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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...

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...

Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

February 15, 2019

Editorial This newspaper will never compromise on the Sunshine Law. We don’t think our state legislators should either. It’s that simple. The Sunshine Law is basic — public records belong to the public, whether government officials like that or not. Yet last week saw a rollback in the Missou...

Grassroots opposition rallies against merger

The room of Municipal League mayors votes to set up a Board of Freeholders in St. Louis County at Chesterfield City Hall Jan. 24. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

February 14, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Lines are being drawn in the battle for and against a St. Louis city-county merger, or the “creation of a new city,” depending on how you want to frame it. A $25 million campaign to create a new St. Louis “metro city” is gearing up to first gather...

Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

February 13, 2019

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune...

Murphy, O’Donnell to host first town halls

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.

February 13, 2019

Two new south county state legislators will host a joint town hall this weekend. Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Oakville, and Rep. Michael O’Donnell, R-Oakville, will jointly host a town hall from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cliff Cave Library, 5430 Telegraph Road in Oakville. It is the first town hall for both leg...

VIDEO: Lindbergh Boulevard could be designated ‘Cloria Brown Memorial Highway’

Cloria Brown

January 19, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The first bill likely to be approved by Missouri’s 100th General Assembly is legislation that would rename part of South Lindbergh Boulevard “Rep. Cloria Brown Memorial Highway” after the late south county legislator who died in office l...

Better Together plans a city-county merger

Roughly 20 members of south county Republican groups waved signs in a show of support for 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, at the intersection of South Lindbergh Boulevard and Tesson Ferry Road in 2017. Trakas himself made an appearance at the event with signs against a city-county merger. The councilman is pictured alongside supporter Paul Alvino of Oakville, right. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

January 17, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com From its start five years ago, the nonprofit organization Better Together said that despite its name, it didn’t necessarily support a city-county merger. But it did. And it is now apparently poised to mount a statewide campaign funded b...

Murphy’s first bill is check on Bell’s power

Wesley Bell is sworn in as the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney by Judge George W. Draper III on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, after defeating former Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch in an historic upset. Bell is the first Black prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County in its history. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 15, 2019

Newly elected Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Oakville, took office as the legislator for the 94th District Jan. 9, and he didn’t waste any time jumping into St. Louis County politics. Among his first acts in Jefferson City, Murphy introduced a bill aimed at curbing the powers of prosecutors like new St. Louis ...

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Rep. Jim Murphy of Oakville