Francis Slay

Natural Gas
4:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lambert Upgrading Vehicle Fleet To Run On Natural Gas

Groundbreaking for a new CNG station at Lambert Airport.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Lambert St. Louis Airport is upgrading the way it fuels its fleet of vehicles. Monday the Laclede Group and Siemens held a groundbreaking for a new natural gas fueling station at the airport.

The station will serve 160 fleet vehicles that run on compressed natural gas - a fuel that's considerably cheaper than gasoline.

Laclede Group CEO Suzanne Sitherwood says the station will also be available for the public to use.

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Youth Crime
9:40 am
Mon May 13, 2013

St. Louis Summer Jobs Program Targets Youth Crime

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking the business community to step up to help fight crime in the city.

Slay says finding jobs for at-risk teens is the best way to keep them out of trouble.

The goal is to create 500, 8-week summer jobs for young people ages 16 to 23 in two pilot areas in North and South St. Louis.

The test neighborhoods in question have high populations of young people who face significant academic and social challenges.

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Politics
8:52 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will resume discussions next week of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget presented to the board by Mayor Francis Slay totals $985 million.

Among the cuts to the budget that Slay is proposing includes essentially eliminating the city’s cable TV channel, known as STL-TV.

The cut was rejected by the board of estimate and apportionment, but Slay says he remains confident that the Board of Aldermen will see that STL-TV is a luxury the city can’t afford.

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Cupples 7
2:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Building Commissioner Orders Immediate Removal of Cupples 7 Warehouse

A composite image from an engineering report by ABS Consulting shows the partial collapse of the timber supports for the east wall of Cupples 7. The city will request an emergency demolition permit for the structure on Monday.
(ABS Consulting)

Updated at 2:15 p.m. May 6 with official emergency declaration.

St. Louis's building commissioner has ordered the immediate removal of Cupples 7 due to "significant hazards that pose an immediate and imminent danger to the public health, safety and welfare."

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Inauguration 2013
5:11 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Slay, Green Take Oaths At City Hall

Mayor Francis Slay delivers his inaugural address on April 16, 2013, just days before becoming the longest-serving mayor in St. Louis history.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says he's approaching his historic fourth term with "hope and optimism."

Slay and Comptroller Darlene Green took their oaths of office just after noon today at City Hall. He's the first mayor elected to a fourth, four-year term and will become the longest-serving in the city's history at the end of the month. 

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Marijuana possession
6:07 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Reduced Penalties For Pot Possession Sent To Mayor

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

Possession of small amounts of marijuana would, under some circumstances be handled by city prosecutors under legislation sent to Mayor Francis Slay today.

Under Ald. Shane Cohn's legislation, first and second-time offenders carrying less than 35 grams of pot would automatically receive a citation and face a maximum $500 fine. It would not apply to those with recent felony convictions, with two or more misdemeanor possession convictions, or if the marijuana possession is part of another crime.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Newly Reelected Mayor Slay Says City, County Must Collaborate To Avoid Failure

Mayor Francis Slay
(UPI file photo)

Later this month, on April 27, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay will become the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

With more than 81 percent of the vote, Slay won his fourth term as mayor yesterday, besting a candidate from the Green Party, and prior, defeating two primary challengers including Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed.

“I love this city dearly and I really love the people more than anything,” Slay told host Don Marsh.  “I like what I do and I’ve got a good team and I’m looking forward to the next four years.”

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2013 elections
12:03 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Mayor Slay Cruises To Fourth Term; 'Arch Tax' Wins

Mayor Francis Slay talks to supporters on April 2 after winning a historic fourth term.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay made history last night.

Final unofficial results show him winning a fourth, four-year term with more than 81 percent of the vote. Other mayors have served more terms, but they were just a year long. On April 27, Slay will become the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. 

"Winning the fourth term is not the history," Slay told a crowd of friends, family and supporters on Tuesday night. "What we do with the fourth term is."  

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Gun-Control
2:48 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Officials, Religious Leaders And Others Rally For New Gun-Control Measures

Pro gun-control supporters rally at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 30.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

From a podium at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis, Democratic Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman asked a crowd of gun-control supporters to hold up their phones and punch in a new contact, the switchboard for the U.S. Senate.

She told them to call every day, ask for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and demand that they vote in favor of universal background checks for gun sales.

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Politically Speaking
4:02 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayoral Results, Democrat Days and Kinder's Lawsuit

Slay's victory speech plays at Reed's watch party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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.

On this week's episode: The results from the mayoral primary are in. Why did Reed lose? Did Slay win by as much as he had hoped? Then Jo shares some stories from Democrat Days and we close it out with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's lawsuit.

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