A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petition gatherers in St. Charles over the weekend. The volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.
Dave Roland, an attorney representing the two, says no ordinance was violated because collecting signatures is a First Amendment right.
Just under two months after being re-named as East St. Louis' police chief, not only has Michael Baxton resigned from his post - he's also pleaded guilty to federal charges of stealing evidence and making false statements to federal investigators.
During final debates, State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future.
Updated 3:50 p.m.with comments from U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.
Updated 12 p.m. on Thursday with comments from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
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St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Larry J. Davis and his brother Linus R. Davis have been charged with "diverting seized packages containing marijuana for distribution and sale" according to the United States Attorney's Office.
Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.
Baker, of Columbia, announced her candidacy Thursday while pledging to champion initiatives for seniors and veterans.
Baker served in the state House from 2005 to 2009 and lost a 2008 bid for Congress to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. She recently resigned from President Barack Obama's administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Ill. unpaid bills top $4.2 billion in Comptroller's office
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says there are even more bills piled up in other government departments. She said Wednesday the state's overall backlog is about $8.5 billion. That means organizations that provide services for the state, from businesses to hospitals to charity groups, must wait months to be paid for their work. Topinka's office is still paying bills that date back to Sept. 1 - four and a half months ago.
Jerry Clinton, a longtime St. Louis business leader and philanthropist, has died.
A spokeswoman for Clinton says he died Wednesday morning. He was 74 and had cancer.
Clinton was the former president and owner of Grey Eagle Distributors. He sold the company in 2005.
Clinton was instrumental in the effort to bring an expansion football team to St. Louis after the Cardinals left for Arizona in 1988. The effort was unsuccessful, though the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1994.
The measure would limit state spending each year to the annual rate of inflation and would take population growth into account. The sponsor, State Representative Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), told fellow lawmakers that they should follow the example of everyday citizens who have to balance their household budgets. Democrats,however, including Leonard Hughes of Kansas City, argued that the proposed ballot measure would be redundant.