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Promo text service is not an autodialer, says 8th Circuit

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a district court ruling that a promotional text messaging system is not a banned autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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Missouri regulates boarding schools after abuse allegations

Dozens of people say they were abused at either Circle of Hope or Agape Boarding School — allegations that helped prompt a new Missouri law aimed at reining in religious boarding schools that for decades went without any oversight by the state.

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Supreme Court weighs man’s innocence claim

Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering which path, if any, that a man who claims he was wrongly convicted of a 2003 murder can take to demonstrate his innocence.

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Jefferson City sued for removing Confederate-related stones

A former city councilwoman alleges in a federal lawsuit that Jefferson City officials violated her free speech rights when two paving stones with messages about a Confederate general were removed from city property.

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Lawmakers fear impasse will hand map to judges

Dan Shaul speaks during a debate in Missouri House of Representatives

Members of both chambers of the Missouri legislature are adamant that they don’t want courts to draw the state’s new congressional districts. But so far, that hasn’t been enough to make a legislatively crafted map a reality.

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Court says info given to union not open to others

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled March 29 that a state agency didn’t violate the state’s Sunshine Law when it refused to provide information to a free-market think tank that it already had provided to a public-sector union. 

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Kansas City police to pay $325,000 to teen after arrest

A Black Kansas City teenager will receive a $325,000 settlement after three white police officers hit him more than 10 times and used a stun gun on him, according to an excessive force lawsuit.

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Eastern District takes first look at Good Samaritan law

Eastern District

The Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled on March 22 that a man allegedly caught with drugs when reporting the overdose death of an acquaintance will have to do more to show that he’s protected by Missouri’s recently passed Good Samaritan law.

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