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No vote on mask mandate at St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night

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No vote on mask mandate at St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night

CLAYTON, Mo. – A scheduled vote on a mask mandate for St. Louis County did not occur during the St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.

A heated debate ensued between  Councilman Tim Fitch and Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, who said a vote is needed as the pandemic continues.

“The Missouri Attorney General’s Office did tell judge Roberto here in St. Louis County that if the county wants to reimplement a face-covering order and reissue it, they need to go back to the County Council and get them to reconsider it,” said Clancy. “That is the legislative process we have, and that is what’s before us tonight.”

Fitch said voting on a mandate is illegal.

“Ms. Clancy’s agenda request clearly violates the state’s separations of power clause, judge Greene’s ruling, as well as the charter of ordinances of St. Louis County,” said Fitch. “Even if the law can be made by acting like it’s an order, the order of law can not be in unlimited duration as the Department of Public Health is requesting.”

In the end, no vote occurred. The mandate proposed is the same as the one recommended by the St. Louis County Health Department. This means it would require anyone five and older to wear a mask while in indoor public spaces in the county as well as on public transportation.

Those in favor of a mandate said another order issued by the council would bolster support even though it’s not being enforced.

Fitch said calling for a vote this way does not go through the normal channels. Meanwhile, Clancy said the councilman had plenty of time to read documents before the meeting to go forward with a vote.

Ultimately, Chairwoman Rita Heard Days decided more time is needed before a vote can proceed.

On Thursday, a court hearing is scheduled.

On Tuesday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt told school districts across the state if they don’t remove their COVID-19 health measures, he’ll sue them.

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O’Fallon councilwoman facing impeachment calls case waste of taxpayers’ money

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O’FALLON, Mo. — The O’Fallon, Missouri, City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to impeach Councilwoman Katie Gatewood.

She talked exclusively with FOX 2’s You Paid For It investigator Elliott Davis about the case that she calls unfair and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Gatewood is accused of interfering with a former O’Fallon Police Chief by questioning his decisions. She’s also accused of lying to the Council about the identity of a whistleblower who was giving her information about the police department and chief.

Yesterday, Gatewood’s attorney filed suit in federal court asking a judge to block that Thursday.

The suit said the impeachment is a violation of Gatewood’s constitutional rights. So far, the impeachment effort has cost O’Fallon taxpayers $161,000.

The Council brought in a special attorney to handle the case for the city. Gatewood and her Attorney have also been trying to get three Councilmen thrown off the impeachment board, who they said are biased against Gatewood and have made a public statement as to their positions 

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CSU Rams rally to beat Nevada, remain unbeaten at Moby Arena this season

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CSU Rams rally to beat Nevada, remain unbeaten at Moby Arena this season

Staring down the prospect of its first home loss of the season at Moby Arena, the Colorado State men’s basketball team responded.

The Rams rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit, then turned on the defense in a back-and-forth battle with Nevada for a 77-66 victory Tuesday night.

The win moved the Rams (16-1, 6-1 Mountain West) to 10-0 at Moby this season, and kept them within a game of first-place Boise State (16-4, 7-0) in a highly competitive Mountain West Conference race.

Isaiah Stevens led the second-half charge for CSU, with the junior guard scoring 14 of his 16 points in the game’s final 20 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers. David Roddy had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chandler Jacobs had 14 points and five rebounds.

Guards Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge Jr. paced the Wolf Pack with 16 and 23 points, respectively.

Nevada led by as many as 10 points in the first half, with a Roddy 3-pointer cutting the advantage to 34-27 entering the break.

CSU then opened the second half by scoring on each of its first five possessions, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Jacobs and Stevens, to turn that deficit into a 39-all game with 17:17 to go.

The two teams traded the lead seven times before the Rams held the Wolf Pack (9-8, 3-3) scoreless for more than five minutes as part of a 12-0 run to take a 75-63 lead with 1:03 to go.

CSU entered the night at No. 27 in the NCAA NET rankings, one of the primary metrics used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee to pick at-large teams. The win ensured the Rams go into Friday night’s showdown with UNLV riding a five-game win streak.

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Ramsey County confronting some 200 employees in violation of vaccination policy; most are in sheriff’s office

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Ramsey County confronting some 200 employees in violation of vaccination policy; most are in sheriff’s office

Nearly a third of the Ramsey County sheriff’s office employees are in violation of the county’s policy to either get vaccinated against the coronavirus or be tested weekly, county officials said Tuesday.

The county’s policy went into effect Nov. 1 for its roughly 5,000 employees who are either permanent, temporary, intermittent or seasonal. Under the policy, employees who do not comply could face a five-day suspension starting Feb. 14, County Manager Ryan O’Connor told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

According to the county, nearly 94 percent of the employees have certified to their vaccination status, with 82 percent of them providing proof that they are fully vaccinated, which means they’ve taken two shots.

As far as actual numbers, 276 employees have not certified their vaccination status with the county, O’Connor said. Of those employees, 24 said they are fully vaccinated and uploaded proof of vaccination, but did not certify. Another 19 intermittent employees are not working, but said they would certify their status if called upon to work. Another 51 employees are on leave status.

That leaves 182 remaining employees who have not certified their status, with 134 from the sheriff’s office, according to O’Connor.

“So we are seeing a localized challenge of compliance at this point,” he said. “We continue to work directly with the sheriff and his leadership team to seek compliance.”

Ann Feaman, Ramsey County’s human resources deputy director, wrote in a Tuesday update to the county’s executive team that all departments have reported that they either issued written reprimands to employees who remain out of compliance or they are in the process of doing so this week “with one exception — the sheriff’s office.”

“I have not heard anything official from the sheriff’s office except that they acknowledged receipt of HR’s message,” she wrote.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.

Allison Schaber, president of the Ramsey County Deputies’ Federation, said Tuesday night that it supports the policy, “while recognizing that it gives our employees the right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated or get tested.” However, she said, Tuesday was the first the federation heard of the scope of the noncompliance with the county policy.

“So for them to jump right to a five-day suspension without prior notice of noncompliance, we feel is excessive and out of step with progressive discipline,” she said.

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