Pevely demo
10:43 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Denial of Pevely Dairy demo will get another city review

The proposed ambulatory care center at the site of the old Pevely Dairy complex.
(The Lawrence Group via Saint Louis University)

The St. Louis city Planning Commission has agreed to consider whether Saint Louis University should be allowed to tear down three buildings at the old Pevely Dairy site in midtown to build a new ambulatory care center.

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Business / Edward Jones Dome
5:19 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

$124 million in Edward Jones Dome upgrades proposed

The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is proposing $124 million in improvements to the Edward Jones Dome in hopes of keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

A lease agreement with the team requires the dome to be among the top 25 percent of all stadiums as measured by various criteria.

If not, the Rams could break the lease after the 2014 season and potentially move. Owner Stan Kroenke has been non-committal about keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

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Northside appeal
3:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

McKee case in the hands of Mo. Court of Appeals

The fate of Paul McKee's $8 billion plan to make over 1,500 acres in north St. Louis is in the hands of the Mo. Court of Appeals.
(Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

A wait-and-see game is again underway for opponents and supporters of an $8 billion plan to make over 1,500 acres of north St. Louis city.

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Workplace Discrimination
2:40 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. Senate Democrats delay workplace discrimination vote

Mo. Capitol at night
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

(2-2-2012, 1:47 a.m.:  Filibuster is over...Chappelle-Nadal agreed to stop blocking SB 592 in exchange for allowing her to add an amendment guaranteeing right of trial by jury in discrimination cases...she still voted "no" when bill received first-round approval...new story with full details will be posted.)

(10:56 p.m.:  Filibuster approaching 12 hours...Senators Chappelle-Nadal, Wright-Jones and Curls have been meeting behind closed doors, possibly considering an alternate version of the bill while other Democrats and one Republican, Kevin Engler, fill in...follow @MarshallGReport on Twitter for immediate updates.)

A filibuster launched last week by Senate Democrats to block a vote on a workplace discrimination bill has resumed today.  It would require that discrimination be a motivating factor, not a contributing factor, in any action taken by an employer against an employee.

State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City) restarted the filibuster and has so far talked about numerous topics, including taking salt from the floor of the Dead Sea during a trip to the Middle East.

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Illinois State of the State: 2012
1:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Illinois State of the State Address: 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

You'll also be able to hear the address in its entirety with analysis tonight on St. Louis Public Radio at 90.7 FM or online, beginning at 7 p.m. Join us! You can also read the text of the speech here.

Here's a look from the Associated Press on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State Address (bolded sections selected by St. Louis Public Radio to highlight main points of address):

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Economic Development / Jason Hall
12:16 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. senators scuttle nominee for economic director

Jason Hall (at podium) with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon was introducing Hall as his nominee to be the next director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development in late Dec. 2011. Senators have since scuttled Hall's nomination.
(via Gov. Nixon's office / video screen capture)

Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee refused to vote Wednesday on confirming Jason Hall to head the department. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he has no intention of bringing Hall up for a committee vote before the deadline to confirm him expires.

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Developing: Spoonhour dies
12:07 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Former SLU basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour dies

Former SLU Billikens basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour, shown here at the helm of the UNLV Running Rebels, has died at the age of 72.
(University of Nevada-Las Vegas)

Will be updated.

The man who brought "Spoonball" to St. Louis has died.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Charlie Spoonhour, the head coach of the Saint Louis University Bilikens basketball team from 1992 to 1999, passed away today at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Spoonhour was 72 years old.

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Lake of the Ozarks / Ameren
11:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline homes issue at Lake of the Ozarks

An aerial view of Lake of the Ozarks.
(via Flickr/John Picken)

Ameren Missouri has filed a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ensuring that some 1600 homes at the Lake of the Ozarks are not threatened with removal.

The plan revises the shoreline boundary so that most of the homes are not encroaching onto land that is part of Ameren’s Bagnell Dam hydroelectric project. Concerns were raised in July when FERC ordered that structures may need to be removed if they encroach onto the project’s land.

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Morning round-up
9:15 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Morning headlines: February 1, 2012

The campus of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo. The University of Missouri system has announced tuition hikes at all of its campuses.
(via Flickr/Adam Procter)

University of Missouri to raise tuition

The University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.

A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.

Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.

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Turner Fix bill
8:39 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Bill to stem flood of K-12 transfers heard by Mo. Sen. committee

A Mo. Senate committee hears testimony on legislation designed to address the Mo. Supreme Court's ruling in Turner v. Clayton, allowing students from unaccredited districts to transfer to adjacent accredited ones.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation that’s designed to stop a potential mass exodus of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.

The bill’s provisions include scholarships for kids in unaccredited public schools to attend private schools, and it would allow accredited schools to open charter schools in unaccredited districts.  Tina Hardin of St. Louis spoke in favor of the bill.  Her son was accepted into a Catholic school, but says she can’t afford to send him there.

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