ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the second time this year, a federal court has ruled that the eastern Missouri town of Desloge cannot ban the Ku Klux Klan - or any other group - from passing out handbills.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker's ruling Tuesday stops Desloge from enforcing an ordinance that prohibits leafleting on the street. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the KKK.
The ACLU initially filed suit in 2012, and a judge struck down the original ordinance. Desloge revised the law, but the ACLU also challenged the revision, claiming that it, too, violated free speech rights.
Desloge City Administrator Greg Camp says the ordinance is aimed at keeping pedestrians safe, not singling out offensive groups.
Camp says city officials haven't decided whether to appeal.
The owners of a popular Missouri theme park are now the owners of the Harlem Globetrotters. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the owners of Silver Dollar City, have agreed to purchase the famed basketball team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however in June the asking price for the team was between $50 million and $100 millions. The Globetrotters were founded in 1926. In addition to Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment owns and operates 26 other theme parks including Dollywood.
The online health insurance exchanges are now open in both Missouri and Illinois. The online marketplace is a key component of the federal health care law. Illinois officials have set up their own marketplace at GetCoveredIllinois.gov. Missouri voters chose to bar their government from setting up its own marketplace. So the federal government is running the exchange for Missouri residents at Healthcare.gov. Consumers have until December 15th to sign up if they want coverage to start on January 1st, but enrollment is open until March 31.