The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it is launching an investigation into the St. Louis County Family Court.
The Justice Department is looking into whether the court is depriving juveniles of their constitutional rights.
The department says the focus will be on whether the court provides the required due process for all children appearing for delinquency proceedings, and whether the court provides juveniles equal protection regardless of race.
In a statement released Monday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said, “Protecting the constitutional rights of all children appearing in court is critical to achieving our goals of improving juvenile courts, increasing the public’s confidence in the juvenile justice system and maintaining public safety.”
Illinois' top law enforcement official is warning residents impacted by the recent storms: Be on the lookout for scammers. Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants residents to be alert for home repair con artists who exploit homes and businesses following natural disasters. Madigan says the con men will often swoop in following disasters and pressure homeowners and businesses to pay for expensive services. Some quick tips to avoid being ripped off:
Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
Call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don’t be rushed into a deal.
Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
Never pay in cash.
Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor’s visit to your home.
In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Ask to see required state and local permits and licenses. Insurance adjusters and roofers must be licensed by state agencies. If the contractor does not have a required license, or if the name on the license doesn’t match the name on the contractor’s business card or truck, that should raise a red flag.
Now that it is complete, developers hope the project will soon be up in the air.
Saint Louis University’s first spacecraft that has been designed, built, tested and operated by students at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, is tentatively scheduled for launch today (Tuesday) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.
The Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Missouri Space Grant funded the project development and the launch of COPPER is sponsored by NASA.
COPPER's mission is to test the effectiveness of a commercial infrared camera for in-space navigation and object detection, as well as observing the Earth in the infrared spectrum.
Parks College students will operate COPPER for 12 months from a radio control station in McDonnell-Douglas Hall on the SLU campus.
The spacecraft will naturally fall from orbit in about four years. More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students worked to create COPPER over the past three years.
There's good news for Missouri's unemployment numbers. According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the unemployment rate fell sharply in both September and October. The unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in September and 6.5 percent in October, which is the lowest unemployment rate since 2008. This is the 50th consecutive month that Missouri's unemployment rate was lower than the national average. In September, the trade, transportation and utilities sectors showed the most growth, while October saw growth in professional, scientific, and technical services.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn added six counties to the state's list of disaster areas following violent storms and tornadoes on Sunday.
The declaration increases the number of counties needing state and federal funds to 13. The National Weather Service has issued a preliminary finding that 11 tornadoes ripped through the state, with at least two designated as EF-4's.
The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms.
Volunteer efforts are also well underway to assist the victims. Those who wish to volunteer should NOT go to the disaster scene, but rather, visit Ready.illinois.gov for information on specific sites that can utilize volunteers.
White supremacist Joseph Franklin is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused Monday to grant him clemency.
While serving time for three other murders, Franklin confessed to killing 42 year old Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack outside a Richmond Heights synagogue in 1977. It's the only murder for which he received the death penalty.
The condemned man spoke with Fox 2 News Monday. Franklin says he hasn't reached out to Gordon's wife, because he doesn't want to upset her. "But I would apologize to her right now," he said. "Tell her I'm sorry for the horrible crime that I committed and ask for her forgiveness."
Franklin admitted that he does deserve to die for his crime. He said he's in a completely different place now, mentally. He described himself as "indoctrinated" at the time of the murder. "My mind was just all messed up after having read a whole lot of Nazi literature."
In 1994 Major Rick Zweifel of the Richmond Heights Police Department took Franklin's confession. Zweifel says that Franklin expressed regret that he hadn't kill more people. "He's upset it's against the law," Zweifel said. "And when I questioned him about what do you mean it's against the law? He says killing Jews."
Franklin has exhausted his appeals, but has filed a lawsuit to stop his execution based on the method Missouri officials plan to employ.
If the lawsuit fails, Franklin's execution will be the first performed under Missouri's new drug protocol and the first in the state in three years.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House Republican says he intends to seek articles of impeachment against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nick Marshall, of Parkville, referred to the governor's executive order directing officials to accept joint tax filings from same-sex couples who are legally married, the release of the names of concealed gun permit holders to a federal agent and driver's license procedures.
Marshall says he believes the governor's administration has violated the law and that his motivations are not political or to gain attention. He has not spoken to House leaders.
A Nixon spokesman declined to comment. The Missouri attorney general's office has said the tax filing policy appears to follow the requirements of Missouri tax law.
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's received a phone call from President Barack Obama after fatal storms hit Obama's home state.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that Quinn received the call on his cellphone while touring damage in the central Illinois community of Washington. The community was among the hardest hit. The White House confirmed the call, saying Obama relayed concern and expressed gratitude for the responders.
Quinn gave Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response. Quinn was with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, who also spoke to Obama.
Authorities say six people died in Sunday's storms when tornadoes flattened homes and caused severe damage. So far seven counties have been declared state disaster areas.
Chesterfield police have located an elderly man reported missing Monday evening. The Endangered SILVER advisory has been cancelled.
Police had issued the advisory after 93 year old Sam Esgro didn't return home from a trip to Culvers on Chesterfield Airport Road. Employees at the ice cream shop had told police that Esgro seemed confused when he stopped there about 6 p.m.
Police say Esgro was located overnight in Earth City.
A series of meeting start tomorrow. The purpose? To allow the public to discuss the feasibility of a city-county merger.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 PM at the Cheshire Inn and will feature Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley. The group hosting the mmetings is Better Together. They describe themselves as a non-partisan effort to collect information on a possible merger.
St. Louis City and County have had separate governments since 1876, that is when the city broke away from the county. Better Together's sponsored meetings will run for the next 16 months.