Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with reporters in O'Fallon, Illinois. Rauner expressed enthusastic support for bringing the NGA headquarters to the Metro East.
File photo | Katelyn Petrin I St. Louis Public Radio

Even as Republican lawmakers from Missouri, Illinois and elsewhere across the U.S., speak out against allowing Syrian refugees into their states, St. Louis is seen as a community that welcomes those most in need of finding a new home, according to Audrey Singer, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. “St. Louis is a place that definitely sees refugees and immigrants as assets and as members of the community, members of the work force, and members of the (city’s) future workforce.”

Egbe Omo Yoruba of Greater St. Louis held a "Bring Back Our Girls" peace rally at the downtown Central Library last May, after the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 200 girls in Nigeria.
Courtesy St. Louis County

A St. Louis-based group of Nigerians is condemning recent terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria not through public demonstrations here, but by encouraging voting there.

A group about 150 turned out for the vigil. Here they raise their hands and red paper hands  in remembrance of the 141victims of the Taliban attack in Peshwar.
Camille Phillips | St.Louis Public Radio

After the Taliban attacked a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan last week, Abida Farooqui and her friends looked for a vigil to attend in St. Louis. When they didn’t find one, they organized one.

About 150 people turned up at Shaw Park in Clayton Sunday afternoon for the vigil, where they lined up on the sidewalk along S. Brentwood Blvd. to display their homemade signs. “St. Louis Mourns Peshawar,” read one. “Wake Up Pakistan,” said another. A third said simply “Enough.”

via White House video stream

(Updated 5:37 P.M. Thr., Sept. 18)

The Senate voted Thursday to approve a $1 trillion stop-gap spending plan to keep the federal government operating until December 11.  The measure also contains the authorization for the Pentagon to train and equip Syrian Rebels in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS.  The measure was approved on a 78-22 vote and now goes to the President.  

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Earlier Story:

A refugee from Somalia who worked as an airport cab driver in St. Louis has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for providing money to a terrorist organization in Somalia.

The sentence for 31-year-old Mohamud Abdi Yusuf was handed down today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in November, admitting that he raised nearly $6,000 for al-Shabab, which was trying to overthrow the provisional government in Somalia.