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Restricting the use of force by police is popular among newly filed bills

JEFFERSON CITY - Shortly after the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on charges of shooting and killing Michael Brown on Aug. 9, some Missouri lawmakers filed bills that would restrict the use of force by police.

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Missouri Supreme Court to decide if same-sex divorces are legal

JEFFERSON CITY - Although Missouri does not recognize same-sex marriage, a case involving the right for a same sex-couple married in another other state to obtain a divorce could allow the court to overturn a statewide ban on same-sex marriages.

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Improving conditions allow Missouri National Guard to begin scaling back operations in St. Louis region, Gov. Nixon announces

• Missouri National Guard maintains presence in Ferguson and other areas of St. Louis County
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that improving conditions allow the Missouri National Guard to begin scaling back its operations in the St. Louis region. The Governor said the Guard has completed its duties within the City of St. Louis, and has begun to systematically reduce its presence in St. Louis County.  The Guard continues to support local law enforcement agencies in Ferguson and other areas of St. Louis County.  As of 1 p.m. today, there are 1,268 Guardsmen who remain stationed in the St. Louis region.

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Flags at state and local government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7 for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Sunday, Dec. 7 to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

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Gov. Nixon agrees with alternative interpretation of appropriation authority offered by legislative leaders, making special session unnecessary

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday that a special session will not be necessary after agreeing with an alternative interpretation of current appropriation authority offered by legislative leadership.  Consistent with this reading of the law, the Governor will be using existing appropriations for the State Emergency Management Agency in HB 2008, Section 8.290 to fund the ongoing operations of the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Ferguson and the St. Louis region.

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