The Democratic candidate challenging Vicky Hartzler for her seat in the U.S. Congress is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency to Jeff Mizanskey, the man serving a life sentence for non-violent marijuana offenses. Nate Irvin, 25, kicked off his support with a press conference Monday on th ... More >>
Should Missouri cut pharmacies out of executions entirely and fund its own lab to develop lethal-injection drug cocktails? Attorney General Chris Koster thinks so. Speaking to a law conference in Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, Koster -- a leading Democratic candidate in Missouri's 2016 gubernatori ... More >>
Planned Parenthood, Missouri's only abortion provider, is asking Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that would force women to wait three days before having an abortion. Women already jump through several hoops to obtain an abortion in Missouri, where the only legal ... More >>
Gay couples may be constitutionally banned from marrying in Missouri, but this year, for the first time, LGBT people who marry in other states and pay taxes here are allowed to file jointly, like any other married couple. Conservative, "pro-family" activists want to change that. They've tried lawsu ... More >>
The hate-mongering piece of garbage that is The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., is almost dead, but at least he lived long enough to see a Missouri judge uphold a law forbidding his followers from one of their most antagonizing tactics: funeral protests. Protesters at funerals must stay 300 feet away startin ... More >>
Sorry, Daily RFT readers. Our stories about the Missouri Legislature are about to get much less interesting. Well, that's only if Missouri state senator Brian Nieves really is leaving the legislature. Nieves took to Facebook this weekend to write an ambiguous 1,607-word post saying he may or may n ... More >>
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 >>
Should employers and insurers in Missouri be allowed to deny coverage of birth control if it violates their religious beliefs? A federal judge, as we reported earlier this week, ruled that they cannot be exempt -- in a decision overturning a Missouri law that directly contradicted President Barack O ... 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 >>
Nasheed: Black before Democrat.Yesterday the Missouri Legislature overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a redistricting map that eliminates the district of Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan. In securing the override, the Republican-controlled Legislature needed the votes of four Democrats. The ... 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 >>
Courtesy of the Missouri State Highway PatrolMissouri busted 1,776 meth labs last year and we're on pace for more than 1,800 in 2010.Missouri has already done the three-peat -- leading the nation in meth lab seizures for three consecutive years, including a whopping 1,774 busts last year, nearly ... More >>
Image SourceK2 wasn't an issue in Bogey's day.The Missouri Legislature approved a ban on K2 "synthetic marijuana" last Friday and sent the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval. The proposed law essentially puts K2 on the same legal plane as real marijuana, making possession of less than 35 gram ... 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 >>
Sen. John Loudon, the Chesterfield Republican who tricked the Missouri Legislature into voting to legalize midwifery, knew exactly why I was calling this morning. When I spoke with Loudon on Friday afternoon for this blog post, he said Democratic senator Chuck Graham of Columbia had successfully bl ... More >>
Legislators call for a probe of the nonprofit that governs Missouri high school sports.
St. Louis police may be close to getting the right to live where they want
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
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
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?