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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.
 
Nixon said the directive applies to tax filing status and doesn't authorize same-sex marriage. The Missouri Constitution states only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state.
 
The lawsuit asks Nixon's order be declared unconstitutional. It was filed by officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council.
 
Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal code. Nixon said couples who file joint federal returns must file state taxes jointly. Federal officials determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they live.
 
A Nixon spokesman declined comment about the lawsuit.
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Madison County, Illinois will pay almost 500-thousand dollars to settle a gender-discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee.

 

The Madison County Board has voted to resolve the case involving former Regional Office of Education youth advocate Mary Parker. Parker claimed she was paid less than her male counterpart - 13-thousand dollars less in one particular year.  She also says she was retaliated against when she complained.

 

A jury in November 2012 awarded Parker 100-thousand dollars in damages after agreeing with the retaliation claim.

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 02:27

Larry Conners sues KMOV-TV over firing

   Long-time St. Louis newsman Larry Conners is taking his age discrimination claims against his former employer to court.  Conners, 66, is suing KMOV-TV for $50,000, alleging that younger and less-experienced employees got better assignments and treatment.

   The veteran broadcaster had filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint after he was fired in May.  

   His dismissal came about a week after he posted controversial comments to Facebook.  Conners had suggested he may have been targeted by the IRS after a 2012 interview with President Barack Obama.  

   KMOV general manager Mark Pimentel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the station will "vigorously defend" itself against Connors' claims.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four lawsuits alleging that false memories of sexual abuse and satanic cult activity were implanted in women at Castlewood Treatment Center in suburban St. Louis are about to be dismissed, according to a published report.
 
Lisa Nasseff filed suit two years ago against Ballwin, Mo.-based Castlewood and its former director, psychologist Mark Schwartz. Separate suits from three other women followed.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that attorneys for Nasseff say the case was resolved favorably for both sides, but no details were released. The newspaper says Nasseff's suit will be dismissed on Friday, according to filings in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The newspaper says the other three suits appear headed for settlement as well.
 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the pollution controls planned for the FutureGen clean-coal project.
 
The environmental group argues In the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Springfield that the project needs to meet tougher standards for preventing the release of pollutants into the air.
 
Jack Darin is director of the Sierra Club's Illinois chapter. He told Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau that the group remains skeptical that the project's promise of clean coal is possible.
 
The $1.3 billion project intends to use primarily federal funds to refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. Carbon dioxide from the coal used at the plant would be pumped underground and stored.
 
The FutureGen Alliance said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
Published in Local News
Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:17

Environmental group plans to sue Ameren

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An environmental group says it plans to soon sue utility provider Ameren over what it calls repeated violations of federal air pollution standards.
 
The Sierra Club told Ameren Corp. it plans legal action in the next 60 days over what the group says are nearly 10,000 violations of the Clean Air Act since 2008 at coal-fired power plants in St. Louis, Jefferson and Franklin counties
 
The alleged violations involve the amount of soot released from smokestacks at the Meramec, Labadie and Rush Island plants.
 
A company official says Ameren follows EPA air pollution standards and that the excessive releases cited by the Sierra Club "occur infrequently."
 
Environmental groups have filed similar lawsuits in other states, including Illinois. The 60-day notice is required under federal law to allow for possible negotiations.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri football players are suing the NCAA in federal court over head injuries they suffered decades ago, joining a cascade of recent lawsuits against college sports' governing body related to traumatic brain injuries.

Tony Van Zant and Sharron Washington filed the suit Tuesday. Both played for Missouri from 1987 to 1991. Van Zant is now running backs coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Both say they suffer headaches, depression and other ailments. The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and testing for former college players with similar head injuries and didn't advance to the NFL.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent months in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Tennessee by ex-players from schools such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Oregon and Vanderbilt.

 

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:41

Copy of Second Loop Trolley lawsuit filed

   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

Published in Around Town
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 03:26

Second Loop Trolley lawsuit filed

   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

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   A settlement may be near in the class action lawsuit against Schnucks supermarkets stemming from a security breach that compromised more than 2 million customer credit and debit cards.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge will decide in the coming weeks if the deal Schnucks has agreed to is satisfactory.  

   But an attorney pursuing a federal lawsuit over the matter is asking the court to throw out the settlement, claiming it's unfair because proper discover hasn't been done and the full scope of the damages to Schnucks customers isn't known.  Attorney's involved in the local case deny that.

   Hackers breached the grocery chain's security between December 2012 and March 2013.

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