Alton, IL – The Metro-East will celebrate the 200th anniversary of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy this week.
Born in Maine on November 9, 1802, Lovejoy founded a religious newspaper in St. Louis. His opposition to slavery created conflicts with pro-slavery interests. When Lovejoy's press was destroyed, he moved to Alton, hoping that free state of Illinois would afford him safety.
But that's where he was killed by a pro-slavery mob while defending his press in 1837. He's considered the country's first martyr to free press.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County election officials say they're ready for the polls to open Tuesday at 6am. Democratic director of elections Judy Taylor says the county expects between 60 and 65 percent voter turnout. This election will be the first in Missouri to allow provisional voting, which lets voters with questionable eligibility cast a ballot that will be counted later. Taylor says she expects between 500 to 1,000 provisional ballots.
Jefferson City, MO – An independent audit is praising the books of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
MO-DOT says the review is evidence of responsible budget managing. Analysts say a ballot defeat in August for a transportation tax increase was evidence of MO-DOT's credibility problem with the public.
So department officials were quick to tout the audit's positive findings.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Health Department has canceled the remainder of a $96,000 grant with a local AIDS agency that hired a gay-porn movie actor to speak at a "safer sex" meeting for young men.
City health director Hugh Stallworth says he's pulling money for BA-BAA, or Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, because of what the porn star wore during the meeting - a towel and boots.
St. Louis, MO – City workers and two St. Louis aldermen have filed a lawsuit to stop city employees from working polls on Election Day.
A judge must decide whether employees can legally collect both a city paycheck and a stipend for working the polls. A city union says civil service employees can only do work that fits their job or risk being fired.
St. Louis, MO – African-Americans and other minorities who paid higer premiums on Metropolitan Life Insurance policies than whites because of their race will be compensated.
The state of Missouri announced a settlement with MetLife today that will pay $4.8-million to more than 55,000 state residents. Missouri Department of Insurance general counsel Eric Martin says policyholders will receive between $20 and $80 each.