JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a federal court ruling striking down a Missouri law that exempted moral objectors from an insurance requirement to cover birth control.
But Koster does want a judge to revise the ruling, so that religious institutions can receive the same exceptions they currently have under federal law.
At issue is a law enacted by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature last year that requires insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if people or employers assert that birth control violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."
A judge ruled last month that the Missouri law conflicted with an insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Koster, a Democrat, said Thursday that the Republican-backed bill "is just plain foolish."
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Hazelwood last night.
The official investigator is on the scene and has given a preliminary EF 2 rating to the twister. That classification means that sustained wind gusts were measure at 111 - 135 miles per hour.
The report says the tornado damage extends from the Coachlite Skating Center in Bridgeton along 270 all the way into Hazelwood.
No reports have been released on tornadoes reported to have hit Wildwood and Florissant.
Four Ritenour schools experienced a brief lockdown Thursday afternoon.
Police say a group of teens threw a brick at a passing car. The driver swerved in an attempt to hit the teen who threw the brick. The driver instead, collided with two houses, knocking down one homeowner's carport.
In total nine teens were arrested in connection to the incident.
The Early Childhood Center, Ritenour High School, Kratz Elementary School and Marvin Elementary School were all placed on external lockdown, meaning kids could not go outside for recess. The lockdown lasted from just before 1PM until around 1:20PM.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to two years of probation for aiming a laser pointer at a police helicopter.
Michael Brandon Smith, formerly of O'Fallon, was also ordered Thursday to perform 40 hours of community service during sentencing in U.S. District Court.
The incident happened May 18, 2012. A Metro St. Louis Air Support Police helicopter was responding to a burglary report at a St. Charles County school when the aircraft was struck several times by a green laser beam.
Federal prosecutors say that when the beam struck the glass of the helicopter the vision of the pilot and a second person in the chopper was impacted, and the helicopter had to pull away from the search.
Smith pleaded guilty in November.