Guilty plea
2:45 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Guard charged in downtown St. Louis jail escape pleads guilty

Mori Farrell, shown here in an April 2011 booking photo, has pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanors in connection with a jail break.
(photo courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

The only person to face criminal charges in a series of escapes from the St. Louis city jails has pleaded guilty to a series of misdemeanors.

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Missouri House Redistricting
2:28 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court upholds state House districts

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Will be updated.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld new boundaries for state House districts based upon the 2010 census.

The high court issued a one-line ruling Tuesday upholding the new districts and saying a longer opinion would be issued sometime in the future. The ruling came about three hours before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline for candidates to file for this year's elections.

Mo. Capitol rallies
1:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol

iPad photo of the Protect our Religious Liberty rally inside the Mo. Capitol on March 27, 2012.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.

Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.  Maggie Karner with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the crowd that President Obama’s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.

“This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door," Karner said.

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Saint Louis Zoo
12:30 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

2 lion cubs survive, 2 die at Saint Louis Zoo

Lion cubs Mtai and Serafina at two weeks old. The cubs are being hand-raised because their mother was unable to produce milk.
(photo by Rachael Macy/Saint Louis Zoo)

Two newborn lion cubs are being raised by staff at the Saint Louis Zoo more than a month after their birth, but two other cubs in the litter have died.

The African lion cubs were born Feb. 14 to the 6-year-old lioness Cabara. The zoo said Tuesday that two did not survive because Cabara couldn't produce enough milk to feed them. Zoo officials say it is not uncommon for lion mothers in the wild to rear fewer than 50 percent of the cubs born in a litter.

The latest coverage related to the debate over the federal health care law - both in the US Supreme Court and how it touches the St. Louis region.

Storm water
10:36 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Appeals court rejects MSD stormwater fee

(Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr)

Updated at 2:20 with comments from MSD.

A ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals is a mixed bag for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.

The decision today is the latest in a series of rulings on a storm water "user charge" the agency implemented in 2007.  The charge was based on the impervious area of a property, and replaced a system of a flat tax that could be enhanced by additional taxes in 21 sub-districts.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:21 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Justices Tackle The Big Question: Can Congress Force You To Buy Insurance?

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether Congress can require people to buy health insurance.
Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:25 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court gets to the heart of the health care arguments Tuesday. Almost exactly two years after Congress passed the Obama health care overhaul, the justices are hearing legal arguments testing the constitutionality of the so-called health care mandate — so-called because those words actually do not appear in the law.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State Senator Jane Cunningham
Jane Cunningham official website

St. Louis County Senator will not seek re-election

Jane Cunningham had initially filed to run for the 7th District seat, even though the new Senate map places that district in the Kansas City area.

The Republican from Chesterfield had hoped that the new map would be overturned and that the district she represents would not be moved to the other side of the state.  But that didn’t happen.  Cunningham says she most likely won’t run for a different office, but admits she hasn’t made up her mind yet:

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Public Schools
5:10 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Wide-ranging public school bill still looking for spot on Mo. House schedule

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

With less than two months left in this year’s legislative session, House Republicans still haven’t scheduled a wide-ranging public school bill for debate.  It would create tax credit scholarships that would pay for students to transfer from unaccredited schools to adjacent better-performing schools, and expand charter schools beyond St. Louis and Kansas City. 

Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones admits there are wide differences of opinion on the bill, even among Republicans.

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