Missouri has a lot of state things: a state bird (bluebird,) a state instrument (the fiddle,) a state fossil (Crinoidea) and even a state dessert (the ice cream cone.) Now, Missouri legislators want to add two state dogs, one historical dog and one wonder dog. A bill before the Missouri Legislatur ... More >>
Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves, who received a lot of attention earlier this year for his bizarre leaked e-mails to a constituent, regularly vents about his liberal colleagues and online followers in an over-the-top manner. On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, he frequently writes commentary ... More >>
Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."
When advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the ballot to end pot prohibition -- voters of the state will support it. So says new polling data released by advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, which says that the legalization of pot could pass as early ... More >>
Last week, we reported on a GOP proposal in Missouri that would give doctors the right not to perform procedures that go against their moral beliefs -- such as abortions. Meanwhile, a federal judge has struck down a Republican proposal with a similar theme that became law last year; this now over ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported that State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, is pushing gun legislation that would force parents to notify school officials if they own firearms. It's one of many proposals that is sparking controversy at the state level as federal officials continue to debate what ki ... More >>
"9/11-Truthers" believe a lot of things that make most of us deeply uncomfortable. But at least we'll get a cleaner highway out of their latest publicity stunt. The Missouri Department of Transportation has reluctantly approved a local 9/11 Truth group's application to adopt a stretch of Olive Bou ... More >>
It's official: In Missouri, employers, insurance companies or anyone else involved in an individual's health care can legally refuse to cover the Pill. In a not-so-surprising move, both houses of the Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749. SB 749 give ... More >>
In just a few hours, lawyers of Paul McKee will be trying to convince a state appeals panel to let the developer move forward with his $8.1 billion-dollar plan to rejuvenate North St. Louis. (Click here for a primer on the situation). The stakes are high, and the issues are rather technical, what ... More >>
Special Session in Jeff City is not going according to plan.Remember the scene in Juice when Bishop, Q, Raheem and Steel rob the corner store? They had everything all planned out. They timed the police patrols. They brought gloves, masks, and a gun. They knew old man Quiles, the owner, would be ... More >>
Speaking to the Missouri Sheriffs Association yesterday in Joplin, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reiterated his desire to see a statewide ban on the over-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient for meth. For the tenth year in a row, Missouri has led the nation in the numb ... More >>
St. John's Mercy Health System lost in today's ruling, which will allow a competitor to build a new facility in St. Louis County.The area's largest Catholic hospital system, St. John's Mercy Health System, has lost its bid to change the way new health care facilities are permitted in Missouri -- ... More >>
Wayne Pacelle: The Humane Society is backing a new initiative in Missouri.As the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, told us last week, his organization plans to back a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot in Missouri called Your Vote Counts. And Pacelle wasn ... More >>
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United StatesGovernor Jay Nixon yesterday announced new measures (and $1.1 million in funding) to monitor dog-breeding operations here, in light of the "Missouri Compromise" that he signed into law earlier this year. The compromise gutted key parts of Pr ... More >>
A scene from last year's Mardi Gras. More photos here.Changes made last year in the Missouri Legislature means that for the first time in recent memory, agents with the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Control won't be assisting St. Louis police in monitoring underage drinking at this Saturday's Mardi ... More >>
Last month, in a story about the Camp Zoe case called "Shakedown," the RFT's Keegan Hamilton detailed the shocking process by which federal and state law enforcement authorities may legally seize cash, land or other valuables from a citizen -- even in cases in which the citizen has never been cha ... More >>
Tim Fitch: Won't zit zilent.St. Louis County's top cop had some more entertaining things to say this week about the use of speed cameras in Missouri. Speaking to KDHX's host D.J. Wilson on Monday, county police chief Tim Fitch referred to the cameras as special kind of irritant -- acne. "You're g ... More >>
Image via WikipediaLet the fake reefer madness continue: Pettis County -- located about 75 miles southwest of Columbia -- became the first municipality in America to ban the synthetic marijuana product K2 yesterday.The AP picked up the story this morning from the Sedalia Democrat:Prosecuting Atto ... More >>
Last Friday, St. Louis Public Schools' Elected School Board member David Jackson Jr. sent a formal request to three city aldermen asking them to introduce legislation barring any more charter schools from opening in the city. "Currently charter schools in the city deflect approximately $75 million d ... More >>
Legislators call for a probe of the nonprofit that governs Missouri high school sports.
Gangs keep their murderous hold on the streets of St. Louis. And kids like Lil' Robert Walker pay the price.
Larry Johnson wants big bucks for a crime he never committed
Could the mayor's uncanny habit of making enemies wreck the charter-reform effort?
St. Louis police may be close to getting the right to live where they want
Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago
The climate for modern dance in St. Louis is especially chill
At the end of a star-crossed season, Cardinal Nation still doesn't know where the Redbirds will roost after they leave Busch
Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.
Public schools are broke all over, so why are only St. Louis and Kansas City getting charter schools?
In the '50s, St. Louis took over maintenance of state roads in the city. Now, the city can't give back that responsibility.
When it comes to a new stadium, not even opening day is immune from a sales pitch
Week of February 21, 2001
The Cards turn up the heat on Missouri with a little help from across the river
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
Craig Heller sees the future of downtown -- and it works
They have run away from home or been kicked out, and there are about 5,500 of them in the St. Louis area. They're homeless teens -- too old for foster care, too young to live on their own.
Did a state representative yank the purse strings in an effort to frighten off a would-be challenger to one of his closest allies?
Charter-school proponents are paddling as fast as they can; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Getting Springsteen tickets will cost you, one way or another
"Pro-lifers" go warm-and-fuzzy
The Cardinals want a new stadium. They'll probably get it. But unless baseball cures its own ills, it might be better being a no-show.
Breast-feeding is better for babies, better for mothers, better for society -- so why is the practice shrouded in shame?