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Politically Speaking
5:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Politically Speaking: St. Louis Aldermanic President Reed On Power At City Hall, City-County Merger

(Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Beacon)

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. Pinch-hitting for Chris this week was St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Better Together? St. Louis City And County Look At Reuniting

Credit (Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

A new coalition called Better Together launched an effort today Tuesday to study whether St. Louis city and county should re-unite.

Yet coalition members were quick to explain they’re not advocating for a merger.

"We are not advocating reentry. We’re not advocating merger," said former Ambassador George Herbert Walker III, who is chairman of the group. "We’re just saying let’s get all the data together and then as a group decide what is best for St. Louis and the city of St. Louis at this time."

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Veolia
12:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Veolia Backs Out Of Controversial Contract With City Of St. Louis

Protestors against Veolia gather in front of Mayor Francis Slay's office on January 16, 2013. The company announced today it will not sign a contract with the city.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with additional quotes.

The French utility company Veolia has decided not to go forward with a $250,000 contract that would have reviewed the operations of the city of St. Louis water department.

Opponents of the company had raised questions about Veolia's corporate behavior and environmental record.

Mary Ellen Ponder, the deputy chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay, announced the company's decision today at a committee hearing on a bill that would have stripped the funding for the contract from the budget for this year.

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Veolia
4:38 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Aldermen Move To Strip Funding For Controversial Veolia Contract

Opponents of Veolia hold signs at City Hall on Oct. 18, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The chair of St. Louis city’s budget committee has launched an effort to strip the funding for a controversial consulting contract with the French utility company Veolia.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:15 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Remembering The 1946 World Series - The First Time The Cardinals Beat The Red Sox

1946 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals
(Via Wikimedia Commons)

A lot has changed in the world of baseball since 1946. But a familiar pair of elite teams are once again playing in the Fall Classic.  For the fourth time, the St. Louis Cardinals are facing off against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Previous matchups took place in 1946, 1967 and 2004.

And this year's matchup has some striking similarities to the team's first meeting in 1946. Then, as now, St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in playoffs before facing off against the Red Sox.

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Veolia Contract
6:29 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Controversial Veolia Contract Comes Under New Scrutiny

Some of the signs protestors held outside the Board of Aldermen on October 18, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Opponents of a proposed $250,000 consulting contract between the city of St. Louis water department and the French utility company Veolia call the latest move in the saga by Mayor Francis Slay “political chicanery."

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Urban Development
3:41 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Strong Discussion But No Vote At Hearing On NorthSide Project

Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. testifying at a hearing on the NorthSide project on October 8, 2013.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Big political weight was behind two NorthSide Regeneration bills that went before a St. Louis aldermanic committee Tuesday morning, but no vote was taken after four aldermen failed to attend.

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Science
4:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

FIRST Robotics International Championship Will Stay In St. Louis

These students and their robot participated in the 2011 FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Kids with robots will continue coming to St. Louis for the next few years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced today that the world finals of its robotics competition will take place in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.

The international competition has been held in St. Louis for the last three years and is scheduled to remain here next year, as well. Today’s announcement guarantees that the championship will return to St. Louis for the next three years after that.

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Politically Speaking
5:10 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayor Slay On A Gun Court, City Entering County And Northside Regeneration

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.  

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Other News
11:49 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Crime Summit Begins In St. Louis

St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson speaks at the Urban Crime Summit on September 18, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Urban Crime Summit organized by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster came to St. Louis Wednesday.

The four-day gathering of law enforcement and criminology experts began in Kansas City Monday and is scheduled to continue at Saint Louis University’s School of Law through Thursday.

In his opening remarks, Koster told those gathered that 105 murders in Kansas City last year and 113 in St. Louis were too many.

"The fact that we are here is a statement that we do not accept this violence as the status quo," he said.

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