JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several thousand messages are piling up as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon decides whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.
The Republican-led Legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.
Nixon, a Democrat, has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.
As the governor decides what to do, some are seeking to sway his decision. Many are urging Nixon to sign the bills, calling them key to protecting Missouri residents' rights. Some suggest he should veto and raise questions about the legality and wisdom of the legislation.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County councilman says he'll try to halt development of an apartment complex for low-income seniors.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports County Councilman Steve Stenger told a crowd Friday at Oakville High School he'll present a proposal to the council Tuesday to end construction on the complex.
Construction began May 16th on the building, which would have 44 one-bedroom units. The apartments are being built by Ohio-based National Church Residences, a nonprofit senior housing developer, which didn't attend the meeting.
Stenger says there was a breakdown in notifying residents about the complex. But the St. Louis County Planning Commission says it mailed 200 postcards to residents and business within 1,000 feet of the project, and information was posted on the county's website and at the apartment site.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The long-delayed NorthSide Regeneration project in St. Louis is expected to get started by November.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that developer Paul McKee says he is meeting every 10 days with city officials to get the project started as soon as possible.
The $8 billion development by McKee's NorthSide Regeneration LLC is envisioned eventually to include 10,000 homes and millions of square feet of office space in an impoverished two-square-mile area north of downtown St. Louis.
The project got a boost from a Missouri Supreme Court ruling in April that gave the go-ahead to nearly $400 million in city financing for road and street work.
McKee says he is getting more calls from potential tenants now that the lawsuit is finished.