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City of St. Louis Reconsiders Deal with Developer McKee

MCNS Staff

Derelict entrepreneur Paul McKee unfortunately affirms all of the negative  stereotypes associated with white owned businesses.

Derelict entrepreneur Paul McKee unfortunately affirms all of the negative stereotypes associated with white owned businesses.

The city of St. Louis is calling on real estate developer Paul McKee and his NorthSide Redevelopment project to the carpet.

According to local reports, St. Louis city counselor Julian Bush has sent a letter to McKee stating that unless he pays his taxes and begins work in 90 days, the city will “take any and all action available to it under the Redevelopment Agreement.” This action could include not paying the developer for any work he has done on the city’s north side.

“It is time to face facts,” Bush writes. “Land lies fallow. Taxes go unpaid. Vacant buildings remain dangerous and unsecured. Regardless of NorthSide’s intentions, and regardless of NorthSide’s abilities, these are not the results the city bargained for when it granted NorthSide redevelopment rights for the area. It is time to terminate the Redevelopment Agreement. It is time to allow other developers a fair chance to improve our neighborhoods and the lives of our fellow citizens.”

The original deal between McKee and St. Louis involved a promise of major development. Much of the land included in the NorthSide Redevelopment initiative remains blighted and undeveloped.

City leaders, including, Mayor Lyda Krewson, are calling for a change in McKee’s handing of the project. “But Northside Regeneration has not lived up to its promises,” she said in a statement. “The City has to take action. We had great hopes for this redevelopment agreement, but now we have to course correct.”

Members of the community have complained for years about vast swaths of land bought up and owned by McKee, and the lack of development they’ve seen there.

Embattled Missouri Ex-Governor Will Not be Charged for Affair

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

MCNS Staff

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will not be charged by a special prosecutor for his conduct during an affair he engaged in before his election.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Friday that though she believes the former Navy SEAL’s behavior may have been criminal, the state does not have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

The prosecutor took over the case last month after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly  Gardner dropped an invasion of privacy case against Greitens when she was called as a witness. Gardner stated that she planned to appoint a prosecutor to refile the case.

“I find her credible, and I believe her statements about being photographed are true,” Baker said of the woman with whom Greitens had the affair, according to a local source. “She had no vendetta. Without other evidence to support her accounting, she just didn’t want to go it alone. In the words of this victim, ‘my heart just can’t bear it.’”

Via Twitter Gardner commended Baker, stating that the prosecutor made a “gutsy decision to review the invasion case involving Eric Greitens, despite all of the mischaracterizations and attacks of those involved. I stand by my original decision to charge this case, and I respect Ms. Baker’s decision today.”

Gardner filed the original invasion of privacy charges against Greitens after allegations against him surfaced of misconduct with a woman with whom he had an extramarital sexual relationship in 2015. Greitens was accused by the woman, who remains publicly unnamed, of taking a picture of her blindfolded and partially nude and threatening to make the picture public if she spoke about their affair. No evidence of the photo has ever been found by either Gardner or Baker.

Greitens was also accused of physical and sexual abuse during the affair.

Greitens abruptly resigned last month amid the scandal involving this and another felony case which charged him with misusing his charity’s donor list for political purposes. Under threat of subpoena, Greitens announced that he would leave his governor seat.

The former governor’s attorneys have said that they believe past charges against the former governor are part of a “political witch hunt.”

Woman Caught in Governor Scandal Speaks Out

The victim of Eric Greitens' sexual assault has finally broker her silence.

The alleged victim of Eric Greitens’ sexual assault has finally broken her silence.

MCNS Staff

The woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had an affair has given a public statement for the first time.

Still unidentified publicly, the woman referred in court documents as “K.S.” and sometimes “Witness 1” says she’s in the “middle of the most difficult, crazy fight that I didn’t ask to be a part of,” according to NBC News affiliate KSDK.

The woman went on the defend herself. “I didn’t want this. I wasn’t out to get anyone. I really was just trying to live my life,” she said.

Greitens has admitted the affair, but continues to deny allegations of sexual violence and coercion to keep her silent about the affair.

For more on the woman’s public defense, click here:

Legislative Hearing Details Greitens Sexual Abuse

New allegations accuse Missouri governor Eric Greitens of sexual battery.

New allegations accuse Missouri governor Eric Greitens of sexual battery.

By MCNS Staff

Testimony from a deposition by the legal team representing Eric Greitens of a woman caught in a scandal with the Missouri governor was read aloud by state lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Details of the testimony are of a very graphic and sexual nature and come out of allegations that Greitens committed sexual violence against the woman with whom he was having an affair. According to local reports, the woman described the governor holding her in a bear hug to prevent her from leaving his basement after he took a picture of her partially nude without her consent.

Also according to local news outlets, she testified that he then forced her to perform oral sex on him. This allegation was originally made public in a Missouri House of Representatives report last month.

In the shocking portrayal of the testimony, lawmakers took turns speaking in the voices of the woman and the lawyers questioning her in the deposition.

The deposition reveals Greitens attorney Scott Rosenblum seemingly attempting to undermine the woman’s testimony by asking questions about oral sex technique and negative questions about her consent for sex.

You didn’t say, ‘No, you’re not doing it?’ ” Rosenblum asked.

“I didn’t say anything,” she responded, according to the Kansas City Star.

Testimony was shared with Missouri lawmakers by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.