Morning round-up
6:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, June 25, 2012

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Mo. Supreme Court to decide fate of November ballot initiatives

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning to determine the fate of several ballot initiatives.

Election officials still have yet to determine if supporters of increasing the minimum wage and tobacco tax, and capping the rate of payday loans, have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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Business
5:03 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

St. Louis County unveils $7.5 million biotech innovator on Monday

An up-close view of a microscope.
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The St. Louis County Economic Council is opening the doors to its new biotech incubator on Monday afternoon and the agency says it will serve as a launching pad for biotech businesses.

Officials say The Helix Center Biotech Incubator is a 17,000 square foot facility loaded with lab and office space with a prime location next to the Danforth Plant Center.

Entrepreneurial efforts are nothing new to the council, which runs four other incubators in the region.

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I-64 closures
4:47 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

I-64 to remain closed through Monday morning

The westbound lanes of I-64 through downtown will remain closed through tomorrow so crews can finish repairing the driving surface.
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If you use Interstate 64 westbound to get to work in the morning, you'll need to find alternate routes.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will be unable to re-open the westbound lanes of the highway on the double decker structure before rush hour tomorrow morning because repairs were more extensive than anticipated.

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Fake Goods in Pagedale
5:03 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Fake goods bring federal charges for St. Louis County woman

A vehicle for federal law enforcement officials outside the Frison Flea Market in Pagedale. The officials charged a St. Louis County woman for allegedly trafficking counterfeit goods there and at other stores.
(Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio)

A St. Louis County woman is facing federal charges for allegedly trafficking counterfeit goods at a flea market and other stores in St. Louis and Ferguson.

Soukey Fox was arrested early this morning in a raid at Frison Flea Market in Pagedale.  Federal law enforcement officials could be seen loading boxes into moving trucks behind the market.

Many customers say the place is known for selling cheap merchandise. Noah Hardy and Jazmine Wells say they were turned away this morning.      

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East St. Louis Public Schools
1:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis school board sues to block state takeover

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Five members of East St. Louis' elected school board are suing to reverse the state's takeover of the city's public school system.

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Aldermanic cuts
12:08 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bill to halve size of St. Louis Board of Aldermen clears committee

A measure that would reduce the size of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has cleared committee, but still needs approval from the full board and then the voters.

A bill that would cut the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in half has cleared the first of several hurdles it faces before becoming law.

The board’s legislation committee approved the bill by a vote of 7-1. It still needs the thumbs-up from the entire Board, and then from 60 percent of the voters in November.

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East St. Louis
11:36 am
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis clubs to close earlier, against mayor's wishes

Club Illusion, which helped to foot the bill for extra patrols in East St. Louis back in March.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has pushed for East St. Louis to limit the liquor sales that he believes fuel violent crime in his hometown, and the city now appears poised to do just that - against the mayor's wishes.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the City Council voted 3-2 to approve a measure ordering East St. Louis nightclubs to close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

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Mo. State budget
11:25 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Mo. governor signs state budget, cuts higher education again

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $24 billion budget into law, but he also sliced $15 million from next year’s spending plan.

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Union Station
10:27 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Struggling retail space left out of Union Station redevelopment plan

Union Station in St. Louis.
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The $50 million plan to redevelop St. Louis' historic Union Station focuses on improvements to the Marriott Hotel, not the struggling retail space.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Development Corp. board voted 4-0 Thursday to award $5 million in federal tax credits to Lodging Hospitality Management, which has a contract to buy the former train station that was turned into a retail center and hotel.

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Weekend travel
7:53 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Traffic tips for your weekend

Traffic on I-70 in downtown St. Louis.

Got somewhere to be in St. Louis this weekend? Here are a few traffic notes from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Metro.

From MoDOT:

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