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State Auditor Tom Schweich.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The state’s auditor says his office plans to review some Missouri municipal courts to make sure they’re not being used solely as a revenue generator for cash-strapped communities.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( ) state auditor Tom Schweich said Thursday at least 10 municipal courts will be audited over the next year. He says most of the audit’s focus will be on a state law that puts a cap on how much a municipality can use from traffic ticket income as its general operating revenue. The cap is 30 percent.

Four courts from St. Louis County made the list, including in Ferguson, where the fatal August shooting of an 18-year-old by a police officer brought extra scrutiny of abuses by municipal courts.
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