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St. Louis County towns seek to block municipal court reform provisions

Parts of last year’s law changing the way Missouri’s municipal courts operate actually violate the state Constitution — and Cole Circuit Judge Jon Beetem should block them, a lawyer for a dozen St. Louis County towns told Beetem Friday.

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Nixon says South American trip yields results for Missouri

Claims $1 billion in new business

Gov. Jay Nixon is returning from South America today with agreements promising more than $1 billion in new business for Missouri businesses.

Changes eyed to state worker health plan operations

State Sen. Rob Schaaf thinks Missouri government can save money by changing the way it runs its employees’ health care plan.

Answers sought on closed IRS office

Blaine Luetkemeyer wants to know why Jefferson City’s IRS office has been closed since Jan. 25 and will stay closed at least through next Friday.

Senate backs Conservation Commission changes

State Sen. Brian Munzlinger thinks the Missouri Conservation Commission needs to represent the entire state better than it does now.

Senators asked to update Missouri's deadly force laws

When is it appropriate for a law officer to use “deadly force” against someone?

Senate panel hears passion about sentencing teen criminals

A St. Louis woman urged Missouri senators Tuesday afternoon not to be too lenient when it comes to requiring a prison sentence for teen killers.

Photo voter ID arguments renewed

In August 2010, current Missouri House Majority Whip John J. Rizzo, D-Kansas City, won his primary election by one vote.

Senate committee hears bills on clearing felon records

Missouri lawmakers are being asked to help some convicted felons get their records cleared from public view.

Barding gets month in federal prison

3 others in marriage fraud cases ordered to probation

Jefferson City lawyer James D. “Doug” Barding, 63, will spend one month in federal prison for his role in two marriage fraud cases.

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