St. Louis, MO – Missouri's new concealed carry gun law will NOT go into effect Saturday as planned. Friday afternoon, St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer granted a preliminary injunction, citing a provision in the Missouri Constitution that plaintiffs in the case say prohibits concealed firearms.
St. Louis – St. Louis Judge Steven Ohmer says he could reach a decision as early as Friday in a case about whether Missouri's new concealed guns law violates the state constitution.
A lawsuit seeking to block the concealed guns law from taking effect Saturday claims, in part, that it violates a 128 year old clause in the Missouri constitution. A group of elected officials, mainly from the St. Louis area, filed the lawsuit after the state legislature voted in September to override Governor Bob Holden's veto of the concealed guns bill.
Springfield, Ill. – The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday in Sweden. Those who keep tabs on the finalists say former Illinois Governor George Ryan is among those under consideration.
It was one of Ryan's final acts in office that has led to his nomination. He commuted the sentence of all 167 death row inmates, saying at the time the capital punishment system was "haunted by the demon of error."
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed legislation Wednesday that sets the stage for corporate sponsorship of state buildings and events.
The measure isn't so much an allowance of sponsorship as it is a list of which buildings can't get naming rights. Presidential birthplaces, the state capitol building in Springfield, and national historic sites are among those listed as off limits.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis judge will hear arguments Thursday about whether the concealed weapons gun law set to take effect Saturday is constitutional.
But first Judge Steven Ohmer must decide whether to keep the trial in St. Louis or move it to Jefferson City, where the law was passed. State Attorney General Jay Nixon asks that the case be transferred to Cole County, where most lawsuits naming the state as a defendant are tried.
St. Louis, MO – A board of priest advisors in St. Louis has elected the auxiliary bishop of St. Louis as administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann will oversee the day-to-day operations of the archdiocese until a successor to Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali is installed. Rigali, former archbishop of St. Louis, left the area Monday. He was installed as archbishop of Philadelphia on Tuesday.