Francis Slay

St. Louis Fire Department
3:16 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

St. Louis firefighters respond to comptroller's furlough proposal

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis firefighters were told last week that they'd be subject to 30 layoffs. Yesterday, Comptroller Darlene Green said she would push a plan to furlough firefighters instead of laying them off.

Today, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the firefighters have responded.

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Francis R. Slay
3:14 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Francis R. Slay remembered as the "fiber" of his community

Pallbearers accompany the casket of Francis R. Slay outside St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis on March 21, 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

For 35 years, Francis R. Slay held court every Wednesday at the banquet hall at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral, just south of downtown.

On Monday, hundreds gathered in the Cathedral's pews to pay honor to a man the Cathedral's bishop, Robert Shaheen, called the "fabric" of St. Raymond's.

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The Death of Francis R. Slay
5:15 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Francis R. Slay, "icon" of St. Louis city politics and father of current St. Louis Mayor, dies at 83

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.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Francis R. Slay, father to St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has passed away at age 83. He was suffering from a heart illness.

The elder Slay was deeply involved in St. Louis City politics.

He served as a State Representative during the 1960's, was a 23rd Ward Committeeman for 45 years and served as the city's Recorder of Deeds.

Former Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury said Slay's reputation was one of integrity and respect.

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Police budget
3:44 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Better news on St. Louis police budget

Last month, the news about the 2012 budget for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department wasn't good.

The department was looking at $2.5 million in cuts it couldn't make up by doing things like freezing salaries, cutting scholarships, and furloughing civilian employees.

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Census estimates
4:33 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Gap between census estimates, reality, not that uncommon

(US Census Bureau)

In 2009, the news from the U.S. Census Bureau was all good for the city of St. Louis.

The American Community Survey showed the city's population had 356,587 people - up about two percent from the 2000 official count. And Mayor Francis Slay would challenge numbers that didn't confirm the notion that his city was growing.

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Northside development
11:06 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Mayor Slay signs off on Northside plan

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The final step for approval of Paul McKee, Jr’s Northside project was taken earlier this week. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on an updated plan for the $8.1 billion project Tuesday, according to a report today by the St. Louis Business Journal.

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St. Louis Homelessness
6:04 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

St. Louis marks halfway point in effort to end chronic homelessness

This screen capture using satellite view in Google Maps shows homeless encampments along the Mississippi River. (St. Louis Public Radio / Google Maps)

The city of St. Louis today marked the halfway point in its ten-year effort to end chronic homelessness.

A five-year report released today shows a 20 percent drop in the city's chronically homeless since 2005.

Chronic homelessness is defined as those homeless for a year or more or four times over a three-year period.

The report also states that the overall homeless population also decreased, from about 1,500 in 2005 to about 1,300 last year.

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Local Control
5:19 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Slay to State: Give city control of police department or pay for it yourselves

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay spoke out today about local control of St. Louis' police department. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis City Hall is ratcheting up pressure on Jefferson City to relinquish control of the city's police department, or pay for it themselves.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he expects the Missouri legislature to return control of city police department this year.

If not, the Mayor says St. Louis is within its rights to bill the General Assembly for part of the cost of running it.

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Firefighters Retirement System
4:35 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Aldermen slow down bill on funding firefighter pensions

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

There’s been a temporary delay in a new skirmish between the city and its fire department.

Ald. Matt Villa has held a bill that aims to change the way certain benefits for firefighters are funded.

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:25 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mayor Slay sees opportunities and obstacles in 2011

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In case you missed today’s St. Louis on the Air, here are some highlights of our discussion with Mayor Francis Slay:

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