St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is expected to file papers today, charging 134-counts of vote fraud against of workers for a voter-registration drive in St. Louis.
The indictments allege fraud prior to the March, 2001 election and accuses canvassers for Operation Big Vote of using names of dead people, filling out cards on behalf of other people with or without their permission and simply making up names of people to register.
Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois State Senate on Thursday rejected two measures. One would have allowed illegal immigrants to get drivers license, it fell one vote short. The other proposal would have increased taxes on hospitals.
The illegal immigrants legislation got only 29 of the 30 votes it needed to pass. Twenty-six Senators voted "no."
But Chicago Democrat Miguel del Valle says he will call the measure for another vote. He says he has not decided whether to do it this fall or wait for the spring legislative session.
Farmington, MO – The only woman considered a violent sexual predator in Missouri was freed from a treatment center Wednesday.
Angela Coffel's lawyers successfully argued there was not enough evidence to keep her confined. She served five years for sexually abusing two boys, but the state has kept her locked up since under the violent sexual predator law.
She pleaded guilty in 1996 to two counts of sodomy for abusing brothers ages 11 and 14.
St. Louis, MO – The debate next October 8 will be Washington University's third since 1992.
Chancellor Mark Wrighton says the fact that the university has been selected so many times attests to its ability to provide an objective forum for controversial issues:
"One of the things that's especially rewarding about St. Louis and Washington University is that this has proven to be a community that can conduct collegial and spirited debate and yet remain respectful of each other," said Wrighton.