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LOCAL

*The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will consider a bill that decriminalizes marijuana.  The proposal by Alderwoman Megan Green and others would limit the ability of police officers to enforce city ordinances against marijuana use and possession.

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*A local church is offering drive-thru Ashing on Ash Wednesday.

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*The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) will be assisting Ballpark Village in filling open positions during a job fair today from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third floor at 1520 Market Street in St. Louis.

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NATIONAL

NTSB Asks For Witnesses To Help In Arizona Crash Investigation - 

The NTSB is asking for help in their investigation into a deadly helicopter crash in Arizona.

The Air Safety Inspector says investigators want to talk with anyone who may have seen the Papillon Airways chopper before it went down over the weekend in the Grand Canyon.

Source: KURV


*The proposed 2019 budget released by the White House on Monday seeks to cut more than $2.5 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency. That's a more than 23 percent cut from the agency's annual budget.

Donald Trump once vowed to cut the EPA to "little tidbits" and has begun to do so over the last year with hundreds of workers retiring and opting for buyouts, leaving its staffing comparable to the numbers during the Reagan administration.

The White House said Monday that the proposed cuts will "return the EPA to its core mission," cut back on "unnecessary reporting burdens on the regulated community" and kill programs that "create unnecessary redundancies or those that have served their purpose and accomplished their mission." (The Washington Post)


DOJ Defends Jeff Sessions “Anglo-American” Usage - 

The Justice Department is coming to the defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessionsafter he used the term "Anglo-American heritage" during a speech to the National Sheriffs Association.

The term prompted some Democratic lawmakers to cry foul. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said he didn't see any purpose behind the term other than to pit Americans against each other. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal called it, quote, "red meat to a base fueled by racism." The NAACP called the the comment “racially tinged.”

A Justice Department spokesman pointed out that Anglo-American law is a common legal term to describe the shared legal heritage between England and America. He added that the office of sheriff is unique to that heritage. They did not explain why that term was not in the transcript of Sessions’ remarks released before he read them.

The National Archives of London and the University of Houston Law Center have partnered for quite a while on a shared history site Anglo-American Legal Tradition

Source: ABC News


First Wife Of Rob Porter Pens Opinion Piece In Response To Conway Comment - 

The first ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter is sharing as much as she can with the “Washington Post.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s comments about Communications Director Hope Hicks being “strong” and having smarts when asked about her safety if the rumors that she’s dating Rob Porter are true prompted Colbie Holderness to pen a reply.

Holderness took issue with the words implying that “those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong.” She then went on to describe her journey to split from Porter, the toll the relationship took on her life in general, and her rebound.

There are subtle pieces of advice, including seeking out a counselor and being aware abuse takes all forms and knows no boundary.

Holderness wrapped up by pointing to both President Trump’s tweets about domestic violence seeming to target allegations on the #MeToo movement and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declining to say whether he believes the allegations or not. 

Source: Washington Post


SPORTS

*St. Louis Blues take on the Nashville Predators


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