Election

Private sources paid $325k in travel for Greitens last year

By Max Fillion Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Eric Greitens received nearly $325,000 in travel and lodging support last year, according to a report his office filed this month with the Missouri Ethics Commission. All the funding came from private sources, not taxpayer dollars. Greitens listed the Republican Governors Association as his most expensive

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Council eyes changes to its Charter

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com To see a related article, click here. Among the changes the County Council is trying to make to the St. Louis County Charter is the council’s now-familiar contention that it needs its own legal representation when it encounters disputes with the county counselor. But the council also appeared to

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Council wants vote on changes to Charter

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com See related article here. In the past year, members of an alliance that controls the County Council have made it known that they disagree with aspects of the county Charter, the Constitution-like compact that the county operates under. So now they’re going to voters to try to change it.

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Council places zoo tax on the ballot

St. Louis County voters will get to decide on a new countywide sales tax for a St. Louis Zoo expansion after the County Council approved the tax last week. The council voted 5-2 for the tax, mirroring an earlier vote that had dissenting votes from 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, and 7th District Councilman

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Newcomers elected in Mehlville

Newly elected Mehlville Board of Education members Lisa Messmer, left, and Tori Behlke celebrate their election victories in Oakville April 3. Two seats were up for election on the school board, and Messmer and Behlke ran as a slate.   By Gloria Lloyd News Editor news3@callnewspapers.com Newcomers Tori Behlke and Lisa Messmer defeated former board

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Bayless measure OK’d, other fails

The majority of Bayless School District voters approved two ballot measures last week, but one passed and one failed due to state law on bond-issue approval. Voters gave 54.05-percent approval to Proposition S, a 41-cent operating levy. They also gave 54.36 percent of “yes” votes to Proposition A, a $10 million bond issue, but that

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Fenton fire district bond issue fails

The Fenton Fire Protection District’s Proposition F bond issue failed to gain enough votes to pass last week. The majority of district voters approved the measure for facilities upgrades, but bond issues need a 57-percent majority to pass. The measure gained 1,620 “yes” votes, or 50.19 percent, and 1,608 “no” votes, or 49.81 percent. The

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