• Federal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptionFederal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exception
    The fate of Missouri’s ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest, rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges.  Arguments Tuesday before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and questions from the judges, focused almost exclusively… Read more »
  • Lawsuit: Lobbyist accuses MOSERS of violating Missouri Sunshine LawLawsuit: Lobbyist accuses MOSERS of violating Missouri Sunshine Law
    A new lawsuit will test whether public agencies can hide how much they are paying attorneys and determine how far they must go in searching for records sought under the Missouri Sunshine Law. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 10 in Jefferson City by lobbyist John Gaskin of Flotron McIntosh, accuses the… Read more »
  • Grievance envy discounts the oppressed while denying them justice | OpinionGrievance envy discounts the oppressed while denying them justice | Opinion
    For decades, people have used the phrase “playing the race card” to shut down conversations about our nation’s racial caste system. What they likely didn’t realize was that the phrase offered a tacit admission that racial grievance, in many cases, had virtually no equal and virtually no response. There’s no… Read more »
  • The ‘Big Lie’ remains a big part of Missouri U.S. Senate raceThe ‘Big Lie’ remains a big part of Missouri U.S. Senate race
    Seconds into a web ad supporting Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s U.S. Senate bid, footage of former President Donald Trump alleging a stolen election is juxtaposed with headlines touting Schmitt’s role in lawsuits challenging the 2020 results.  A largely discredited audit of the presidential election in Arizona has become a… Read more »
  • Missouri lawmakers bucked national trend by establishing police ‘bill of rights’Missouri lawmakers bucked national trend by establishing police ‘bill of rights’
    On the final day of the 2021 legislative session in May, Missouri lawmakers passed a “law enforcement bill of rights” that gives officers special legal protections and closes files to police misconduct. When Gov. Mike Parson signed it into law in July, the bill of rights portion was largely overshadowed… Read more »
  • Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation billStruggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill
    WASHINGTON — Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion… Read more »
  • Can you identify national values that unite us as Americans? | OpinionCan you identify national values that unite us as Americans? | Opinion
    Just two weeks ago, we paused to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as the unthinkable happened: America was attacked by a foreign enemy on its own soil. In the aftermath, amid the horrid loss of life, the pierced veil of safety once thought impenetrable, the… Read more »
  • Missouri tops 11,000 reported COVID deaths, doubling total from 2020Missouri tops 11,000 reported COVID deaths, doubling total from 2020
    The number of Missouri deaths from COVID-19 reported since Jan. 1 has exceeded the number reported during 2020. As of Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported 5,519 deaths from the coronavirus that killed its first Missouri victim on March 18, 2020. On Friday, the total… Read more »
  • St. Louis professor has waged long crusade to end abuse from ‘wandering cops’St. Louis professor has waged long crusade to end abuse from ‘wandering cops’
    Professor Roger Goldman’s crusade against “wandering cops” began 41 years ago, when two bullets from Joseph Sorbello’s revolver tore through the body of an alleged car thief, Roy Wash, in a parking lot behind a store at 7170 Manchester Boulevard in Maplewood. The shots killed the alleged thief, but they… Read more »
  • How U.S. House Democrats would expand Medicare and MedicaidHow U.S. House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid
    WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates… Read more »
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