Missouri Supreme Court

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday, December 13, 2011 over whether public defender offices can turn away cases.
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Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments in public defender case

A case that could decide how Missouri public defenders deal with case overload will be heard by the state's Supreme Court today. In July 2010 the public defender office in Christian County announced it had reached its case threshold and could take no more cases. The next month a judge assigned an indigent defendant to that office anyway and the public defender system filed suit.

St. Louis University law professor Susan McGraugh says the high court's decision could have a big impact.

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MO Statehouse/Adult business restrictions
1:59 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court upholds restrictions on adult businesses

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a 2010 law that restricts the way sexually oriented businesses operate in Missouri.
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The Supreme Court of Missouri has rejected a constitutional challenge to a 2010 law that put strict limits on the way businesses like strip clubs and adult bookstores can operate in the state.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

McCaskill "glad" SCOTUS taking up health care overhaul

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is "glad" the Supreme Court is taking up the health care overhaul.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is “glad” the Supreme Court will hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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Missouri Supreme Court
12:33 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court hears challenge to 2010 ethics law

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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The Missouri Supreme Court is trying to decide what portions - if any - of a wide-ranging 2010 ethics law should be allowed to stand.

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Missouri Supreme Court
1:49 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Draper named as new Mo. Supreme Court judge

George W. Draper III
(Mo. Supreme Court)

After three finalists were announced in September, Missouri now has a new Supreme Court judge. George W. Draper III, currently a judge in the Eastern District Court of Appeals, has been selected by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) for the job, in an announcement released today.

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MO Statehouse: Adult business restrictions
12:22 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

State high court hears arguments on adult business restrictions

The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to new restrictions on adult businesses like strip clubs.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of new restrictions on strip clubs, adult video stores, and other adult businesses.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 2, 2011

A storm warning siren in Kansas. St. Louis County will conduct tests of its new $7 million warning siren system on Monday.
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St. Louis County to test new warning system on Mon.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the county will test the new $7 million warning siren system at 11 a.m. Monday. The county's emergency operations center will monitor closely to make sure the 180 speakers work properly.

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Missouri Supreme Court
5:41 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Attorney, 2 judges nominated for Mo. Supreme Court

Three finalists have been announced today to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
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A special commission that nominates candidates for the Missouri Supreme Court has given Gov. Jay Nixon the choice of an attorney, a trial judge or an appeals court judge to fill a vacancy.

The three finalists announced Thursday for the state's highest court are:

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Law / NorthSide Development Project
1:50 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of tax credit that could affect NorthSide project

Developer Paul McKee.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

In March, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a case regarding the constitutionality of a state tax credit which, as we stated then, enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

At that time, McKee had received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide project and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on the project in February.

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court said that the tax credit is, indeed, constitutional.

When the case was heard in March, attorney Irene Smith, who represents plaintiffs and North St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard,  said that the tax credit violates the state constitution by giving state tax dollars to private business interests.

The Supreme Court cited a couple different reasons for their decision.

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MO Statehouse/ Supreme Court applicants
12:48 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Three women, 10 men vying for seat on Mo. Supreme Court

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
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Thirteen people have submitted applications to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.

The three women and 10 men are vying for the seat of Judge Michael Wolff, who will retire August 11th. They are:

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