Missouri Supreme Court
6:55 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Roundup: Mo. Supreme Court rules on smorgasbord of issues

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
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Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.

Here's a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.

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Glendale Shooting
6:34 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Police give few details on Glendale shooting that left mother, her two children dead

Lieutenant Tim Fagan of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad answers questions from reporters, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Glendale police have called on the Major Case Squad to help investigate a shooting that left a mother and her two children dead in the Glendale neighborhood Monday.

Lieutenant Tim Fagan of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad says the investigation is fluid and he says authorities will work the theory that it was a murder suicide.

But Fagan says he isn’t willing to rule out any scenario.

“We haven’t come to what would be a full conclusion as to what would have happened,” Fagan said.  “The totality of the circumstances, I don’t have everything I need at this time.”

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public defender caseload
6:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a judge should not have appointed a public defender to a client after the public defenders alerted the courts they had too many cases.

The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.

The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their "limited availability" status.

Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it’s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.

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Missouri Lottery
5:05 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jackpot: St. Louis man claims $2.7M lottery prize

Illinois' anti-gambling lobby is speaking out against a plan to sell lottery tickets on the Internet. Illinois lottery officials want lotto tickets available online by next spring.
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A St. Louis man has claimed a $2.7 million jackpot in the Missouri Lottery's Lotto game.

Lottery officials said Tuesday that 62-year-old Steven Niemczyk bought the winning ticket for the July 21 Lotto drawing at a convenience store in St. Louis. The winning numbers were 2, 13, 14, 15, 19 and 38.

The lottery says Niemczyk has chosen to receive the prize in 25 annual installments.

Climate Change
4:20 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

New report: in St. Louis, higher temps are the new normal

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St. Louis is getting hotter. With this summer’s record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn’t sound like news.

But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows our hot weather isn’t an anomaly — things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.

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Malpractice reform
2:26 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice

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Updated 4:33 p.m. with reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon.

Missouri’s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.  The court ruled today in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.

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Mo. ballot initiatives/fiscal notes
2:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives

Mo. Supreme Court
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the authority of the state auditor to write financial summaries for ballot initiatives.

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Assault Weapons Ban
11:35 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Assault weapons ban could be coming to Illinois

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:31 p.m. with use of amendatory veto.

Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a statewide ban on assault weapons.

The Democrat used his amendatory veto power today to include the ban in a bill related to ammunition sales. It's now up to lawmakers to accept his changes or reject them.

In a letter to members of the General Assembly, Quinn says the ban will make Illinois a safer place to live.

The proposal also calls for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. It was first reported by The Associated Press.

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Morning round-up
9:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Good morning. Here are your headlines to start your Tuesday:

Illinois prison workers union: workers subject to coordinated shakedowns

A spokesman for the union representing Illinois prison workers now says staff at nearly all state facilities have been subject to coordinated shakedowns. A July 19 email obtained by the Associated Press seems to confirm those comments, saying a Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens to at 10 prisons to conduct 'mass shakedowns' of staff as they left work last week. 

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Mo. GOP Senate Primary
6:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin
(via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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