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Missouri high court rules against caps for some punitive damages


The Missouri Supreme Court brushed by the legislature’s limits on punitive damages this week, saying they don’t apply to a $1 million verdict a jury awarded to an Excelsior Springs woman. The woman, Lillian M. Lewellen, received the judgment in 2012 after she was defrauded by car dealer Chad Franklin.

$4.1M verdict against KC-area car dealer


A Clay County jury has returned a $4.1 million verdict against Chad Franklin and his car dealership in a state Merchandising Practices Act case.

New Non-Prescription Medical Food Offers Help For Meal-Triggered Indigestion


Photo Credit: Courtesy of United Collab. a Meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia affects an estimated 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. A new, non-prescription medical food, called FDgard, has been shown in several studies as an effective product in managing this condition.

02/20/2018 05:03 PM

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost


The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama's health care law. Proposed regulations out Tuesday from the Health and Human Services department allow health insurers to sell so-called "short-term" policies that can last up to 12 months.

02/20/2018 12:06 PM

This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He's A Defense Lawyer


When Jarrett Adams was 17 years old, he was wrongfully sentenced to 28 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Fueled by his desire for justice, Adams began studying the law while incarcerated.

02/20/2018 07:06 AM

Wife of viral video suspect breaks silence: - I didn't know anything'


It's been two weeks since the man at the center of a national child sex abuse investigation, which was sparked by a viral video, was arrested in Millbrook, Alabama. Germaine Moore was charged with six felony counts in Alabama , including first degree rape, facilitating travel to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, and three counts of traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, and 11 similar felony counts in Michigan where the victims currently live.

02/20/2018 02:16 AM

Call for - upskirting' to be made a criminal offence amid claims by girl aged 10


Campaigners have called for urgent changes to the law to make "upskirting" criminalised alongside other sexual offences, as the first official figures on the craze show complainants as young as 10. Victims, politicians and equality groups have urged the Government to provide "an effective criminal law" for upskirting, which often sees perpetrators escape punishment for taking photographs or videos of a victim's groin area from beneath their clothing. There is currently no law banning upskirting, with victims left to pursue voyeurism or indecency claims in a handful of cases.

02/19/2018 09:43 PM

Confederate statue toppling cases start with dismissals


In a Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, from left, Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, Peter Gull Gilbert, 36, and Dante Strobino, 35, leave a courtroom in the Durham County Courthouse after their first court appearance after being arrested for the toppling of the Durham County confederate statue during a protest, in Durham, NC. A North Carolina judge trying protesters accused of toppling a Confederate statue on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, dismissed the criminal case against Strobino.

02/19/2018 09:43 PM

Cleveland Metroparks receive $4 million grant to buy land


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Cleveland Metroparks $4.15 million to purchase 73 acres of land including wetlands and streams. Brian Zimmerman is the Cleveland Metroparks CEO.

02/19/2018 04:48 PM

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole


ALBANY, N.Y. >> The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say.

02/19/2018 12:07 PM

Louisiana lawmakers trudge back for another special session


Louisiana lawmakers open their latest special session Monday still struggling to agree on an approach to stabilizing state finances a decade into seesawing cycles of budget gaps and short-term fixes. The House and Senate are trudging back to Baton Rouge for their fifth special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to address budget uncertainty in two years.

02/19/2018 09:38 AM

Virginia House embraces Medicaid expansion in budget


The House included Medicaid expansion in the proposed state budget Sunday, saying President Barack Obama's health care law is here to stay and it's no longer reasonable to block health coverage for about 300,000 low-income Virginians. Republicans want to mandate work requirements and cost-sharing provisions for some Medicaid recipients.

02/19/2018 04:48 AM

Ex-wife of former White House aide says Hatch has apologized


An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter says she has received a letter of apology from Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who defended his former aide from "a vile attack" after two ex-wives accused Porter of domestic abuse. Porter had been Hatch's chief of staff for three years.

02/19/2018 12:19 AM

'Behind in our preparation:' Nunavut rushing to meet pot deadline


IQALUIT, Nunavut - With marijuana legalization only months away, members of Nunavut's new government are finally discussing how the territory will handle the change. The territory had an election in the fall and, because of its consensus-style government, little could be done until new members met and laid out an agenda for the new legislature session - a meeting that doesn't begin until Monday.

02/18/2018 07:53 PM

FDA chief says he'll crack down on high drug prices


The FDA approved a record 46 new drugs in 2017, including treatments for sickle cell disease, Batten disease and cancer Food and Drugs Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything he can to fight high drug prices and that he sees drug companies "gaming the system to try to block competition." Gottlieb also said he wants to speed up the U.S. approval process for generic and "biosimilar" versions of biologic drugs, which are drugs comprised of living organisms, such as plant or animal cells.

02/18/2018 03:11 PM

Taxes: What you need to know to deduct medical expenses


Some retirees are grumbling that young families are getting a better deal under tax reform. But seniors could be overlooking some good news for deductions for medical expenses.

02/18/2018 10:41 AM

Former prosecutor is US attorney nominee in western Virginia


President Donald Trump has nominated a 40-year-old Roanoke-based lawyer to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. The Roanoke Times reported Friday that Thomas Cullen is a former federal prosecutor.

02/18/2018 05:53 AM

In Baltimore, public trust erodes amid police scandal


This photo combo from images provided by the Baltimore Police Department show from left, Detective Marcus Taylor and Detective Daniel Hersl. Taylor and Hersl were convicted of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy on Feb. 12, 2018, in a trial that's part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city's beleaguered police force.

02/18/2018 01:17 AM

Jury awards over $37M to family of woman slain in standoff


A jury has awarded more than $37 million in damages to the family of a Maryland woman who was fatally shot by police in 2016 after a six-hour standoff in her apartment. The jury took several hours to reach its decision in a civil lawsuit filed against the Baltimore County government and police Cpl.

02/17/2018 08:39 PM

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