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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

the East St. Louis School district has notified 237 teachers that they might lose their jobs next year. (Flickr/Cast a Line)
(Flickr/Cast a Line)

East St. Louis School District Sends Layoff Notices to 237 Teachers

In an effort to save $9 million, the East St. Louis Board voted Tuesday to notify 287 teachers that they might not be hired back next year. That’s according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The district serves about 7,300 students and has 562 full-time teachers.

The district is also proposing to close three schools.

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Challenge to Clayton smoking ban
12:10 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Clayton faces lawsuit over outdoor smoking ban

Clayton resident Arthur Gallagher (L) and his attorney Bevis Schock smoke cigars on the sidewalk near Shaw Park in Clayton. Gallagher is challenging the constitutionality of Clayton's ban on smoking in public parks.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with details from press conference, comments from city officials.

Calling smoking a fundamental right in America, attorneys have filed a federal legal challenge to Clayton's ban on smoking in outdoor  public places.

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Missouri Athletic Club Smoking Violation
4:30 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Missouri Athletic Club gets first city smoking violation

Outside the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/Digital Sextant)

The Missouri Athletic Club has received the first citation for violating St. Louis city's ban on smoking.

Interim health director Pamela Rice Walker says the club mistakenly believes it's exempt from the measure as a private club, saying the exemption only applies if there are no employees.

She says the department first heard about violations at the club in January, and gave the MAC 30 days to comply.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Winter weather continues, Dooley calls smoking exemptions "unacceptable," Mo. Medicaid budget to rise

County Executive Charlie A. Dooley calls the 110 smoking ban exemptions "unacceptable." He plans to meet with the County Council to dicuss ways to remove some exemptions. (SLPRnews)
  • January continues to be a snowy, slipper month for the St. Louis area. Several accidents are being reported this morning, and several schools are closed - many for the third in a row. The latest problems come after about an inch of snow fell yesterday, followed by a light freezing drizzle this morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said interstates 64 and 70 in parts of St. Louis and St. Charles are particularly slick.
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Statewide Tobacco Study
6:05 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tobacco use study underway, largest on adult health in Mo. history

A tobacco use study involving every county in Mo. is underway. (via Flickr/LawPrieR)
LawPrieR Flickr

The largest adult health study ever conducted in Missouri is underway across the state. The topic? Tobacco use and the diseases it causes.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million in funding for the telephone survey, which is expected to include more than 52,000 people.

Missouri Foundation for Health program officer Matthew Kuhlenbeck says the survey is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:36 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Smoking ban takes effect. Now what?

(via Flickr / Super Fantastic)

There must be thousands of St. Louisans struggling through day three of a new year's resolution not to smoke.  In fact, Barry Freedman, Project Manager for Communities Putting Prevention to Work with the St. Louis County Department of Health says a survey of St. Louis smokers shows that nearly 60% say they'd like to quit in the next six months.  

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News Round-up
1:55 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve News Round-Up

A discarded Happy New Year hat in New York in 2008. (Via Flickr/adamsofen)

Happy New Year's Eve! We hope you have a great end of 2010 and beginning of 2011! Here are a few news stories buzzing around the St. Louis Area today. 

  • Anheuser-Busch will renew its sponsorship with Major League Baseball. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis-based brewer and MLB came to an agreement on Thursday to also drop the litigation stemming from the contract dispute. Anheuser-Busch sued the league last month for allegedly breaching a sponsorship contract after MLB reportedly wanted more money and said the deal was non-binding and it could use other beer sponsors. The deal designates Budweiser as official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and is worth an estimated $10 million.
  • Smoking bans go into effect Sunday in both St. Louis city and St. Louis County. County residents voted last year to approve the ban. The City's Board of Aldermen passed a ban that was contingent on the county's vote. Both health departments will be in charge of enforcement. The county is not expecting enforcement to be a problem. In the county individuals who don't abide by the ban can be fined $50  while business owners could be fined $100 for the first offense and more for subsequent offenses.
  • The newly approved city budget in East St. Louis calls for laying off 34 municipal employees, including 16 police officers. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the East St. Louis City Council unanimously voted Thursday to accept the nearly $62 million budget. Besides laying off the 16 police officers, the new budget also calls for a delay in calling some firefighters back to work, plus laying off four public works employees, one jailer and one full- and one part-time telecommunicator.

Morning News Roundup
10:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Beer Mad at Baseball / Smoking Ban / Towing Scandal

Inside the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Mo.
(Flickr Creative Commons User nan palmero)

Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines:

Smoking
10:49 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Lambert passengers will have to light up outside

This smoking lounge at Lambert will be a thing of the past starting Jan. 2
St. Louis Public Radio

In a blog post on the busiest travel day of the year last year, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay made it clear he wanted to make Lambert Airport smoke-free.

That goal is now policy.

The mayor's office announced Monday that starting January 2, passengers at Lambert who want to smoke will have to step outside. The airport's smoking lounges will no longer be available.

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Smoking laws
12:14 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

City to bars: when it comes to smoking ban, tents count

Bars in St. Louis that are thinking about applying for an exemption to the city's smoking ban will have to count any tents they use to expand seating areas toward the square footage total that allows them to get that exemption.

The city's ban includes language that lets bars smaller than 2,000 square feet and where "the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption" of alcoholic beverages to allow their patrons to smoke until January 1, 2016.

So why do tents matter?

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