Morning round-up
9:25 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, October 14, 2011

Cardinals lose to Brewers in NLCS Game 4

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cardinals last night 4-2 to even the NL championship series at 2 games a piece. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals, representing their only runs in the last 16 innings. The Brewers ended an eight-game road losing streak in the postseason dating to the 1982 World Series opener at St. Louis. Jaime Garcia faces Zack Greinke for the second time in the series in Game 5 tonight.

East St. Louis Police Chief will not resign after all

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ranadore Foggs announced Thursday night he has rescinded the resignation he submitted last week after less than five months on the job. He had claimed the mayor was interfering with his efforts to lead. But now he says he's returning with expectations the city will do everything it can to bulk up the struggling department.

Foggs in May inherited a department that had seen its budget slashed and its staff pared by more than one-third in recent years. According to 2010 statistics, the city's murder rate was 89 for each 100,000 people. Based on the city's crime index, just 3 percent of U.S. cities rank worse than East St. Louis.

Judge panel redrawing districts hears from current and former lawmakers

A six-judge panel assigned to redraw Missouri's State House and Senate districts met Thursday to hear proposals from several interested parties, including current and former lawmakers.  One map would radically reshape dozens of districts and make them, quote, "genuinely competitive," according to the group Let Missourians Decide. 

Former Democratic State Senator Joan Bray of St. Louis says the current House and Senate maps strongly benefit incumbents from both parties.

"We looked for areas where we could create 50-50 or 45-55, 48-52, whatever, competitive districts, to better reflect the true politics of the state," Bray said.

 Meanwhile, a group of incumbent State Senators from both parties submitted a map designed to prevent the St. Louis area from losing a Senate district. 

The six-judge panel is redrawing Missouri's State House and Senate maps because two bipartisan panels failed to agree on new maps earlier this year.  The judges have until mid-December to redraw the districts.