Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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MISSOURI

SEWER DISTRICT

Storm Water Regulations Are Defeated The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District defeated on Thursday proposed storm water control regulations designed to reduce runoff and flooding from new developments. The proposal needed four votes and got three from the board. Carolyn Seward and Michael Siscel, the two opposing members, said the staff should work out a compromise between MSD's proposal and one by a coalition of business groups. The coalition includes home builders and the Regional Commerce & Growth Association. Michael Williams, a trustee from St. Louis, was absent. TERM LIMITS Future Candidate Challenges Law A voter-approved law requiring opponents of congressional term limits to be specially labeled on Missouri ballots is unconstitutional, a former state legislator alleged in a suit Thursday in Kansas City. Donald J. Gralike, a Democrat from St. Louis, said he is considering a run for Congress. He asked the U.S. District Court in Kansas City to block implementation of the amendment to the Missouri Constitution. He called the new law "really an atrocity," saying it "forces a candidate to make a determination before they're even elected to office." The term limits question appeared as Amendment 9 on the Nov. 5 ballot and got 58 percent approval. A similar question was approved in eight other states, and the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear a challenge to Arkansas' version. AP CRIME WAVE Burglars Targeting Elderly Residents A rash of burglaries targeting elderly residents is upsetting city officials and residents of Cape Girardeau. Sixteen homes, all but one in the southeastern part of town, have been targeted since May. Some of the victims, ranging in age from 60 to 95, have been assaulted; one sustained a broken arm. Four detectives are working on the investigation full-time and others are helping part-time. A reward fund has reached $4,600. AP SAND STORM U.S. Bans Dredging In Recreation Area Federal officials in Kansas City have denied a Kansas company permission to dredge sand from a part of the Kansas River valued by canoeists and environmentalists. Recreational and aesthetic values are more important than the need for more sand and gravel, said Robert Smith of the Corps of Engineers. …

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