Westboro Baptist Church http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-revamping-missouris-funeral-protest-law <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several bills passed during the 2014 regular session into law Friday.</p><p><strong>Tweak to funeral protest law</strong></p><p>First, Nixon signed &nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1372&amp;year=2014&amp;code=R">House Bill 1372</a>, which fixes a legal issue with Missouri's ban on protests at funerals.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:18:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37399 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law Court Upholds Version Of Mo. Funeral Protest Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-upholds-version-mo-funeral-protest-law <p>A federal appeals court has ruled that with some changes, a version of a Missouri law restricting protests near funerals does not violate a Kansas-based group's right to free speech.</p><p>Here's the quick version of today's ruling:</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:57:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 25825 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court Upholds Version Of Mo. Funeral Protest Law Ballwin Adopts Limits On Funeral Protests http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ballwin-adopts-limits-funeral-protests <p>Another Missouri town has adopted an ordinance placing limits on funeral protests.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Yplfac">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that aldermen in Ballwin on Monday approved a law prohibiting picketing or engaging in other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service. Manchester, Clayton and several other cities have adopted similar ordinances in recent months.</p><p>The laws are in response to groups like Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which often protests at the funerals of soldiers.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:55:57 +0000 The Associated Press 10113 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ballwin Adopts Limits On Funeral Protests Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Manchester's Funeral Protest Ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-reinstates-manchesters-funeral-protest-ban <p>A federal appeals court has ruled that efforts by the city of Manchester to limit protests by the Westboro Baptist Church is constitutional, despite the fact that it limits free speech.</p><p>The ordinance, which has been amended several times, was first adopted in 2007. &nbsp;The final version limits picketing or other protest activities within 300 feet of the site of any funeral or burial service within an hour before or an hour after the ceremony. There are no restrictions on picketing during processions.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:53:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Manchester's Funeral Protest Ban Morning headlines: Thursday, December 8, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-december-8-2011 <p><strong>Blagojevich&nbsp;plans to keep&nbsp;fighting</strong></p><p>Rod Blagojevich has just over two months of freedom before he&#39;s scheduled to begin a 14-year prison term. But the ex-governor and his lawyers plan to keep fighting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>After Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence,&nbsp;and the public was ushered out of the courtroom, more than an hour passed before the ex-governor, his wife and his lawyers appeared in the lobby of the court building.</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:32:48 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & WBEZ 2638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, December 8, 2011 Appeals court strikes down Manchester funeral protest ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-manchester-funeral-protest-ban <p>A federal appeals court <a href="http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/11/10/103197P.pdf">has ruled</a> against a Missouri town&#39;s funeral protest ordinance, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.</p><p>The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:14:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 2193 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appeals court strikes down Manchester funeral protest ban Morning headlines: Thursday, March 3, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-march-3-2011 <ul><li><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/article_23deeded-f35e-5b0a-b860-499c1d1a7892.html">According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a>, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will push ahead in the fight against anti-gay protests at military funerals. That&#39;s a despite a <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/">U.S. Supreme Court </a>ruling Wednesday in favor of such demonstrators. In an 8-to-1 ruling, the high court said Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church doesn&#39;t have to pay damages to the family of a Marine from Maryland. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:21:54 +0000 Julie Bierach 643 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, March 3, 2011