As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the Missouri History Museum is highlighting the struggle for equality here in St. Louis. From this evening through Friday, the Museum is highlighting the 1963 protests at the Jefferson Bank, one of the most important chapters in St. Louis civil rights history. Tonight's programs examine banking practices in St. Louis, then and now. There will also be an assembly discussing issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Thursday afternoon there is Civil Disobedience Training and Friday night is a look back at the Jefferson Bank protests. All the programs are free. For more information call: 314-533-2635.
The Boonville School District is standing by its superintendent following an investigation into the rodeo clown incident. The investigation by the district clears Dr. Mark Ficken of any wrongdoing stemming from the incident at the Missouri State Fair earlier this month. The report, prepared by a former Missouri Public Schools Superintendent and a former Missouri Attorney General, says Dr. Ficken was incorrectly credited as the man making disparaging remarks about President Obama, when in fact, they say, it was a rodeo clown.
Residents in South County reported a variety of snapping and popping noises in their neighborhood last night which turned out to be a small fire at the Ameren Meramec power plant. Authorities are trying to determine the cause. No one was hurt and electrical service was not disrupted. An Ameren official says some of the noise was the sound of safety valves on steam lines lifting due to the fire, which was quickly extinguished.
The vacancies on the St. Louis County Police Board will remain unfilled for the time being. The County Council Tuesday night postponed confirmation votes for two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's nominees.
The council had called a special meeting to consider the nominees to replace Gregory Sansone and Floyde Warman, but instead introduced legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks and then adjourned without a confirmation vote.
Dooley had tapped Republican Dave Spence and Democrat Freddy Clark to fill two seats on the five-member board.
Earlier in the day, police board member Ray Wagoner announced that he too is stepping down. Wagoner cited personal and business obligations. The county executive has not yet named a successor for Wagoner.