Another member of the St. Louis County Police Board is stepping down.
On the heels of the resignations of board chairman Gregory Sansone and vice chairman Floyd Warmann, Ray Wagner says he will leave the police board by late September.
Ray Wagner's departure leaves just two members on the five member board. The board has been embroiled in an investigation looking into any improprieties surrounding the awarding of construction contracts for the new St. Louis County crime lab. Meanwhile, the St. Louis County Council postponed approving two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's police board nominees.
The Council met Tuesday night and instead of moving forward with confirmations decided to put that on hold and introduce legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks. The meeting was then adjourned without taking any further action.
Three St. Louis residents are in custody for alleged election offenses.
The prosecutor says Jerrell Sherod, Rachelle Olive, and Andrew Schafer committed potential voting fraud. The allegations stem from a possible improper request for absentee ballots. Schafer faces the most severe charges, multiple election offenses and two counts of forgery.
Police started to investigate after they were contacted by the St. Louis County Board of Elections.
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the Missouri History Museum is highlighting the struggle for equality here in St. Louis. From this evening through Friday, the Museum is highlighting the 1963 protests at the Jefferson Bank, one of the most important chapters in St. Louis civil rights history. Tonight's programs examine banking practices in St. Louis, then and now. There will also be an assembly discussing issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Thursday afternoon there is Civil Disobedience Training and Friday night is a look back at the Jefferson Bank protests. All the programs are free. For more information call: 314-533-2635.
The Boonville School District is standing by its superintendent following an investigation into the rodeo clown incident. The investigation by the district clears Dr. Mark Ficken of any wrongdoing stemming from the incident at the Missouri State Fair earlier this month. The report, prepared by a former Missouri Public Schools Superintendent and a former Missouri Attorney General, says Dr. Ficken was incorrectly credited as the man making disparaging remarks about President Obama, when in fact, they say, it was a rodeo clown.
Residents in South County reported a variety of snapping and popping noises in their neighborhood last night which turned out to be a small fire at the Ameren Meramec power plant. Authorities are trying to determine the cause. No one was hurt and electrical service was not disrupted. An Ameren official says some of the noise was the sound of safety valves on steam lines lifting due to the fire, which was quickly extinguished.
The vacancies on the St. Louis County Police Board will remain unfilled for the time being. The County Council Tuesday night postponed confirmation votes for two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's nominees.
The council had called a special meeting to consider the nominees to replace Gregory Sansone and Floyde Warman, but instead introduced legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks and then adjourned without a confirmation vote.
Dooley had tapped Republican Dave Spence and Democrat Freddy Clark to fill two seats on the five-member board.
Earlier in the day, police board member Ray Wagoner announced that he too is stepping down. Wagoner cited personal and business obligations. The county executive has not yet named a successor for Wagoner.
CONWAY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for 22 southern Missouri counties hit hard by this month's floods.
Nixon said Tuesday the costs of emergency response and repairs will be high.
The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier and left at least three people dead.
Nixon announced his request in Conway, where the waste water treatment system was heavily damaged.
The governor is asking the federal government to clear the way for individual and public assistance in 14 counties, public assistance in four counties and individual assistance in four others.
Individual assistance allows households to seek federal aid for uninsured losses. Public assistance allows local governments to seek help with response and recovery expenses.
Dozens of new laws take affect in Missouri today. Among them is the new carry conceal permit law, which shifts the process of issuing permits to county sheriff's departments and away from the state Department of Revenue.
Other new laws on the books today will hike the fines for passing or speeding in emergency zones on highways, allow drivers to show proof of insurance using their smartphones and tablets, and let cities decide if they want to allow ATVs on their streets.
There's a new law encouraging Missouri schools to teach first-graders the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.
And another that requires scrap metal dealers to keep records of transactions involving catalytic converters.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Construction work on Illinois highways will be suspended for the Labor Day weekend to improve the flow of traffic and increase safety.
That's the word from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which announced its plans Tuesday. IDOT officials hope that by opening up as many traffic lanes as possible they will reduce congestion and make the holiday weekend more enjoyable for travelers.
Work will be put on hold starting at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue through midnight Monday.
The Department of Transportation reminds motorists that work zone speed limits remain in effect when they are posted, even if no workers are on site.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois will regulate the use of drones by law enforcement under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Tuesday. Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman says the governor signed the law to protect people's right to privacy.
Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance. The law requires authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information.
Bill sponsor Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss has said the law helps maintain a reasonable expectation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union praises the new law as appropriate and reasonable.
The legislation outlines a few exceptions, including when the Department of Homeland Security decides surveillance is needed to prevent a terrorist attack.