Jefferson City, Mo. – More than two dozen law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges and anti-drunk driving activists gathered in Jefferson City today to study ways to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers in Missouri.
Governor Jay Nixon convened the summit. He told participants that many offenders are in effect being slapped on the wrist.
St. Louis – The founder of the online gambling site BetOnSports.com will spend more than four years in prison.
Gary Kaplan was sentenced Monday in St. Louis federal court, ending a lengthy case involving the complex world of offshore sports gambling. He pleaded guilty in August to federal racketeering and other charges.
In a plea agreement, Kaplan must forfeit nearly 44 million dollars. Kaplan founded the company in 1995, setting up entities in Aruba, Antigua and eventually Costa Rica.
St. Louis – On Tuesday, the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is expected to finally appear at his war crimes trial in The Hague, a week after it started. Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.
He has been boycotting the trial, saying that he hasn't had enough time to prepare, and tomorrow he's expected to simply argue that case once more.
St. Louis – Most public places in St. Louis city and County will be going smoke-free in 2011.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show the St. Louis County ban passing with nearly 2/3 of the vote. That means the city ban approved last Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will go into effect as well.
Both bans exempt casinos. Small bars are totally exempt in St. Louis County, and get a five-year reprieve in the city. The smoking lounges at Lambert Airport are exempt as well.