Category: Legal

County Council moves forward with plan to approve bonds for Save-A-Lot to build headquarters at Northwest Crossings

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday moved forward with the process to approve Chapter 100 bonds to keep Save A Lot’s headquarters in the county. Approval of the bonds would allow Save-A-Lot to move from Earth City and build its new corporate headquarters at Northwest Crossings in St. Ann. It would also allow the grocery store chain to pay 50 percent of assessed personal property taxes on computers and other office equipment for the next […]

Supreme Court ruling paves way for Missouri to collect online sales tax with lawmaker action

A close U.S. Supreme Court decision has paved the way for the Missouri General Assembly to take up legislation that could potentially bring in millions in revenue. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence. The 5-4 decision is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under a 1992 Supreme Court […]

Candidate for Senate District 14 receives endorsement from United Auto Workers Union

A challenger for the Missouri Senate District 14 has received another endorsement. Brian Williams, a former staffer of U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, filed in February to run for the Senate seat with a campaign focused on education, accountability and attracting and retaining local talent to the district. On Thursday, Williams’ campaign announced he has received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers Union Region 5. Williams grew up in a union family in North St. Louis […]

ArchCity Defenders begin film series with KDHX, partnership with filmmaker Wade Gardner

ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil rights law firm, and KDHX are pleased to announce a three month racial film series beginning today, June 21, 2018 at 7pm at The Stage at KDHX. The first film in the series is Marvin Booker was Murdered, an award-winning feature length documentary directed by filmmaker Wade Gardner. Following the film screening, Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, will facilitate a Q&A with Gardner and Marvin Booker’s brother and sister-in-law, […]

Ashcroft calls voter fraud ‘exponentially greater threat than hacking’ during U.S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a hearing on election security preparedness nationwide, part of the conversation diverged on a path of voter fraud following a statement by Missouri’s Secretary of State. “The evidence indicates that voter fraud is an exponentially greater threat than hacking of election equipment,” said SOS Jay Ashcroft. A few senators on the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee took issue with the statement and pressed Ashcroft to site any study, nonpartisan report, […]

St. Louis to host National Election Security Summit in September

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — St. Louis will be hosting a a National Election Security Summit to be held September 10-11, 2018, according to Missouri’s Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. National, state and local election authorities will join officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Elections Infrastructure – Information Sharing and Analysis Center, security professionals, election experts, and other industry leaders to learn and share tangible best practices. “With heightened scrutiny of […]

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 […]

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. […]