St. Louis City

Homeless Veterans
5:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Homeless Veterans In St. Louis Receiving Extra Attention

The city of St. Louis is focusing on getting homeless veterans into programs like the ones offered at the Salvation Army's veteran's residence, shown here in 2012.
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were in St. Louis today in an effort to get homeless veterans off the street and into housing immediately.

The outreach to veterans was part of the required winter count of homeless people in the city. Officials with the VA went out with teams, conducting the count to be able to offer immediate help to chronically homeless veterans. It was part of the Obama administration's efforts to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve

Michael Allen.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

Listeners following the city’s ongoing renaissance may have heard of a project named Midtown Station, a giant commercial center proposed for Vandeventer and Forest Park. This could be a dreadful retail strip or a game-changing development. The way it gets built matters a lot.

 

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Politics
9:52 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

St. Louis County Council Approves Economic Development Merger, $400 Million Loan To Metro

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Mayor Francis Slay on February 22, 2013, after announcing plans to partially merge economic devleopment functions.
Credit Maggie Crane

The St. Louis County Council has green lighted a plan that merges some economic development functions with St. Louis City.

The merger creates the St. Louis Economic Partnership, which among other things will create a central clearinghouse where businesses can find what sites are available and what incentives are offered in both the city and county.

County Executive Charlie Dooley said linking economic development efforts will help the region speak with one voice, but said getting St. Charles County to join the effort will be a critical next step.

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Economic development cooperation
4:38 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Economic Development Merger Clears Another Hurdle

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Mayor Francis Slay on February 22, 2013, after announcing plans to partially merge economic devleopment functions.
(Maggie Crane)

St. Louis City and County are a step closer to merging some of their economic development functions.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday sent their version of the agreement to Mayor Francis Slay, who's expected to sign it. The St. Louis County Council will take a final vote on its measure on Tuesday.

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City-County
6:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

New Poll Shows Support For Closer City, County Relationship

The Admiral riverboat is helped down the Mississippi River by the tugboat Michael Luhr past the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on July 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Supporters of a closer relationship between St. Louis city and county can take heart from a new survey.

The Missouri Council for a Better Economy, a group linked to libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, conducted the survey of 700 voters at the beginning of September. It found that a strong majority of those polled thought some form of unification was worth exploring.

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Foreclosure Mediation
9:29 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Bankers Take Legal Action To Block Foreclosure Mediation Ordinance In St. Louis County

(via Flickr/taberandrew)

The Missouri Bankers Association has filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County over a new ordinance that requires lenders to offer mediation to homeowners facing foreclosure.

The trade group’s president, Max Cook, said they plan to argue that it has a laundry list of legal problems. 

“Not the least of which is statute that says when it comes to banking laws, and rules, and regulation, no entity, be it a county, a city, what have you, can pass an ordinance or a rule more restrictive than that of the state of Missouri,” Cook said.

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Crime
12:23 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

St. Louis leaders propose cell phone ordinance

papalars Flickr

People wanting to resell mobile phones in St. Louis would face tough new restrictions under a newly proposed ordinance.

Mayor Francis Slay and Alderman Craig Schmid announced the legislation in a news release Friday.

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Protest ordinance
1:21 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Appeals court strikes down St. Louis protest ordinance

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Updated at 8:35 p.m. with statement from city.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a St. Louis city ordinance regulating street-side protests "excessively chills free speech" because it does not make clear exactly when those protests become a traffic hazard.

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Surplus
4:10 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

City posts small surplus for last fiscal year

The top three elected officials at St. Louis' City Hall have finished their work on the FY12 budget. Now, it's up to the aldermen.

The extra sales tax generated by a long postseason of baseball helped St. Louis city end the fiscal year with a $4.3 million surplus, but officials say that sigh of relief is only temporary.

Revenue was up just about $4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, driven by higher hotel and sales taxes from the World Series. Lower-than-expected spending made up the rest of the surplus.

It's always better to have more money than expected, says city budget director Paul Payne, but the growth may not be sustainable.

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Firefighter pensions
1:20 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Firefighters continue battle against proposed pension changes

IAFF Local 73 president Chris Molitor, front, outlines his union's objections to proposed pension changes at City Hall on February 10, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis city firefighters took their objections to pension reform proposals from Mayor Francis Slay to City Hall on Friday, the day the legislation making the changes was formally introduced.

Firefighters say they don't object to the cost-saving proposals in the bills, including reduced disability payments for firefighters who can be retrained for a second career, and a two-tier system that could reduce pension benefits for new hires.

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