawmakers that the tax breaks would ...

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Plain clothes police can’t carry guns in St. Louis County court

Although a court committee unanimously supported allowing plain clothes police officers to carry guns into the St. Louis County courthouse, judges rejected the proposal at their monthly court en banc meeting Wednesday. The vote was 14-11 against the measure. Judge ...

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Missouri lawmakers loosen gun laws, back voter photo ID

Missouri's Republican-led Legislature used its supermajority Wednesday to significantly loosen the state's gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Appeals court: Marr waived challenge of judge’s wife on jury

Western District

A challenge over the propriety of a judge’s wife serving as a juror ultimately was set aside in a Western District Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday, with the court finding the defendant failed to raise a challenge at the time of jury selection.

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Former St. Louis assistant prosecutor disbarred

Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred Bliss Barber Worrell, a former St. Louis prosecutor who admitted to trying to conceal a police officer’s assault of a man in custody.

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SEC: Former Monsanto exec to get $22.5M as whistleblower

A former Monsanto Co. financial executive who tipped off regulators about the agribusiness giant’s accounting practices involving rebates for its Roundup weed-killer will get nearly $22.5 million as a whistleblower, federal securities regulators announced Tuesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission ...

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Man convicted of trespassing in own home

They say you can’t go home again. For a Bowling Green, Missouri, man convicted of trespassing on his own property, that turned out to be truer than he knew.

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ABA urges funding for lawyers in death penalty case

The American Bar Association has jumped into a pending death penalty appeal in Missouri, arguing that the defendant’s appointed attorneys deserve to be paid more than just 6 percent of their costs for the litigation.

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Court nixes Nixon’s appointment in criminal case

UPDATED: The Missouri Public Defender system is “disappointed, but not surprised,” by a Cole County judge's ruling saying the Public Defender’s Office doesn’t have the power to appoint Gov. Jay Nixon to represent an indigent defendant.

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Jail death case settled confidentially

A federal judge approved a confidential settlement Wednesday in a wrongful death suit against a Missouri jail that was set to go to trial this week.

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