St. Louis – Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine says Missouri's approval of a non-binding referendum rejecting key provision of President Obama's health care overhaul will not impact St. Louis's chances of getting the party's 2012 national convention.
Kaine told the party's executive committee at its summer meeting in St. Louis on Thursday that he will consider political "X" factors as he makes his decision. He clarified those factors to reporters afterward.
St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated a former police chief to the board the oversees the St. Louis police department.
Jerry Lee led the St. Louis County police force from 2004 until he retired in 2009. He had been with the department for 38 years. His appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate when it returns to session.
In a statement, Nixon called Lee's experience and insights "a tremendous asset."
Jefferson City, Mo. – A video clip posted to Missouri Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Blunt's YouTube site has been removed, following a complaint by Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan.
The clip shows a photo of World Trade Center rubble, along with part of a radio interview in which Carnahan said she would not try to tell New Yorkers what to do in regards to a proposed mosque near Ground Zero.
Carnahan called on Blunt to pull the ad and apologize.
St. Louis – St. Louis police have released a man they arrested Tuesday in connection with an arson at Congressman Russ Carnahan's campaign office.
Authorities have not made the man's name public. But the Post-Dispatch reports today that the 50-year-old man was let go after the prosecutor's office took the case "under advisement" for possible charges later.
St. Louis – The head of St. Louis's corrections division says there is no indication that two juveniles who escaped from the city's medium security jail in June had inside help.
Officials first thought that several employees at the facility known as the workhouse may have deliberately ignored policies to help the two 17-year-old inmates escape, Commissioner Gene Stubblefield said. But investigations have not borne that out.
St. Louis – The board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department has rejected proposed changes to the yearly physical fitness test officers must pass to stay employed.
The tie vote on Wednesday ended a six month effort by board president Bettye Battle-Turner to ease the test's requirements. Officers receive heart and blood pressure screenings, and must complete an obstacle course in 4 minutes, 8 seconds.