Updated at 1:15 p.m. with further comment from the ACLU.
Updated at 12:05 p.m. with quotes from court administrator Paul Fox.
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the St. Louis County family court is treating all of the children who appear in front of its judges equally.
The department's Civil Rights Division is specifically looking at whether the court is providing due process to children involved in delinquency proceedings, and if all children are treated equally regardless of race.
The head of the St. Louis County Health Department answered questions this afternoon about an ongoing investigation into a possible misuse of funds, but it remains unclear how much money could be missing.
At the center of the investigation is Edward Mueth, a top official in the department that allegedly set up a computer company that may have over billed the county for goods and services.
Mueth committed suicide one day before he was scheduled to answer questions about a budget item that fell under his supervision.
A Florissant pastor nominated to the St. Louis County Police Commission has withdrawn his name from consideration.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rev. Freddy Clark told County Executive Charlie Dooley Friday morning that he is no longer interested. Clark is the founder of the Shalom Church in Florissant.
The St. Louis County Council has green lighted a plan that merges some economic development functions with St. Louis City.
The merger creates the St. Louis Economic Partnership, which among other things will create a central clearinghouse where businesses can find what sites are available and what incentives are offered in both the city and county.
County Executive Charlie Dooley said linking economic development efforts will help the region speak with one voice, but said getting St. Charles County to join the effort will be a critical next step.
St. Louis City and County are a step closer to merging some of their economic development functions.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday sent their version of the agreement to Mayor Francis Slay, who's expected to sign it. The St. Louis County Council will take a final vote on its measure on Tuesday.
The median residential property value in St. Louis County declined 7 percent over the past two years, according to preliminary numbers released this afternoon.
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says the numbers show that property values in wealthier areas held steady or only had slight declines, but areas with clusters of foreclosures saw the median property value drop by 12 percent.
(A full chart of how different areas compared is below)