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Missouri Supreme Court prohibits jail time for jail debts

The Missouri Supreme Court says local courts can't throw people back in jail for not paying previous jail debts.Prior to the ruling, indigent inmates who couldn't pay the cost -- commonly called board bills -- could be returned to prison, adding to their debts.   Critics, including Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the ACLU of Missouri, had argued the policy led to modern-day debtors' prisons.

Oklahoma court rejects immediate delay in opioid trial

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of fueling the state's opioid epidemic.    The trial is scheduled to start May 28th. However, on Wednesday, the court set a March 20 hearing on whether to grant a 100-day postponement of the trial.

Conservatives seek conditions on new Kansas school funds

If Kansas' highest court is going to force state lawmakers to boost public education funding again, some conservative Republicans want something in return.    Their list includes a say in how new dollars are spent and a voucher program to allow bullied kids to switch to private schools.

Abortion foes plan changes for Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas

Anti-abortion leaders are promising to pursue a change in the Kansas Constitution if the state's highest court rules that the document protects abortion rights.On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the procedure.