JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved Legislation to crack down on sex trafficking by expanding the ability of prosecutors to go after websites that promote and facilitate it. The bill also would give state attorneys general the authority to file civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex trafficking. The bill goes to President Donald Trump for his expected signature. Missouri Republican Rep. Ann Wager and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill worked across party lines for passage of the bill.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis judge has refused to move up the felony trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens was indicted last month on fourth-degree invasion of privacy. The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. Attorneys for Greitens asked Circuit Judge Rex Burlison to move up the trial to the first week of April. Burlison, at a hearing on Wednesday, declined to do so.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas Health System plans to open a mental and behavioral health center in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The health system said in a news release Wednesday that it acquired the former Environmental Protection Agency building, which has been empty for five years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A southern Missouri couple has been sentenced in a sexual abuse case involving a young girl who lived with them. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Wednesday that a 55-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree statutory sodomy. His 33-year-old wife was sentenced to 10 years on the same charge.
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