St. Louis, MO – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt is calling a lawsuit filed against him by a former opponent a desperate publicity stunt.
Republican Bill Federer filed the lawsuit today over an incident that occurred in 2000. Gephardt had sued Federer, saying the Republican accosted one of Gephardt's campaign workers who was vidoetaping a parade. Federer was found innocent of the charges and now wants Gephardt to pay him the money it cost to defend himself.
Cedar Hill, MO – Officials are investigating a second fire at a Jefferson County Elks Lodge in a year. The building in Cedar Hills caught fire Saturday night; it had just reopened following a fire last July.
No one was injured in this weekend's fire, which needed 75 firefighters from ten fire departments to put out.
State fire investigators, along with the Jefferson County authorities, were scheduled to be at the scene of the blaze in Cedar Hill Monday.
Jefferson City, MO – The attorney for an inmate who's about to go free says he's not happy about a move that could complicate his client's release.
Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett wants DNA tests that he says could determine whether he'll retry Joseph Amrine. The Missouri Supreme Court recently ordered Amrine free after overturning his conviction and death sentence.
The tests could take 90 days to collect, but Amrine is scheduled to be released in about a week.
St. Louis, MO – The Archdiocese of St. Louis today issued a revised policy for dealing with sexual abuse. The revisions bring the policy in line with what both the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops say on the issue.
Blandville, KY – Geological experts say a four-point-five magnitude earthquake in Kentucky this morning could be felt as far away as the St. Louis area. The quake hit shortly before 7:30 a-m near Blandville, Kentucky, about ten miles from the Missouri border. No one was injured and sheriff's dispatchers in southeast Missouri had no reports of earthquakes or damage in the region this morning.
This year is the 50th anniversary of what was the last season for the St. Louis Browns. The 1953 campaign was dismal; the Brown's lost 100 games. Later that winter, the team packed up and moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles.
Friday night will feature the first game between the Cardinals and Orioles ever. But as KWMU's Tom Weber reports... the O's aren't the only former Browns who are in town for the weekend.