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Removal of Jefferson Davis plaque in Kentucky delayed

Removal of Jefferson Davis plaque in Kentucky delayed

A plaque in the Kentucky Capitol declaring the only president of the Confederacy to be a hero and a patriot will stay until a lawyer with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration can determine if the decision to remove it was legal. The plaque is attached to a 15-foot (4.5 meters) marble statue of Jefferson Davis, who was born in Kentucky and was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Efforts to remove the statue have been ongoing for years, but they gained momentum following the…
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The Latest: Court weighs parent rights in same-sex divorce

The Latest on a Mississippi court case where a woman is seeking parental rights along with her ex-wife (all times local): 1:45 p.m. A lawyer for a woman seeking parental rights to a 6-year-old boy told the Mississippi’s Supreme Court that it must rule in her favor after the U.S. Supreme Court authorized same-sex marriage nationwide. But a lawyer for her ex-wife, who bore the child while the two were married, says a court needs to first terminate the parental rights of the anonymous sperm donor….
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Second lawsuit filed over state education board turmoil

A Springfield teacher is suing the Missouri Board of Education over a closed session it held last week to discuss plans for removing Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Laurie Sullivan claims the board “purposefully violated” the state’s open meetings law when members held a closed meeting Nov. 21 to decide who from southwest Missouri would be able to vote on Vandeven’s future, The Springfield News-Leader reported . Gov. Eric Greitens had appointed and then remov…
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Positive pot test derails plea deal for woman who maimed Miami principal in DUI crash

After months of waffling, the woman who maimed a popular South Dade High principal in a drunken car crash was ready to accept seven years in prison. Then things went up in smoke. Just minutes before she was to take a plea deal on Wednesday, Marilyn Aguilera tested positive for marijuana, which spurred a judge to call off the arrangement and order her re-arrested for violating the conditions of her release from jail. Now, she’ll sit in jail without knowing her fate, at least until Dec. 11. Tha…
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Miami Developer Sues Law Firm, Shareholder Over Failed Real Estate Project

Miami Developer Avra Jain filed a malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, seeking about $15 million from the firm and shareholder Richard A. Morgan. Jain is a Wall Street financier-turned-developer, known for transforming warehouses to lofts and condominiums, and revamping motels on Biscayne Boulevard near downtown Miami. But after a courtroom defeat in a multimillion-dollar spat with a onetime partner, Jain wants the court to ho…
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