The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is a step closer to addressing some legal concerns with its new pension system for firefighters.
The measure cleared a procedural hurdle today, 18-10. A final vote will take place next week, likely with a similar result.
Judge Robert Dierker issued a preliminary ruling in October that the city was in rights to terminate the old pension system for firefighters and start a new one. But Dierker had some concerns about the way the new system treated vested employees.
Nearly seven years later, the battle over the recall of former St. Louis alderman Tom Bauer is a step closer to final.
The Missouri Court of Appeals today threw out a $150,000 defamation verdict for fliers published against Bauer during his recall election in 2005.
Bauer was thrown out of office in September of that year, in part because of his support for a QuikTrip that would have required the use of eminent domain. The 24th Ward is south of Forest Park and includes Dogtown.
Just three weeks after welcoming a new member to its ranks, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gathered to say goodbye to another one.
Kacie Starr Triplett, the 6th Ward alderwoman, is stepping down to take a position with the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis, where she'll coordinate a new initiative looking at gaps for services for the homeless and mentally ill in the region.
St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.
On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.
Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.