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Morning Round-up
9:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 6, 2012

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Missouri House approves advertising on school buses

Missouri House members have approved legislation that would allow advertising on school buses to help districts cover transportation costs. 

The legislation would allow school districts to lease space on the inside and exterior of school buses for private advertisements. Ads could not feature gambling, alcohol or tobacco.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, January 26, 2012

The St. Louis Arch.
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Gateway Arch project may not be finished by anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch is three years away, but the project to improve and expand the grounds by then may not be finished on time.

Walter Metcalfe, director of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which is leading the effort, says it's more important to get it right than to get it done in time for the anniversary.

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Morning round-up
9:35 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County goes on holiday recess with approved budget

The St. Louis County Council has approved a 2012 budget after a contentious season of fiscal wrangling with County Executive Charlie Dooley. Early this fall Dooley's county budget estimates convinced him to propose drastic cuts. Dooley drew sharp criticism for his proposal to shut down 23 county parks and lay off almost 200 county employees.   

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Morning round-up
9:17 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 12, 2011

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
St. Louis County website

Dooley admits "missteps"

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley admits that he made missteps over the last few months as Missouri's largest county tried to deal with an unprecedented budget shortfall. Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he made what he called clumsy mistakes, saying the recession is "new territory" for the county.

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County budget deal
8:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Revised St. Louis County budget saves parks, reduces layoffs

A tour group in Fort Bellefontaine County Park. A compromise budget reached by the County Council last night will keep Fort Bellefontaine and 22 other parks open and reduce layoffs.
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Members of the St. Louis County Council have reached a budget deal that avoids the closure of 23 county parks.

The two sides announced the compromise at a County Council meeting Tuesday night. The new 2012 budget keeps open all 50 of the county parks, and reduces the number of job cuts from 173 to about 40. It also maintains plowing in unincorporated areas that receive less than two inches of snow.

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Nixon - STL Co. parks
3:32 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Nixon defends exploring state-county parks option with St. Louis County

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) discusses the possibility of joint state/county-run parks and other issues at a press event today in Callaway County.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is defending his decision to explore the possibility of the state jointly running several county parks in St. Louis County that are being targeted for closure.

The parks in question include Lone Elk Park in West County, home to wild elk, turkey, deer and buffalo.  State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is questioning whether the governor has the authority to enter into such an agreement.

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Morning round-up
8:42 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon reached out to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley Wednesday in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon reaches out to Dooley over possible closure of county parks

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has begun discussions with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure. Dooley announced last month that up to 23 county parks could be closed due to budget constraints.

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St. Louis County Parks
2:03 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

State to work with St. Louis Co. on parks plan

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has begun discussions with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.

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Morning round-up
9:43 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tyler Dasher.
(via Facebook)

One person in custody in connection to 1-year-old Tyler Dasher's murder

St. Louis County police detectives have taken one person into custody in connection to the death of 1-year-old Tyler Dasher. The death has been ruled a homicide. St. Louis County spokesman Rick Eckhard says the person has not yet been formally booked or processed.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:53 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

St. Louis County debates budget shortfall, park closures

2012 Proposed St. Louis County Park Closures, explore full map via the link in the story below.
(via St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Council members gather tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss County Executive Charlie Dooley’s proposed budget for 2012.  Facing flat revenues and a budget shortfall, Dooley has proposed $10 million in spending cuts that would close 23 county parks and eliminate up to 133 Parks & Recreation Department employees.

The budget has been under fire from council members, citizens, and environmental groups, many of whom are calling for more equitable cuts across county departments.

Former County Park Ranger Marty Koch joined Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones today on St. Louis on the Air.

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