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

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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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Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson

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A 2002 yearbook photo of juvenile Darren Wilson.
In response to a number of inquiries today, the Riverfront Times confirms that it is seeking the juvenile records of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed Michael Brown.

After the Post-Dispatch announced Friday that it is seeking the juvenile records for Brown, many people on Twitter asked that the same scrutiny be placed upon Wilson, who is currently under investigation for the shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old man.

This is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Continue on for the Post-Dispatch's announcement that it's seeking the Brown's juvenile records.

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Ferguson Cop Who Arrested Journalists Named in $40 Million Police Brutality Lawsuit

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Ferguson police officer Justin Cosma arrested two journalists on August 13.
Forty million dollars.

That's the sum of the charges listed in a 28-page federal lawsuit filed yesterday against St. Louis County and Ferguson law-enforcement officials. The accusations themselves detail a pattern of civil-rights abuses against protesters in the days following the death of Michael Brown. Six plaintiffs allege they were beaten, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets and falsely arrested, among other offenses.

Notably, the lawsuit -- which was filed by Malik Shabazz's Washington, D.C.-based Black Lawyers for Justice -- appears to target multiple "John Doe" police officers. They are unnamed because the cops didn't wear name tags and refused to identify themselves when questioned.

The lawsuit lists only one officer by name: Justin Cosma, the same Ferguson cop linked to the arrests of two national journalists who were sitting in a Ferguson McDonald's on August 13. According to the lawsuit, Cosma arrested a mom and her seventeen-year-old son in that very same McDonald's, on the same day, and apparently during the same incident that led to the reporters' arrests.

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Woman Arrested for Trespassing After Protesting Controversial "Right to Farm" Bill

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Police in Springfield arrested a Right to Farm protester at the Ozark Empire Fair after fair security claimed she was causing a disturbance. But opponents of the controversial farm bill say the arrest was an egregious violation of one's freedom of speech.

Last week, Laura Umpenour was at the fair and handing out literature that explained her position against Amendment 1 at a booth operated by Len Pense, a local farmer who also opposes the ballot measure known as "Right to Farm," reports the Springfield News-Leader. Pense also put up prominent signs telling voters to vote no on the amendment.

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No Answer on Lyft in St. Louis Until August 2015. Yes, 2015.

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Lyft says its working with city leaders to bring its services to St. Louis.
What was supposed to be a quick trial over a restraining order has grown into a larger case after the ride-share app Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission agreed to delay their court case until August 2015.

Judge Joan Moriarty already issued a preliminary injunction against Lyft earlier this week barring the company from operating in St. Louis.


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10 Important Sentences from the Judge's Ruling Against Lyft in St. Louis

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Lyft can't operate or advertise rides in St. Louis, a judge ruled.
The ride-sharing app Lyft must stop giving and advertising rides in St. Louis, for the summer and possibly forever, a St. Louis circuit court judge ruled Monday.

The news doesn't change much: Lyft was already under a temporary restraining order preventing it from operating in St. Louis when Judge Joan Moriarty granted the preliminary injunction Monday. Lyft has another chance to plead its case in a permanent injunction hearing set for the end of August, so the story isn't over.

The latest ruling is a win for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which has demanded that Lyft, Uber, Carmel and other rideshare app businesses comply with taxi codes and license drivers and cars. Carmel is fully licensed, and Uber is working with the city on licensing.

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UPDATE: St. Louis Archdiocese and Defrocked Priest Head to Trial Today on Sex Abuse Cover-Up

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Update 9:11 a.m.: The case settled this morning prior to the start of trial. Ken Chackes, the attorney for Jane Doe, is to make a statement later today. More as it develops.

Update 9:42 a.m.: In a prepared statement, attorney Ken Chackes confirmed that the case was settled. And, in terms of the settlement, could (and would) only state the following:

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Greene County Candidate for Sheriff Charged with Jury Tampering Via Facebook

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Luke Lamb, shown here in a campaign banner from last year. He's running for Greene County Sheriff now.
Luke Lamb has a history of fighting the law -- and winning.

Lamb is running as a "constitutional Sheriff's candidate" in Greene County, Illinois, selling himself as an advocate for a more limited system of police intervention. He made a name for himself in 2011 for filming a cop drinking beer after a traffic stop, and he popped up again in 2013 for hanging an "Impeach Obama" banner over a highway overpass. But now he's managed to piss off the very same sheriff's office he's running for.

Indeed, current Greene County Sheriff Robert McMillan didn't appreciate Lamb using Facebook to allegedly advise a juror to "Nullify, nullify, nullify!" and to "Hang the jury, if necessary" in a traffic case in January. Lamb is now facing a felony for unlawful communication with a juror, a charge his lawyer has stated "reeks of small-town political retribution."

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Judge Says St. Louis County Courts Must Allow Press, Public Into Courtroom

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The Missouri Constitution says that courts must be open to the public. But in several St. Louis County municipal courthouses, that's not always the case. Now, after attorneys who work in the county expressed their concerns, a top county judge has ordered the courts to open up.

"There are still a substantial number of municipal courts that limit seating only to defendants and defendants' attorneys, without any justification," Presiding Judge Maura McShane -- who has administrative authority over municipal courts -- writes in a June 24 letter. "The practice is not only a clear violation of the Missouri Constitution, but it also subjects those to potential claims for violations of Constitutional rights."

The order comes after lawyers from ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit law firm focused on indigent clients, as well as professors from the Clinical Law Offices of the Saint Louis University School of Law, brought the matter to the attention of McShane and other County judges beginning back in March.

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Egypt Demands Saint Louis Art Museum Return 3,000-Year-Old Mummy Mask

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The mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer resides at the Saint Louis Art Museum. But is it stolen?
Egyptian minister of antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim has a message for the Saint Louis Art Museum: Let our mummy mask go.

The mummy in question is Ka-Nefer-Nefer, "The Twice-Beautiful Ka," an Egyptian noblewoman whose funeral mask was unearthed by archaeologist Mohammed Zakaria Goneim in 1951, more than 3,000 years after her death. SLAM acquired the the mask in 1998 from an antiquities dealer, but Egypt maintains the mask was stolen decades ago and smuggled out of the country.

The U.S. government sued SLAM in 2011, attempting to return the mask to Egypt, but the case fell apart last week after U.S. attorneys missed a simple filing deadline. Now, the Egyptian government is threatening to sue SLAM itself.

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