Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Idaho's ethics laws face scrutiny for 2018 elections

As the buildup to the 2018 election begins to accelerate, Idaho's 30-year-old ethics laws are facing scrutiny as top candidates wrestle with how much of their finances they should disclose to voters. Idaho is one of just two states that don't require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. This means the state's elected officials can weigh in on public matters without sharing whether their wallets might benefit from them. Michigan is the only other state that lacks such rules.

Oil rig explodes in Lake Ponchartrain * An oil rig exploded Sunday in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, La. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent and that Jefferson Parish Sheriff's officials were assisting. McGregor said there were "a lot of injuries" with at least six confirmed and more expected. He said many of the injuries were serious. No deaths had been reported. Lake Pontchartrain is 21 miles north of New Orleans.

Feinstein gets Democratic challenger * A California legislative leader announced Sunday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, setting up a 2018 contest between two Democrats that will highlight generational, geographic and ideological contrasts in the party that dominates state politics. Feinstein, 84, a former San Francisco mayor and grande dame of California Democrats, will face state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, 50, a Los Angeles Hispanic who is largely unknown statewide. De Leon promised to work for job growth and economic security. He vowed to aggressively fight the agenda of President Donald Trump, continuing the resistance of California government to Trump's proposals on health care, immigration and climate change. …

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