St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen sent a flurry of bills to Mayor Francis Slay on Friday, the day before the board's traditional summer break.
Aldermen approved measures that add gender identity and expression to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, put stricter controls on the use of official cars, and ask voters in November to weigh in on local control of the police department and whether to increase the maximum fines for a municipal ordinance violation.
Springfield, IL – A new Illinois law adds the human touch to traffic tickets generated by automated "red light" cameras.
The law requires an official to verify the violation before any citation is issued. Drivers also will be allowed to view the evidence online, and they can't be charged an extra fee for contesting the ticket.
St. Louis – Congressman Russ Carnahan says the Veteran's Administration has improved its response to the problems with sterilization of dental equipment at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis.
The Democrat toured the facility Thursday before meeting with veterans. About 1800 patients of Cochran's dental clinic were put at a slight risk of contracting hepatitis B and C and HIV because the clinic did not properly follow the Veterans Administration's sterilization procedures.