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City-County Merger
2:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Combination Can Invigorate A Region, Lugar Tells Conference On City-County Merger

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, speaks at a St. Louis University Law School symposium on whether to merge St. Louis City with St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 1:30 p.m. on Friday)

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar says bringing local governments can strengthen the health – and brighten the future -- of urban communities. 

The Indiana Republican was the keynote speaker for a St. Louis University Law School symposium on merging St. Louis and St. Louis County. He was a key figure in banding together city of Indianapolis with Marion County in the 1970s.

Lugar says merging the two governments had skeptics. But he says it attracted jobs, sports teams and tourists – and reinvigorated civic life.

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St. Louis County Council
10:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Quinn Won't Run For Another County Council Term

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin
Credit Greg Quinn's Web Site

The longest-tenured member of the St. Louis County Council won't run for re-election. 

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, said on Monday that he will not run for another term on the seven-person council. His term expires at the end of this year; filing for his seat begins Tuesday.

Quinn said after over two decades on the council, it’s time to move on to pursuits outside of politics. “While I’ve enjoyed my 24 years of public service, I just think it’s time for me to devote myself to other things,” Quinn said.

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County police
10:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Fitch Says Successor As Chief Should Be Mindful Of Politics

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch welcomes police officers from Ecuador who visited county police headquarters. Fitch steps down from his post on Friday.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch may need to make a little room on his wall. 

That’s because Fitch has received two resolutions from the St. Louis County Council celebrating his service – under very different circumstances. The one he received Tuesday commemorates his retirement, which takes effect Friday. (Fitch is starting a consulting company to advise law enforcement groups and companies.)

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Politics & Issues
1:39 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Dooley Hires Former Clayton Mayor To Aid Re-election Campaign

Former Clayton Mayor Linda Goldstein
Credit Provided

Former Clayton Mayor Linda Goldstein has signed on to be St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s director of campaign communications.

Goldstein said in an interview that she was joining Dooley, who is seeking re-election this fall, because she had been impressed by his decade-long tenure as the county’s top official.

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Politics & Issues
12:51 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Stenger Outraises Dooley As Koster Continues To Rake It In

Steve Stenger at last fall's kickoff
Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15

The latest campaign-donation numbers are adding more intrigue to St. Louis area’s marquee contest this year between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger outraised fellow Democrat Dooley during the last quarter of 2013 -- $245,032 to $115,414. Their latest campaign reports, filed Wednesday, also show Stenger with more in the bank: $638,158 to $458,154.

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St. Louis County
10:12 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Stenger Demands Earls' Resignation Over Health Department Scheme

St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls says Councilman Steve Stenger's resignation call is nothing more than a "political trick."
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger wants the county’s second-in-command to resign. 

Stenger, D-Affton, said on Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls should be held accountable for, among other things, fraud in the county’s health department.

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Boeing
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Amid Nationwide Scramble, Missouri Seeks To Stand Out To Nab Boeing's 777X

Credit (Flickr Creative Commons User Andres Rueda)

The opportunity was too good to pass up. 

When Boeing decided to move production of its 777X passenger plane out of Seattle, states across the country were eager to offer their services. Missouri's political and business leaders were no exception.  They simply couldn't miss out on the chance to cement thousands of high-paying jobs for decades to come.

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St. Louis County Council
6:38 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

St. Louis County Council Exempts School Events From Permits

Schools will be able to sell cookies like these at fundraisers without obtaining a permit from St. Louis County.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

It may be fair to call legislation that the St. Louis County Council approved Tuesday the “School Picnic Protection Act.” 

OK, that may be a bit of an oversimplification. But proponents of the move to exempt some school events from county permits say the measure is just common sense.

“They’re not big fundraisers. These aren’t big auctions and things,” said Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights. “They’re bake sales and car washes and the like. Basically it hadn’t been enforced for a long time. And all of a sudden it was starting to be enforced."

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Politics & Issues
12:18 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

St. Louis County Police Chief Fitch Announces Retirement

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 2:15 p.m.,  Friday, Dec. 13

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch has been using his blog to make blockbuster declarations lately, but perhaps none was as stunning as Friday’s post in which he announced his retirement as of February.

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St. Louis County Council
8:28 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Judge Orders St. Louis County To Pay $5.9 Million To Trash Haulers

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A St. Louis County judge ordered St. Louis County to pay nearly $6 million to three trash haulers who lost contracts after the county established trash districts. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s administration indicated that the county may appeal the judge's order.

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