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Court: Grad students are ‘employees,’ but more litigation looms

In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Jonathan Butler uses a megaphone to encourage others to stand and chant during a "day of action" celebrating graduate students and draw attention to their demands in Traditions Plaza on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. Butler began his hunger strike on Nov. 2 to call attention to racial problems at the state's flagship university. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District has ruled that graduate students at the University of Missouri count as “employees” under the Missouri Constitution’s protections for collective bargaining rights. But, the appellate court added, it’s not clear if the school ...

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Appeals court affirms $1.48M verdict against Department of Corrections

All 11 judges of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District sit to hear a case on Thursday. Normally the job of presiding over an en banc hearing would fall to Chief Judge Alok Ahuja, third from left. Instead, Judge Joseph Ellis, center, filled that role in honor of his impending retirement. The other members of the court are, from left to right, Judges Gary Witt, Karen King Mitchell, Lisa White Hardwick, Vic Howard, Tom Newton, James Welsh, Mark Pfeiffer, Cynthia Martin and Anthony Rex Gabbert. Photo by Scott Lauck

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District has upheld a $1.48 million verdict against the Missouri Department of Corrections in a Kansas City man’s retaliation case against the department. On July 23, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of plaintiff ...

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