St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police say they've busted a large counterfeit operation on the city's north side.
Sgt. Bill March says that they found counterfeit apparel, firearms, DVD's, CD's, shoes, glasses and watches being sold out of a home in the Penrose neighborhood. He estimates the street value of the material at close to $1 million.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would expand the information women must receive 24 hours before undergoing an abortion.
A woman seeking an abortion would have to be told that a fetus could experience pain during the procedure. She would also be given the options of viewing an ultrasound and hearing a heartbeat if one yet exists.
The bill is sponsored by State Senator Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).
St. Louis – A local public relations firm is in charge of raising money for a memorial to the soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
St. Charles-based Live Image Group is trying to raise at least $12 million for the US Fallen Heroes Foundation, which wants to build a memorial in Texas to soldiers killed in the Gulf War, and in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
St. Louis – The Missouri Senate has passed all 13 bills that make up next year's state budget.
The $23 billion spending plan restores cuts made last week to universities and colleges, and relies on still-unapproved federal dollars to fund the Career Ladder program, which pays K-through-12 teachers extra money for taking on extra duties.
But senators also voted to slice more than $450 million from next year's budget. Democrat Joan Bray of St. Louis says those cuts will hurt the needy:
St. Louis, MO – State Auditor Susan Montee has concluded a two-year investigation of St. Louis City Government. The wide-ranging audit looked into 24 city departments as well as the board of police commissioners.
Montee released an audit of the Mayor's office on Wednesday. The audit turned up only minor issues, including a lobbyist contract that did not include proper documentation.
"Not serious at all, these are just some administrative things," said Montee.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Police Department may fight a court ruling to turn over files from an internal investigation into the improper use of 2006 World Series tickets the officers seized from scalpers.