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A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 double homicide was executed by lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Jay Nixon denied pleas for clemency, according to a Sept. 9 news release from Nixon's office.
A judge has extended the term of the grand jury considering whether a white suburban St. Louis police officer should be charged in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old. As expected, the grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson has gone past the panel's four-month term, which was to expire on Sept.
St. Louis County's top police officer said on Tuesday that the heavy-armored trucks and some of the military-style equipment used by police in last month's unrest in Ferguson helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe. St. Louis County chief defends police militarization St. Louis County's top police officer said on Tuesday that the heavy-armored trucks and some of the military-style equipment used by police in last month's unrest in Ferguson helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe.
The Missouri State Legislature voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of several key bills and approximately 47 budget line items during the Wednesday, Sept. 10 annual veto session.
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The Missouri House successfully overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of pro-gun legislation. Amongst other aspects, the new law makes it legal to open carry in Missouri under certain circumstances.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of last week's legislative veto session is a renewed focus on broad ideas rather than narrow issues. Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.
Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro announced Monday that she will resign at the end of this year, concluding a five-year tenure marked by repeated criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts. In a written statement announcing Nicastro's departure, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education noted her tenure has included the implementation of new standards for student achievement, school district classification, teacher preparation and early childhood education.
Following a successful effort to defeat a package of special interest tax breaks, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday the release of $143.6 million for local school districts and higher education institutions. In addition, local schools will be spared an additional $93 million cut to their Proposition C sales tax revenues that would have resulted from these tax breaks becoming law.
Missouri's A+ program, which reimburses tuition for students at state community colleges, is worried it might fail to cover the entire bill, The Columbia Daily Tribune reports. The Missouri Department of Higher Education notified community college officials that rising costs could prevent the state from fully reimbursing the cost of A+ students.
One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at "notably younger ages" than is normal, numbers released Friday show. The statistics formed the basis of a settlement the NFL reached with 5,000 former players who sued the league claiming the long-term damage of concussions was hidden from them, The New York Times reported.
What happened in Ferguson, Mo., last month was a tragedy. What's on course to happen there next month could be a farce.
A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate.
It has been over a month since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., and we have yet to hear the police officer's version of events. Was Officer Darren Wilson badly injured in his scuffle with Brown? Did Brown attempt to seize the officer's weapon? Did Wilson have reason to fear for his own life? None of these answers has been forthcoming, which is odd and, frankly, suspicious.
The Missouri Public Defenders office is praising lawmakers after this week's vote to restore funding to the defender system. The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of $3.47 million intended to pay private attorneys to handle cases where the public defender has a conflict.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 01:35 am
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