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Judge dismisses Christians’ lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

Judge dismisses Christians' lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 13, 2020

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Christians alleging that St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order violates their religious freedom by banning large in-person church services. In the lawsuit filed April 28 and dismissed Sunday, St. Louis County residents Lauren Hawse, husband...

Mercy furloughs workers, cuts jobs starting this week; unclear how many at Mercy South

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’

May 12, 2020

Mercy is furloughing employees and cutting jobs across its four-state system starting this week due to the coronavirus, but it’s unclear how many of those layoffs and job cuts will happen in St. Louis. The furloughs will start this week and continue through the end of July, as needed, Mercy said in...

Federal judge sides with St. Louis County that COVID-19 lockdowns do not violate Constitution

The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis distributed food and other items to 2,500 families Saturday, May 2, at the former Jamestown Mall, assisted by County Executive Sam Page in a mask, left.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 11, 2020

A federal judge has denied two business owners’ motion for a restraining order to end the current stay-at-home orders in St. Louis, blocking efforts to reopen “nonessential” businesses shut down in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. St. Louis County gym owner Allan Finnegan, who lives in Manchest...

House committee passes Koenig’s bill to promote sexual assault survivors’ rights

Sen. Andrew Koenig speaks at the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Maria Benevento, Missouri News Network

May 11, 2020

A bill that aims to promote sexual assault survivors’ rights and improve evidence collection and processing unanimously passed a Missouri House committee Wednesday. The House Children and Families Committee voted 13-0 in favor of SB 569, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester. The bill has already made it through the Senate, where Koenig’s original text was combined with two other bills. It would give survivors access to a tracking system for sexual assault evidence, require all hospitals to offer forensic examinations and create a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Missouri Hospital Association and the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that works agai...

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s annual Mother’s Day Art Fair goes online-only this weekend

The Laumeier Art Fair in 2017.

May 8, 2020

More than 80 artists from Missouri and beyond are participating in Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Online Art Fair, which is taking place virtually Friday, May 8 through Monday, May 11. This year would have been the 33rd annual Art Fair at the sculpture park in Sunset Hills, always held on Mother’s Day wee...

‘Mayors for Meals’ food drive Saturday will assist families in 26 area counties

'Mayors for Meals' food drive Saturday will assist families in 26 area counties

May 8, 2020

South County mayors are partnering with the St. Louis Area Foodbank for a countywide “Mayors for Meals” food collection event Saturday, May 9. Food donations can be dropped off in two South County locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. : Crestwood Government Center, 1 Detjen Drive, Crestwood Sunset...

Not every St. Louis County business will be allowed to reopen May 18

Curbside pickup was open at Helen Fitzgerald's in Sunset Hills March 18.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 8, 2020

St. Louis County will start to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown as soon as May 18, but not every business will be part of that reopening process. And those that are will look very different. That was the message delivered by County Executive Sam Page in his briefing Friday. Page had already previ...

Lindbergh High School Musicthon goes virtual, will raise money for 36 hours straight

The Lindbergh High School Drumline and Strolling Stings performed for students April 12, 2019 during the band’s annual 36-Hour Musicthon to raise money for childhood cancer research. This year’s event raised $2,200 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The band raises money in honor of a young man named Alex, who the band members met in 2012.

May 7, 2020

A Lindbergh Schools musical tradition raising money for a great cause is continuing this year despite the extended school closures and limits on crowd sizes due to COVID-19. For the first time, the fundraiser will happen virtually.  Lindbergh High School band members are taking their annual 36-hour Musicthon to Yo...

St. Louis County stay-at-home order will end ‘gradually’ starting May 18; masks required

The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis distributed food and other items to 2,500 families Saturday, May 2, at the former Jamestown Mall, assisted by County Executive Sam Page in a mask, left.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

St. Louis County could start to end its stay-at-home order Monday, May 18, but the new freedom will come with restrictions: Employees and customers will be required to socially distance and wear face masks in public. “Be prepared to wear a mask, be prepared to stay 6 feet apart,” County Executi...

Business owners sue St. Louis County, city so that businesses can reopen

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

Business owners from St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the stay-at-home orders that are forcing “nonessential” businesses to stay closed until at least mid-May due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Allan Finnegan of...

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