Francis Slay

Politics & Issues
2:39 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Proposal To Bar Tax Breaks To Energy Firms Makes St. Louis' April Ballot

Peabody Energy's St. Louis headquarters
Credit (UPI)

Barring a last-minute legal challenge, St. Louis voters will be asked on April 8 to decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the city charter to bar tax breaks for Peabody Energy or any other firm involved in “unsustainable energy production.”

“We know for a fact that it’s going to be on the ballot in April,’’ said Mary Wheeler-Jones, the Democratic elections director for the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. The only roadblock would be if a lawsuit successfully knocks the proposal off the ballot, she said.

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Politics & Issues
1:03 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Lamping's Low Bank Account May Signal His Retirement

Updated 3:23 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

State Sen. John Lamping, R-Frontenac, has yet to say if he’s running for re-election this fall, in what could be the region’s top legislative contest.

But his campaign money could be speaking for him. He has very little.

Meanwhile, his Democratic challenger — state Rep. Jill Schupp of Creve — has raised a lot.

The latest campaign-finance reports for the two, filed this week, show that Schupp raised more than $108,000 during the past three months. She now has $261,202 in the bank.

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Weather
7:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Public Angst Prompts St. Louis City To Plow Side Streets

Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement after widespread criticism regarding the city's efforts to clear its streets after Sunday's snowstorm.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 4:58 p.m. 1/10/13 with map of plow requests.

For the first time in recent memory, the city of St. Louis is plowing its residential streets. 

It’s a policy shift that came amid widespread complaints that the city did an inadequate job of cleaning up after Sunday’s snowstorm. 

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Boeing
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Amid Nationwide Scramble, Missouri Seeks To Stand Out To Nab Boeing's 777X

Credit (Flickr Creative Commons User Andres Rueda)

The opportunity was too good to pass up. 

When Boeing decided to move production of its 777X passenger plane out of Seattle, states across the country were eager to offer their services. Missouri's political and business leaders were no exception.  They simply couldn't miss out on the chance to cement thousands of high-paying jobs for decades to come.

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stl250
4:34 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Details Announced For St. Louis' 250th Birthday Celebration

Mayor Francis Slay (left) stands with Tom and Carol Voss, co-chairs of stl250, and Erin Budde, (center right) stl250 Executive Director.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis turns 250 in 2014, and to celebrate, stl250 has planned an entire year of birthday celebrations. On Monday, the volunteer led non-profit announced the final plans for its signature events. 

The birthday celebration begins on New Years Eve at Grand Center's First Night, where attendees can celebrate by making birthday hats, recording birthday wishes and decorating cupcakes.

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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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