The St. Louis Rams are heading to arbitration over what to do about the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the facility and leases it to the Rams, voted Thursday to begin the arbitration process. The two sides remain far apart on plans to upgrade the dome. The 30-year lease signed when the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles prior to the 1995 season requires the dome to be among the top quarter of NFL stadiums in 15 separate categories. If it isn't, the team can break the lease after the 2014 season. Negotiations began in February with the CVC proposing $124 million in improvements. The Rams countered with a much broader plan that city officials said could cost $700 million.
Updated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to correct election date error and add vote totals.
There was sparse voter turnout but overwhelming support for a major bond issue Tuesday that will allow the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, to gradually increase rates to pay for necessary upgrades.
Referred to as Proposition Y, the bond issue’s passage means the average MSD customer’s bill will go up from around $29 a month to nearly $44 over the next four years. That's compared to almost $65 a month had the bond issue not been approved.
Updated at 5:45 with statement from the Attorney General's office.
Updated at 2:00 with comments from MSD, Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
A federal judge in Missouri has given her approval to a consent decree that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to make billions of dollars in improvements to settle Clean Water Act violations.
A ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals is a mixed bag for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
The decision today is the latest in a series of rulings on a storm water "user charge" the agency implemented in 2007. The charge was based on the impervious area of a property, and replaced a system of a flat tax that could be enhanced by additional taxes in 21 sub-districts.