Talks between the American Civil Liberties Union and the city of St. Louis on an independent panel to oversee the city's jails have stalled.
The talks were prompted by a 2009 ACLU report that alleged abuse and medical neglect at the city's Medium Security Institution (more commonly known as the city workhouse) and at the higher-security City Justice Center.
Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to offer amnesty to delinquent taxpayers.
The measure would waive interest and penalties for those who pay their tax bills between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31. Supporters estimate the measure could bring in as much as $74 million to the state. Plus, they say it would give individuals and companies an opportunity to wipe their slate clean.
The legislation gained first-round approval Wednesday and needs another vote before moving to the Senate.
Peabody Energy CEO Gregory Boyce announces that the energy giant will remain in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years, during a press conference in St. Louis on March 2, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)