Government & Politics

City Council reaffirms ballot language on Clay Chastain’s initiative

A council majority defeated an attempt to add the words “light rail” to ballot measures prompted by Clay Chastain’s petition initiative, and the wording is set for the Nov. 4 election. The council decision means that voters will be asked whether they want to authorize a quarter-cent sales tax for “capital improvements” and an eighth-cent for “public transportation purposes.”


Attorney General Eric Holder shows empathy for Ferguson’s frustration

In this battle-scarred St. Louis suburb, he met with community leaders and promised a “thorough and fair” federal inquiry into the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. “Our investigation is different” from a parallel St. Louis County probe, Holder said in a meeting room surrounded by his top aides and local federal officials. “We’re looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes.”

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