Francis Slay

Local Control
5:03 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

St. Louis Police Officers Association, mayor compromise on local control ballot initiative

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Police Officers Association announced today that the organization and the mayor of the city of St. Louis, Francis Slay, have come to a compromise regarding a local control ballot initiative.

The issue of local control of the St. Louis Police Department, that is, shifting the control of the department from the state of Missouri to the city of St. Louis, was a fixture in this past year's legislative session.

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Occupy St. Louis
1:51 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Occupy St. Louis protesters receive 24-hour warning about use of Kiener Plaza

The Occupy St. Louis encampment at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. Protesters have been warned by the city that they will have to leave the area by 1 p.m. tomorrow or face enforcement.
(via OccupySTL Facebook Page)

Updated 3:28 p.m. to reflect later time of enforcement

Occupy St. Louis has now announced via Twitter and Facebook that the time of enforcement is now 3 p.m. Friday. According to the group's Facebook page, city officials delivered two notices to the group, one of which lists the new time.

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Occupy St. Louis
3:16 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Occupy St. Louis issues its own list of ordinance violations

The Occupy St. Louis encampment at Kiener Plaza. Protestors are blasting Mayor Francis Slay for "heed[ing] the complaints of the corporate groups who control the city" in his effort to clear the Plaza.
(via Facebook/Occupy St. Louis)

Anti-Wall Street protestors who have camped in Kiener Plaza for more than a month are blasting Mayor Francis Slay for "heed[ing] the complaints of the corporate groups who control the city" and calling for their ouster from the park."

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4:37 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Time may be running out for OccupySTL encampment

The OccupySTL camp in downtown St. Louis at Kiener Plaza.
(via OccupySTL Facebook Page)

Even as it launched three simultaneous protests against Bank of American in downtown St. Louis today, OccupySTL may lose its home base soon.

The protestors have been camping at the west end of Kiener Plaza for several weeks, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and a visit to the area by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

During an appearance earlier this week on St. Louis on the Air, Mayor Francis Slay hinted that the city would soon move to take action.

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Slay on special session
4:11 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Slay blasts lawmakers for do-nothing special session

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mayor Francis Slay is fuming over the results of the just-concluded special session.

"Goodbye state legislators. Thanks for (almost) nothing," the mayor tweeted this afternoon, a day after the state Senate adjourned without taking action on a large economic development package and a measure that would end more than 150 years of state oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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2011 World Series
12:16 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Meaty, musical and mayoral sidebars to the 2011 World Series

An extreme close-up of some baby back ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse - one of the St. Louis vendors being used by Mayor Francis Slay to sweeten his World Series side bet with Arlington, Tx. Mayor Robert Cluck.
(via Flickr/dyobmit)

Updated at 1:46 p.m. to include Clay/Barton wager.

If you'll pardon the gastronomical puns, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jake Wagman tells us today about a tasty World Series side bet between St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Arlington, Texas Mayor Robert Cluck.

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Developing: Anna May Slay Dies
11:56 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Anna May Slay, mother of St. Louis mayor Francis Slay, dies

St. Louis mayor Francis G. Slay.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Word has come this morning of the death of Anna May Slay, the mother of St. Louis mayor Francis G. Slay.

The mayor's press secretary Kara Bowlin released the information to the media and said that Slay's death "follows a long illness and was not unexpected."

Bowlin also said that the mayor and other family members were with Slay when she died, and that she was "a sweet, quiet woman with a core of steel" and "a staff favorite."

Arrangements for Slay are pending and we will update this post with more information as we know it.

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Jail investigation
3:58 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Report finds "systemic failure of leadership" at St. Louis jails

A preliminary review of the St. Louis corrections department finds "numerous weaknesses" in the management, physical structure and operations of the two jails the department oversees.

Six inmates have escaped from the facilities in the last 15 months. Three of the four escapes took place within five months of each other.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 30, 2011

A China Cargo Airlines Boeing 777 taxis to a loading area after landing for the first time at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on September 23, 2011. The flights will return to China with Missouri made goods.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Slay hopeful Mo. lawmakers agree to tax credits

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay remains hopeful that Missouri lawmakers will agree to tax credits to help develop an international air cargo hub at Lambert Airport, even as the effort appears to be stalled. Slay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the job-creation potential is simply too great to give up on.

Slay says the major problem lawmakers have with the proposal is the issue of expiration dates for some tax credits.

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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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