St. Charles County http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/skin-game-or-excessive-tipping-point-self-funding-legislative-seats-raises-eyebrows <p></p><p>Vicki Schneider got on the phone with Bob Onder&nbsp;after he loaned himself $200,000 for his state Senate bid.&nbsp;</p><p>She said she asked a fairly simple question of one of her opponents for the St. Charles County-based 2<sup>nd</sup> District seat: "Do you want me to help you spend that?"</p><p>“And he just laughed,” she said.</p><p>Schneider wasn’t joking around. She ended up pouring $245,000 of her own money into her campaign. Soon afterward, the third GOP candidate in the race – state Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-Lake Saint Louis – gave himself $220,000.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:06:09 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38360 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows Trio Goes All Out To Capture St. Charles-Based State Senate Seat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trio-goes-all-out-capture-st-charles-based-state-senate-seat <p>Running for a seat in the Missouri Senate is tough. It takes months of door-to-door campaigning, an endless dash for cash, and a thick skin to win a competitive race.&nbsp;</p><p>But Chuck Gatschenberger and Vicki Schneider may have a secret weapon: Both candidates in the race for the western St. Charles-based 2<sup>nd</sup> senatorial district had their campaign logos and faces imprinted on their trucks.</p><p>Schneider said she wrapped her truck because she “wanted people to know that they’re voting for someone that is just like them.”</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:34:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38308 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Trio Goes All Out To Capture St. Charles-Based State Senate Seat Road Construction Tops Ring Counties' Wish Lists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/road-construction-tops-ring-counties-wish-lists <p>Three St. Louis area counties would focus on road and highway construction if a 0.75 percent transportation sales tax increase passes later this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>This week, four area counties plus St. Louis turned in their preliminary lists of projects that could be funded over a 10-year period with the transportation tax. They're working with East-West Gateway to formulate a list of projects to send to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:08:14 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36692 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Road Construction Tops Ring Counties' Wish Lists St. Charles Launches Push To Get Students In Class http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-launches-push-get-students-class <p>Educators and politicians in St. Charles say they have a plan in place to reduce the number of chronically absent students in the city’s school district.&nbsp;</p><p>Starting next year, the district will implement a truancy court, a program designed to get families the resources they need to keep students in school as often as possible.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:27:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles Launches Push To Get Students In Class 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