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11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Let’s Talk About It – The NYT ‘Loving The Midwest’ Piece

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Updated 2:19 p.m. This live chat was from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT on June 10. Thanks for joining us!

This weekend - with the publishing of an opinion piece  in the New York Times entitled "Loving the Midwest," St. Louisans, once again, showed their concern with how the Gateway City is viewed and portrayed on the national level.

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Politics
8:52 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will resume discussions next week of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget presented to the board by Mayor Francis Slay totals $985 million.

Among the cuts to the budget that Slay is proposing includes essentially eliminating the city’s cable TV channel, known as STL-TV.

The cut was rejected by the board of estimate and apportionment, but Slay says he remains confident that the Board of Aldermen will see that STL-TV is a luxury the city can’t afford.

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Parks Bonds
1:07 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Deal In Place To Fund Upgrades To Forest Park

The city and Forest Park Forever have signed a deal that will fund $30 million in upgrades in the city's largest park.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

Visitors to Forest Park can expect to see some upgrades over the next five years, thanks to an agreement signed Friday between the city of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.

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Red light cameras
7:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

State Appeals Court Hears Trio Of Red Light Camera Cases

A Missouri appeals court is considering the constitutionality of three red light camera laws.
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The Missouri Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today in constitutional challenges to three red light camera ordinances in the St. Louis area.

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Foreclosure mediation
4:46 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Judge Halts St. Louis Foreclosure Mediation Ordinance

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Updated at 4:52 p.m. to correct judge's name.

A judge in St. Louis city has halted enforcement of the city's new foreclosure mediation ordinance.

Robert Dierker issued the temporary restraining order today, which prohibits any city officials from enforcing the ordinance. Dierker does take care to note that voluntary participation in mediation is still allowed.  A hearing on a preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 20.

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Campaign finance
5:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

'Dark Money' Ban Clears St. Louis Aldermanic Committee

A bill that's cleared a committee would limit 'dark money' in some city races.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Non-profits who want to influence political races in the city of St. Louis may soon have to disclose their donors.

A bill that would force those organizations who put more than $500 into a contest for mayor, comptroller, Board of Aldermen president or a ballot issue sailed out of committee today with a 6-0 vote. Five of the 11 committee members were absent, and a quorum wasn't reached until just before the vote.

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Problem Properties
4:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Private Attorneys To Help With Nuisance Property Crackdown

Attorneys from Thompson Coburn watch as Mayor Francis Slay announces plans to have private lawyers help the city prosecute problem property owners.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The city of St. Louis has beefed up the number of attorneys targeting problem properties in the city.

Private lawyers from firms throughout St. Louis, working for free, will supplement the efforts of city attorneys to take the owners of those properties to court.

Those are the buildings that are so structurally unsound they pose a safety risk, or where police get numerous complaints of nuisance crimes.

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Business
6:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Asian carp solution will have downstream impact

A tugboat pushes a barge under the Eads Bridge in St. Louis
Kelly Martin Via Wikimedia Commons

The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.  Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.

For instance, the 70-mile stretch of Mississippi River at St. Louis is one of the busiest inland ports in America—a place where grain, aggregate and steel are loaded and shipped up and down the river.

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Pseudoephedrine
4:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

City may require prescription for pseudoephedrine

The city of St. Louis may consider legislation that would require a prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine.
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A south St. Louis alderwoman says she wants her legislation that would require a prescription for the common decongestant pseudoephedrine to start a conversation about combating the methamphetamine problem in Missouri.

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Stubblefield lawsuit
11:02 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Former St. Louis corrections commissioner sues for discrimination

Gene Stubblefield, shown here with his attorney in October 2011, has sued over his December 2011 firing.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:00 p.m. with comments from the city.

The former corrections commissioner for the city of St. Louis has sued over his firing, claiming it was racially motivated.

Gene Stubblefield filed the suit today. He was fired Dec. 11, a decision upheld last month by the city's Civil Service Commission, whose members are the plaintiffs.

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