In response to neighborhood complaints, the St. Louis Board of Public Service will consider revoking a permit held by the Reverend Larry Rice. Reverend Rice operates the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis where neighbors have complained about the homeless committing crimes. The hearings are in response to a petition from the neighborhood. The first of three hearings on the fate of the homeless shelter will start on Tuesday. Rice claims the shelter is constitutionally protected because it operates as a religious facility.
Gasoline prices trended downward in St. Louis this past week. According to GasBuddy.com, prices have fallen 11.3 cents per gallon, averaging $3.20 a gallon on Sunday. GasBuddy surveys nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis everyday. The national average has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49 per gallon. Yesterday's prices in St. Louis were 38.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 35.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
On October 1st, the federally mandated health insurance exchanges open enrollment. And that includes Missouri.
State voters passed a law last year that effectively barred the governor from setting up an insurance exchange, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.
The federal government will operate Missouri’s online marketplace, which is currently being set up. The federal website, healthcare.gov says it will be ready in time for enrollment to begin.
Under the new healthcare law, those who don't have insurance through their employers, schools, parents, a private policy or a public plan like Medicaid or Medicare will face fines next year. And many of them are expected to be young adults. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 25% of young adults in the Missouri are currently uninsured.
Illinois did set up a health insurance exchange.
Residents in both Missouri and Illinois can get more information about affordable coverage at healthcare.gov.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Fees will be rising on some consumer loans under a law enacted when Missouri legislators overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon.
The fee increase will primarily affect smaller loans that are repaid over several months or years. It's not meant to affect payday loans, which can last no more than 31 days.
The measure doubles the origination fee that lenders can charge from 5 percent to 10 percent of the principal. But it leaves in place a $75 fee ceiling. The means lenders can charge the full 10 percent fee only on loans of up to $750 and can collect a few more dollars on loans of up to $1,500.
Lending industry lobbyists describe it as a minor change. But some consumer advocates don't like the new law.
Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the St. Louis area because of the Affordable Care Act.
The contract service company, Serco is hiring 600 people in Wentzville to do health insurance processing. Serco is a private firm that specializes in providing management, technical and other services to the federal government.
Starting today (Monday) through Friday Serco representatives will be meeting with job applicants at the National Information Solutions Cooperative at One Innovation Circle in Lake St. Louis. The company is asking that applications be submitted online at Serco's website.
Anyone who wants to apply in person can do so on Friday only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CHILICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A 60-year-old woman has been arrested in the almost 13-year-old abduction of a child in Florida.
The Kansas City Star reports that Sandy Hatte is being held on $25,000 bond in the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg. She was arraigned Friday on a charge of felony child abduction. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
Authorities took custody of the child Wednesday after a school official raised concerns. The biological father traveled to Chillicothe this week to be reunited with his child.
A Livingston County's sheriff's office news release described Hatte as being "somehow related to the family" of the child. Hatte and the child had only lived in Livingston County for about a month.
WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man has been charged with robbing a bank and shooting a trooper while fleeing.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 64-year-old Warren Gladders of Wentzville was charged Saturday in Warren County with first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, robbery in the first degree and possession of an illegal firearm.
Bail has been set at $500,000. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Gladders is accused of robbing the First Bank of Dutzow on Friday morning. Afterward, a witness provided a description of the getaway car. When Gladders was stopped, a shootout ensued near the St. Charles County town of New Mell.
Gladders was shot in both legs, and a bullet lodged in the bullet-proof vest of a trooper.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri legislators who favor relaxing the state's marijuana laws are weighing a renewed push for reforms.
House Democrats Chris Kelly of Columbia and Rory Ellinger, of University City were among the speakers Thursday at a Columbia forum on marijuana policy.
Kelly and Ellinger backed legislation this year that would have made possession of small amounts of marijuana a low-level misdemeanor with no jail time, similar to a traffic ticket. Columbia and St. Louis already have such laws.
The Columbia Missourian reports Kelly says he would favor pursuing full legalization of marijuana only if there were enough organizational support from pro-legalization groups.
Kelly's also uncertain whether it would be wiser to seek legislative approval of lower penalties for marijuana possession or to put any proposed reforms on a statewide ballot.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a St. Louis County attorney to be the new chairman of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.
Nixon on Friday appointed Andrew Leonard. He replaces Robert O'Loughlin, who resigned Thursday after 35 years on the board, including five as chairman.
The CVC promotes the St. Louis region as a convention and meeting site and a tourism destination.
Leonard is a partner in the Chesterfield law firm of McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer. His term on the CVC expires September 19th, 2015.
The commission consists of 11 members, five of whom are appointed by the St. Louis mayor, five by the St. Louis County executive, and one by the governor. The governor's appointee serves as chairman.
CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama is railing against attempts by, quote, a "faction of the far right" to undermine his health care law.
Obama tells an audience near Kansas City, Missouri quote, "They're focused on trying to mess with me. They're not focused on you."
Obama spoke shortly after the Republican-controlled House voted cut spending for the health care law, as part of a measure to extend current spending into December.
Obama says failure to raise the debt ceiling would send the economy into a tailspin.