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Among the legislation proposed this year was Murphy’s idea for ‘baby boxes’

Newly elected state legislator Jim Murphy hugs his son, former Mehlville Board of Education member Jamey Murphy, at his victory party at Cafe Telegraph Tuesday night. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

May 19, 2020

Most of the bills considered by the Missouri Legislature in 2020 stalled due to the coronavirus outbreak, including legislation passed through a House committee that would create “baby boxes” as a place a parent could surrender a child 45 days or younger without being prosecuted. The bill, filed by R...

Page, Trakas file to run again; both will have three challengers

Page, Trakas file to run again; both will have three challengers

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 2, 2020

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page will face three challengers in the Democratic primary this August, and Councilman Ernie Trakas also has three challengers for his 6th District seat. Filing for county, state and federal offices for the Aug. 4 primary began in February and ended Tuesday. County exec...

South County has first four positive coronavirus cases in outbreak at group home

At the time this photo was taken in March, three residents and an employee at the South County Habilitation Center had tested positive for COVID-19, the first officially confirmed cases in South County.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 31, 2020

In what marks the first four officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in South County, three residents and an employee of a state-run home for the developmentally disabled have tested positive. Although health-care workers and residents have said on social media that other cases exist, the cases are als...

Pretto running for state legislator again in rematch versus Murphy

Jean Pretto speaks at the Oakville Democrats ODO Fest in October 2018. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 25, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto plans to run again in 2020 for 94th District state representative, challenging current Rep. Jim Murphy in a rematch of their close 2018 race. Pretto calls herself a native Oakvillian, “m...

Crime, Clean Missouri, flooding among South County legislators’ priorities for session

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 18, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A little over a month into the 2020 Missouri General Assembly, lawmakers are hard at work in Jefferson City trying to pass their sponsored legislation. South County legislators filed bills this year related to issues such as flooding, prope...

Murphy running again; given freshman honor

Murphy running again; given freshman honor

February 12, 2020

Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Oakville, announced that he is running for re-election in the 94th District. ‘It has been a great honor representing the 94th and there is much work left to be done,’ Murphy said in his announcement. “During my first session I… stood up against the city-county merger and fou...

Legislators from both parties unveil the ‘Cloria Brown Highway’ Lindbergh sign

Legislators from both parties unveil the ‘Cloria Brown Highway’ Lindbergh sign

November 3, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The legacy of the late state Rep. Cloria Brown will live on after a stretch of Lindbergh Boulevard from Interstate 55 to Lin Ferry Drive was dubbed the “Cloria Brown Memorial Highway.” A new sign indicating the memorial highway was unv...

Bell talks decriminalization, police shootings

County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell discusses the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of police Officer Michael Langsdorf Monday, June 24. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 17, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com To see a related article about Bell's appearance at the town hall, click here. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s new criminal justice reform tactics were received well in some respects by an Oakville audience at a legislat...

Bell outlines reforms at Oakville town hall

Wesley Bell, center, takes questions from reporters after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Bell has already faced criticism for the decisions he made his first few days in office. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 16, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com To read a related article about Bell at the town hall, click here. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell hasn’t yet reached a year in office, but he’s already emphasizing how he is taking a different view of criminal just...

Signs to be raised for Cloria Brown Highway

Gov. Mike Parson, above, hosted the largest crowd in his office so far to see him sign a bill renaming Lindbergh for the late Rep. Cloria Brown.

October 10, 2019

State Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Oakville, will hold an official dedication of the Cloria Brown Memorial Highway to honor the late state representative Thursday, Oct. 17 at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Green Park. Murphy filed legislation earlier this year to dedicate a section of Lindbergh Boulevar...

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