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St. Louis County council member Lisa Clancy expresses her support for Sam Page before voting for him as county executive Monday night.
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St. Louis County Council May Bar Landlords From Rejecting Tenants With Federal Subsidies

Members of the St. Louis County Council are mulling whether to prohibit the rejection of tenants because of how they earn their money. Councilwoman Lisa Clancy introduced legislation to add source of income to the county’s fair housing codes. Currently, property owners cannot discriminate or turn anyone away from applying on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

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Springfield, IL – Leaders of the Illinois Republican Party are expected to pick State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka as their new party chief.

GOP leaders are to meet this afternoon and are expected to discuss the status of the chairmanship. Current chairman Gary MacDougal is expected to step aside to make way for Topinka.

Topinka was the lone Republican to win statewide office on an election day that saw Democrats win control of the Governor's office and the Legislature.

St. Clair, MO – An autopsy is planned today in California for a suburban St. Louis Marine recruit who died during basic training.

Eighteen-year-old Neal Edwards of St. Clair collapsed Saturday after running an obstacle course, and died yesterday at a San Diego hospital.

Belleville, IL – A task force in Belleville has come up with a plan to address an impending shortage of Catholic priests.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the recommendation is for the city's eight churches to be grouped into three clusters, so priests could work more than one church. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of priests serving Belleville from ten to six.

Bishop Wilton Gregory is expected to make a final decision in January.

St. Louis, MO – Heading into the busy holiday traveling season, gas prices in the St. Louis area are lower than a month ago but higher than a year ago.

AAA Motor Club reports the average price for a gallon of gas in the St. Louis metro area is $1.29. That's $0.19 lower than the average price a month ago, but at this time last year gas prices averaged just $1.06.

Gas in the Metro-East costs slightly more, averaging $1.37.

Edwardsville, Illinois – The first order of business for the new
Madison County state's attorney will be making sure his old cases are handled by a special prosecutor.

William Mudge moved into the state's attorney's office in Edwardsville today, leaving his work as a defense lawyer. He
replaces William Haine who resigned to prepare for his first term as a state Senator.

Mudge will serve out the remainder of Haine's term. He says he plans to run for election in November 2004.

Jefferson City, MO – Approximately 635,450 Laclede Gas customers in the St. Louis area will pay higher gas bills to heat their homes this winter. The rates reviewed and accepted by the Missouri Public Service Commission go up as of Tuesday. A typical residential heating customer will likely pay about $21.63 more for heat from November to March.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis prosecutors say they have five to seven "promising" cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by clergymen.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office says those are the strongest of 35 to 40 active files on clergymen, though the cases may not lead to charges.

In March, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce asked people who were abused to call her office after disclosures of abuse allegations against St. Louis Archdiocese priests.

St. Louis, MO –

The Vienna Choir Boys is one of the oldest and most famous musical institutions in the world. Its roots go back to 1498, when it was founded by Emperor Maximilian I. On November 21, the choir gave a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. KWMU's Kevin Lavery caught up with the choir halfway through its North American tour.


St. Louis on the Air

Monday: Talking with SLCL Director About New Library Branch Openings

Guest host Ruth Ezell of the Nine Network will talk with St. Louis County Library Director Kristen Sorth about the final projects in the Your Library Renewed campaign.

Curious Louis Answers Your Questions About The St. Louis City-County Merger Plan

Readers have submitted dozens of questions about Better Together's proposal to unify St. Louis and St. Louis County. We'll answer as many as we can in the weeks and months ahead.

St. Louis Public Radio Investigates: East St. Louis' Murder Rate

Unraveling East St. Louis' Murder Rate And The Legacy Of Unsolved Homicides

In this series, investigative reporters Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk used public records to compile a database of all 453 homicides that occurred between 2000-2008 in East St. Louis.