Author: Ben Striker

Democratic challenger for 2nd District earns UAW endorsement

One of the Democratic challengers for 2nd Congressional District in Missouri received an endorsement on Thursday from a national organization. Cort VanOstran, a political newcomer, lawyer and visiting lecturer at Washington University School of Law announced that he received the endorsement of the United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). This marks the second major labor endorsement in two weeks for his campaign. VanOstran is running for the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held […]

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 […]

Judge limits scope of discovery in Confide lawsuit to existence of records

Two St. Louis attorneys seeking to get answers into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff didn’t get much Tuesday. Discovery in a Sunshine Lawsuit against the office of the former governor has been limited to whether or not the records exist for the time being. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem has instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the […]

Hawley sues North County developer for tax credit fraud

ST. LOUIS — Just one day after the city of St. Louis broke off its tax credit deal with St. Louis Developer Paul McKee and his company Northside Regeneration, LLC, the state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against him. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday sued McKee and his company alleging that Northside received tax credits in the amount of $4.5 million for redevelopment projects in North St. Louis and kept these credits despite failing to complete the […]

Gov. Parson wraps up statewide listening tour with stop in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Republican Gov. Mike Parson traveled to St. Louis Wednesday to conclude his listening tour across the Show-Me State. Parson, speaking with city and county officials, local leaders and area business owners at the Cortex Innovation Hub in St. Louis’ startup district, said the tour gave him a chance to hear directly from the people he represents and discuss the different challenges facing the region. He added that his stop in the Gateway City […]

Wellbridge, Drunken Bean coffee shop seek go-ahead from Clayton board

Two companies will seek conditional use permits before the Clayton Board of Aldermen Tuesday night. According to the board’s agenda, city officials will consider granting those permits to the Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa and the Drunken Bean coffee shop during its regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 7 p.m. According to new applications filed with the city of Clayton in April, Wellbridge plans to move from its current location at 7620 Forsyth Blvd., into a […]

Stenger signs executive order to “Ban the Box” on St. Louis County employment applications

PHOTO: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signs an executive order removing questions about a job candidate’s criminal history from initial applications for employment within county government on Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. FERGUSON — Potential employees convicted of a crime seeking government employment will no longer have to check the box in St. Louis County. Under an executive order signed Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, County […]

Jackson County prosecutor declines to file new charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

KANSAS CITY — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will not file criminal invasion of privacy charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Baker stated that her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges in the Greitens case and that corroborating evidence for an invasion of privacy case was still missing. “I’m frustrated, but I also believe this is the right decision based on the facts and the law that we […]

Jefferson County officials warn of possible government shutdown

HILLSBORO, Mo. — Jefferson County officials are warning that a county-wide government shutdown could occur soon unless local lawmakers meet and find a way to balance the 2018 budget. In a press conference held Thursday at the Jefferson County Government Center, County Executive Ken Waller called for an emergency meeting with the county council at 6 p.m. Friday to address concerns regarding a budget amendment the county council recently passed after a veto override, which put the […]

Reed to introduce bill adding to Transparency in Government Law

Recordings of public, governmental meetings in the city of St. Louis would include effective closed captioning under a bill being introduced by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen president. President Lewis Reed on Friday will introduce Board Bill 72, revising The Transparency in Government Law. The new piece of legislation will require all public meetings of the Board of Aldermen, Board of Estimate & Apportionment and the Preservation Board to include effective closed captioning. The […]