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An $8.1 billion plan to remake a big chunk of north St. Louis continues to face stiff opposition, four years after it was first made public.

More than 200 people, most of them opposed to the Northside Regeneration Initiative, packed the St. Louis city Tax Increment Financing Commission meeting today urging its members to spike the project completely.

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Legal questions surround the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured on Friday.

What is the role of the public safety exception as it relates to Miranda rights? Were civil rights violated as a result of the lockdown?  Should Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant as some Republican legislators have suggested?

The questions surrounding the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing were discussed by a panel of legal experts, as part of our monthly legal roundtable discussion.

The panelists included:

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After over 3 years of litigation, developer Paul McKee’s controversial Northside Regeneration Project is being allowed to proceed.  On Tuesday the Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision blocking McKee’s use of so-called "Tax Increment Financing," (TIF) for the development.

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A huge redevelopment project on St. Louis’ north side has been in a holding pattern for years.

A lawsuit challenged the city’s authorization of millions of dollars in tax incentives for the 1,500-acre development “Northside Regeneration.”

The Missouri Supreme Court could rule on the case as early as Tuesday.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, the years of waiting for work to begin have left questions about whether developer Paul McKee can really pull off his expansive plan.

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St. Louis developer Paul McKee took center stage Tuesday night at a Missouri House hearing on legislation that would extend the lifespan of the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit program (DALATC).

The controversial incentives are set to expire August 28th, but if passed, House Bill 423 would push the expiration date to August 28th, 2019, giving McKee six more years to get his NorthSide Regeneration Project off the ground.  He says the extra time will enable his group to put together large parcels that can be used to lure another Mastercard or another Express Scripts to St. Louis.

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St. Louis developer Paul McKee’s NorthSide redevelopment plan took center stage today at the Missouri Supreme Court.

He’s been seeking nearly $400 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the city – but the project has been on hold since Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled two years ago that its details are too vague to justify awarding TIF dollars and for declaring two square miles of north St. Louis as blighted.  Cheryl Nelson is one of the plaintiffs.  She says McKee’s project has wrecked the property value of her home.

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What better time than just after Halloween for the Board of Aldermen to raise a bill from the dead.

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A measure that would combine the Bottle District north of the Edward Jones Dome with Paul McKee's larger plan to redevelop north St. Louis ran aground on a procedural motion at City Hall today.

The fate of a massive redevelopment in north St. Louis city will rest with the Missouri Supreme Court.

In an order issued today, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District wrote that it agrees with a district court ruling throwing out developer Paul McKee's $8 billion plan for the 1,500-acre site, but "because of the general interest and importance of the questions involved, we order this cause transferred to the Missouri Supreme Court ..."

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A wait-and-see game is again underway for opponents and supporters of an $8 billion plan to make over 1,500 acres of north St. Louis city.

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