Political news

A handbill on an unoccupied truck.
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Last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked the city of Cape Girardeau from enforcing an ordinance that bans people from placing handbills on unoccupied cars. Now, judge John Ross is making that injunction permanent.

The decision comes after the Ku Klux Klan filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming the leafleting ban infringes free speech rights. 

Tony Rothert is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, who represented the KKK. He says it’s a victory for free speech.

Google made cost-cutting deals to place their Google Fiber service in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star's Scott Canon reports the city made a similar deal with Time Warner and is negotiating one with AT&T.

Low water levels on the Mississippi River are forcing commodities off of barges and onto trucks and trains. And the Chicago Sun Times Kara Spak reports consumers will feel the pinch.

The Associated Press reports a federal judge will not issue a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of a Missouri law that makes it a misdemeanor crime to disturb worship services.

The Cape Girardeau City Council on October 1, 2012.
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The Cape Girardeau City Council sealed the deal on one long-simmering ordinance and put another on next April’s ballot. In addition, the council will now look at new scooter safety laws and underage drinking.

The council unanimously approved the new rental inspection ordinance that establishes minimum property standards for rental units. The ordinance was cruising towards passage last month until realtors voiced objections, saying the language was too vague. By Monday night, realtors and council had smoothed over their concerns and reached a compromise.

According to Southeast Missourian's Scott Moyers, the Cape Girardeau City Council will considering a requirement for scooter riders to wear helmets. Sarina Webb brought the idea to City Council representative Mark Lanzotti, who gives his full support. Webb will speak at the council's study session at 5.p.m. today.