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Morning News Round-up
9:35 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A view of Forest Park in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Slay authorizes $64 million in bonds for St. Louis parks

Funding for St. Louis City parks will no longer be siphoned into other capital improvement projects, following a bill signing by Mayor Francis Slay Monday night.

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County budget deal
8:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Revised St. Louis County budget saves parks, reduces layoffs

A tour group in Fort Bellefontaine County Park. A compromise budget reached by the County Council last night will keep Fort Bellefontaine and 22 other parks open and reduce layoffs.
(via Flickr/Trailnet)

Members of the St. Louis County Council have reached a budget deal that avoids the closure of 23 county parks.

The two sides announced the compromise at a County Council meeting Tuesday night. The new 2012 budget keeps open all 50 of the county parks, and reduces the number of job cuts from 173 to about 40. It also maintains plowing in unincorporated areas that receive less than two inches of snow.

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Parks bonds pass
3:53 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Parks bond issue sent to Mayor Slay

The Kingshighway entrance to Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

After 18 months of work behind the scenes, a three-week delay, and two hours of debate that covered topics from roller skating to Robert Frost, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has sent a $64 million bond issue for the city's parks to Mayor Francis Slay.

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Forest Park controlled burn
5:23 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

City will try controlled burn again tomorrow in Forest Park

Looking into the approximate area of the controlled burn planned for tomorrow in Forest Park.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

Don't panic if you see a fire in Forest Park tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, Forest Park Forever, and the city's parks and fire departments will conduct a 14-acre controlled burn in the Deer Lake Natural Area, near the Union Ave. entrance to the park.

Nixon - STL Co. parks
3:32 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Nixon defends exploring state-county parks option with St. Louis County

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) discusses the possibility of joint state/county-run parks and other issues at a press event today in Callaway County.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is defending his decision to explore the possibility of the state jointly running several county parks in St. Louis County that are being targeted for closure.

The parks in question include Lone Elk Park in West County, home to wild elk, turkey, deer and buffalo.  State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is questioning whether the governor has the authority to enter into such an agreement.

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St. Louis County Parks
2:03 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

State to work with St. Louis Co. on parks plan

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has begun discussions with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:53 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

St. Louis County debates budget shortfall, park closures

2012 Proposed St. Louis County Park Closures, explore full map via the link in the story below.
(via St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Council members gather tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss County Executive Charlie Dooley’s proposed budget for 2012.  Facing flat revenues and a budget shortfall, Dooley has proposed $10 million in spending cuts that would close 23 county parks and eliminate up to 133 Parks & Recreation Department employees.

The budget has been under fire from council members, citizens, and environmental groups, many of whom are calling for more equitable cuts across county departments.

Former County Park Ranger Marty Koch joined Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones today on St. Louis on the Air.

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Parks money
4:44 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Stalled bill on bonds for parks could jeopardize $25 million for Forest Park

Another delay on a bond issue for the city's parks could put a $25 million donation to Forest Park, pictured here, in jeopardy.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

A $25 million donation to Forest Park may be in jeopardy if the St. Louis Board of Aldermen cannot approve a bond issue for parks improvement by the end of the year.

The two bond issues - one for Forest Park, another for the city's 100+ other parks - stalled again Thursday at the Board of Aldermen.

The bills would work in the following way:

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 26, 2011

A video screen capture of damage sustained in Sedalia, Mo. from a tornado that ripped through the area Wednesday afternoon. Injuries were reported but no one was killed.
(Screen capture via YouTube user mbost89)

Severe Weather and Tornadoes Hit Missouri...Again

Storms capable of producing tornadoes pounded parts of the state Wednesday afternoon.

In Sedalia, Mo., a tornado destroyed dozens of mobile homes and heavily damaged several businesses along one of the city's main highways. No one was killed and only 15-to-25 minor injuries were reported.

Acting Police Chief Larry Ward says despite all the damage, it feels like Sedalia dodged a bullet.

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