St. Louis City

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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City trash schedules
11:40 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Schedule changes and Christmas tree recycling for city trash customers

A blue recycling bin joins dumpsters for trash and yard waste in an alley near Kingshighway and McPherson in the Central West End
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis City is reminding residents of changes to the trash/recycling collection schedule due to the holidays. The schedule is below:

Week of December 26, 2011

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Treasurer's race
4:46 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Wahby, head of St. Louis Dems, enters race for treasurer

Brian Wahby, current chairman of the Democratic party in St. Louis, has announced he's running for treasurer.
(Provided by Wahby for St. Louis)

The race for St. Louis city treasurer is getting crowded.

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Animal House Fund
3:19 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Aldermen vote to free up money for Stray Rescue

Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim carries a puppy to a transport van during a rescue in the summer of 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A year-long battle over the best way to use about $258,000 in donated tax dollars that were originally intended for a new city-operated shelter is over.

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Cupples demolition
4:50 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Owner asks for permission to demolish Cupples 7

This screenshot from Google Maps shows the roof of Cupples 7 at 1014 Spruce. The building's owner has applied for a demolition permit, saying it's safer than having the building come down on its own.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

Saying he has no choice, the owner of a crumbling building in the Cupples Station warehouse complex has applied for a permit to demolish the building.

Developer Kevin McGowan, who owns the building at 1014 Spruce St. known as Cupples 7, filed his application on Nov. 9th.  Streets around the building have been blocked off since late September due to safety concerns.

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Economy/City credit
4:43 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

City of St. Louis retains good credit rating - for now

Arch Grants' Executive Director, Sarah Spear, and CEO, Jerry Schlicter, announced the 15 winners of the program's global business plan competition.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

On Saturday, Standard and Poor's downgraded the debt of the United States a notch.

But the ratings firm continues to see debt issued by the city of St. Louis as a good investment, though vulnerable to economic shocks.

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Sign ordinance
4:44 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Parts of city's sign ordinance called unconstitutional

(via Institute for Justice)

Updated with city's comments.

If you frequent the Interstate 44/55 intersection on the near south side of St. Louis, you may be familiar with the display pictured above.

The sign, or mural, depending on whom you ask, has been at the center of a case regarding the constitutionality of the city of St. Louis's sign ordinance. Today, a ruling has been issued in the case.

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St. Louis releases IBM study findings
5:23 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

New IBM study looks at making St. Louis safer

(via Flickr/Patrick H~)

A new study has found that the city of St. Louis’ various agencies and officials need to work together more closely in order to cut down on crime and make the city a safer place to live.

A team of IBM consultants spent three weeks in St. Louis this spring studying the use of data and technology in the city’s various law enforcement agencies. St. Louis was awarded a grant by IBM as part of the technology firm's "Smarter Cities" program.

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St. Louis City / St. Louis County
6:35 am
Fri April 22, 2011

St. Louis City and St. Louis County: navigating "The Great Divorce"

A map of the state of Missouri, with St. Louis City highlighted in red and St. Louis County in green.
(Wikimedia Commons/Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis city and county split in 1876 in what has come to be called “The Great Divorce.”

There have been several efforts to reunite the two, but voters, whether in the city or the county, have rejected them time and again.

In the last year there’s been renewed talk of St. Louis re-entering the county, but leaders in the city and county say they’re exploring a slower approach.

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Homeless outreach
4:34 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

St. Louis increases homeless outreach

This image from Google Maps shows the encampments along the riverfront. City officials are stepping up efforts to get residents of these encampments into permanent housing.
(Google Maps)

St. Louis city officials say they will step up their efforts to move residents from a series of tent encampments along the Mississippi River north of downtown into permanent housing.

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