Francis Slay http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis City Bond Clears Committee, But Heads To Aldermen Under Shroud Of Controversy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-city-bond-clears-committee-heads-aldermen-under-shroud-controversy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A $200 million dollar city bond issue that would include some money for residents to repair their homes is on its way to the Board of Aldermen. But those funds likely won't be there for long. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:57:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37744 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis City Bond Clears Committee, But Heads To Aldermen Under Shroud Of Controversy St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-newly-wed-gay-couples-reflect-why-attitudes-gay-marriage-have-shifted <p class="p1">Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/A01033.HTM" target="_blank">20-word ban on gay marriage.</a></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:12:36 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-rekindled-same-sex-marriage-fight-highlights-political-shifts <p><em><strong>(Updated 11:40 a.m. Friday, June 27)</strong></em></p><p>Just a few weeks ago, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster&nbsp; was publicly exhorting Missouri Republicans to change their party’s platform, which endorses the state’s 10-year-old constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:36:51 +0000 Jo Mannies 37574 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts Mayor Slay Marries Four Same-Sex Couples At City Hall http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mayor-slay-marries-four-same-sex-couples-city-hall <p><strong>Last updated 3:59 p.m.</strong></p><p>Mayor Francis Slay issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples Wednesday night, in a direct challenge to Missouri's ban on such unions.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"St. Louis is a city that doesn’t tolerate discrimination," Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement. "We are sending a message on what’s right, and I can’t think of anything more right than this."</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:47:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Kelsey Proud & Jason Rosenbaum 37541 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mayor Slay Marries Four Same-Sex Couples At City Hall At Ikea Groundbreaking, Regional Leaders Hail Swedish Retailer's Economic Promise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ikea-groundbreaking-regional-leaders-hail-swedish-retailers-economic-promise <p class="p1">In many ways, breaking ground on St. Louis's first Ikea store is a lot easier than putting together the Swedish furniture maker's latest bookshelf. For&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Francis Slay, he just needed a shovel and speech.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Fortunately for a groundbreaking, you don’t need an Allen wrench or instructions,” Slay quipped.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:24:18 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37474 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At Ikea Groundbreaking, Regional Leaders Hail Swedish Retailer's Economic Promise Wrecking Crews Target Problem Properties In Vandeventer Neighborhood http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wrecking-crews-target-problem-properties-vandeventer-neighborhood <p>Over the next several months, the city of St. Louis will spend $276,000 to tear down 26 vacant, crumbling buildings in the Vandeventer neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We have two goals," said Mayor Francis Slay as he stood Monday at the first two demolition sites in the 4300 block of Evans Ave. "First, we want to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the people and families who live here. Second, we want to prepare the neighborhood for new private sector development."</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:44:58 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36850 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wrecking Crews Target Problem Properties In Vandeventer Neighborhood Analysis: Roads Far Outweigh Bikes In Transportation Tax List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/analysis-roads-far-outweigh-bikes-transportation-tax-list <p>St. Louis area leaders squelched any doubts last week about how they want to spend money from a transportation sales tax.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, some of the regional projects funded with the .75 percent sales tax increase would bolster mass transit service or bike trails. But that's the exception rather than the rule: Most of the roughly $1.5 billion worth of requested projects would go toward roads, highways and bridges.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:39:38 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36768 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Analysis: Roads Far Outweigh Bikes In Transportation Tax List Area Counties Ready Project Wish Lists; Nixon Opposes Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/area-counties-ready-project-wish-lists-nixon-opposes-tax-increase <p>The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County have plans for nearly $1.1 billion worth of transportation projects if a statewide sales tax increase passes this August.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:34:14 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36661 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Area Counties Ready Project Wish Lists; Nixon Opposes Tax Increase Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/agencies-scramble-decide-projects-early-transportation-tax-vote <p>If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?</p><p>This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.</p><p>But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:17:35 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote River Commerce Group Supports Mississippi River Container-On-Barge Effort http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/river-commerce-group-supports-mississippi-river-container-barge-effort <p>A major river commerce group endorsed a plan Tuesday to increase container-on-barge traffic on the Mississippi River.&nbsp;</p><p>The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association supports shipping goods in containers on barges up and down the Mississippi River. That’s seen as an alternative to using trucks or rail. The group made the announcement at its annual conference in St. Louis.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:58:48 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org River Commerce Group Supports Mississippi River Container-On-Barge Effort