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Some St. Louis Catholics are suing the city over an ordinance that protects women against workplace discrimination based on whether they've had an abortion, used contraceptives or are pregnant.

The federal lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of a group of Roman Catholic grade schools; a home for pregnant women; and a private company whose owner is Catholic. It seeks to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance, which opponents say makes St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the city are in a legal showdown over new provisions in St. Louis' anti-discrimination law regarding women's reproductive decisions. The archdiocese's schools and a private company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings, on Monday in federal court filed a lawsuit challenging a St. Louis ordinance that they say adds abortion rights supporters to a protected class, while discriminating those who are against abortions.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The national "Day Without Immigrants" includes actions in both of Missouri's metropolitan areas.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cherokee Street, the hub of traditional Mexican cuisine in St. Louis, was mostly quiet at lunch hour Thursday after several restaurants closed in solidarity.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star reports that 400 to 500 protesters gathered near City Hall, many holding banners and signs such as "Somos America," which translates to "We're America."

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A threat that caused an American Airlines flight to be diverted to St. Louis has been deemed not credible by law enforcement, though the incident prompted an FBI investigation and use of bomb-sniffing dogs.

Flight 534 left Columbus, Ohio, and was heading for Phoenix when it landed at Lambert Airport at 8:14 a.m. Thursday. The FBI says the pilot decided to divert the plane, but spokeswoman Rebecca Wu declined to say what specifically led to that decision.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says several municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating.

Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said in a statement Tuesday the move is designed to reduce costs and lessen the incentive to use municipal courts as revenue generators.

Municipal operations from Charlack, Northwoods and Vinita Park are consolidated into the St. Ann municipal division. And municipal courts from Bellerive Acres, Cool Valley, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Pasadena Park and Uplands Park are expected to be consolidated into Normandy municipal court.

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Voters in Kansas City and St. Louis will decide Tuesday whether to renew the decades-old earnings tax that voters overwhelmingly embraced five years ago but that again has drawn well-funded opposition.

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A new study suggests that a community's affluence plays a role in determining a person's municipal court experience. 

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The two-state fight for a federal spy agency's new regional headquarters and more than 3,000 high-tech jobs has gained increased urgency in St. Louis after the failed bid to build a $1 billion riverfront stadium to keep its NFL franchise from moving to Los Angeles.

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St. Louis is giving back $5.6 million to drivers who paid red-light camera tickets since early last year.

The city announced the give-back program on Wednesday. It applies to red-light camera tickets paid between Feb. 11, 2014, and Aug. 19 of this year. More than 56,000 people paid $100 fines for those violations.

The decision follows a Missouri Supreme Court ruling on Aug. 19 that struck down the city's red-light camera ordinance.

Board Bars St. Louis County Police Use of Dogs on Crowds

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 St. Louis County's police board has signed off on a policy forbidding the use of police dogs for crowd control.

St. Louis municipal court judges will now take a defendant’s ability to pay into account when issuing fines for traffic violations or other minor offenses.

A new administrative order went into effect Thursday requiring judges to determine a defendant’s ability to pay when issuing a fine. Judges can then use their discretion to find a fair way for the defendant to meet their obligation.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The unrest in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death has caused some organizations to rethink holding their conventions in the St. Louis region.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Church of God in Christ's annual convention has contributed millions of dollars to the St. Louis economy.

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A new report says the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are among nation's most generous metro regions when it comes to volunteering.

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Missouri is part of a group of states forging ahead with plans for high-speed passenger rail.

The group has put out a call for bids for the production of 35 next generation locomotives. The request for proposals released yesterday calls for lighter, cleaner-burning locomotives that can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.

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St. Louis aldermen have taken a step toward merging economic strategies with surrounding St. Louis County, a move that would pave the way for more cooperation between the two governments.

The Board of Aldermen last week endorsed a merger of economic development agencies. And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the board is expected to take a final vote in early June.

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The Missouri senate passed legislation Monday that would prevent local municipalities from making laws regarding mediation in home foreclosures.

St. Charles county caucus rescheduled

Mar 23, 2012
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The Missouri Republican Party rescheduled the controversial St. Charles County Caucus for April 10th.