St. Louis, MO. – A Christian reform school is alleging its rights were violated during a raid in 2001.
Heartland Academy filed suit in federal court today against the Missouri Department of Social Services. In 2001, the state removed all 115 student residents from Heartland Academy over concerns about child abuse.
Charles Sharpe, a millionaire insurance executive, built the sprawling 18,000 acre Heartland campus in the middle of cornfields in Lewis County in the late 1990s.
St. Louis, MO. – A police watchdog group says unauthorized changes were made to the Civilian Review Board after the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners approved it in April.
The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression contends 13 changes were made after the board voted. The group had sought the Civilian Review Board, which will investigate complaints of police misconduct.
The Coalition's John Chasnoff says the group has contacted the Missouri Attorney General's office about the alleged changes.
St. Louis, MO. – Praxair announced Monday it will permanently relocate its industrial gas distribution operation to Cahokia.
The decision comes nearly one year after a massive explosion at the company's former site damaged several homes in St. Louis' Lafayette Square neighborhood. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's administration tried for months to keep Praxair in the city, and had even offered a location near the airport.
But now, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford says the news is good for both parties.