St. Charles County http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Smoking Ban Effort Underway In St. Charles County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-smoking-ban-effort-underway-st-charles-county <p>For the third year in a row an effort to create a smoking ban in St. Charles County is underway.</p><p>The St. Charles County Council began considering a bill Monday night that would restrict indoor smoking, but exempt any establishment that requires customers be at least 21-years-old. That provision would mean people could continue to light up in many bars and gambling areas.</p><p><em>(scroll down to ready a copy of the bill)</em></p><p>Councilman Joe Cronin is the bill’s sponsor and said a ban is critical to protecting public health.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:17:36 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29773 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Smoking Ban Effort Underway In St. Charles County St. Charles County Sheriff’s Dept. Rolls Out New Program To Track Residents Who Wander http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-county-sheriff-s-dept-rolls-out-new-program-track-residents-who-wander <p>Starting today the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department is rolling out a new tool aimed at helping authorities locate residents who have wandered away from caregivers.</p><p>St. Charles County residents can purchase a wristband with a radio tracking device that law enforcement can then use to locate people who have wandered away from their homes.</p><p>Deputy Sheriff Steve Case said the new system has proven effective in other parts of the country.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:12:36 +0000 Tim Lloyd 28794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles County Sheriff’s Dept. Rolls Out New Program To Track Residents Who Wander Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ground-broken-new-boone-bridge <p>Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.</p><p>The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.</p><p>MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.</p><p>“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,”&nbsp;Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:04:15 +0000 Adam Allington 7991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge Ballot question to ban smoking in St. Charles County will face legal challenge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ballot-question-ban-smoking-st-charles-county-will-face-legal-challenge <p></p><p>Representatives for Ameristar Casino say they will file a lawsuit Tuesday morning to block a November ballot question on whether or not to ban smoking in St Charles County.&nbsp;</p><p>According to casino representatives, if passed, the ban could put it at a disadvantage because patrons at other casinos in the state can light up when they gamble.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 03:12:28 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4559 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ballot question to ban smoking in St. Charles County will face legal challenge Latest stretch of Route 364 opens two months ahead of schedule http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/latest-stretch-route-364-opens-two-months-ahead-schedule <p><strong>Updated at 3:30 p.m. </strong>MoDOT has opened the westbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Updated at 2:35 p.m</strong>. The eastbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr. are now open. A piece of equipment used to paint stripes is malfunctioning, which will delay the opening of the westbound lanes until after rush hour tonight.</p><p><em>Our earlier story:</em></p><p>Drivers in the St. Louis region can now take Route 364 all the way to Mid Rivers Mall Dr.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:48:55 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4458 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Latest stretch of Route 364 opens two months ahead of schedule Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-august-14-2012 <p><strong>MAP scores released</strong></p><p>The St. Louis school district could be a year away from regaining partial accreditation.&nbsp; Missouri&#39;s Annual Performance Reports, or MAP scores, have been released today.&nbsp; They show that St. Louis city schools have met seven standards, including one academic standard.&nbsp;</p><p>Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says they&#39;re looking for sustained improvement over time.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:20:35 +0000 Julie Bierach, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 4312 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 St. Charles County deputy guilty in crime at meth raid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-county-deputy-guilty-crime-meth-raid <p>A St. Charles County deputy faces sentencing in October after being found guilty of several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid.</p><p>Christopher Hunt was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and property damage. The <a href="http://bit.ly/PorQNh">St. Louis Post-Dispatch&nbsp;reports</a> that a jury delivered the guilty verdict on Wednesday.</p><p>Hunt was among St. Charles County officers responding to a meth lab in neighboring Montgomery County in 2009.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:28:26 +0000 The Associated Press 4237 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles County deputy guilty in crime at meth raid Road rage victim calling for charges against shooter http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/road-rage-victim-calling-charges-against-shooter <p>The attorney for a motorcyclist who was shot in a near-fatal case of road rage is asking the St. Charles County prosecutor to reconsider filing charges.</p><p>Robert Pedroli says the use of deadly force against his client, Keith Randell under the so-called &ldquo;Castle Doctrine&rdquo;, was never justified.</p><p>Pedroli is asking St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas to reconsider <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/no-charges-in-o-fallon-mo-road-rage-shooting/article_9b2c5fb9-bd12-52e4-8616-24ebc7929cc3.html">his decision</a> not to charge the shooter.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:31:56 +0000 Adam Allington & Sydney Miller 3893 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Road rage victim calling for charges against shooter Mo. GOP announces new St. Charles County caucus following controversy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gop-announces-new-st-charles-county-caucus-following-controversy <p><em>Updated at 3:20 with information from David Cole conference call, other interviews.</em></p><p>After the first attempt at a GOP caucus in St. Peters was&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-march-19-2012">shut down</a>&nbsp;following a dispute, the Missouri Republican Party has announced a new caucus for St. Charles County.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:26:40 +0000 Kelsey Proud, The Associated Press & Rachel Lippmann 3341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. GOP announces new St. Charles County caucus following controversy Mercy to build first-in-U.S. virtual care center, invest $2.4B in St. Louis area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mercy-build-first-us-virtual-care-center-invest-24b-st-louis-area <p>A &quot;first-of-its-kind in the country&quot; virtual care center&quot; in Chesterfield is just one part of a plan announced by Mercy Tuesday to invest $2.4 billion into the St. Louis area.</p><p>The care center and additional investment are portions of a $4.6 billion all-Missouri health care investment initiative from Mercy, designed to distribute the investments over the next eight years.</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Kelsey Proud 2229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mercy to build first-in-U.S. virtual care center, invest $2.4B in St. Louis area