St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is pushing for more money to combat human trafficking.
Dooley asked the St. Louis County Council Tuesday for $250,000 to establish a computer forensic laboratory and hire two forensic examiners. That equipment and additional personnel could help establish evidence that could prosecute sex traffickers.
To hear St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger tell it, County Executive Charlie Dooley is responsible for the deaths of thousands of dogs and cats each year at the county’s animal shelter.
“The killing has got to stop,’’ Stenger said at a news conference Tuesday where he distributed county figures showing that nearly 60 percent of the animals that end up at the shelter each year were being euthanized. In 2013, that amounted to 4,364 dogs and cats.
Voters will go to the polls in August to fill a vacant seat on the St. Louis County Council.
The county council gave final approval Tuesday night to setting an Aug. 5 election date to fill the 2nd District seat. That slot on the seven-person council became vacant after the death of Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett.
“That’s 150,000 people without representation,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “And that needs to be addressed.”
St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger and County Executive Charlie Dooley are continuing a close money-raising battle as the two prepare for their campaign showdown over Dooley’s job in the August primary.
Stenger, D-Affton, slightly outraised Dooley during the last three months, with Stenger collecting $262,814 to Dooley’s $243,540. Stenger also has a larger edge in bank accounts: $794,480 to Dooley’s $607,396.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett has died at the age of 68.
Burkett, D-Overland, was diagnosed with cancer last year while serving as chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council. She continued to serve as a councilwoman while undergoing chemotherapy, but she had been absent from meetings the past few weeks.
In a statement Sunday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised Burkett as someone who “took care of her constituents like they were her own family.”
The long-running saga to fill the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners ended Tuesday when the St. Louis County Council approved Laurie Westfall’s nomination to the board that oversees the St. Louis County Police Department. She is the widow of former St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall.
Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. On this show, our guest is St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton who is challenging County Executive Charlie Dooley in this summer’s primary.
St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has released six years of his personal tax returns, although he views the matter as a “red herring’’ in his challenge of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in this summer’s Democratic primary.
The race for St. Louis County executive heated up on Friday, as Republicans began a final push for a high-profile candidate and Democrat Steve Stenger, a member of the County Council, has escalated his attacks against incumbent Charlie Dooley.
One particular Republican is attracting a lot of last-minute talk: state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, who also chairs the state House Budget Committee.