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Rebecca Rivas

Rebecca Rivas

Rebecca Rivas is a multimedia reporter who covers Missouri's cannabis industry. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she has been reporting in Missouri since 2001, including more than a decade as senior reporter and video producer at the St. Louis American, the nation’s leading African-American newspaper.

St. Louis prosecutor asks court to free Lamar Johnson after nearly 30 years in prison

By: - August 31, 2022

It’s been three years since Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner asked a St. Louis circuit judge to set aside the 1995 murder conviction of Lamar Johnson.  It was the first exoneration case Gardner’s conviction-integrity unit had brought forth — and a case that prosecutors statewide were watching closely. But Gardner hit a major roadblock when the […]

Missouri Supreme Court fines Kim Gardner $750 for professional misconduct

By: - August 30, 2022

The Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner Tuesday and fined her $750, finding that she violated professional misconduct rules during the investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.  The court’s decision marks the final step in an ethics probe that began in July 2018. It aligns with the recommendation from a […]

Missouri’s new voter ID law faces lawsuit claiming it’s unconstitutional

By: - August 24, 2022

Voting-rights advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that a new law requiring Missourians to present a government-issued photo ID to vote is unconstitutional. While lawmakers have approved voter ID laws numerous times, and voters signed off on putting it in the state constitution in 2016, the proposal has never withstood a legal challenge.  The voter […]

NAACP, League of Women Voters sue to block Missouri’s new election law

By: - August 23, 2022

The League of Women Voters of Missouri and Missouri NAACP filed a lawsuit Monday attempting to block a wide-ranging elections bill they argue violates the right to core political speech by curtailing voter engagement. The lawsuit focuses on provisions of the law, which is set to go into effect on Aug. 28, that prohibit compensating […]

St. Louis police associations sue city to block the new civilian oversight law

By: - August 9, 2022

Three St. Louis police organizations have filed a lawsuit against the city to block a law expanding civilian oversight of the police.  The law, which was approved by the St. Louis Board of Alderman last month and signed last week by Mayor Tishaura Jones, would create the Division of Civilian Oversight. Over the next year, the […]

Grieving St. Louis families respond to police-involved shooting scenes, push for change

By: - August 8, 2022

On the night of April 24, 2013, six residents living in a neighborhood just north of downtown St. Louis say they saw the same thing.  A young Black man – 25-year-old Cary Ball Jr. — crashed his car, got out, stumbled onto another car and limped away. And then each said they saw Ball drop […]

Beer heiress Trudy Busch Valentine captures Missouri Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate

By: and - August 2, 2022

Anheuser-Busch heiress Trudy Busch Valentine won the Democratic nomination for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, defeating her closest rival, former Marine Lucas Kunce. With nearly all precincts reporting, Busch had won 43% of the vote, compared to 38% for Kunce. Throughout her campaign, Valentine has said working as a nurse and experiencing immense grief […]

Missouri Election Day FAQ: What you need to know to make sure your vote counts

By: - August 1, 2022

Boone County sent out more than 100,000 sample ballots to prepare voters for Tuesday’s primary election, and many were surprised at what they saw.  “They weren’t aware of redistricting happening,” said Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon. “So we had a lot of questions from people that were newly in the 3rd Congressional District that were […]

Pair of Democrats vie for chance to challenge Ann Wagner in 2nd Congressional District

By: - July 27, 2022

State Rep. Trish Gunby and gun-control activist Ray Reed are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District primary on Tuesday. This spring’s redistricting process made the 2nd District more favorable to a Republican candidate, but Gunby and Reed both believe they still have a shot at beating the well-resourced GOP incumbent, Congresswoman […]

Cori Bush, Steve Roberts primary in 1st District more than simply moderate vs. liberal

By: - July 22, 2022

Sheets of rain wrapped around the playground shelter in North St. Louis’ Fairground Park on July 9, where canvassers for Congresswoman Cori Bush’s re-election campaign huddled together.  The event’s organizer, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, took advantage of the captive audience. “Even in the rain, we have the faithful few who are out here because […]

Trudy Busch Valentine was inspired to enter Missouri U.S. Senate race after family tragedies

By: - July 14, 2022

For 12 days, Trudy Busch Valentine never left her sister’s side as nurses and doctors did everything they could to save her.  Valentine was 17 when her 8-year-old sister was in a car accident and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. “That’s where I saw the nurses with the compassion and the competence and the […]

Former nurses at historic St. Louis hospital file trademark lawsuit against developer

By: - July 13, 2022

The name “Homer G. Phillips Hospital” is still spoken with reverence, not only in St. Louis’ Black community, but across the country.  Opened in 1937, it was the only public hospital for Black St. Louisans until 1955.  It was also a training facility, where Black doctors and nurses from around the world came to complete […]