St. Louis, MO – St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says a federal grant to revitalize a once thriving retail area in south St. Louis is a positive step forward.
Slay joined Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt at the former Famous Barr site at Kingshighway and Chippewa Wednesday, where Gephardt announced an $810,000 economic development grant for the site. Slay says redeveloping the Southtown area is a major priority for the city.
Ladue, Mo. – Residents of the St. Louis County suburb of Ladue met Tuesday night to find out if they should worry about recent sightings of coyotes.
There have been a couple of cases of coyotes attacking small pets in the western suburbs lately. But Daryl Damron, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, says coyotes do not pose much of a risk to residents or their property.
"Not all coyotes attack dogs, but some will do that in a territorial-type dispute," Damron says.
St. Louis, MO – The only woman Missouri classifies a violent sexual predator won a court ruling Tuesday, but Angela Coffel is still confined in a mental hospital.
The Missouri Court of Appeals today ordered that Angela Coffel be freed from a Department of Mental Health facility in Farmington. She is the only woman the state considers a violent sexual predator and one of only a handful in the country.
Omaha, Nebraska – An American Airlines pilot is arrested for allegedly making a threat while passing through an Omaha security checkpoint.
The 8:15 am flight to St. Louis was delayed about 90 minutes, then took off with 112 passengers.
Omaha prosecutor Marty Conboy says it appeared the pilot and a federal airport security agent had an argument, and the pilot referred to an ax on board the plane that could be used to chop the agent's head off.
St. Louis, Mo. – Voters outsted St. Louis City Alderwoman Melinda Long from office Tuesday in an overwhelming recall vote.
With 100% precincts reporting, unofficial totals from the city's Election Board show 63% of voters said "yes" to recalling Long. Her 21st Ward is in north St. Louis city; roughly from Lexington to I-70 sorth to north, and from Shreve to Vandeventer west to east.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's tax revenues were a little better this past month; but the improvement isn't enough to reduce the projected budget shortfall.
The Department of Revenue says individual income tax revenues were nearly 3.4% higher than in February, 2002. Still, over the first eight months of the fiscal year, net general revenues remain nearly 4% below the previous year.
The shortfall is being covered through spending cuts and, possibly, through the issuance of state revenue bonds.
St. Louis, Mo. – A group of architects is heading an effort to raise $2 million. That's how much they say it would cost to clean and renovate the outside walls of St. Louis City Hall.
The building hasn't had a good bath in decades, and city leaders say private financing is the only way the project will happen. That's because the sagging economy leaves little, if any, money in city budgets that are already being cut.
The renovation would include repairs to the roof, guttering, flashing and parapet.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Republican Party has filed open records requests with Governor Holden's office.
It's trying to get information about discussions over how state agencies should cooperate with lawmakers in budget talks.
A spokesman for the party says the Republicans want to know if Holden's administration is stonewalling legislators. They say many department directors have not responded to their requests to suggest cuts beyond what Holden has recommended.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County police officer, who authorities at first thought may have tried to commit suicide, apparently was accidentally shot by a colleague while both were off-duty.
Patricia March is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Monday. Tuesday, officials charged police officer Tom Ziegler with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and drug possession.