Donna Baringer

On the Trail
9:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup?

Aldermen Antonio French is seeking to videotape or transcribe various meetings of city of St. Louis boards and committees. That would include Board of Aldermen committees, like the one pictured in this photo.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio) / St. Louis Public Radio)

Alderman Antonio French is sponsoring legislation to require videotaping or transcribing various meetings and hearings in city government. French is one of several people seeking to use the web to make government more transparent to the public. 

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government. 

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Scrap metal bill
4:03 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Scrap metal bill finally clears first legislative hurdle

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A bill designed to crack down on the theft of scrap metal in St. Louis city finally cleared its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday.

The legislation's been languishing in the city's Public Safety committee since June as Ald. Donna Baringer and scrap metal companies in the city worked out a dispute over payment methods.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, July 18, 2011

The National Weather Service says an excessive heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. on Friday. Heat index values will be between 105 and 110 degrees.
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Another excessive heat advisory in place

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m Friday.

The National Weather Service says a dangerous combination of heat and humidity will lead to afternoon and early evening heat index values between 105 and 115 degrees through Friday.

Aldermen working on St. Louis copper theft proposal this summer

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Scrap metal
4:33 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Dispute over method of payment delays first vote on scrap metal

The First Unitarian Church in the Central West End has been hit by copper thieves five times in three months. Aldermen on Wednesday delayed voting on new restrictions on scrap dealers in the city.
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Scrap yard owners, the police, and St. Louis city aldermen have a week to hammer out a deal on legislation the city's police department says will cut down on the rising number of metal thefts in the area.

The legislation would put several new restrictions on the owners of scrap yards, including:

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