City of St. Louis

Morning round-up
9:37 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Missouri River at Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Heat wave decreases flood threat on Missouri River

The heat wave that's plagued Missouri for most of July has had a positive side effect:  it's lessened the flood threat along the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.  Fuchs said the extreme high temperatures have dried up the soil along the Missouri River's tributaries.

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Heat-related death
2:19 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

City confirms third heat death

(via Flickr/Aka Hige)

The city of St. Louis has  confirmed a third heat-related death.

The latest victim is a 79-year-old woman who lived alone in an apartment in the 2900 block of Cass. She had a functioning window AC unit that she used mostly at night, and which was not turned on when officials found her early Wednesday.

The city also reported six heat-related illnesses on Wednesday.

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Animal control
5:42 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mandatory spay-neuter clears committee; funds for Stray Rescue do not

A law that would require pets to be spayed/neutered and microchipped got committee approval today; funds to help Stray Rescue complete its shelter did not.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

What Ald. Stephen Conway called a comprehensive animal control strategy for St. Louis is somewhat in limbo tonight after an aldermanic committee passed one bill, rejected a second, and waited to take action on a third.

What passed:

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

To tax or not to tax? A discussion of Proposition E in St. Louis

(via Flickr/_J_D_R)

Next Tuesday, St. Louis City voters will vote on Proposition E.  If the proposition passes, the city will retain its 1 percent earnings tax.  If the proposition fails, the tax will be phased out over the next ten years.  Supporters and critics of the earnings tax disagree on many things, including how the tax affects the economic vitality of the city and how prominently the tax figures into people’s decisions to live or work in St. Louis.  But many agree on this: no replacement for the earnings tax is in place and a transition to any combination of alternatives could prove painful.

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The Death of Francis R. Slay
5:15 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Francis R. Slay, "icon" of St. Louis city politics and father of current St. Louis Mayor, dies at 83

Francis R. Slay, (R) former long-term committeeman shown with son St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, in this 2005 file photo, has died in St. Louis at the age of 83 on March 16, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Francis R. Slay, father to St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has passed away at age 83. He was suffering from a heart illness.

The elder Slay was deeply involved in St. Louis City politics.

He served as a State Representative during the 1960's, was a 23rd Ward Committeeman for 45 years and served as the city's Recorder of Deeds.

Former Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury said Slay's reputation was one of integrity and respect.

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St. Louis Fire Department
5:15 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

City of St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters

Firefighters from International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 73 examine proposed changes to their contracts.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis firefighters union lashed out at city hall today after the mayor announced the layoffs of 30 firefighters.

The mayor's office claims that firefighter pension payments are doubling to nearly $11 million in just two years and risk bankrupting city government.

Chris Molitor is the President of Firefighters Local 73.  Among other things, he accused the mayor of refusing to negotiate in good faith.

"When I woke up this morning, I had to see if I was living in Wisconsin or St. Louis, Missouri…this is wrong," Molitor said.

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St. Louis Police Department
12:29 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

St. Louis Police department avoids layoffs

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

After some budget restructuring by chief Dan Isom, the St. Louis Police Department will not have to lay off any police officers, the City of St. Louis announced today via a press release from the mayor's office.

Previously, it was reported that the Police Retirement System will saddle increasing costs, with layoffs as a feared consequence if budget restructuring did not happen.

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Jail talks
5:33 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Negotiations on jail oversight break down

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The St. Louis City Justice Center

Talks between the American Civil Liberties Union and the city of St. Louis on an independent panel to oversee the city's jails have stalled.

The talks were prompted by a 2009 ACLU report that alleged abuse and medical neglect at the city's Medium Security Institution (more commonly known as the city workhouse) and at the higher-security City Justice Center.

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Peabody Energy
2:08 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Peabody Energy to stay downtown, expand

Peabody Energy CEO Gregory Boyce announces that the energy giant will remain in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years, during a press conference in St. Louis on March 2, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy announced today that it will keep its headquarters in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years.

Peabody is a Fortune 500 company employing more than 600 people in St. Louis.

The company had been offered a package of $10 million in Federal New Market tax credits to fund upgrades to their downtown high-rise.

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Education
6:04 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

St. Louis Public Schools to adopt more inclusive policy for charter schools

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

The St. Louis Public School District is adopting a more inclusive policy for charter schools.

Historically, the district has accused charters of siphoning away students and resources.

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams says the time has to be more proactive in regard to charters.

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