JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.
The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.
A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.
Kansas City's school district has been unaccredited since 2012, but student transfers have been on hold because of the legal challenge.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an assertion that the student transfer law amounted to an unfunded mandate that violated the state constitution.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Arizona company that installs and operates red-light cameras across Missouri has hired a former state Supreme Court chief justice to lead an appeal before that court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports former justice Michael Wolff will spearhead an appeal sought by American Traffic Solutions Inc. and Ellisville of a ruling earlier this month that said Ellisville's red-light camera ordinance is not enforceable.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern Division said in a Nov. 5 opinion that state law requires points to be assessed for moving violations, which can be committed only by a driver or pedestrian.
Many cities ticket the owner of a vehicle caught running a red light, regardless of who was driving, and do not report the infraction to the state to have points assessed.
Red light camera tickets could become a thing of the past in Missouri. That's because of a state appeals court ruling Tuesday of this week.
The Eastern District court in St. Louis overturned it's own precedent when it found Ellisville's red light camera ordinance was in conflict with state law because the tickets are issued to the vehicle owner and not the driver.
Two years ago the court had upheld a similar Creve Coeur law, but now says that ruling is "no longer good law."
The Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Ellisville and several other municipalities says it will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.
The Missouri Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday denying the long-term, same-sex partner of a Missouri Highway patrolman survivor pension benefits.
Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died on Christmas Day in 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 44 in Eureka.
Missouri offers a payment to the surviving spouse of a Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty.
But the statute governing survivor benefits defines marriage as between a man and woman. Missouri also has a prohibition on same-sex marriage in the state Constitution.
Engelhard's partner, Kelly Glossip, did not receive the benefit and argued that the state violated the equal-protection clause of the state constitution.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, concluded Glossip is ineligible for survivor benefits because the two were not married — not because Glossip is gay.
The ruling states that the fact the two could not be married in Missouri is not relevant.
Are the cookies and loaves of bread baked inside a Schnucks Supermarket sold for immediate consumption in the same way as those sold at a restaurant or convenience store? That's the question the Missouri Supreme Court will have to answer in a case that begins today.
Schnucks is asking the high court to allow the company to take advantage of a 2007 utility sales tax refund law. The Department of Revenue says a bakery that creates goods "for sale directly to the public or through retailers" is eligible, but goods baked at a restaurant and sold for immediate consumption are not.
Last year, the court found two Casey's stores were not eligible for tax refunds on the energy used to bake donuts and pizza bites they sold in individual servings. But Schnucks argues that it isn't the same thing since there's no evidence Schnucks bakeries are restaurants.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former St. Louis mayor is accused of mishandling clients' funds through his law firm.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freeman Bosley Jr. is facing disciplinary action from the Missouri Supreme Court.
A complaint was filed with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel in June but just made public. The counsel investigates allegations of misconduct by lawyers.
Bosley was St. Louis' first black mayor, elected in 1993. He lost a 1997 re-election bid and went into private law practice.
Bosley's attorney, Michael Downey, says the allegations involve money-management issues related to the trust account of Bosley's firm. He says Bosley accepts responsibility for the mistakes, but says none of Bosley's clients were deprived of any money due to them.
Two Missouri death row inmates now know when they're slated to die. The state's high court on Wednesday set execution dates for long-serving inmates Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month had asked the court to move forward with their sentences.
The court didn't explain why it decided to set the dates. Executions in Missouri have been on hold since 2012 when a federal court challenge was raised over the use of the drug propofol in executions in the state.
Nicklasson's execution is set for October 23rd and Franklin's is November 20th.
Nicklasson was convicted of the 1994 killing of Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond, who stopped to help when a car used by Nicklasson and two others broke down on Interstate 70 in Callaway County. Another man in the car, Dennis Skillicorn, was executed in 2009.
Franklin was convicted of the 1977 sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon as a crowd dispersed from a bar mitzvah at the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation in Richmond Heights. Two others were wounded.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a southeast Missouri man who was sentenced to death for the ambush killing of a state trooper in 2005.
Lance Shockley of the southeast Missouri town of Van Buren was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., who was shot in the back of the head just as he had returned home from work. Graham had been investigating Shockley for a fatal traffic accident.
Shockley has been on death row since 2009. His appeal cited a litany of alleged procedural errors at trial, claimed a juror was tainted and said the sentence didn't fit the crime. The Supreme Court disagreed in a unanimous ruling.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A wave of school transfers spurred by a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling is opening old wounds and reviving difficult conversations in St. Louis about race, class and equal access to public education.
Nearly 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts are leaving for better-performing schools in other districts, with the two troubled districts required to pay an estimated $30 million to accommodate the moves. School leaders say it's only a matter of time before they go bankrupt.
Parents, politicians and community leaders in some outlying districts say they worry the newcomers will bring increased delinquency, larger class sizes and lower test scores. Much of the outrage was on display last month at public school board meeting of the Francis Howell district, which begins classes on Thursday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.
The state's high court heard arguments in February on a challenge to a Missouri law that denied survivor benefits to the same-sex partner of a Highway Patrol officer who died in the line of duty.
In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that that barred legally married same-sex couples from receiving benefits from the federal government.
The Missouri Supreme Court has asked attorneys involved in the Highway Patrol officer's case to submit additional written arguments in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That could further delay a decision in the Missouri case.