The fate of Ellisville's embattled mayor won't be known until next week. The City Council was supposed to vote on Mayor Adam Paul's impeachment Wednesday, but postponed deliberations until Monday.
Paul and his attorney Chet Pleban spoke with KTRS's McGraw Millhaven Thursday morning about the proceedings.
Some of the charges against Mayor Paul were dropped last night - due to a lack of evidence. Those include allegations Paul leaked confidential information. Paul says those charges should never have been brought against him.
"Releasing confidential information is pretty, pretty significant, and they're pretty serious allegations," Paul told McGraw. "And if you're going to put allegations like that out there, you better have some evidence."
Paul's attorney Chet Pleban told KTRS's McGraw Millhaven this morning that the charges against his client keep shifting. Pleban says although some charges against his client have been dropped, another charge - that Paul improperly questioned a city official - took center stage at last night's council meeting.
Pleban says the charge stems from an inquiry the mayor made on behalf of a constituent. Pleban told McGraw that the resident wanted to know how he would be compensated for being displaced from low-income housing by the new Walmart development.
"He went to the person who was the relocation expert and asked that question of what does this person get," Pleban said. "He got the answer to that question. He was satisfied with the answer, took it back to his constituent. And now they want to impeach him for asking the relocation person that particular question."
Paul says that when the council finally votes on it, he expects to be ousted, and if that happens, he says he will sue.
Pleban says the city council is already hiring legal representation in anticipation of that lawsuit.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is preparing to announce what he calls a "major securities action" that involves millions of dollars.
Kander scheduled a news conference Thursday at the Old Post Office in St. Louis. His office says Kander will seek restitution, civil penalties and fees and costs, but no other details have been released.
The secretary of state's office is Missouri's chief overseer and enforcer of securities laws intended to protect investors from unfair practices and fraudulent schemes.
St. Louis County police are assisting Kinloch police after a man was found murdered Wednesday night. Kinloch authorities were called around 8:00 by a man who reported hearing gun shots. When police arrived they found the body of a black male in his 20s outside a business near Gregory Drive and Mable Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
A man was shot three times in north St. Louis when police believe he went to look at a car he saw on advertised Craigslist. The victim and two other people went to the 4400 block of Elmbank around 8:00 last night, when two men approached the car with guns and began firing. One victim was struck twice in the back and once in the face. He remains in critical condition. The two other victims were not injured.
Paying union fees could no longer be a condition of employment in Missouri under a bill endorsed by a House committee. The panel voted 7-3 today to adopt what supporters call "right-to-work" legislation. Sponsoring Republican Representative Eric Burlison, of Springfield, says the measure makes Missouri an attractive location for new businesses. Opponents say the measure would weaken labor unions.
Job seekers have a chance to speak to over 50 employers at a job fair later this month.
Southwestern Illinois College is holding their spring job fair from nine to noon on Wednesday, April 24. Job seekers should arrive in business attire with copies of their resume. Career fields from health care to education will be represented and include companies like Schnucks, Edward Jones, and the St. Louis Police Department.
You can find the complete list of participating companies here.
Mass transit company Metro celebrated a milestone anniversary Wednesday.
With the first 50 years in the books, MetroBus is building a reputation as a leader in the industry with new technologies developed in St. Louis that enhance fuel economy, cut pollution and further the focus on running green. Ray Friem is with Metro Transit Services.
The reason St. Louis is becoming that is our maintenance department has developed systems and detection methods that are unique. And so the manufacturers of this equipment are coming to us and saying look we'd like to take advantage of that and test this in your environment.
MetroBus serves 29 millions riders annually.
Thousands of runners are expected to converge on downtown St. Louis as part of the Go! St. Louis Marathon events.
That marathon starts near the Arch and winds all the way to downtown Clayton. The starting gun fires at 7AM Saturday.
The half marathon is drawing a lot of attention this year. Organizers announced a $10,000 first prize--the fourth largest in US history for a half-marathon. The entire weekend of events could draw over 20,000 people.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to hire police resource officers.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says the measure is part of efforts to keep schools safer after the Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 20 children.
She says that school resource officers are considered county or municipal employees but her bill would allow school districts to hire them directly.
The bill would also strengthen the state's mandatory child abuse reporting laws by preventing supervisors from impeding a report.
The House voted 129-20 to the send the measure to the Senate Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill returned to Missouri to push for tougher punishments of military sexual assaults.
The Democratic senator and former Jackson County prosecutor met Wednesday with top officials from the Missouri National Guard at the Guard's Jefferson City headquarters.
Her appearance came one month after senior military leaders were chastised at a Senate hearing because an Air Force commander dismissed the conviction of a lieutenant colonel for sexually assaulting a civilian employee at Aviana Air Force Base in Italy.
McCaskill has introduced legislation to revise the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit commanders from overturning jury verdicts in military tribunals. Those leaders would also have to explain in writing any decisions to reduce sentences after guilty verdicts in court martials.