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Ballwin lawmakers oppose city-county merger

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:13 Published in Local News

   Lawmakers in one West County community are against a merging of the City of St. Louis with St. Louis County.

   The Ballwin Board of Aldermen voted 7-1 Monday night to draft a resolution opposing a city-county merger.

   Alderman Frank Fleming was the lone no-vote.  Fleming says he couldn't approve the proposal because it wasn't on the agenda for Monday and had been introduced as an emergency measure. Fleming saysd he's in favor the resolution otherwise.

   The resolution will be on the agenda of the March 24 board meeting.

Missouri House mulls pot bill

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:08 Published in Local News
   Missouri lawmakers continue to mull legalizing marijuana.  
   Democratic Rep. Chris Kelly, of Columbia is sponsoring legislation that would allow most Missouri adults to buy and use recreational marijuana.
   The House public safety committee held a hearing on the measure Monday, but did not take a vote.
   If the bill passes, it would allow the state to impose an excise  tax on sales up to 25%.
   Washington State and Colorado have already legalized recreational marijuana use.
   The Democratic proposal faces an uphill battle in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature.

Quinn attends Calif. fundraiser for re-election

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 02:36 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign is getting an out-of-state boost.
   The Chicago Democrat flew to Los Angeles on Friday for a fundraiser attended by actors and others in the movie industry.
   Quinn campaign spokeswoman Leslie Wertheimer confirmed Monday that Quinn was in Los Angeles for the fundraiser. She said a similar one was thrown in his honor in 2013.
   The Chicago Sun-Times reported those in attendance included actor Joe Mantegna of CBS' "Criminal Minds."
   Quinn has kept a low-profile on the campaign trail so far. He faces one lesser-known Democratic challenger on March 18. Activist Tio Hardiman of suburban Hillside is running.
   Four Republicans are running for Illinois governor. They are state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, business man Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
 

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