Francis Slay http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Residents' Tenacity Sparked North Sarah Community Revival http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/residents-tenacity-sparked-north-sarah-community-revival <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Walker works for&nbsp;</span>McCormack Baron Salazar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Not only does she work for one of the companies that helped develop the North Sarah Community, she’s also a resident.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The kids in the neighborhood know me. I have a little dog that I walk,” Walker said. “They always want to see if the dog can come out and play.”</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:22:32 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Residents' Tenacity Sparked North Sarah Community Revival Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reed-delays-board-vote-bond-issue-st-louis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is unlikely to vote on a $200 million bond issue until after the August primary election. That's because Board president Lewis Reed put a temporary kibosh on bill by tabling any discussion of the issue.</span></p><p>Reed cited a litany of reasons for the delay, including the need to continue negotiations with the mayor's office and fine-tune the bill.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:22:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-recorder-deeds-steps-down-running-re-election <p>St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter, the city’s longest-serving current citywide official, is stepping down from office amid a probe into whether she violated the state’s nepotism law.</p><p>But Carpenter is expected to seek election to a new term in a few weeks – and she still has the endorsement of Mayor Francis Slay.</p><p>The nepotism ban only applies to her current term, which ends in December. It does not bar her from seeking the office again.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:04:50 +0000 Jo Mannies 37995 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election 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