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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former St. Louis City alderwoman has been fined $100,000 for using her campaign funds to pay off student loans and for spa visits.
   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Kacie Starr Triplett misused almost $19,000 in campaign donations on personal expenses.
   In a letter Thursday, Triplett apologized for her actions and said her decision stemmed from "greed and selfishness," not from need.
   The Missouri Ethics Commission levied the six-figure fine but is willing take only $10,000 if Triplett pays within 45 days. There is no criminal penalty in the commission's decision, although it could spur other investigations.
   Triplett left the Board of Alderman in 2012.
 
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   The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Rockwood School Board member has violated the state's conflict-of-interest law.  

   The commission found that over a two year period Steve Smith voted more than a dozen times on construction orders that allowed his employer, Glenn Construction to raise its fees on contracts with the school board.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Smith has been hit with a $10,000 fine, but if he pays within 45 days, the amount drops to $2,000.  If he violates the conflict-of-interest law again in the next two years, Smith would be on the hook for the other $8,000.  

   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had come to the same conclusion in his February audit of the Rockwood School District. 

   Smith served on the Rockwood Board of Education as a Glenn Construction employee between May 2010 and June 2012.

 
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:41

STL County Library Director resigns

   The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.  

   Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned.  The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.  

   Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years.  He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years.  But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.  

   Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.

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