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Missouri teenager sentenced to 33-years in prison for murdering his 12-year-old brother

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office secured a 33-year prison sentence in the deadly shooting of a twelve-year-old child. “I will always enforce the laws as written, which includes prosecuting violent criminals to hold them accountable,” said Attorney General Bailey. “As a former prosecutor, I am committed to the idea that safer […]

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Woman in Missouri pleads guilty to bank fraud, admits to pandemic fraud

A woman from St. Louis, Missouri on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and admitted committing both check fraud and pandemic fraud.   Nikia A. French, 30, admitted to recruiting people on Instagram who were willing to let French use their bank accounts.  French created counterfeit checks, deposited them in the accounts […]

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Central Missouri man pleads guilty to gun crimes

A man from Missouri admitted to repeatedly possessing firearms after having been committed to a mental institution, in violation of federal law. Joseph Zarky, 24, of Kirkwood, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig to two counts of possession of a firearm after being previously committed to a mental institution. “Police […]

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Missouri Attorney General, coalition of states push back on Biden’s attempt to rescind protection for student religious groups

Missouri Attorney General Bailey and 21 other states directed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, urging his department to retain a provision that compels public universities to comply with the First Amendment or else lose grant funding – a provision put in place to protect religious groups on campuses nationwide. The Biden […]

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St. Louis man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing gun in connection with kidnapping

U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry sentenced a man from St. Louis, Missouri to ten years in prison on gun and methamphetamine charges. Mosley Jumon Williams, now 32, was accused on March 28, 2019, of kidnapping an elderly man at gunpoint to learn the location of William’s ex-wife, who had an order of protection naming […]

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Audio: Iowa Supreme Court rules in case involving two Missouri utility companies

(Missourinet) – The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned lower court rulings that blocked Missouri utility companies from building new electric transmission lines in the state.      L.S. Power Midcontinent and Southwest Transmission challenged a law passed in 2020 that gave those who already owned electric lines in the state the right of first refusal […]

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New legislation in Missouri would help families afford child care

Like others across the country, many Missouri families struggle with the cost of child care, and state lawmakers are proposing some relief. Rep. Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove, serves Webster County, where the average child care cost for a family with two young children is more than $12,000 a year. Kelly has introduced legislation to create a […]

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Missouri Attorney General warns of tax scams before filing deadline

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey warns Missourians to be aware of scammers and to take steps to protect themselves from anyone attempting to get their personal information. “I want to protect consumers and educate Missourians on potential scams during tax season, which is when scammers often try to take advantage of consumers and can put […]

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Push to spend $900M to help Missourians with developmental disabilities voted down

(Missouri Independent) – Republican lawmakers rejected an effort Thursday evening to spend $900 million to assist hundreds of Missourians with developmental disabilities who lack proper residential support, including dozens languishing in hospitals, jails, and homeless shelters. State Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Manchester, asked the House Budget Committee for $910 million, all from federal tax dollars, to push […]

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Marijuana shortage in Missouri leads to skyrocketing prices

Less than two months since recreational marijuana sales launched in Missouri, a shortage has emerged, causing prices to skyrocket. KCTV 5 reported that cultivators have struggled to meet the overwhelming demand, resulting in higher costs of production for manufacturers and steeper prices for consumers at dispensaries. A major factor contributing to the surge in demand is […]

Missouri Senate advances bill banning transgender care for minors

(Missouri Independent) – A bill that would stop physicians from providing gender-affirming care to transgender minors who have not already begun treatment passed Missouri’s Senate Thursday in a party-line vote. The legislation originally sought to ban all gender-affirming care, but after negotiations was amended to allow transgender youth to continue their treatment if they started […]

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Missouri Attorney General launches online form for reports of questionable gender transition interventions

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office has launched an online form where those who have experienced harm from gender transition interventions or witnessed troubling practices at transition clinics in Missouri can submit their concerns. This tip line stems from an investigation that Attorney General Bailey launched into a St. Louis pediatric transgender […]

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Missouri Attorney General obtains statutory rape conviction of Monroe County man

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office obtained seven felony convictions against 56-year-old Robert Lee Sims, Jr. of Madison, Missouri, for sexually abusing and exploiting a minor victim over many years. “As a former prosecutor and a father of four, I want Missouri to be the safest state in the nation for children, […]

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Missouri State Auditor issues compilation of law enforcement federal forfeiture reports

Missouri State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick has released his office’s compilation of 2022 federal forfeiture reports. Law enforcement agencies that participate in the federal asset forfeiture system must file information regarding federal seizures and proceeds with the State Auditor’s Office. Law enforcement agencies can seize money and property from individuals and organizations involved in illegal activities. […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to bank fraud that caused a loss of $1.6 million

A man from St. Louis County, Missouri on Wednesday admitted defrauding business customers of Lowe’s of over $1 million. Michael W. Burrus, 44, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Matthew T. Schelp to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and two counts of bank fraud. Burrus acknowledged that the conspiracy caused a […]