The City of St. Louis is getting a financial boost in an effort to increase election efficiency and provide up-to-date equipment and services for voters and poll workers.
Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the awarding of over $73-thousand in grants to St. Louis City saying, "The right to vote is fundamental and must be available to all eligible Missourians."
The funding is the result of two awards-- The Election Efficiency Grant and a Help America Vote Act Grant. The grants can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records.
A sheriff in Maryville, Missouri expects up to 2,000 people to show up for a protest later today that was organized on behalf of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted when she was 14.
The case in Nodaway County has drawn national attention, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Sheriff Darren White says the county is placing portable restrooms on Maryville's courthouse square and is taking other measures to accommodate those who attend the rally set for 6 o'clock this evening.
At least two activist groups have called for a protest of the county prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a boy accused in the January 2012 sexual assault of Daisy Coleman.
The prosecutor says a lack of cooperation by the victim led to the charges being dropped. The Coleman's refute that claim.
A volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with attempting to have sex with a minor. The United States Attorney's Office says 50-year-old Michael Engler was arrested during an undercover operation that found Engler allegedly agreeing to meet a person he thought was a 14-year-old male in order to engage in sexual activity. The investigation remains open because of Engler's affiliation with the Boy Scouts. Authorities are concerned there might be additional victims. If you have any information about Engler, please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.
The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket Games 3 and 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium this weekend.
The Kansas-based church has been banned in some states from protesting near the funerals of servicemen and women and is known for disrupting services of private citizens as well.
The church is calling for protesters to demonstrate against "the worthless strutting peacocks of these two baseball teams...glorifying themselves instead of God".
St. Louis city police have said security downtown will be heightened for the Fall Classic.
Police Chief Sam Dotson met Monday with officials from the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol to discuss extra safety measures.