The Pentagon estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in the military last year. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced new legislation Thursday in response.
There have also been several high profile cases of a member of the military being convicted of sexual assault by a jury, only to have it overturned by a superior officer. McCaskill’s hopes her bill would change that.
Legal issues are never far from the headlines and in many cases, they are the headlines.
The Missouri Legislature recently ended its session and passed some bills worth considering from a legal perspective. One bill bars the implementation of Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan which promotes sustainable development. Another would bar Sharia law in Missouri.
Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain those issues and more.
Illinois legislation allowing public possession of concealed guns has passed the House Judiciary Committee. It was a compromise backed by Speaker Michael Madigan.
The measure was endorsed Thursday 13-3 and goes to the full House Friday. It comes two weeks before a June 9 deadline set by a federal appeals court for Illinois to abandon its prohibition on the public possession of weapons.
The city of St. Louis is partnering with the American Red Cross, St. Louis Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford, and Switch Contemporary to help Oklahoma City in a disaster relief effort they are calling #STL4OKC.
Its focus is on raising funds and collecting donations for victims of Monday's tornado in Oklahoma City. The initiative kicked off with a launch Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Bradford, an Oklahoma native, expressed deep gratitude on behalf of his home state: