Civil Rights

Case dismissed against Black Fayette student arrested in two late-night raids

FAYETTE, Mo. — Christopher Turner bowed his head as he waited in the front wooden bench of the Howard County courthouse. His elbows rested...

Missouri public defenders set to hire 53 attorneys with extra funds...

Mary Fox stood before a room full of mostly law-school grads last week to make her case.  “Public defenders are typically warriors, activists or caretakers,...

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday. State offices will...

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the...

Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids...

Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously...

Missouri AG can’t enforce Sunshine Laws in governor’s office because it’s...

Attorney General Eric Schmitt has determined his office cannot investigate an alleged violation of Missouri’s open records laws by the governor’s office, an interpretation...

Missouri among states set to allow college athletes to profit off...

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes...

Pending law to correct wrongful convictions could depend on Missouri attorney...

If Missouri’s elected prosecutors have evidence that a person has languished in prison for decades wrongfully, they don’t have the power to ask for...

In Kansas City, a wave of evictions could push gun violence...

KANSAS CITY — When Bryan Murrell first found the house, he could barely imagine anyone had ever lived there. It was boarded up, filled with...

Advocates fear homeless crisis with federal eviction moratorium on shaky legal...

At least once a day, housing advocate Melissa Pashia speaks to someone who is living in a car.  Once the situation gets to this point,...

Missouri Senate approves oversight of unlicensed faith-based reform schools

A bill that aims to provide increased oversight over unlicensed religious boarding schools in Missouri that have faced allegations of abuse and neglect moved...

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