Day: June 20, 2018

Optimist International and Saint Louis University sponsor third annual Optimist Oratorical World Championships

Optimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization, announced Wednesday it has partnered with Saint Louis University to host the third annual Optimist Oratorical World Championships for students around the world.  Students will be challenged to craft speeches in which they discuss the topic “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” This year’s World Championships will be held at Saint Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29. Optimist International and its […]

Stenger assembles affordable housing trust fund task force

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has signed an executive order creating the St. Louis County Affordable Housing Trust Fund Task Force. The Task Force will develop recommendations regarding creation of such a fund, including: An outline of strategic funding priorities to address affordable housing and related needs of the citizens of St. Louis County. The amount of revenue needed to meaningfully fund these priorities and identification of potential revenue sources, including existing financial resources […]

St. Louis County Council moves forward with investigation of Stenger’s Northwest Crossings lease, St. Ann residents speak out

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday night moved forward with a report requesting the U.S. attorney and Missouri attorney general investigate government leases initiated by County Executive Steve Stenger and some of his donors. By a vote of 5-0 with one abstention and one absent, the seven-member council approved a report from its Ethics Committee calling into question whether County Executive Steve Stenger took campaign money from developers of the Northwest Crossings (NWC) legally. Councilman Pat […]

Galloway’s audit of Kinloch Fire Protection District finds $98,000 in inappropriate, unsupported spending

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has found missing funds during an audit of a St. Louis County fire protection district. According to Galloway, more than $98,000 in missing funds and unsupported expenditures were found in her audit of the Kinloch Fire Protection District. The audit was initiated after the district failed to comply with a state law that sets requirements for when fire protection districts must obtain an audit. “There must be zero tolerance for the […]

Gov. Parson to meet with President Trump, Stenger this week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In just his third week in office, Governor Mike Parson will continue discussions to identify the best solutions to address Missouri’s top issues and priorities with meetings at the White House. According to the governor’s spokesperson, Parson is scheduled to have lunch with a group of governors and President Donald Trump Thursday before heading back to the Show-Me State that evening. Parson will sit in on Cabinet-level meetings to discuss the needs […]

Pedroli claims text proves Confide used to conduct state business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — During a hearing in the Confide lawsuit against the governor’s office, Mark Pedroli represented evidence he says proves that they used the message destroying app to conduct state business. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem also limited discovery in the Sunshine lawsuit to whether or not the records exist for the time being. He instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the order. […]

First officers at GoJet Airlines can earn up to $56,000 in new hire bonuses

ST. LOUIS, Mo. /PRNewswire/ — GoJet Airlines has announced a new bonus package to attract the most qualified pilot candidates to its team.  Now with up to $56,000 in bonuses for new hire First Officers, total compensation for GoJet pilots is among the highest in the regional airline industry. The new bonus package includes a $51,000 bonus for new hire First Officers, as well as a $5,000 Air Carrier Experience Match for current and qualified pilots from […]

Blunt backs Protect Kids and Parents Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) yesterday joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) and 17 of his Senate colleagues as an original co-sponsor of the Protect Kids and Parents Act. “The situation at the border is unacceptable and it needs to be resolved,” said Blunt. “This bill will keep families together and expedite the asylum process. It will increase the number of federal immigration judges to help address the backlog of cases, which now […]