St. Louis – The American Civil Liberties Union in St. Louis has filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit over the city's anti-leafleting ordinance.
The ordinance in question bans people from putting commercial or political fliers on cars. The lawsuit follows the arrest of a man who was leafleting in support of an effort to put legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project in north St. Louis on the ballot.
St. Louis – Roslyn Walker Bourgeois's green eyes soften when she speaks of her older brother.
"Michael was wonderful," says the native of a small northeastern Louisiana town who now spends most of the year on a winery near Columbia. "He was my protector. We loved to dance. He played a little football in junior high, but he was a basketball player. He was just an easy-going, lovable person."
St. Louis – Washington University in St. Louis will soon be home to a new institute on religion and politics.
It's being named for former U.S. Senator John Danforth; his family's foundation gave $30 million dollars to start the center.
At Wednesday's dedication, Danforth, who's also an Episcopal priest, acknowledged the importance of separating government from religion, but he said that does not mean religion should be absent from public policy debates.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission has decided not to take any disciplinary action against former Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee for making a political threat to a St. Louis County official.
Lee was accused of angrily telling an aide to St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger that Stenger's vote in favor of a competing casino's zoning request would not be forgotten.
Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary calls Lee's actions an isolated incident.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has authorized the department to purchase a new software system designed to help officers keep better track of evidence collected during investigations.
The new system was the top recommendation of an outside auditor who reviewed the department's property custody department after thousands of dollars in cash went missing from an evidence locker in 2007.
The current system was modified from one designed to handle lab reports, said department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross.