Francis Slay

Hiring Policies
7:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

St. Louis City Hall Lets Job Seekers Skip Criminal Past On Applications

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced at City Hall that St. Louis will no longer require job applicants to disclose prior convictions.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis will no longer require job candidates to disclose previous felony convictions on their applications.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced the shift in hiring policy during a press conference at City Hall Tuesday.

“We’re really not changing our approach to who we hire. It’s just how we do it,” he said.

The change means potential employees will not have to check a box on their applications if they have a felony conviction.

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Community Policing
11:18 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Slay To Talk About Ferguson At Clinton Presidential Library Conference

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will be in Little Rock this week to discuss the turmoil in Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 11 am, Thurs., Oct 9 with links to national coverage.) When St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay meets with mayors and police chiefs from around the country this week in Little Rock, Ark., he’ll be talking about the lessons learned from the turmoil in Ferguson. 

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Gun violence
4:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nasheed To Seek 10-Year Minimum Sentence For Gun Crimes

St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson listens as state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed announces her plans to introduce legislation mandating 10 years in prison for gun crimes in Missouri.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio.

A state senator from the city of St. Louis wants individuals who commit gun crimes in Missouri to face what she sees as an appropriate punishment.

"Those with violent crimes and those with gun crimes - they will serve 10 years in prison if we can pass this legislation," state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said Tuesday at a press conference with Mayor Francis Slay and police chief Sam Dotson. "What we're saying is enough is enough."

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Public Transit
4:55 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

State And Local Officials Share Their Vision For The Future Of Transit

Mayor Francis Slay speaks at Citizens for Modern Transit's (CMT) annual lunch on Friday, September 12, 2014. Seated left to right are CMT Director Kimberly Cella, St. Clair Board Chair Mark Kern and MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Citizens for Modern Transit has been advocating for public transportation in the St. Louis region for thirty years. But at a lunch last week celebrating its anniversary, the focus was on the future. Keynote speakers included Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.

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Primary Election 2014
4:28 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Carpenter Says 'No Deals' In Bid To Regain Recorder Of Deeds Post

Sharon Carpenter
Credit City of St. Louis

Despite her huge primary victory on Tuesday, former St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter says she recognizes that the next step toward regaining her job is likely to be a lot tougher.

“The worst is ahead of me,’’ Carpenter said in a telephone interview Friday.

But even so, Carpenter dismissed any talk that she would drop her efforts to return to the office that she had held for almost 34 years.

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Politically Speaking
11:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Politically Speaking: The Biggest Losers -- And Biggest Winners -- Of Primary

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week, we dive into last night's election results.

The Politically Speaking crew broke down the results from Tuesday's primary elections. Among other things, the trio examined:

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Primary Election 2014
1:17 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Slay Explains Why He Participated In Robocall To Help 'Right to Farm'

Francis Slay
Credit (UPI file photo)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay had said nothing publicly about Amendment 1, the “right to farm” proposal, until thousands of city and St. Louis County residents received a robocall featuring the mayor on Monday, the day before the vote.

“Hi, this is Mayor Slay,” the robocall said. “I'm calling about an important issue you will see on the ballot tomorrow: Amendment 1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment. I support the 'right to farm' to keep food costs affordable for all Missourians. Please join me in voting ‘Yes’ on Amendment 1.”

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis Region Could Offer Temporary Shelter, Care To Migrant Children From Central America

Mayor Francis Slay, joined by County Executive Charlie Dooley and a coalition of social service providers, announced plans to seek federal money to house migrant children from Central America.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the press conference, reactions.

St. Louis, St. Louis County and about a dozen social service agencies plan to seek federal money to provide temporary shelter and care to some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border of the United States.

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Urban Redevelopment
5:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Residents' Tenacity Sparked North Sarah Community Revival

The North Sarah Community in St. Louis' Vandeventer neighborhood.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ann Walker works for McCormack Baron Salazar. Not only does she work for one of the companies that helped develop the North Sarah Community, she’s also a resident.

“The kids in the neighborhood know me. I have a little dog that I walk,” Walker said. “They always want to see if the dog can come out and play.”

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General Obligation Bond
5:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/iChaz)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is unlikely to vote on a $200 million bond issue until after the August primary election. That's because Board president Lewis Reed put a temporary kibosh on bill by tabling any discussion of the issue.

Reed cited a litany of reasons for the delay, including the need to continue negotiations with the mayor's office and fine-tune the bill. 

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