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.
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.
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Slay, shown in this April 2009 file photo, was elected the 23rd Ward Committeeman in 1964 and served for 45 years, among other leadership positions.
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Jan. 22, 2010, the day Francis R. Slay was honored with a resolution honoring his life and work by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. Slay's son, current St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, speaks at the podium, with Francis R. standing at left.