St . Louis, MO – Some 85 people became American citizens Monday at a ceremony at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
In the courthouse rotunda, replete with draped flags and bunting in honor of Flag Day, a diverse group from 35 countries pledged their citizenship to the United States.
Joseph Mua came to America from Cameroon. "I wanted to enjoy the land of milk and honey, which is better from where I came," he said. "Things are certainly better here; for example, education and to be able to do self-improvement."
Since launching near St. Louis last month, the Lewis and Clark commemorative flotilla has traveled more than 200 miles up the Missouri River. Like the original expedition, the band of re-enactors is traveling through lands that were once home to the Osage Indians.
The Osage was the most prominent tribe in Missouri 200 years ago. But the Louisiana Purchase marked the beginning of the end for the Osage's traditional lifestyle.
St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports this (Fri.) morning some Metropolitan Sewer District customers have paid their water bills twice or even three times because of a computer glitch.
An agency spokesman says the problem started when a new company took over billing.
Alliance Data Systems, of Dallas, took payments out of people's checking accounts last month, just days after the payments had already been deducted. Then, after it put the money back, it charged customers again for the same payment period.
Jefferson City, Mo. – St. Louis officials are moving forward with plans for early voting before the November elections. But state lawmakers say they don't think they ever approved the practice.
St. Louis officials point to a state law that changed some election procedures in 2002. Democrat Jim Seigfreid chaired the House Elections Committee when the bill passed. He said Friday that the final version of the bill does not allow early voting.
ST. Louis, MO – Investigators are accusing a Wellston police officer of accepting a bribe and saying he could get someone probation rather than prison time for a drug arrest.
A grand jury indicted Cornell Boone, 24, Wednesday for bribery, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The indictment accuses Boone of trying to get $7,000 from a relative of the person he arrested. It also says Boone then accepted a $4,000 bribe and deceived investigators about it.