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.
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.
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.
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.
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.