A Tuesday hearing of the public safety committee was the first time suspended corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield (L) answered questions about recent jail breaks. His attorney, Sherrie Schroder, is at right.
The highest-ranking city official to face discipline so far for problems at the St. Louis jails spent four hours under oath today, giving his perspective on the situation that led to four escapes in 15 months.
More good news today for a different set of city of St. Louis employees.
The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners voted this afternoon to end the planned furloughs for the department's 557 civilian employees. The employees will also be reimbursed for the days they've already taken.
A department spokeswoman says rank-and-file employees were expected to take five unpaid days off, with management taking 10 days.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.
The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.
At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called "Smart Grid." Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.
Presidential candidates can now register to run in Missouri’s primary next year – and even though the Republican primary won’t count, representatives for GOP presidential hopefuls showed up in Jefferson City Tuesday to register. Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt filed on behalf of Mitt Romney.
“The campaign decided properly and rightly so that Missouri is an important state, " Blunt said. "The primary is going to happen relatively early in the process, but several states will have voted before us…I think the primary will help set the stage for the caucus.”
The lead lawyer in the lawsuit says he'll try the case again. Attorney Stephen Swedlow says he'll take the case to trial again. The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the plaintiffs, and Swedlow points out it only takes nine jurors to return a civil verdict in Missouri. He says he'll work harder to convince a ninth juror in the retrial.
A mistrial has been declared in a $700 million lawsuit against Philip Morris in a case heard in St. Louis, after jurors could not agree on a verdict.
A Missouri appeals court has upheld an ordinance in the suburban St. Louis city of Creve Coeur that imposes a $100 fine when cameras catch vehicles running red lights.
The Eastern District appeals court on Tuesday rejected an argument that the Creve Coeur ordinance violates due process rights by ticketing a vehicle's owner without knowing if the owner was driving when the vehicle ran a red light.