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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Two more former inmates of a southern Illinois jail are suing over strip searches they claim were unconstitutional.
   The Belleville News-Democrat reports Teresa Hale and Leticia Jackson of Belleville filed the federal lawsuit against St. Clair County and jail officials. Seeking more than $350,000 in damages, the lawsuit alleges the women were strip searched while jailed in 2012 for suspected drunken driving.
   In December, 29 inmates filed a similar lawsuit, seeking $10 million in damages.
   Sheriff Rick Watson told The Associated Press the cases have no merit, and that his department follows state and federal statutes.
   A lawsuit echoing similar allegations against the jail was dismissed in December after a federal judge ruled strip searching prisoners as a group isn't unconstitutional if the searches weren't intended to humiliate.
 

Ballwin lawmakers oppose city-county merger

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:13 Published in Local News

   Lawmakers in one West County community are against a merging of the City of St. Louis with St. Louis County.

   The Ballwin Board of Aldermen voted 7-1 Monday night to draft a resolution opposing a city-county merger.

   Alderman Frank Fleming was the lone no-vote.  Fleming says he couldn't approve the proposal because it wasn't on the agenda for Monday and had been introduced as an emergency measure. Fleming saysd he's in favor the resolution otherwise.

   The resolution will be on the agenda of the March 24 board meeting.

Missouri House mulls pot bill

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:08 Published in Local News
   Missouri lawmakers continue to mull legalizing marijuana.  
   Democratic Rep. Chris Kelly, of Columbia is sponsoring legislation that would allow most Missouri adults to buy and use recreational marijuana.
   The House public safety committee held a hearing on the measure Monday, but did not take a vote.
   If the bill passes, it would allow the state to impose an excise  tax on sales up to 25%.
   Washington State and Colorado have already legalized recreational marijuana use.
   The Democratic proposal faces an uphill battle in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature.

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