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Judge rejects, rewrites summary for Missouri abortion initiative petition

7 hours 9 minutes ago
A Cole County judge rewrote the ballot titles for six initiative petitions seeking to enshrine the right to abortion in the Missouri Constitution, ruling that 13 phrases in the summaries written by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft are “argumentative” or unfairly biased. In a ruling issued Monday morning, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem wrote that the summaries crafted by Ashcroft completely ignored the initiative proposals’ protections for contraceptives and other reproductive health needs. In a…
Rudi Keller

Confusion continues over how hemp was processed in recalled Missouri cannabis products

7 hours 29 minutes ago
At the center of Missouri’s massive marijuana recall is a THC concentrate, or distillate, made partially from hemp. Robertsville-based marijuana manufacturer Delta Extraction has denied accusations that it illegally imported marijuana into the state by arguing it actually imported a non-psychoactive hemp product that was converted into THC once in Missouri. The commissioner overseeing Delta’s appeal of the recall and license suspension said the company will likely lose that argument, because…
Rebecca Rivas

Nurses to hold 1-day strike outside SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

2 days 22 hours ago
Registered nurses at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital plan to hold a one-day strike "for patient safety and nurse retention," according to a press release Friday from National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United, The 24-hour strike will begin at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, and end at 6:59 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, outside the hospital, located at 1201 S. Grand Blvd. Nurses, elected officials and community members are expected to attend. The organization said…
Alli Hebel

Missouri lawmaker accused of ‘unlawful’ conduct in push for contract, drawing FBI scrutiny

2 days 23 hours ago
The top Republican in the Missouri House is facing allegations he threatened to terminate the employment of a nonpartisan legislative staffer who resisted his monthslong push to hire a private company to manage constituent information. House Speaker Dean Plocher vehemently denies the accusations, which were uncovered through public records obtained by The Independent under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. But Dana Miller, chief clerk of the House since 2018 and a chamber staff member since 2001, wrote…
Jason Hancock

Former Jamestown Mall finally has a demolition date

3 days ago
The former Jamestown Mall in Florissant finally has a demolition date after sitting empty for nearly 10 years. The Florissant community and public officials will mark the start of demolition with a 10 a.m. ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 26. The mall, a 1.2 million-square-foot structure, first opened in 1973 and shut down in 2014. The 145-acre mall property now sits vacant at the intersection of Old Jamestown Road and North Highway 67. More: Contractor selected for Jamestown Mall demolition could…
Genell Reynolds