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ST. LOUIS –  In less than seven weeks, you’ll need a photo ID to vote in Missouri.

Unless a judge blocks the new law before November.

Two groups filed two lawsuits last month asking a judge to block certain parts of a new state election’s law. The League of Women Voters and the NAACP said the legislation infringes on their freedom of speech and their ability to engage with voters. The state argues the organizations do not have enough witnesses to say the new law effects a Missourian from casting future ballots.

“The burdens that are imposed on speech here are not severe, they qualify as what the United States Supreme Court calls lesser burdens on expression and association,” Assistant Attorney General Charles Capps said.

“The state of Missouri has made it a felony to approach your neighbor and say, hey, I would really encourage you to apply to vote absentee,” Danielle Lang of the League of Women Voters said.

Under the law, if you don’t register with the Secretary of State before assisting a Missourian to register to vote, it could result in a felony and losing the right to vote.

The judge said he plans to make a ruling in the coming weeks.



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ST. LOUIS – McCluer High School is holding a town hall meeting Monday night.

The school wants to address student behavior. Classes were cancelled last Tuesday, so students could “pause and reset” following a rough Monday.

Part of the air conditioning system went out, with temperatures rising above 80 degrees in some classrooms. Officials said during lunch, someone set off a smoke bomb, forcing an evacuation. Then the school said some students started fighting, which officials broke up. The air conditioning is now fixed.

Officials said they want to hear suggestions for improving the safety for McCluer students at Monday night’s town hall. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. at the high school.



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O’FALLON, Ill. – A home near O’Fallon, Illinois is on fire Monday morning.

The fire started at about 7 a.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Simmons Road. The O’Fallon and Hollywood Heights Fire Departments are responding.

It is unknown at this time what caused the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available. FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SKyFOX helicopter flew over the scene.



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ARNOLD, Mo. – A fire was reported Monday morning at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri.

The report came out at about 6:45 a.m. The fire was reportedly in an electrical socket. First responders were on the scene.

FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter flew over the scene.



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ST. LOUIS – A ground breaking is planned Monday morning for a new fire station in St. Charles.

Fire Station 3 on Elm Street is about to be replaced with a new station due to structural issues including flooding problems and electrical hazards that would require major – if not extensive and expensive repairs.

The station is also unable to accommodate the size of the department’s modern fire equipment, which limits resources. It also presents safety concerns. The small size of the station also prohibits housing additional staff, which would essentially increase service in the area. This is all being paid for thanks to voters passing Proposition R in 2021.

The ground breaking for the New Fire Station 3 is taking place 9:00 a.m. If you’d like to attend, you’re asked to park at Jaycee Park next to the fire station.

Crews will be working out of Fire Station 1 while the construction’s going on. City officials said response times to this service area will not be affected.



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MONROE COUNTY, Ill. – A fire damages a well-known Waterloo, Illinois bakery overnight.

Damage can be seen from a fire at Ahne’s Bakery in downtown Waterloo on West Mill Street. It appears that at least some of the damage is to the back part of the popular business.

Here’s a look at pictures of the scene from the Republic Times – a local newspaper in Monroe County.
The newspaper reported that crews from the Waterloo Fire Department rushed there around 7:45 p.m. Flames could be seen shooting from the rear area of this longtime local business. Other first responders also raced there, including Waterloo Police, Monroe County EMS, and the Columbia Fire Department.

The Republic Times shared that fire officials said they had the situation under control around 8:15 p.m., about a half hour after they arrived. No injuries have been reported, as it appears the bakery was closed at the time.

The Republic Times also reported that the Waterloo Fire Department has requested the Illinois state fire marshal to respond to help in the investigation into the fire. The bakery’s website says the business was opened by the Ahne Family back in 1973.

We are reaching out to try and find out more details about the fire. FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.



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BOSTON (AP) — Post Malone went to the hospital again Saturday after experiencing what he described on social media as difficulty breathing and stabbing pain, forcing him to postpone a scheduled show in Boston.

It was the second time in about a week that he went to the hospital. He was treated for bruised ribs after falling into a hole on stage at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis last weekend.

“On tour, I usually wake up around 4 o’clock PM, and today I woke up to a cracking sounds on the right side of my body,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “I felt so good last night, but today it felt so different than it has before. I’m having a very difficult time breathing and there’s like a stabbing pain whenever I breathe or move.”

He pledged to reschedule the show.

“I love y’all so much. I feel terrible, but I promise I’m going to make this up to you. I love you Boston, I’ll see you soon,” wrote the singer, whose real name is Austin Richard Post.

The venue, TD Garden, said in a tweet that the show was “postponed due to unforeseen circumstances” and tickets for Saturday’s show would be honored for a rescheduled date.

Malone is scheduled to perform in Cleveland on Tuesday.



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ST. ANN, Mo. – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating the fatal shooting of a St. Ann man.

According to Tony Stewart, a spokesman for the Major Case Squad, the shooting happened on Saturday at 12:15 a.m. in the 10000 block of Douglas Court.

St. Ann police found the victim, Terrance Washington, dead at the scene. He was 32.

The department requested the Major Case Squad’s assistance in investigating the homicide.

Anyone with information on the murder is asked contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS or the St. Ann Police Department at 314-709-6117.



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MT. OLIVE, Ill. – The Miners Union Cemetery is not very big. Located in Mt. Olive, Illinois, and surrounded by farmland, about halfway between St. Louis and Springfield, you wouldn’t notice the cemetery from Interstate 55.

It’s a short drive to the cemetery from the interstate; a little over a mile. The roadway is flanked by overgrown weeds and wild grass. A small cornfield neighbors the cemetery, with stalks taller than one’s head. A rather inauspicious place for a person once decried as “the grandmother of all agitators” and “the most dangerous woman in America.” But the grave of Mary “Mother” Jones is quite literally a monument to a champion of workers’ rights and a woman heralded as “the miners’ angel.”

“Mother” Jones was born Mary Harris in Cork, Ireland. While an exact date of birth cannot be verified, historians do know she was baptized on Aug. 1, 1837, meaning she was very likely born that same year. In later years, Jones would claim to have been born on May 1, 1830, likely in solidarity with the establishment of International Workers’ Day.

Her family immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the midst of the Great Famine. The Harrises later moved south to Michigan in pursuit of better opportunities.

As a young woman, Mary moved to Chicago and then Memphis, where she met and married trade unionist George E. Jones in 1861. The couple had four children: Catherine, Terence, Elizabeth, and Mary. In 1867, the yellow fever epidemic claimed the lives of George and their children. By age 30, a bereft Mary Jones moved back to Chicago and became a dressmaker. Jones lost her home and shop in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

In subsequent years, Jones witnessed the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Haymarket affair in May 1886. These events radicalized her and further drove her interest in organizing and rallying on behalf of laborers and the working class.

Jones got involved with the United Mine Workers (UMW) and the Socialist Party of America. She set out across the nation, stumping on behalf of workers demanding fair wages and treatment and calling for the eradication of child labor. She assumed the moniker “Mother” Jones by carrying on and dressing like she was older, and by referring to the miners she advocated for as “her boys.”

Her many decades of rabble-rousing in support of striking workers would take her to Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, and West Virginia. It was in West Virginia that she earned her infamous sobriquet.

At the turn of the 20th century, Jones began spending time in West Virginia to organize miners. In June 1902, the United Mine Workers called a strike. Coal companies and local law enforcement began arresting organizers and judges issued injunctions against such pro-labor activities.

Jones would have none of it and challenged authorities to arrest her. A federal marshal arrested her in Clarksburg on June 20 while she was delivering a speech. After being released from custody, Jones went on the road describing the plight of the West Virginia miners and the dishonest behavior of coal companies, and called out politicians and for ignoring this injustice.

She returned to West Virginia the following month to face charges. Addressing the court, U.S. District Attorney Reese Blizzard said of Jones, “There sits the most dangerous woman in America. She comes into a state where peace and prosperity reign, crooks her finger (and) 20,000 contented men lay down their tools and walk out.”

Though all the other defendants would be convicted and receive 60-day sentences, the judge refused to sentence Jones, lest he make her into a martyr for the cause of labor.

Jones would again find herself in a West Virginia court a decade later. This time, she was accused of conspiracy to commit murder during the 1912 Paint Creek Mine War. During the conflict, she is said to have organized 3,000 armed miners in a march to the state capitol.

Martial law was eventually declared in the region and Jones was again apprehended. Jones appeared before a military court in February 1913. Ever indignant, she openly refused to recognize the legitimacy of the proceedings. Jones was sentenced to 20 years in prison. However, she was released after 85 days during a U.S. Senate investigation of the coal mines.

Jones died on Nov. 30, 1930, in Maryland at age 93. Her funeral was held at St. Gabriel’s in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 2. Following the mass, a special railroad car took Jones’ body to St. Louis and then to Mt. Olive, where she’d lie in state until Dec. 7. She was buried in a grave next to the miners who died in the 1898 Battle of Virden, Illinois.

By 1936, the Progressive Mine Workers of America, a splinter group of the UMW, went to court to have a proper marker placed at her grave. The group raised $16,000 to acquire 80 tons of Minnesota pink granite. The unionists donated their own time and energy to construct a 22-foot-tall monument, flanked by bronze statues of miners.

More than 50,000 people came to Mt. Olive for the official dedication ceremony on Oct. 11, 1936.



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ST. LOUIS – This weekend’s Hispanic Festival in Soulard Park carries added meaning, as attendees celebrate a diamond hero in the form of Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

The man nicknamed “The Machine” is one of only four men—and the first foreign-born player—to hit 700 home runs in the Major Leagues.

Fans said watching the moment Pujols hit his 700th home run can be difficult to describe.

“It’s like eating chocolate. It’s so rewarding, you know, when you see something like that and it just feels good,” Eliseo Barrera said.

He said it was a historical moment to watch and not just for Cardinals’ fans.

“It’s a big deal not only just in baseball but, I mean, like you said, him being Hispanic and then having this here today; the festival, you know, it just elevates it even more to be proud of,” Barrera said.

People at the festival said seeing Pujols join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth and in the 700 club makes them proud for the Latino community.

“It just feels good to see somebody like him do that, especially with his history with St. Louis and you know for us as Latinos, obviously, it’s a big accomplishment and just something to be proud of you know. It’s like, ‘Oh, he did it,’” Barrera said.

Fans said it is great to see everyone rally around Pujols’ accomplishment.

“It’s making everybody become Cardinals fans that never were before, which is cool, but they’re going to slack off after,” Sharon McDaniel said. “But I’m enjoying it, and I’m having a great time, and I think everybody else is too.”



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