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Homelessness
5:15 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

St. Louis Officials: Federal Grant Could End Chronic Homelessness In 18 Months

The former riverfront tent camp known as "Hopeville." The city says it was able to get all residents living there into housing, and a new federal grant will expand those services in the city.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

St. Louis officials say a new federal grant could enable them to end long-term homelessness in the city in 18 months.

The city announced today that it had received $1.25 million to provide services like rental assistance, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and other support for those who have been living on the street long-term. 

Previous federal grants could only be used for specific populations, says human services director Bill Siedhoff. The new federal money will provide those critical support services to a broader population.

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Campaign Finance
10:17 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Week Out From The Primary, Slay Maintains Spending Spree

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Chart updated at 2:24 to reflect most recent 24 and 48 hour campaign filings.

A week out from the Democratic mayoral primary, incumbent Mayor Francis Slay is maintaining his large financial advantage over challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

According to campaign finance reports filed Monday evening, in a month long span from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21, Slay spent $479,291. During that same amount of time, Reed spent only a fraction of that at $88,470.

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Business
5:06 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

St. Louis City, County, Team Up On Economic Development

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

After decades and decades of competing against each other for jobs, St. Louis City and County announced on Friday, a decision to partner up to attract new companies.

The proposal, called the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, would merge two agencies—The St. Louis Development Corporation in the city, and the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, under one roof.

Mayor Francis Slay says the move will create a sense of regionalism that has been lacking in economic development.

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College Hill
4:24 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

What Do The Streets, Building, Forestry And Health Departments Have To Do With College Hill's Crime?

(via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Quite a bit - city leaders say.

Crews from four St. Louis city departments are flooding a north city neighborhood this week in an ongoing effort to tackle its crime problem.

The influx of resources from the streets, building, forestry and health departments follows two weeks of stepped-up police presence known as “hot-spot policing."

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Politics
9:13 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Reed: Businesses Pay Slay For Play, Slay: It Doesn't Work That Way

Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed holds a thick packet of campaign finance reports and city contracts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10:03 with the Kwame Building Group's response.

In a late afternoon press conference Thursday, Board of Alderman President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed accused incumbent Mayor Francis Slay of engaging in a "pay-to-play" system where businesses seeking construction contracts have to first make a donation to the mayor's campaign. The mayor's staff insisted that there are too many safeguards for this to even be possible.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
5:49 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Matthews, Reed, Slay Square Off In St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

(From left to right) Mayor Francis Slay, Former St. Louis Alderman Jimmie Matthews and Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

At Monday's forum, the three Democratic candidates made their case for why they should be St. Louis' next mayor. Incumbent mayor Francis Slay is seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term, while the other two candidates argued it was time for someone else to take the reins.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
9:24 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Live Special Event: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

An audience member asks a question of the candidates during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:45 p.m. following forum - more to come.

Today, "St. Louis on the Air" hosted its St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.

(For a full report of the event, see our Chris McDaniel's story here)

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Politics
6:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Today: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

Credit (via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination for St. Louis mayor will take part in a one-hour town hall forum today. 

St. Louis Public Radio will air the forum, which is the second gathering of the candidates ahead of the March 5th primary election.

In liberal territory like St. Louis, the winner of the Democratic primary in March immediately becomes the presumptive favorite to win the general election on April 2nd.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race.
11:55 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Join Us On Monday: 'St. Louis on the Air' To Host St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

St. Louis City Hall.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Today on "St. Louis on the Air," we announced that we'll be hosting the St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.  Here are some of the details:

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Mayoral Race
9:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mayoral Debate Contentious In Downtown Forum

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

At a mayoral debate showcasing the three Democrats vying for the position in the March 5 primary, challenger and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed wasted no time before going after his opponent.

Crime was by far the most contentious issue in the forum that filled two overflow rooms and was standing room only. Several times at the debate, Reed interrupted incumbent Mayor Francis Slay when he was talking about the city's lowering crime rate.

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