Politics & Issues

On The Trail
11:12 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Lawmakers Want To Make It Harder To Amend Missouri's Constitution

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is one of two lawmakers who want to make it harder to get constitutional amendments on the ballot. He's sponsoring a measure requiring more signatures to get an amendment up for a vote through an initiative petition.
Credit Tim Bommel | House Communications

When we last checked on the Missouri Constitution before the November election, it was roughly six to eight times bigger than the federal one – especially after three amendments were added to it in August. 

Flash forward to today and the Show Me State’s constitution is even bigger. Missourians added two amendments in November -- one limiting the governor’s budgetary powers and the other making it easier to prosecute people for sex crimes.

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Municipal Courts
11:11 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Few Participating In Warrant Amnesty Programs In City, County

Credit sxc.hu

Participation in two warrant forgiveness programs has been slow, and officials in St. Louis and St. Louis County are trying to figure out why.

In October, Mayor Francis Slay announced that St. Louis' municipal court would lift arrest warrants for people who had failed to take care of a minor traffic violation. The court ran ads in local media, sent postcards to any address they had on file for individuals with a warrant, partnered with local social service organizations to spread the word, and even recorded a message on the court's phone system.

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Ferguson Grand Jury
6:44 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Interview With Dorian Johnson Among New Grand Jury Documents Released

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on November 24, 2014, announcing that Darren Wilson will not be charged with a crime for Mike Brown's death.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch released more grand jury testimony in the case of former Ferguson police office Darren Wilson on Saturday, including the law enforcement interview with Dorian Johnson, who was with Michael Brown when he was killed in August.

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Beyond Ferguson
10:20 am
Sat December 13, 2014

'National Day of Resistance' Features Marches In Washington, New York And Across The Country

Protest organizer Juliette Iacovino shouts into a bullhorn.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

WASHINGTON -- Thousands took to the streets Saturday in cities across the country for a so-called “National Day of Resistance” to protest the decision of grand juries not to indict police officers for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

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Protests Continue
7:35 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Protestors Vow Commitment To 'Unending Demand For Justice'

The "Carnival of Injustice" marched through downtown St. Louis.
Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

The “Carnival of Injustice” marched through downtown St. Louis Friday morning, making stops at City Hall and the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. courthouse – both of which were locked and guarded by law enforcement officers.

More than 30 people gathered at Kiener Plaza, and the crowd was very diverse.

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Violates Department Policy
6:33 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Dotson: St. Louis Police Officer Will Be Disciplined For Wearing 'Wilson' Patch

A St. Louis police officer will be disciplined for wearing a "Wilson" patch on his uniform, Chief Sam Dotson said Friday.
Credit Rebecca Smith

A St. Louis police officer will face discipline for wearing a patch on his uniform seemingly in support of former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, during a downtown protest Friday.

An officer with the last name of Coats was seen wearing an arm patch that read "Wilson" during a protest against the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson for August's fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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Politics & Issues
6:33 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

African Liberation Group Plans To Convene 'Black People's Grand Jury' Against Darren Wilson

Universal African People's Organization leader Zaki Baruti (left) and African People's Socialist Party leader Omali Yeshitela.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Activists connected to the Leadership Coalition for Justice (formerly called the Justice for Mike Brown Leadership Coalition) and the African People’s Socialist Party announced Friday that they are convening a symbolic grand jury in January to decide for themselves whether former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged with a crime for killing Michael Brown.

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Minority Participation
6:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Session 1 Of St. Louis Building Trade Diversity Effort Complete

Five of the original 12 participants in the first session of BUD listen intently to their instructor on the first day of training October 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The first session of the Building Union Diversity, or BUD, initiative has finished. It’s a new effort to increase diversity in St. Louis building and construction unions. Program organizers say efforts are now underway to connect participants to employers.

The initiative is an eight-week pre-apprenticeship program organized by seven St. Louis unions, with funding and recruitment provided by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

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Week In Review
12:47 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

The Rundown: Ferguson's Shadow Looms Over Protests, Police, Politics

On the outskirts of Rosebud, Mo.
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We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Ferguson: Protests, police and politics

Rosebud Residents Denounce Racist Displays Targeting NAACP March

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Beyond Ferguson
12:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Court Orders Better Warning Before Tear Gas; In Tower Grove South, Chief Hears Of Trust Lost

Police chief Sam Dotson addresses Tower Grove South residents at a community meeting on December 12, 2014.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that requires police to give adequate warning before deploying tear gas at lawful protests and to ensure people have safe exit routes. The ruling came as residents told St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson that the department has a lot to do to regain the trust of the community it is supposed to serve.

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