City of St. Louis

City of St. Louis Budget
3:43 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Budget committee makes changes to City of St. Louis spending plan

The Ways and Means committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meets to discuss next year's spending plan for the city.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis Public Radio)

The city's budget committee has put its stamp on next year's $850 million spending plan for St. Louis.

Today, aldermen backed away from a proposal to cut the city's contribution to the pension system for firefighters in an effort to pressure the sides into agreeing on reforms.

Instead, the budget includes language that directs any savings from reforms toward restoring police officers and firefighters.

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Transportation needs
5:50 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

State transport panel hears from St. Louis metro region

(Missouri Dept. of Transportation/via Flickr)

Missouri state and local officials are looking for ways to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure during a climate of limited funds.

The so-called "Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri Transportation Needs" met in Chesterfield and will hold similar meetings around the state this spring and summer. 

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the agency has roughly half the money to spend that it did just several years ago.

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St. Louis budget
1:02 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

St. Louis city's budget gets initial approval

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A $966 million budget for the city of St. Louis has made it through the first of many hurdles at City Hall.

Mayor Francis Slay, comptroller Darlene Green, and Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed - who make up the Board of Estimate and Apportionment - all approved the budget on Friday. That sends it to the Board of Aldermen, who can shift money around but cannot add to the overall level of spending.

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Teen Pregnancy
1:25 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Health Department: Teen birth rate down in St. Louis, follows national trend

(via Flickr/Daquella manera)

A new release out from the St. Louis Department of Health today says teen birth rates are down in the city of St. Louis. Here are a few by-the-numbers details for you from the Department:

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Firefighter pensions
11:52 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Slay proposes drastic changes to city firefighter pensions

Mayor Francis Slay is proposing major changes to the firefighter's pension system that could reduce benefits for new hires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 12:20 p.m. with comments from the firefighters union.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. with timeframe, and more comments from Mayor Slay and the union.

Saying the current system is financially unsustainable and could result in huge reductions to city services, Mayor Francis Slay has officially unveiled his plan to change pensions for the St. Louis city firefighters.

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ACLU / City of St. Louis
3:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

ACLU files suit against city of St. Louis over jail records

(via Flickr/neil conway)

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the suit filed Wednesday accuses the city's corrections division of ignoring repeated requests over the past four months for records under the Missouri Sunshine Law.

The suit seeks an injunction forcing release of the records. It also asks the judge to find the city in violation of the law and to impose civil penalties.

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Foreign Trade Zone
4:58 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Area Foreign Trade Zone expanded to all of St. Louis City, County

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay at a press conference regarding the expansion of the region's Foreign Trade Zone to include all of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis city and St. Louis County officials say they've gotten federal approval that will help local companies compete in the global market. The area's Foreign Trade Zone has expanded to include all of St. Louis County and City.

The expanded zone will allow more local manufacturing and distribution companies to import goods duty-free and avoid other customs fees.

Mayor Francis Slay announced the expansion at Sunset Transportation in south St. Louis. Slay says the approval from the US Department of Commerce also streamlines the time it takes for businesses to qualify.

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Parks bonds pass
3:53 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Parks bond issue sent to Mayor Slay

The Kingshighway entrance to Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

After 18 months of work behind the scenes, a three-week delay, and two hours of debate that covered topics from roller skating to Robert Frost, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has sent a $64 million bond issue for the city's parks to Mayor Francis Slay.

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Animal control
3:56 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Animal shelter money appears headed for another political showdown

Money to help Stray Rescue finish its shelter appears headed for another political showdown with a resolution introduced today at the Board of Aldermen
(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

Accusations of political gamesmanship are flying today after the introduction of a new St. Louis Board of Aldermen resolution giving about $255,000 to the non-profit animal rescue organization Stray Rescue.

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Jail break review
5:13 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

St. Louis aldermen: jail security problems make us look like a joke

Lorenzo Pollard, pictured here, is the sixth inmate to escape from a city jail in 15 months. On Wednesday, the city's public safety committee called security conditions at the jail a "joke"
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Four jail breaks in 15 months make the city of St. Louis look like a joke.

That was the general consensus of members of the Public Safety committee  on Wednesday following two hours of testimony on the rash of escapes.

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