Our Take

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Thumbs Up,   Thumbs Down Awards

up Thumbs up to a settlement that awards $4.7 million to an estimated 2,000 mainly poor and minority people who had been sentenced to serve jail time for unpaid court debts.

up Thumbs up to Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing a bill that would have allowed Missouri doctors to charge their low-income patients late fees for missed appointments.

up Thumbs up to the U. S. Supreme Court for ruling that guns can be taken from abusers. The Court voted 6-2 to uphold a federal law that denies guns to those who commit violence against family members.

up Thumbs up for a ruling by US District Judge Nannete Laughrey in favor of a Columbia, MO Planned Parenthood clinic after the state tried to revoke its abortion license. The ruling on May 11 stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.

up Thumbs up to Google for banning payday loan ads, saying they are "deceptive or harmful financial products" because they "can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users."

down Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.

downThumbs down to the MO House for passing "personhood amendment" bill that would recognize a right to life of “unborn children at every stage of development.” The bill needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.

 

The Latest

Women's Voices Give 188 Gun Locks at

Back to School Store

July 24 -  read more   read St. Louis Public Radio report on Lock It For Love

Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Permitless Carry Bill Harms Public Safety

Concealed carry instructor opposes SB656.  A vote on this dangerous bill could come in the Sept 14 veto session.  Read more

Guns & Suicide

Limiting access to guns reduces suicides.  Read more.

Bipartisan effort to shift West Lake cleanup to Corps of Engineers hits roadblock

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Appeals Court Puts Tobacco Tax Proposal in Jeopardy

Missouri appeals court ruled that the ballot summary for the proposed constitutional amendment was  “unfair, insufficient and likely to mislead voters.”.  Read more

Gov. signs Insurance Rate Review Bill

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Tell Congress: Ban Assault Weapons

Thoughts and prayers are not enough.  Click here to let Congress know it's time for real gun control.

New Rules on Payday Lending

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has proposed a new rule to curb the excesses of payday and car title loans.   Though it has the potential to help those trapped in high interest loans by requiring lenders to establish the ability of the borrower to repay the loan, there are loopholes that must be closed. Click here

MO Ranks Second: Toddlers Shooting Themselves or Others

Learn about the toll of accidental shootings Read more.  Our Lock it for Love project gave 41 free gun locks at the O'Fallon Recreation Center health fair, May 14 Read about it  - click here

 

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Up Next

REGULAR MONTHLY PROGRAMS RESUME THE 2ND THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER

SUMMER ACTIVITIES:

Racial Justice Book ClubBlack Man in A White Coat  Damon Tweedy, MD

Thursday, August 11 - 5pm

University City Library, (Room 2), 6701 Delmar Blvd, University City

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

August 3, 6:30-8:00 PM - St. Louis County Library

Early Childhood and Mental Health: Knowledge for a Healthy Start

Discussion with Experts on Early Childhood Mental Health Presented by the St. Louis County Community Children's Services Fund and St. Louis Mental Health Board   read more