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Susan Smith-Harmon

Susan Smith-Harmon

Wellston releases prisoners for lack of food

Friday, 26 July 2013 01:21 Published in Local News

   Five prisoners being held in the Wellston city jail are free, even though their warrants haven't been cleared.  

   Officials released all the prisoners Wednesday night because the police department could no longer afford to feed them.  The cash-strapped city had stopped providing funds for inmate meals.  

   Police officers began dipping into their own pockets to buy them food, but the city refused to reimburse the officers.

   All of the prisoners released were being held on misdemeanor warrants.

   Senator Claire McCaskill has long been an advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military. So the Missouri Democrat is perplexed this week after being singled out in St. Louis Post Dispatch and Facebook ads calling her a roadblock to reforming the system.

   Protect Our Defenders, a Washington-based advocacy group for military sexual assault victims, took aim at McCaskill over her opposition to an amendment proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

   Gillibrand proposes setting up a new independent legal channel to prosecute sexual assaults and other major crimes.   The Pentagon and many Democratic and GOP senators oppose the idea.

   The company that owns the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill has 20 days to submit a new plan to stop the fire's spread toward radioactive waste buried at the adjacent West Lake Landfill.  

   The Missouri Department of Natural Resources yesterday found "significant deficiencies" in Republic Service's contingency plan.  

   Residents living near the two landfills have expressed serious concerns about the underground fire that continues to creep closer to the radioactive waste site.  

   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued Republic in March because the continuous burning violates state environmental laws.  Koster says he will take them back to court if necessary to force the company to comply with the DNR's request for a new plan.

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