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Greitens Charged Again- This Time with Tampering

By MCNS Staff

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted on a felony charge of computer tampering following allegations of his campaign obtaining a nonprofit donor list without the knowledge of the charity’s administrators.

Founded by Greitens in 2007, The Mission Continues charity seeks to support military veterans readjust to civilian life. But reports indicate that a probable cause statement issued by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged that Greitens “directed the disclosure” of “data, specifically a donor list owned by The Mission Continues, to a political fundraiser … working on behalf of Greitens for Missouri.”

The probable cause statement reads: “Greitens and an unnamed campaign aide “knew that the donor list disclosed on April 22, 2015, was taken without the permission of The Mission Continues.”

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her office have received evidence and materials from Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office to move forward in their investigation of the embattled governor.

The new felony charge heaps more legal and political problems onto Greitens who already faces a felony invasion of privacy charge emerging from an explicit photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he was having an affair. Missouri Republican and Democratic lawmakers and other leaders have called for Greitens to resign and are threatening to impeach him if he does not.

“This matter will go to a court of law — where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence,” Greitens responded to questions about stepping down. “Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf.”

A St. Louis judge ruled last week against dismissing his first felony charge, invasion of privacy, levied against him in connection to alleged pictures he took of a woman with whom he was having an affair while she was partially undressed, thought by critics as a means to coerce her to silence. The trial remains set for May 14.

According to local reports this week, attorneys for Greitens have sought a temporary restraining order against Hawley’s investigation and the appointment of a special prosecutor, arguing that Hawley conflicted himself by calling for the governor to resign.

Reports also state that a Missouri House committee has been engaged in a parallel probe, issuing a bombshell report last week detailing alleged sexual misconduct by Greitens toward the woman with whom he had an affair. That committee also plans to release findings concerning Greitens’ campaign’s use of the Mission Continues list.

“Me Too” Founder Brings Anti-Sexual Violence Message to STL

By MCNS Staff

#MeToo creator Tarana Burke

#MeToo creator Tarana Burke

One woman has literally built a movement without having yet become a household name.

Longtime activist Tarana Burke recently brought her message regarding issues of gender and sex relations, violence and equity to St. Louis at Webster University.

As the founder of the “Me Too” movement, Burke is igniting change in generations of us facing issues of security and human expression in our communities.

The phrase “Me Too,” coined by Burke, gained popularity on social media after actress Alyssa Milano used the expression to encourage women to speak out in the wake of multiple sexual allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Burke’s long time work had finally reached national prominence.

For more information about Tarana Burke’s talk at Webster University, click here:

Local Children to Read and Ride on Metro

imagesBy Free Radical

Last week, Metro Transit announced that it will unveil a new community library that will allow patrons to check out books at four stations. They will be located at North Hanley, Wellston, Rock Road, and North County transit centers.

“The love of reading, especially at a young age, opens the door to new opportunities, good grades in school, and a foundation that can lead to successful careers,” said Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman for District 1. “This program isn’t just about making books available, it’s about making the love of reading available, to everyone.”

The new program is a collaboration between the St. Louis Development Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Promise Zone, St. Louis County Library, Bi-State Development and Metro Transit.

The books will be come from the Recycled Reads program of St. Louis County Library. They will be free of charge and riders do not have to have a library card. The books will not be checked out and they will be returned on an honor system.

This unorthodox system is to meet the unique needs of riders and to “catch people where they are” according to St. Louis County Library District Director Kristen Sorth.

Gov. Greitens Accused of Lying, Violating Missouri Election Law

By MCNS Staff

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Missouri’s embattled governor is catching hell.

According to local sources, a former chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party said Wednesday that he has filed a complaint alleging that Gov. Eric Greitens violated Missouri law by lying in a campaign financial report.

Filed by Roy Temple, the complaint comes from a consent order Greitens signed with the Missouri Ethics Commission last April. The order admitted that his campaign did not report that the campaign received a donor list from The Mission Continues, a veterans’ charity Greitens founded in 2007 but left in 2014.

Reports indicate that in his complaint, Temple wrote that Greitens “misled” the MEC and “purposefully” filed a false campaign report. To “purposefully” violate Missouri’s campaign finance law is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

For more on accusations against Gov. Greitens in violation of state election law, click here.