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Tornado Record
11:00 am
Wed August 3, 2011

April was record-setting month for tornadoes, included St. Louis-area twister

Residents remove belongings three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo. on April 25, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The U.S. set a record for the most tornadoes in one month in April.

The final report for the month shows 753 twisters across the country, including a super outbreak on April 25-28 that killed more than 300 people in the South and Midwest. The tornado that roared through the St. Louis area on April 22 was part of that outbreak.

The tornado total is down from the preliminary count of 875 that generated widespread publicity. But the federal Storm Prediction Center says it still tops the former monthly record of 543 tornadoes in May 2003.

Law / NorthSide Development Project
1:50 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of tax credit that could affect NorthSide project

Developer Paul McKee.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

In March, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a case regarding the constitutionality of a state tax credit which, as we stated then, enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

At that time, McKee had received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide project and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on the project in February.

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court said that the tax credit is, indeed, constitutional.

When the case was heard in March, attorney Irene Smith, who represents plaintiffs and North St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard,  said that the tax credit violates the state constitution by giving state tax dollars to private business interests.

The Supreme Court cited a couple different reasons for their decision.

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Obama's News Conference On Debt Ceiling
9:37 am
Fri July 29, 2011

President Obama speaks on status of debt ceiling negotiations

President Barack Obama.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

President Obama spoke this morning regarding the status of the debt ceiling negotiations.

In case you missed his remarks or would like to review them, see this live-blog of the news conference via NPR's "The Two-Way."

Herculaneum / Doe Run / Environment
2:51 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Jury awards $38.5 million in Herculaneum smelter suit

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A St. Louis jury has awarded $38.5 million to 16 residents of Herculaneum who alleged negligence by the former owners of a lead smelter in the eastern Missouri town.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the verdict on Thursday was only for compensatory damages. The trial that began three months ago continues Friday with a hearing about punitive damages against Texas-based Fluor Corp., Virginia-based A.T. Massey Coal and Doe Run Investment Holding Co.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:44 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

S. Ill. coroner blames heat in 2 more deaths

(via Flickr/Christian Haugen)

A coroner in southwestern Illinois says the heat wave gripping the region is blamed in two deaths.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both men were found dead Wednesday night.

The body of 72-year-old Willie Gill of East St. Louis was found in a ditch near a home where he occasionally stayed. Stone described Gill as a transient and said his body temperature was 106.5 degrees.

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Tax Credits / Aerotropolis
2:24 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

GOP lawmakers reach agreement on business incentives, Nixon to call special session

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/dbking)

Updated 5:26 p.m. with further detail and comment from lawmakers

Updated 2:24 p.m. with statement from office of Gov. Nixon on special session

A statement issued today from Scott Holste, a spokesperson for Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, announces that the governor will call the Missouri legislature into special session.

The date of the special session has not been determined.

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President Obama
10:04 am
Fri July 15, 2011

President Obama's news conference on deficit-reduction talks

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/via White House Flickr account)

Thank you for joining us for this event earlier this morning.

NPR held special coverage of President Obama's news conference this morning regarding the deficit-reduction talks.

For more on how the press conference played out, see live-blogged coverage from NPR's "The Two-Way."

President Obama
10:10 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Obama briefs press on deficit-deal

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us this morning for NPR's special live coverage of this event.

From NPR's "The Two-Way":

"Saying he is prepared 'to take significant heat' from members of his own party in order to achieve meaningful debt and deficit reduction, President Obama this morning again pushed for a big, long-term budget deal with Republicans.

And he heaped praise on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for his efforts to strike such a grand bargain, even though the Republican leader has said that he probably can't get such a plan approved by members of his party. The president said that both he and Boehner need to convince skeptics in their parties' ranks of the need for action.

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Severe Weather in St. Louis
9:15 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Series of storms affects listening area

Hail from this evening's storms in the Tower Grove South neighborhood in St. Louis.
(Taken by Melissa Pabst.)

Updated 9:16 a.m. May 26

The St. Louis Public Radio listening area experienced waves of severe storms Wednesday.

Here are the latest updates from the National Weather Service.

See earlier updates after the jump.

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Officer Killed
4:19 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Final respects paid to slain St. Louis police officer

Officer Daryl Hall.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Together with mourners, members of the St. Louis Police Department paid final respects to Officer Daryl Hall this morning at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Hall was shot and killed while trying to break up an off-duty incident last weekend.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the tragedy underscores the sacrifice officers are asked to make, even while off duty.

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