North St. Louis

Churches Fight Violence
4:23 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Churches Enter Fight To Curb Gun Violence

Reverend Robert Shaw, flanked by members of the Missouri Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Friday.
Credit (Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Local clergy, politicians and law enforcement joined together Friday to call for more action to curb gun violence in St. Louis. 

The Missouri Conference AME Church is spearheading the effort, which includes a call for universal background checks; a ban on what they call assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and federal investment in urban areas most affected by gun violence. Reverend Robert Shaw says it’s crucial for church leaders to take a stand on the issue.

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Community
4:15 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Community Members, Officials Proud Of O’Fallon Rec Center

Officials, community members cut the ribbon for the new rec-center in O'Fallon Park on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

It’s not everyday, or every decade to be more specific, that St. Louis City gets a new recreation center.  

But on Saturday, community members and city officials alike cut the ribbon for the O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex, only the second of its kind to be built in the city since 1971.  

“Today is a great event, especially for the north side community,” said Alderman Antonio French (21st Ward), who represents the ward were the facility was built. 

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Mental Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mental Health Services For North St. Louis Kids Get Grant Boost

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

A federal grant of $4.2 million has been awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which will spend the money on kids in north St. Louis.

The money will be used for a variety of mental health services, including screenings and assessments for children, as well as home visitations to teach skills to parents.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said north St. Louis was chosen for a reason.

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North St. Louis - riverfront development
5:00 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Public meeting to discuss north St. Louis riverfront development

Map of the North Riverfront Business Corridor. Exhibit 1, locater map, from the St. Louis Development Corporation's (SLDC) “Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Consultants for the Port/North Riverfront Land-Use Study."
(SLDC RFQ, July 9, 2010)

The St. Louis Development Corporation is holding a public meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans to develop the north St. Louis riverfront.

The engineering firm HNTB has been studying the 3,000-acre area for the city, to figure out what’s needed to turn it into a freight transportation hub. The city also wants to attract new businesses and jobs.

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Special Session / Tax Credits / NorthSide
2:51 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Nixon: No land tax credit in Mo. special session

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon says he is not including the expansion of a tax credit for assembling and maintaining large swaths of land in his planned call for a special legislative session.

Nixon and lawmakers have been working on an agreement for an economic development package. One part of the lawmakers' proposal would remove the time limit for the tax credit program while offering fewer credits annually.

The tax credits are being used by a developer, Paul McKee, who has promised a multi-billion dollar makeover for north St. Louis.

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Law / NorthSide Development Project
1:50 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of tax credit that could affect NorthSide project

Developer Paul McKee.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

In March, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a case regarding the constitutionality of a state tax credit which, as we stated then, enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

At that time, McKee had received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide project and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on the project in February.

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court said that the tax credit is, indeed, constitutional.

When the case was heard in March, attorney Irene Smith, who represents plaintiffs and North St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard,  said that the tax credit violates the state constitution by giving state tax dollars to private business interests.

The Supreme Court cited a couple different reasons for their decision.

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Health-Breast Cancer
4:44 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

New project aims to decrease breast cancer deaths in north St. Louis

A woman performs a breast self-examination (BSE) to check for tumors.
(National Cancer Institute/Bill Branson)

A new project in north St. Louis aims to lower breast cancer death rates for women of color.

Washington University sociologist Sarah Gehlert says even though nationwide white women are more likely to get breast cancer, black women are about 35 percent more likely to die of the disease.

She says in St. Louis that number is closer to 60 percent.

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MO Statehouse
4:24 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court hears case that could affect McKee's NorthSide project

Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over the constitutionality of a state tax credit which has enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

McKee has so far received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide development project.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
6:18 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Despite ruling on financing, development moves forward in north St. Louis

Paul McKee of McEagle Properties, LLC. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Developer Paul McKee is moving forward with part of his controversial development of north St. Louis.

That's despite a ruling from a circuit court judge which is holding back nearly $400 million in tax increment financing (TIF).

Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin says the project will create a recycling center and clear 21 vacant lots near the new Mississippi River Bridge.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
3:28 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

NorthSide developer McKee releases "open letter" to St. Louis

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. McKee released an open letter today to the people of St. Louis about his NorthSide development project. (St. Louis Public Radio)
(St. Louis Public Radio)

NorthSide developer Paul McKee, Jr. has released "An Open Letter to the People of St. Louis" regarding the progress, process and questions surrounding the Northside Regeneration Initiative.

This comes with the announcement that McKee has gotten an additional $8 million in state tax credits for the $8 billion, that's billion with a "B," Northside project.

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