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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was sworn into office a year ago, on April 18, 2017.
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1 year in: St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson answers 10 questions from Don Marsh, listeners

Wednesday marked the first anniversary of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s time in office. The first woman elected to lead the Gateway City, she joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh for a conversation both reflecting on her first 12 months in the role and looking ahead.

In addition to saying she will sign current aldermanic legislation that would, respectively, give subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board and increase workforce inclusion goals , Krewson touched on the effort to create a buffer zone around St. Louis’ Planned Parenthood facility in the Central West End. She also responded to a wide variety of other questions from Marsh and from listeners. Ten of them are included below – along with the full conversation here:

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St. Louis, MO – Starting today, Missouri renewal tags should go in the center of the license plate, instead of the lower right.

The state hopes the new location will be a quick and cheap way to ward off theft. Officials say 35,000 Missourians had tags stolen in the past year when thieves simply cut off the right corner or end of the plates; the St. Louis area was particularly hard hit.

Officials say the hope is stickers in the center will be harder to get.

St. Louis, MO – A group of St. Louis clergy is teaming with the area's United Way in launching a program meant to bring hope in the wake of tragedy.

Yesterday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition and the United Way of Greater St. Louis announced their initiative called Project Clergy CARES.

The idea for the effort came after the rape and slaying two years ago of a teenage St. Louis girl. Days after the crime, the clergy coalition's Reverend Earl Nance Junior called for a community response to end violence.

Chicago, IL – Illinois Congressman Rod Blagojevich says he plans to support President Bush's request for congressional approval of war plans against Iraq.

He says he thinks Saddam Hussein is evil and poses a clear threat to the United States. The Democratic congressman is running for Illinois governor.

Blagojevich was reacting to comments made on Sunday by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. The Democratic senator said he will oppose the president's request. The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution this week.

St. Louis, MO – The stadium bill cuts the five percent amusement tax on ticket sales once a 200-million dollar private investment is made towards a new ballpark. Opponents of the bill urged the committee to delay their vote until after November 5. But 13th ward alderman Fred Wessels says low interest rates prompted the committee to move now.

St. Louis, MO – An environmental group that's concerned about the pesticides used to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus will hold a meeting in St. Louis Tuesday night.


The Gateway Green Education Foundation says the chemicals being sprayed on city streets to kill mosquitoes could cause more health problems than the virus. Suzanne Renard says the forum at Carpenter Library will feature several area college professors and public health advocates. She says they'll discuss alternatives to spraying.

St. Louis, MO – The man accused in the abduction and murder of a six-year-old girl in Valley Park is pleading not guilty to the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old "Johnnie" Johnson was indicted last month for first degree murder in the death of Casey Williamson, of
Valley Park, about 30 miles south of St. Louis. The former resident of the St. Louis suburb Kirkwood also faces charges of attempted forcible rape and armed criminal action.

Collinsville, IL – Teachers in Collinsville will decide tonight whether to go on strike. The Belleville News-Democrat reports teacher pay is the main sticking point of the contract talks.

Elsewhere, administrators and teachers in Lebanon, Illinois, have another round of talks scheduled for today. Teachers there are working without a contract.

Kansas City, MO – A judge has denied an advocacy group's request for a temporary restraining order, that would have kept changes to Missouri's Medicaid program from taking effect tomorrow.

That ruling today, in Jackson County Circuit Court. Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is suing the state Department of Social Services and the state Division of Medical Services over the changes.

Hartford, IL – Premcor Incorporated will start closing its refinery in Hartford, Illinois, a move that will cost more than 300 workers their jobs.

Premcor said in February there was no economical way to reconfigure the refinery to meet new federal regulations. The closing comes despite a recent offer from private investors to buy the company.

Workers have been told their last day on the job will be October 10th.

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