Happy hour at Fresh & Co offers guidance in response to abortion legislation
Jun11

Happy hour at Fresh & Co offers guidance in response to abortion legislation

THE GROVE – Concerned St. Louisans packed into Fresh & Co. Studio on Thursday evening to learn the how-tos of volunteering in order to fight recent abortion legislation in Missouri. This “how to” happy hour and fundraiser at the studio, 4366 Manchester Avenue, featured several speakers and advocates from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and It Starts Today-Missouri. Donations for the Gateway Women’s...

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Judge to hear arguments on state attempt to shut down Planned Parenthood abortion services
Jun03

Judge to hear arguments on state attempt to shut down Planned Parenthood abortion services

DOWNTOWN – A St. Louis judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether or not the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services can pull the license of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in the Central West End.  The move would make Missouri the first state since 1974 to not have an operating abortion clinic. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued an order Friday to keep the clinic operating over the...

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Aldermen question Gardner’s request for legal costs
Jun03

Aldermen question Gardner’s request for legal costs

CITY HALL – Two aldermen quizzed Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner last week on money her office spent on outside legal defense in a grand jury investigation of her office. Sixteenth Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg presented figures showing that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office spent an average of $297,000 on contractual and other services from 2000 to 2017. The office spent $616,000 in 2018 and $562,000 so far in 2019....

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Bruce Franks to resign from MO House seat
May17

Bruce Franks to resign from MO House seat

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist who became a prominent urban voice in Missouri’s largely conservative Legislature, is giving up his House seat, in part due to mental health struggles. Franks was first elected in 2016 when he defeated veteran Democratic lawmaker Penny Hubbard, two years after he led protests in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Franks was also a leader of 2017...

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Jaco: The Death of Better Together
May07

Jaco: The Death of Better Together

On its face, Better Together was never an awful proposal. With 89 municipalities, 56 police departments, dozens of money-grubbing municipal courts, entrenched racism, and an economy and population that have both stagnated, or shrunk, for decades, St. Louis City and County obviously need to do something. Consolidating services and governments is definitely one way to do it. The North County Police Co-Operative merged several small...

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Treasurer wants $15 minimum wage for her office, battle with Aldermanic president may be brewing
May07

Treasurer wants $15 minimum wage for her office, battle with Aldermanic president may be brewing

CITY HALL — St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones says “it’s only right” to raise the wage of everybody in her office to $15 an hour. But Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says it is more right for her to share her parking revenue with the rest of the city. Jones said employees in her office were still making the legal minimum wage of $7.35 when she took office in 2013. Since then, she has gradually increased the...

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