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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to be the state’s new public-safety director, a move that will put Isom in charge of a number of diverse state agencies – from the Highway Patrol to the Gaming Commission.
St. Louis Public Radio: Nixon Picks Former St. Louis Police Chief to Head Dept. of Public Safety
MO Times: Nixon names Isom to Public Safety post
Missourian: Gov. Nixon names new public safety director
Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The Michael Brown Memorial Fund has raised almost $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. Two sites supporting police officer Darren Wilson have taken in nearly $410,000 from nearly 10,000 contributors. The donations have come through the site GoFundMe.com.
Post-Dispatch: Recording captured shots fired at Michael Brown, lawyer says
Tribune: Nixon’s predicament
As of Thursday, all Missouri state laws will be revised to remove references to “mentally retarded’’ and “mental retardation.’’ In their place will be the phrases “intellectually disabled’’ and “intellectual disability. Owners of surface mines will have to notify more property owners before starting operations. Insurers must cover oral anti-cancer medications if they cover intravenous ones. Casinos can offer lines of credit to gamblers. And breastfeeding mothers can be excused from jury duty.
A year after it began, the reorganization of Missouri's Family Support Division continues to make it difficult for people to enroll or get re-certified for Medicaid and food stamps, legislators were told Tuesday. In fact, the problems have been getting worse this summer, said Mathew Rigdon, director of public policy for the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence Inc. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Post-Dispatch: Are Missouri's Medicaid enrollment problems getting worse?
If approved by Missouri voters in November, Constitutional Amendment 2 could make it more difficult for defendants to persuade juries and judges of their innocence, said Kim Benjamin, a Belton attorney who is the past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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