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Ferguson Anniversary Plans Include Civil Disobiedience
July 27, 2015

(AP) – Several groups are joining together for events in Ferguson, Missouri, for the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Organizers are calling it the “Ferguson Uprising Commemoration Weekend.” Plans announced Monday include a silent march starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 9 from Canfield Drive, the site of the shooting, to Greater St. Mark Family Church.

Brown was unarmed when he was killed last Aug. 9 by a police officer in a shooting that galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The agenda also calls for civil disobedience on Aug. 10. Messages seeking clarification about what sort of civil disobedience is planned weren’t returned.

The coalition calls itself the Ferguson Action Council. It includes the Don’t Shoot Coalition, Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle and others.

Missouri Debate Over Scholarships For Some Immigrants
July 27, 2015

The status of legislation to block scholarships and financial aid for Missouri students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. is being disputed.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed one bill to stop the state’s A+ Scholarship from going to those students. But the Republican-led Legislature could overturn Nixon’s action in a September session.

The scholarship pays for two years of tuition at community colleges for students who meet certain grade and community service criteria.

Language aimed at blocking the scholarship also was included in a budget bill. But the Higher Education Department, some lawmakers and others are at odds over whether it’s legally binding because of a technicality

McCaskill Questions LeVota’s Ability to Continue in Office
July 24, 2015

Missouri’s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is one of the latest to question the political future of Independence State Senator Paul LeVota.
Two former interns say LeVota, a married man, made unwanted advances toward them and sent them unwanted suggestive messages.
McCaskill issued a brief statement Thursday evening:
““Two young women have come forward with serious allegations against Senator Paul LeVota, some of which have been corroborated by evidence of text messages. I believe Senator LeVota needs to seriously consider whether he can continue to serve.”
Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is also questioning LeVita’s ability to continue to serve.
LeVota says he has done nothing wrong.

Nixon’s LeVota Statement
July 23, 2015

Here is the Nixon statement on st. Sen. Paul LeVota:
“Even as facts continue to emerge, the allegations against Sen. LeVota to date are deeply troubling and raise serious questions about his ability to continue to serve his constituents. Sexual harassment must not be tolerated.”

Pressure Mounts on LeVota
July 23, 2015

The political pressure is mounting on Missouri State Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

A second intern, identified by the Kansas City Star as Taylor Hirth, says LeVota made advances toward her when she worked for him in 2010. That is five years before the first charge that emerged on Wednesday. A 2015 intern says Levota made advances toward her, too.

LeVota denies it.

Senator Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, citing the “new information”, kicked LeVota off the influential Senate Rules Committee and then announced the panel would investigate the allegations against the Independence Democrat.
“The Missouri Senate takes very seriously matters involving the public trust,” Dempsey said in a statement.

Moments later Democratic Governor Jay Nixon suggested ina statement his fellow Democrat resign.
In a statement Nixon called the charges against LeVota are “deeply troubling and raise serious questions about his ability to continue to serve his constituents”.

LeVota could not be reached by phone Thursday.

His brother Phil, a close advisor, says the Senator plans to cooperate fully with the investigation.

In an interview with KMBC TV on Wednesday after the first report came out LeVota said, “I’m not going to let false allegations prevent me from representing my district.”

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