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Obama declares state of emergency in Missouri
3:03 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama declares state of emergency in Mo.

A worker clears snow at the Missouri State Capitol building after three inches of snow blanketed the city.
via flickr/Bill Greenblatt

President Obama declared a state of disaster in 59  Missouri counties today as a result of severe winter storms that struck the state between late January and early February. Federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local cleanup efforts.

Federal assistance and funding will be available to state and local governments on a cost-sharing basis in order to help with snow removal, emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

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Health rebates in Illinois
2:03 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

More health rebates for Illinois residents

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Today is the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s health care reform law. Despite threats to repeal the law, Illinois’ top insurance regulator said people are better protected and covered under the law.

After one year of being in effect the law has managed to round up plenty of support but also plenty of disdain.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:16 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

St. Louis Police Dept. activates Violent Offense Team after recent incidents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Intelligence gathered after last night’s fatal shooting in North St. Louis has led the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to believe the incident is tied to several other homicides from the last two weeks.

In hopes of supplementing intelligence efforts and arresting possible suspects, the department has activated the Violent Offense Team.

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St. Patrick's Day 2011
2:36 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Parking headache possible at St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay waves to a crowd at last year’s Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown.

Visitors attending this year’s Ancient Order of the Hibernians' St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown might need some luck of the Irish to find parking this year.

Changes in traffic restrictions at this year’s parade will close down more residential streets around the parade route, cutting off all parking within the Dogtown neighborhood. Only residents with passes will be allowed into the area.

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Business, high-speed rail
3:27 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

High-speed rail hosts last open house

Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago/St. Louis high-speed rail route.
(via Flickr/aka Kath)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host the last open house tomorrow to answer questions about the high-speed rail project between St. Louis and Chicago.

The public meetings, which began March 1, are aimed at answering questions about a recent environmental study. The study evaluates the impact of adding a second track to the high-speed route.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev
10:17 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Anheuser-Busch InBev looks to expand in Europe

The St. Louis headquarters of Anheuser-Busch (now owned by InBev). The company says it's looking to expand its market base in Europe. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Brewing giant, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is looking to grow its market base in Europe after reports project higher savings than expected.

The producer of hoppy classics like Budweiser and Stella Artois is looking forward to some $.75 billion in savings, says Chief Executive Carlos Brito.

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Monarch Fire protection district audit
1:43 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Gov. Nixon orders audit of Monarch Fire Protection District

The Monarch Fire Protection District, in West St. Louis County, should expect to be audited later this year after Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the State Auditor’s Office to perform an audit of the fire district. The governor gave the order after reviewing allegations against the fire district sent by the State Auditor’s Office.

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Northside development
11:06 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Mayor Slay signs off on Northside plan

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The final step for approval of Paul McKee, Jr’s Northside project was taken earlier this week. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on an updated plan for the $8.1 billion project Tuesday, according to a report today by the St. Louis Business Journal.

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MoDOT Construction Updates
5:30 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

MoDOT updates on Poplar St. Bridge, I-64 construction

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say work on the Poplar Street Bridge will start this spring and continue into the fall.

The work will involve resurfacing the bridge deck and will result in lane closures and traffic delays.

Deanna Venker is an area engineer for MoDOT.  She says the work could not be delayed until the completion of the new Mississippi River bridge in 2014.

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St. Louis County Assessor
5:08 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

St. Louis County Assessor candidate Zimmerman announces home assessment plan

St. Louis County Assessor candidate Jake Zimmerman. (Courtesy Zimmerman campaign)
St. Louis County Assessor's Office

St. Louis County Assessor candidate Jake Zimmerman today announced his plan to help St. Louis homeowners get fair and accurate home assessments.

Zimmerman, a Democratic state representative, says he can't control property taxes, but if elected he will work to control unfair practices like drive-by assessments. 

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