Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. Despite a U.S. supreme court ruling Wed. in favor of such demonstrators, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will fight the protests.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will push ahead in the fight against anti-gay protests at military funerals. That's a despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday in favor of such demonstrators. In an 8-to-1 ruling, the high court said Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church doesn't have to pay damages to the family of a Marine from Maryland.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the state's minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate.
In 2006, Missouri voters approved a ballot initiative that set the state's minimum wage at $6.50 an hour, and allowed future minimums to rise based on the rate of inflation. It now matches the federal level of $7.25 an hour.
The Missouri House has voted to change the state's laws about workplace discrimination.
In a 95-59 vote Thursday, the House passed legislation that would change the legal standard people must meet when alleging in a lawsuit that they were fired for discriminatory reasons. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.