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In this week’s Inside the Post-Dispatch, listen to critic Ian Froeb talk about what goes into choosing the top 100 restaurants around St. Louis. stltoday.com/podcasts

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Tuesday Sports columnist Ben Frederickson, 11 a.m. Wednesday Ask the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Jim Thomas talks Blues, 1 p.m. Thursday MU sports with Dave Matter, 11 a.m. Friday Talk STL sports with Jeff Gordon, 1 p.m.

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Democrats sue attorney general’s office over denial of public records BY JACK SUNTRUP St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Missouri attorney general’s office, alleging the office violated the Sunshine Law by denying Democrats public documents when then-Attorney General Josh Hawley was running for U.S. Senate. The lawsuit, filed in Cole County Circuit Court, asks the court to order the release of records the Democrats requested. The Democrats asked in September 2017 and March 2018 for emails between staffers in Hawley’s office and paid campaign operatives, the lawsuit says. They did not receive any documents. Hawley’s office told the DSCC there were no responsive records. But, in the closing days of the November 2018 election, the Kansas City Star reported that political consultants Gail Gitcho and Timmy Teepell directed taxpayer-paid staff in Hawley’s office. The article confirmed that there were, in fact, records of communications between political consultants and the attorney general’s office. The attorney general’s office also produced documents to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office in December that prove there were responsive records, the lawsuit says. “It is now clear that the AG’s Office not only possessed the requested documents, but it purposely and knowingly withheld them from DSCC, and it has advanced no argument — nor could it — that the documents are properly closed under the Sunshine Law,” the lawsuit says. The Democrats ask the court to assess civil penalties against the attorney general’s office for “purposely and knowingly” violating the Sunshine Law. Hawley, a Republican, defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in the November 2018 election. Kelli Ford, spokeswoman for Hawley, said in an email the lawsuit was a “joke” and “yet another frivolous political suit” but she did not directly refute any points made in the lawsuit. The lawsuit names attorney general’s office special counsel Michael Martinich-Sauter and the attorney general’s office, which is now led by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican. Mark Pedroli, a St. Louis County attorney who previously sued former Gov. Eric Greitens over his Sunshine Law compliance, is also representing the Democrats in the case, along with attorneys from the

LAURIE SKRIVAN • lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Republican Josh Hawley is shown in March 2018. Democrats have sued to have documents released from when the then-attorney general was running for U.S. Senate.

Washington office of the Perkins Coie law firm. Ford noted that one of the attorneys suing Hawley’s former office is Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias, who has worked for McCaskill. “The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee has teamed up with Claire McCaskill’s personal lawyer to file yet another frivolous political suit,” she said. “Democrats lost the 2018 election. Accept it.” Daniel Hartman, who was Hawley’s custodian of records, previously said the office acted in “good faith” when processing Sunshine Law requests. Hartman, who also worked on Hawley’s 2016 campaign for attorney general, now works in Hawley’s Senate office as state director. “For every request, the Office engaged in a diligent search of its records to determine responsiveness, and conducted a rigorous analysis of whether any of the numerous factors set out in Chapter 610 applied,” Hartman told the Star. “Each determination under the Sunshine Law was made carefully and in good faith.”

FESTUS > Festus OKs bonds for new hotel, new taxing district • The City Council, at a recent meeting, voted to authorize up to $10 million in revenue bonds for Festus Hospitality LLC to build a four-story, 94-room Hampton Inn hotel on two acres located on Shapiro Drive. The funds will provide for the costs of acquiring and constructing the facility. In a separate action at the Feb. 27 meeting, the council voted to establish the Festus Commons Community Improvement District for a 24-acre parcel on American Legion Drive being developed by Tammy Fadler of Signature Realtors. The CID will be allowed to assess a tax of up to 1 percent on retail sales to pay for improvements. The council determined that the area was blighted due to inadequate street layout and unsanitary conditions.

Jack Suntrup • 573-556-6184 @JackSuntrup on Twitter jsuntrup@post-dispatch.com

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DIGEST KIRKWOOD > Kirkwood approves plans for new office building • Kirkwood has given a local developer the green light to build a new office building near the intersection of South Kirkwood and Big Bend roads, replacing several existing structures. Mayor Tim Griffin and the Kirkwood City Council last week unanimously approved a final site plan for the 14,500-squarefoot, one-story building known as Kirkwork. Plans include 54 parking spaces around the perimeter of the one-acre site, as well as landscaping. A shared work space, of just under 2,500 square feet, will be provided for tenants in the center of the new building, city officials said. The site now includes four commercial buildings at 10727 through 10741 Big Bend and also 126 Prospect Avenue. Those buildings, which have housed a chiropractor’s practice and a hair removal service, among other businesses, will be demolished. Kirkwork is a project of Steve Meskill’s West Jefferson Properties LLC.

Schmitt has not commented on the open records dispute, declining to say whether his office has launched an investigation into Hawley’s Sunshine Law compliance. “We have nothing further to add at this time,” Schmitt spokesman Chris Nuelle said on Monday. But, he said, “Attorney General Eric Schmitt is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enforcing the Missouri Sunshine Law, and we work every day to ensure that Sunshine Law requests are handled properly and efficiently.” As attorney general, Hawley was charged with enforcing the state’s Sunshine Law. He often complained that his office did not have subpoena power in such matters and pushed lawmakers to give him a broader reach. Hawley backed legislation that would have created a new division in the attorney general’s office whose sole focus would be investigating violations of the Sunshine Law.

CAIRO, ILL. > Key Ohio River bridge reopens • After more than two weeks, a bridge connecting Illinois and Kentucky has reopened over the Ohio River. The U.S. Highway 51 bridge closed on Feb. 22 due to high water on the Wickliffe, Ky., side. Kentucky officials say 4,700 vehicles cross the bridge each day; trucks make up 35 percent of the traffic. The bridge reopened late Monday morning. Drivers must make an 80-mile detour when the bridge is closed. PIOPOLIS, ILL. > County down to one Catholic church • Roman Catholics in a Southern Illinois county, about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, are down to one church for weekend Mass. A decision to close two of Hamilton County’s three Catholic churches took effect over the weekend. There were no Masses at St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren or St. Clement of Rome in McLeansboro. They’re now designated as chapels. The area’s “mother church” now is St. John the Baptist in Piopolis. Bishop Edward Braxton made the announcement in February. He called it a “challenging process” with no “winners or losers.” The bishop says the Belleville Diocese has slightly more than 100 parishes but only 48 active diocesan priests. Braxton says priests from abroad are helping to keep some churches open. EUREKA, ILL. > Judge says county violated solar company’s rights • A judge has cleared the way for a solar energy project in central Illinois. Judge Charles Feeney says Woodford County’s permit denial was “arbitrary” and “unreasonable” and violated the rights of SolAmerica Energy. Property owners and the city of Eureka opposed the permit; the County Board voted against the permit last year, a step that led to the lawsuit. The proposed site is on land near the Eureka city limits, 20 miles east of Peoria.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z to be honored

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: The power couple will be honored for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. GLAAD announced Monday that the couple will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award, previously given to Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas, honors “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people,” GLAAD said. Slip or shorthand? • President Donald Trump says he didn’t slip up when he referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” at a White House meeting last week. Trump tweeted Monday: “I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!” ‘Marvel’ is marvelous • Like its heroine, Disney’s “Captain Marvel” is defying expectations. The film with Brie Larson debuted above predictions, with $153 million in North America, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Actress Barbara Feldon is 86. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 73. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 71. Actress Lesley Manville is 63. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 59. Actress Kendall Applegate is 20. From news services

JOE HOLLEMAN Is out of the office