Property Tax Increase
10:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lewis Reed Asks St. Louis Residents For Comment On $200 Million Bond Issue

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis officials are considering a $200 million bond issue, paid for by a property tax increase. The bond would go toward various building and road repairs, as well as vehicle and equipment upgrades for the fire and police departments.

The proposal would have to be approved by the voters, and the Board of Aldermen has decided to hold town hall meetings for taxpayers to voice their opinion on where the money should be spent.

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E-Cigarettes
10:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

E-Cigarette Bills Pass Missouri House And Senate On Same Day

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate and Missouri House have both passed bills to ban sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.

House Bill 1690 and Senate Bill 841 would both limit the sales of these devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, to consumers 18 years old and older, and both versions would not subject the devices to  regulation or taxation as tobacco products. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What Would St. Louis Look Like With A Population Of 500,000?

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Local architect Dan Jay is conducting a thought experiment: What would the city of St. Louis look like if it regained a population of 500,000? (That would mean an increase of 185,000 residents).

After decades of population decline in the city, Jay wants to think big about what a population increase would look like—and what it would take to get there.

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UMSL
4:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Sculpture Highlights North County Redevelopment Efforts

Catherine Magel's "Changing Identities"
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The unveiling of Catherine Magel’s “Changing Identities” sculpture as a poignant moment for Normandy Mayor Patrick Green. 

The unveiling showcases a community development organization for the municipalities surrounding the University of Missouri-St. Louis. But it was also a tribute to four people who died in a 1997 bus crash in north St. Louis County.

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Bridgeton Landfill
4:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill Owner To Pay Almost $7 Million To Neighboring Homeowners

Republic Services, the owner of the Bridgeton landfill, has agreed to pay almost $6.9 million to about 400 homeowners who had said that the landfill’s odors had damaged their property values.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill has agreed to pay almost $6.9 million to about 400 nearby homeowners who had joined a suit contending that the landfill’s odors had damaged their property values.

A federal judge in St. Louis County gave initial approval Thursday to the settlement, which could be divided up among the homeowners as soon as this fall, their lawyers said.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:47 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ed Asner Of Mary Tyler Moore Show Fame To Perform 'FDR' In St. Louis

Actor Ed Asner in the role of FDR.
Credit Courtesy New Jewish Theatre

Actor Ed Asner is coming to St. Louis to perform a benefit next Sunday for New Jewish Theatre. Best known for playing the character of Lou Grant in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, this time Asner is taking on the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a one-man show called "FDR."

The performance is adapted from the 1958 play “Sunrise at Campobello” and takes the audience on a journey through FDR’s four-term presidency, from the Depression through World War II.

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Politics & Issues
10:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Blunt Promotes Plan To Rebuild Nation's Bridges, Roads And Other Infrastructure

Roy Blunt
Credit (via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is touring the St. Louis region today to promote a bill to set up special bond sales for a fund that state and local governments could use to rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

Blunt, R-Mo., is among the chief sponsors of the bill,  the “Partnership To Build America Act." It would encourage companies to bid on the bonds by allowing them to exclude some of their overseas profits from federal taxes.

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Pulitzer Foundation
9:28 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Can Art + Science Solve Climate Change? STL’s Pulitzer Seeks Collaborations

Installation view of the Main Gallery, "Art of Its Own Making,"The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 2014
Credit The Pulitzer, photographer David Johnson

What is St. Louis doing to combat climate change? And how can art and design move those plans forward?

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to publicize ongoing efforts and encourage new collaborations in its Marfa Dialogues competition. Winners will receive $2,500 and the opportunity to display their ideas in a public forum, which may take many forms, including exhibitions, readings, concerts and film screenings.

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New roles for paramedics
9:26 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls

Shannon Watson, community health supervisor in the EMS; and EMS Chief Chris Ceborello reviewing EMS data on recent calls for service. in front of an EMS vehicle.
Credit (Credit: Nora Ibrahim, St. Louis Public Radio Intern)

Paramedic Jaclyn Kloecker has experienced her share of tension, turmoil, rising adrenaline and blaring sirens. She's been responding to 911 calls and rushing the sick or injured to emergency rooms for 15 years. 

On a recent rainy morning, however, Kloecker wasn't responding to an emergency. Rather, she was on a calmer, quieter mission, performing medical screenings aimed at reducing the number of 911 calls that Christian Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service system handles.

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Chess and BBQ
9:26 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Arts Rundown: Queen Is Leaving; New Art Coming In

Pam Hogg, Black dress with collar
Credit Courtesy of Pam Hogg

Let’s start with the assumption that this weekend will actually be the start of spring. It does not matter what the calendar says, that really was frost a few days ago.

And perhaps you have extra family around because of Easter or Passover. Here a couple of ideas to get everyone out of the house.

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