St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court Thursday upheld the state's controversial conceal and carry gun law in a 5-to-2 decision. But the court also said the law does not have to be enforced in four counties because of the state's ban on unfunded mandates.
The ruling is a victory for gun rights supporters, but opponents of conceal and carry say it's not the end of their fight.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that's one percent higher than the nationwide figure of accused clergy.
The St. Louis archdiocese says 70 of its 1,210 priests over that five-decade period have been accused of sexually misconduct involving children. And it says it paid out $2.1 million in related costs. In some cases, that's tens of millions of dollars less than the amout spent by other dioceses.
East St. Louis, IL – Authorities say the incidents were not related. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Students at East St. Louis Senior High School were locked in classrooms for two hours while police searched for an unnamed 15-year-old boy. Authorities say he had brandished a loaded semiautomatic pistol. The teenager was not located after a police search, and had still not been found by police late Wednesday.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right of lawmakers to authorize concealed guns. But the court also said the new concealed guns law doesn't have to be enforced in four counties, where it would be an unfunded mandate.
The ruling opens the way for similar unfunded mandate claims in other counties. And that raises the possibility of a piece-meal enforcement of the law.
It started as a foiled burglary that mushroomed into the largest political scandal in U.S. history. In 1972, most Americans had never heard of the hotel that headquartered the Democratic National Committee.
But two years later, Watergate had become a synonym for corruption, deceit and a failed presidency.
On Thursday (2/26) one of the two men who broke the Watergate story will speak in St. Louis.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who are not union members.
The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government. The spat began in June of 2001 when Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers.
Earlier this month, the Legislature passed the resolution vetoed by Holden Wednesday.