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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...

Current treasurer is the state’s most-qualified resident to hold the job

Letters to the editor

December 24, 2019

Letters to the Editor To the editor: In a recent article you highlighted a local woman who is running for Missouri state treasurer, Vicki Englund. I’m writing to offer a window into our current state treasurer, Scott Fitzpatrick. With my 30-plus year career in banking, investments and public finance,...

Secretary of state warns of online misinformation with South County GOP legislators

Rep. David Gregory addresses the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in July 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

November 26, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft joined local legislators for a town hall last month, discussing online misinformation, medical marijuana, election security, the 2019 legislative session and more. Reps. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills; Michael ...

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...

Area legislators set a legislative town hall

From left to right: 94th District candidates Jim Murphy and Jean Pretto and 95th District candidates Michael O'Donnell and Mike Walter at the candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at Mehlville High School in St. Louis. Murphy and O'Donnell both went on to be elected as representatives of their respective districts.

October 9, 2019

Three of the area’s state legislators are joining forces for a legislative town hall next week. Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Oakville; Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills; and Rep. Michael O’Donnell, R-Oakville, will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Grant’s View Branch of the St. Louis Co...

Days before city-county merger withdrawn, Missouri House overwhelmingly approved resolution for local vote

Rep. David Gregory and Rep. Jim Murphy speak to South County students honored at the state capitol with the

May 9, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A resolution that would require that any merger of St. Louis County and city be approved by a local vote was approved by the Missouri House last week, just ahead of the decision by backers of the proposed merger to withdraw the plan for no...

Bell, Belmar will appear at Oakville town hall

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar speak at a press conference after the February 2019 trial of Trenton Forster, who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Officer Blake Snyder. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

March 26, 2019

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar speak at a press conference after the February trial of Trenton Forster, who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Officer Blake Snyder. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. Reps. Jim Murphy and Michael O’Donnell, bot...

Local lawmakers honor test success by Mehlville School District, Gaines

Pictured above: Rep. Michael O'Donnell, Rep. Jim Murphy and Rep. David Gregory present Mehlville Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines with a House resolution praising Mehlville's 2018 APR scores.

March 19, 2019

The Mehlville School District is receiving high praise from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. DESE awarded the Mehlville School District an APR score of 99.6 percent on its 2018 Annual Performance Report, released publicly last month. From 2014 to 2017, Mehlville’s avera...

Missouri House passes the ‘strongest pro-life bill’ in United States

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

March 6, 2019

By Blythe Nebeker and Abigail Shaw  Columbia Missourian The “strongest pro-life bill” in the country, as many Republicans are calling it, received final approval from the Missouri House last week after hours of emotional and personal testimony from lawmakers. Democrats and Republicans told s...

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