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3:33 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

St. Louis Police Prepare For Forest Park's Balloon Race

St. Louis City Police Chief, Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

After a series of car break-ins two weeks ago during Loufest, St. Louis Police say they are making crime prevention a priority at this weekend's Great Forest Park Balloon Race.

The event will be monitored by both uniformed and plain clothes officers. They’ll be using technology like cameras, license plate readers, and spike strips.

St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson pointed out that, despite the recent break-ins, crime is down almost 6 percent in St. Louis City in the year, and violent crime is down 18 percent. 

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Gun Crimes
3:42 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Judges Reject Separate Docket For St. Louis Gun Cases

(via Flickr/robertnelson)

Updated at 4:55 with reaction from chief Sam Dotson.

A proposal that would have had two judges handling most crimes involving firearms in the city of St. Louis has been rejected by the judges themselves.

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Other News
1:42 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Driving In East St. Louis Soon? Here's Where Traffic Might Slow You Down

Credit (via Flickr/Zahlm)

If you’re headed from downtown to East St. Louis over the next 9 days, expect traffic.

Eastbound I-64 will be closed from the I-55/70/64 split to 25th Street in East St. Louis. 

The closure starts tonight at 9 p.m.  The interstate is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 23.

Advice from the Illinois Department of Transportation:

  • Expect delays, especially during rush hour
  • Use the designated detour on eastbound I-55/70 to southbound I-255
  • Try to use alternate routes
  • Use public transit whenever possible
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Other News
1:52 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Belleville Leaders Want Community Input On Comprehensive Development Plan

(Wikipedia Commons)

Leaders in Belleville are looking for community input on its Comprehensive Plan update.

The last plan, adopted in 2000, included projects like the extension of 17th Street and the reuse of former Belleville West High School for Lindenwood University.

This year's update, which began forming in mid-July, will focus on areas of development in mobility and housing, economic development, and infrastructure over the next 15 to 20 years. 

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Gun Laws
12:39 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Vetoed Missouri Gun Bill At A Glance

(via Flickr/kcds)

Today’s veto session includes a look at a bill impacting Missouri gun laws. 

Here's a quick overview of the bill: 

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Tax Cuts
5:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Educators Make Final Push Against Tax Cut Bill

Amy Blouain stands at podium with supporters of the veto in the background.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

A group of educators criticized a tax cut bill today that could severely hinder schools in Missouri. They maintained that the bill, which Governor Jay Nixon vetoed in June, would cut revenue for the state by $800 million and result in reduced funding for education.

The superintendents from the Northwest, Washington and Hazelwood School Districts argued that the bill would have detrimental effects on their districts. Hazelwood superintendent Grayling Tobias said the bill could cause budget cuts for equipment and extracurricular activities, larger class sizes and fewer teachers.

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Roadwork
1:53 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Driving In St. Louis This Weekend? Here's Where You Should Probably Avoid

Credit (via Flickr/Zahlm)

Update, 6:24 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. 

At 7:45 p.m. on Saturday evening, crews opened the westbound I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge.

Original Story  

Work on various roadways will slow down St. Louis drivers this weekend. Here's a quick guide on what's happening:

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Other News
2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

This Summer's First Heat-Related Death Reported In St. Louis County

(via Flickr/Christian Haugen)

Updated at 4:15 p.m.

A 65-year-old Ferguson woman is the first confirmed death from heat-related causes this summer. Her body was found yesterday in her home, where the air conditioning was not working. Her name has not yet been released. 

During the current heat wave, nine people have been treated with heat-related symptoms in St. Louis County, including one patient who was hospitalized.  Six people have been treated with heat-related symptoms in St. Louis City. 

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