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STL250 acknowledges Illinois' contribution

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:50 Published in Local News
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - As St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday, some Illinois historic sites are being recognized for their significance to the city.
   
Three historic sites and one monument from Illinois are on a list of 250 places compiled by stl250. The group's list includes sites, tourist attractions and businesses they say have made St. Louis what it is today.
 
Cahokia Mounds, Cahokia Courthouse, and Lewis and Clark state historic sites all made the cut from Illinois. The Elijah Lovejoy Memorial in Alton, Ill. also made the list.
 
 Amy Martin is the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. She says the Illinois sites represent important eras in St. Louis history, from Native American achievements to battles against slavery.
 
The list also includes places such as the Gateway Arch and Fox Theatre.
   
 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.
 
The House gave the measure initial approval Tuesday. It states that parents have a right to make decisions involving the "discipline, education, religious instruction, health, medical care, place of habitation, and general well-being" of children.
 
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Todd Richardson, of Poplar Bluff, says parents should have constitutional protections when it comes to raising children.
   
The proposal needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate. If it passes there, the proposed constitutional amendment would go on the November statewide ballot.
 
 

Ruling allows Missouri to restrict funeral protests

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:39 Published in Local News
Missouri's restrictions on funeral protests can be enforced.  That's the word from Attorney General Chris Koster. 
The Attorney General's announcement comes after a second federal judge ruled in favor of the law that bars protests within 300 feet of funerals from an hour before until an hour after the service ends.
 
Last April, a federal appeals court rejected a free-speech challenge to the buffer zone.  
This latest ruling on Tuesday dismissed a claim that the time restriction was unconstitutionally vague.  
 
Both lawsuits had been brought by members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.  
The group frequently protests funerals claiming God's vengeance for America's tolerance for homosexuals.

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