Prosecutor, police at odds again over traffic stop

1 hour 54 minutes ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police internal affairs investigators are looking into a traffic stop involving the city’s elected prosecutor, the latest episode of a strained relationship between Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and police. Gardner was pulled over at 5:51 p.m. on Dec. 23, more than an hour after sunset, because she was driving …
The Associated Press

New interactive kiosks provide extra information downtown, elsewhere

2 hours 54 minutes ago
ST. LOUIS – At about eight feet tall, the new interactive digital kiosks downtown look like Paul Bunyan’s cellphone. In fact, some city officials hope they’ll make a giant improvement in how area residents, tourists and even homeless people get what they need to know about St. Louis. Like a cellphone, you can use it …
Jim Merkel

Mungenast museum honors motorcycles, autos, car dealer

6 hours 54 minutes ago
BEVO MILL – Dave Mungenast started selling a gentleman’s motorcycle at a time when people thought of it as a machine for outlaws. He received awards in international motorcycling competitions and risked his life as a movie stuntman for actors including Paul Newman and Burt Reynolds. When Mungenast died in 2006, he left to his …
Jim Merkel

Police residency rules are topic at Missouri capitol

1 day 21 hours ago
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to allow police in all Missouri municipalities to reside outside the cities where they live. A House bill initially introduced to lift the residency requirements for officers in St. Louis was expanded Tuesday to include all Missouri cities, despite opposition from Kansas City leaders, The Kansas City …
The Associated Press

ESOP alleges lying, bias, lack of action by police union

2 days ago
ST. LOUIS – Black city residents are not the only ones with gripes about race relations with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Even black police officers continue mounting charges of racism and discrimination, issues that have been festering for some time now.  Last week on Twitter, the Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) called out …
Bill Beene

State lawmakers spar over how to handle spike in violence

2 days 2 hours ago
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker pitching a tough-on-crime bill Tuesday directed blame for a surge in violence in the state’s biggest cities at factors including the sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and St. Louis’ prosecutor. Sen. Bob Onder, R-St. Charles, told a panel of state senators that a law-and-order approach had worked in the …
The Associated Press

Cinema St. Louis wins $15,000 NEA grant for film festival

2 days 4 hours ago
ST. LOUIS — Cinema St. Louis has won a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 29th annual St. Louis International Film Festival, one of the largest and highest-profile international film festivals in the Midwest. CSL also annually produces the locally focused St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, the LGBTQ-centric …

Disney program features teen who started book club for black children

3 days ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a black student from St. Louis created a book club because didn’t find books at his majority-white school’s library that told stories of people who look like him, he had no idea his initiative would land him on Disney’s screen as a hero. Sidney Keys III founded Books n Bros, …
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Speakers, marchers honor MLK

3 days 20 hours ago
ST. LOUIS – Blacks and whites together braved frigid temperatures Monday to celebrate the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, starting with a program downtown at the Old Courthouse, where it heated up with boos and other outbursts directed at Mayor Lyda Krewson. One, woman, Ziah Reddick, yelled out, calling the mayor’s remarks …
Bill Beene

Mayor orders $15 minimum wage for city civil service workers

4 days 1 hour ago
CITY HALL – Starting in the middle of February, all civil service employees working for the city of St. Louis will make at least $15 an hour.  The change will happen after Mayor Lyda Krewson signed on Friday an executive order making $15 an hour the new minimum wage for civil service employees. According to …
Jim Merkel

Reed pushes for breakthrough on freeholders board

4 days 8 hours ago
CITY HALL – Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed plans to spend the week turning up the heat to get a resolution to the stalled effort to name nine city representatives to the Board of Freeholders. “I am going to be doing everything in my power to get this thing closed by next Friday,” Reed …
Jim Merkel

Report on mass incarceration underlines need for reform

4 days 23 hours ago
ST. LOUIS – A new report about mass incarceration of blacks in the U.S., and Missouri in particular, supports the need for the kind of criminal justice reform St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner is instituting.  “You can’t arrest your way out of crime,” Gardner has said continually since she was elected as the city’s …
Bill Beene

Churches, nonprofit cure medical debt for 11,108 Missouri families

6 days 8 hours ago
ST. LOUIS – Millions in medical bill debt for 11,108 Missouri families have been cured by The Deaconess Foundation, area church groups and RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that locates, purchases and abolishes unpaid or “unpayable” medical debt.  Church bodies, including Christ the King United Church of Christ, raised more than $60,000 in donations. Those …
Bill Beene

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama’s school lunch guidelines

6 days 18 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration has taken another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama’s school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the rule changes on Friday Jan. 17, which …
The Associated Press

City officially grounds airport privatization effort

6 days 18 hours ago
CITY HALL – The Board of Estimate and Apportionment met for less than three minutes on Wednesday, long enough to say a final “good riddance” to a much-criticized study on privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport. By all intents, the effort ended in late December, when Mayor Lyda Krewson announced that she was pulling her …
Jim Merkel

Resolution seeks to close city workhouse

6 days 19 hours ago
CITY HALL – A resolution now before the Board of Aldermen outlines a plan to use pressure to force the city to close its much-criticized Medium Security Institution. The resolution would commit the Board of Aldermen to reject any budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 that fully funds the Medium Security Institution as before. It asks …
Jim Merkel

Police chief, aldermen clash in committee meeting

1 week 1 day ago
CITY HALL – Questions about reorganizing the city police department brought sharp clashes Wednesday between police Chief John Hayden and members of a Board of Aldermen committee. Twenty-First Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad and other members of the Public Safety Committee argued with Hayden over policy including what aldermen said was his failure to provide information …
Jim Merkel

Racist rant attacks circuit attorney’s backers as ESOP supports federal lawsuit

1 week 1 day ago
ST. LOUIS – One day after six fellow reform-minded black female lead prosecuting attorneys converged on St. Louis to rally for Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner and her federal lawsuit alleging racism and conspiracy, the Ethical Society of Police announced via Twitter their support for some of her complaints. Even as the ESOP made their announcement, …
Bill Beene

Governor pitches plan to address violent crime

1 week 1 day ago
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to reaffirm his support for gun rights and pitch other ideas to address an uptick in violence in the state’s biggest cities. Parson and the Republican-led Legislature face heightened pressure to act after a particularly violent 2019. St. Louis, …
The Associated Press
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