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St. Louis asks state for $40 million in tax credits for proposed soccer stadium

The Missouri Development Finance Board is considering whether to award $40 million dollars in tax credits to St. Louis for a potential Major League Soccer stadium. Otis Williams from the St. Louis development board made the request official Thursday. If approved, the incentives would be spread out over two years.

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A dead zone with sediment from the Mississippi River carries fertilizer to the Gulf of Mexico.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations on nutrient pollution by mid-December 2017 to settle a lawsuit filed by an environmental group in U.S. District Court.. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed a lawsuit against the EPA in February for not adequately addressing the issue of nutrient pollution through the Clean Water Act. Nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients enter waterways through fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plant discharges. An overabundance of such nutrients have caused fish kills, harmful algal blooms and dead zones along the Mississippi River.

This collage of new RAC Fellows includes, clockwise, Agnes Wilcox, Jess Dugan and Robert McDonald Jr. and Damon Davis.
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The Regional Arts Commission has chosen its 2016 Artists Fellows, who will each receive $20,000 checks to help with their work. This is the fourth year RAC has presented the awards. Winning artists do not have to designate a specific project; they may use the money in any way that helps make their work possible. The new group of 10 features literary, visual and performing artists, including a local performer who wants to spread his love of opera.

U.S. Steel in Granite City
Wayne Pratt|St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 with comments from the union and U.S. Steel — The United Steelworkers union is upbeat about the positive industry outlook from the head of U.S. Steel. U. S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC this week that he is ready to recall around 10,000 workers across the country. But on Thursday, U.S. Steel issued a statement clarifying those comments. The company says Longhi was talking about the overall domestic industry, not just U.S. Steel. In a statement emailed to St. Louis Public Radio, union officials point out that despite Longhi's comments, the company still does not have specific plans to re-open idled production facilities. That includes the plant in Granite City, where roughly 2,000 workers have been off the job for about a year. U.S. Steel stopped production, mainly because of what the company and the union have described as unfair trade practices by foreign producers.

Kevin Dietl, left, poses with his mother in a family photograph.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Legislators are making another attempt to prevent suicide among students in Missouri colleges and medical schools. State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, pre-filed Senate Bill 52 , which would require colleges and universities to develop suicide prevention policies. It also would create a statewide research committee to prevent depression among medical students, and forbid medical schools from preventing student-led efforts to study mental health issues among their peers. “It’s really not a controversial bill. It’s an awareness bill,” said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. “We have to begin to look at what’s happening on those college campuses, and try to have preventative measures in place before they get to that point of no return.”

 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen was challenged by Russia's Sergey Karjakin
Lennart Ootes | Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

The World Chess Championship is the pinnacle event of the chess world. The process to earn the right to challenge the reigning world champion is grueling, and the match itself is by far the most intense event in chess. The championship is 12 games played over three weeks. This year's championship was held at Fulton Fish Market in the South Seaport neighborhood of New York City. The reigning world champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, was challenged by Russia's Sergey Karjakin, the youngest grandmaster in the history of chess. The prize fund? A cool $1.1 million.

St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Bisa Adero and official Poet Laureate Michael Castro met each other awards ceremony on Oct. 14, 2016 at UrbArts.
Vincent Lang

Two official St. Louis poets don’t always agree on what’s appropriate but they do concur on at least one thing: If you want change, you've got to work for it. For this pair, words are the tools. In our latest Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast , we talk with St. Louis’ first Poet Laureate Michael Castro , and new Youth Poet Laureate Bisa Adero , a student at Grand Center Arts Academy. Castro, 71, finishes his term at the end of this month. Adero, 17, is just getting started. As you'll...

Holiday decorations in the parlor of the Field House include an 1870s Christmas tree made of goose feathers. December 2016.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

The Eugene Field House reopens Thursday with a 4,000-square-foot addition for museum exhibits that supporters hope will spark renewed interest in the historic site that’s just a baseball’s throw from Busch Stadium. The house, at 634 South Broadway, was built in 1845 and saved from demolition in the 1930s because it had been the childhood home of poet and newspaper columnist Eugene Field, famous for classics such as “Wynken, Blynken and Nod,’’ and “The Duel,'' better known these days as "The...

Marshall Griffin|St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri's budget for the current fiscal year is being cut again. Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that he's withholding $51 million from the FY2017 budget, which runs through June 30 of next year. The vast bulk of the temporary cut is coming out of Medicaid.

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Two major redevelopment projects in St. Louis’ midtown got approval from an aldermanic committee on Wednesday. City Foundry covers about 14 acres just east of IKEA. The Midtown Redevelopment, spearheaded by Saint Louis University, includes nearly 400 acres along Grand Avenue. The City Foundry is a being developed by Cortex and the Lawrence group in four phases that could cost up to $340 million. The plan includes food, retail, office space and apartments.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger
File photo | Alex Heuer | St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis County law that would have set minimum operating standards for police departments in the county is in the hands of a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals. The law, approved in December 2015 , set staffing, training and hiring standards. Departments would have been required to have at least two officers on duty 24-7 and conduct background checks on prospective officers that included psychological screenings. Elected officials in cities that failed to comply could be jailed, or the St. Louis County police could take over public safety services in the city.

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