Gateway Arch
11:42 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Arch sales tax legislation sent to Gov. Nixon

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.

The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.

Edward Jones Dome
5:50 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mo. AG Koster: state intends to release Edward Jones Dome proposals

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Office of Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster)

The public may finally see proposed changes for the Edward Jones Dome on May 14, according Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

In a release to the media this afternoon, Koster said that the state "intends to comply with an open records request regarding proposals made on upgrading the Edward Jones Dome" and "will provide the documents to the requesting party on Monday, May 14, unless a court rules that the records should remain closed."

The requesting party on this particular request was KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

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Hit and Run
3:49 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Charges filed in fatal St. Louis hit-and-run

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A 29-year-old man is charged with obstruction of justice in the hit-and-run accident that killed a woman crossing a downtown St. Louis street.

Madison County, Ill., prosecutors filed the charge Monday against 29-year-old Eric Peterson. He does not yet have an attorney.

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Fortune 500 St. Louis companies
1:15 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

St. Louis lands nine on new Fortune 500 list

Express Scripts headquarters in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The new Fortune 500 list has been released. Fortune Magazine has released its annual ranking of the top U.S. companies by revenue Monday.

Last year, St. Louis had ten companies on the list. It’s down to nine this year, as Smurfit Stone Container dropped off because it was purchased by Rock-Tenn in 2011. The companies are:

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Missouri Budget
12:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees

House and Senate budget negotiators resumed talks today, but still have not resolved differences over how to fund veterans homes and health care for the blind.

They agreed on numerous budget items that have garnered little to no controversy.  The House won out on its proposed pay raise for state workers – those earning under $70,000 a year would get a 2 percent raise starting in July.  Kirk Schaefer (R, Columbia), the Senate’s chief negotiator, says he didn’t mind accepting the House’s position on pay raises.

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St. Louis Symphony
12:16 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

St. Louis Symphony to make return tour of California

St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson.
(Dan Dreyfus)

In addition to their tour of Europe in the 2012-2013 season, the St. Louis Symphony will also be making a series of stops in The Golden State.

The Symphony announced their California tour today, which will involve several community concerts, coachings with K-12 students, a side-by-side rehearsal with the UC-Davis Symphony Orchestra and a performance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

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Arch Grants
11:12 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Arch Grants announces 15 recipients of $50K startup grants

Arch Grants Executive Director, Sarah Spear, and CEO, Jerry Schlicter, announced the 15 winners of the program's global business plan competition Monday..
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Fifteen start-up companies are getting a boost from St. Louis business accelerator Arch Grants. The winners of Arch Grant’s global business plan competition will each receive $50,000 to help them get started in the city.

Arch Grants co-founder and president Jerry Schlichter says the recipients were selected from more than 400 applicants.

“Arch Grants will be working hard to make these entrepreneurs a success," he said.  "And, we’re going to be working equally hard to try to continue to build Arch Grants to make it a true game-changing program for St. Louis."

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Around the Nation - Joplin
9:46 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Tornado Recovery Offers Joplin Students New Lessons

In this photo taken June 14, 2011, a damaged sign for Joplin High School (transformed into "hope" with tape) is seen in front of the school. The school was one of three in the city destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that wiped out much of the community.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 am

Graduation is supposed to in part be about celebrating the future, but last year in Joplin, Mo., shortly after the high school graduation ceremony, an EF-5 tornado — the highest-strength rating — destroyed one-third of the city and killed 161 people, including one teen who had received his diploma that day.

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Morning headlines
9:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, May 7, 2012

St. Louis man charged in shooting deaths, arson

St. Louis police say a man upset with his ex-girlfriend shot her and her mother to death then set a fire before leaving two young children locked in an apartment. The suspect's 10-month-old son died of smoke inhalation and a 3-year-old girl was critically injured. Prosecutors charged 23-year-old Eric Lawson on Sunday with three counts of first-degree murder and nine other charges, including arson. Police say 22-year-old Breiana Ray and her mother, 50-year-old Gwendolyn Ray, died Saturday of gunshot wounds to the head. Aiden Lawson died of smoke inhalation. The 3-year-old girl was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Her name was not released. 

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Air pollution
6:24 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Hot days mean more air pollution – and potential health risks

Air pollution is visible in this view of the St. Louis skyline.
(Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

Susannah Fuchs of the American Lung Association says our region’s sunny, hot, nearly windless summer weather creates the perfect conditions for the formation of ozone – the main component of smog.

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