Nixon Stumps for Rep. Jeff Roorda, the Ex-Cop Speaking Out Against Police Body Cameras

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Governor Jay Nixon stopped by House Springs yesterday to campaign for Jeffrey Roorda, an outspoken police supporter running for State Senate.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon enjoyed a friendly visit to his home turf in Jefferson County yesterday while stumping for two Democrats running for state office -- including former cop and and current State Representative Jeff Roorda.

Roorda is running for a seat in the state senate, and he's leaning heavily on his record as a defender of law enforcement to get there. He currently serves as the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, where he also helps oversee Shield of Hope, the charity behind the recently-deactivated GoFundMe campaign for Ferguson cop Darren Wilson.

"You've seen a lot of leaders go through that Senate seat. It's been a voice in the Missouri Senate, for working people, for education, to make sure that folks follow the rule of law. Jeff Roorda fits right in there," said Nixon, addressing a modest crowd gathered at Roorda's campaign headquarters in House Springs, some 30 miles southwest of St. Louis.

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Columbia Considers Raising Legal Age Limit for Tobacco to 21

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Don't worry, the age limit in St. Louis is still eighteen.
A college town two hours west of St. Louis wants to stop teen smoking so badly that officials are considering raising the minimum age for buying and using tobacco products to 21 from eighteen.

The city council of Columbia, home to the flagship campus of the University of Missouri, unanimously passed a motion Tuesday night to ask health officials for input before voting on a final bill raising the age limit, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. The bill could also include a ban on e-cigarette use indoors.

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The Rep's "Two Guvnors" Offers a Smorgasbord of Bawdy Laughs

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Raymond McAnally and Ruth Pferdehirt in the Rep's rollicking One Man, Two Guvnors.
Be careful where you sit during One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean's hysterical, topsy-turvy comedy that marks the impressive launch of the fall season at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Sit too close, and the evening's ebullient star, Raymond McAnally, is likely to pull you onstage, dragooning you to do his dirty work before impugning your sexual predilections, as he did a pair of silver-haired gents on opening night. Sit on the aisle, and you may find yourself wearing a straw hat, coerced into a seductive chair dance with a fella in frilly sleeves festooned with flowers.

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Missouri Weddings are Cheaper Than Most States Even As Costs Rise: Study

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"And just think of all the money we saved getting married in Missouri!"
Love may not cost a thing, but weddings do. Even a struggling U.S. economy can't stop a bride determined to blow out her big day, and as other industries limp along, the wedding industry brought in $54.3 billion last year.

Flower, photos, videographers, save-the-dates, favors, cakes -- once you've factored everything in, the average wedding costs $37,983, according to NerdWallet's new study on wedding affordability.

But there's good news for brides and grooms-to-be in the Show-Me State: some of the cheapest places to get married are right here in Missouri. All of the ten least expensive counties for weddings were in Missouri, Kentucky or Mississippi, the study found.

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"Fiddler on the Roof": Stages St. Louis Pulls Off Brilliant Production of Classic Musical

Categories: Arts

Peter Wochniak
Bruce Sabath and Paul Sabala in Fiddler on the Roof.
Stages St. Louis closes its main-stage season with that most traditional of musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, and like the show's opening number, "Tradition," director Michael Hamilton calls upon the Tony Award-winning show's estimable history to deliver a bright production, filled with sumptuous choreography and impressive musical numbers.

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Six Shootings in 12 Hours Leave One Dead, Many Injured in St. Louis

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Lindsay Toler
St. Louis police investigate a shooting.
St. Louis metropolitan police had their work cut out for them Monday night.

From 9 p.m. on September 15 to 9 a.m. on September 16, police reported six shootings, including the homicide of Timothy Roberts, 37, of Maryland Heights. Five other people were injured in the shootings, which do not appear to be related.

The first five shootings happened within four hours.

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VIDEO: Ride of the Century 2014 Takes STL Police by Surprise, No Arrests Reported

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This is what it looks like right before your wheelie goes very, very bad.
The Ride of the Century snuck up on St. Louis this year, which is no small feat for an annual event that normally draws thousands of sports biker riders to the region over Labor Day weekend. This year, however, the ride was organized in secret, by word of mouth and private social media messaging.

The result? Hundreds of riders gathered at a downtown gas station Saturday afternoon before tearing off along Interstate 64. As with past years, the large group of riders included a contingent of adrenaline junkies who weaved through highway traffic and pulled wheelies. So far, no arrests have been reported. Aside from a collision on Interstate 64, it appears the ride avoided serious accidents.

Founded in 2002 by a group south county stunt-riding enthusiasts calling themselves the Streetfighterz, the annual Ride of the Century has historically drawn panicked reactions from the public, police and media. In 2013, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department arrested 47 riders and towed 58 motorcycles. Two riders died in accidents that weekend.

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Grand Jury Gets Until January to Decide on Michael Brown Shooting

Jessica Lussenhop
Michael Brown Sr., Lesley McSpadden and Pastor Carlton Lee in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton Saturday.
A judge has granted an extension for the grand jury in charge of deciding whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be acquitted or charged with a crime.

The twelve jurors now have until January 7 to indict Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9 or to let him go, St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington ruled.

Anthony Gray, an attorney for the Brown family, said he was "flabbergasted" when Daily RFT called and told him about the grand jury delay Monday night. He added that the trial depends on St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who has been heavily criticized by black leaders for his handling of the case, to present "sufficient evidence."

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A Missouri Politician Is Suing to Stop His Daughters From Getting Birth Control

Representative Paul Weiland doesn't want his daughters taking these, so he's suing.
Missouri Representative Paul Weiland doesn't want his daughters taking birth control, and he's taking the Obama administration to court to stop the Affordable Care Act from giving it to them for free.

Weiland has three daughters -- two adults ages nineteen and eighteen, and a thirteen-year-old -- who are covered under the family health insurance plan. Weiland and his wife, Teresa, object to birth control for religious reasons, but thanks to Obamacare, their daughters can access birth control at no additional cost.

Now the Weilands are suing, telling the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop Obamacare from interfering with their parenting -- especially after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

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Fewer Collisions Between Missouri Drivers, Deer This Year: Study

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"Please don't hit me with your car!"
Good news, Missouri drivers. You are 8 percent less likely to collide your car into a deer than you were last year, according to a new report from auto insurer State Farm.

State Farm used its claims data and Federal Highway Administration state licensed driver counts to calculate the odds of a Missouri motorist striking a deer this coming year.

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