St. Louis County

Ferguson Aftermath
10:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

St. Louis County Emergency Fund Tapped For Police; Clergy Meet With Stenger

Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger speaks with a member of the St. Louis County Police Department on Tuesday. The council approved transferring money from the county emergency fund to pay for police overtime accrued during the Ferguson unrest.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council approved a measure on Wednesday transferring several million dollars to the county police department for its work during nearly four months of protests over Michael Brown’s shooting death. 

The total transferred from the county’s emergency fund came to approximately $3.4 million. More than $2.5 million of that would pay for overtime officers accrued during the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death. The rest of the money would go toward supplies, food and clothing. 

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Six Officers
4:23 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Town Of Flordell Hills Gets Its Own Police Department

Flordell Hills, which is home to 822 residents in less than a square mile, now has its own police department.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

It's home to just 822 residents living on 69 acres, but the city of Flordell Hills is getting its own police department. 

The St. Louis County suburb's contract with its slightly larger neighbor, Country Club Hills, expires at midnight Tuesday. Some of Flordell Hills' six officers had already been patrolling the streets of the town, which sits between Jennings Station and West Florissant roads.

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St. Louis On The Air
2:18 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Stream, Pousosa Ask Republicans Not To Cross Over To Democratic Primary

Rick Stream and Tony Pousosa, Republican candidates for St. Louis County executive
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Republican Rick Stream says he’s aiming his first and only TV ad for St. Louis County executive at fellow Republicans, not his rivals, in an effort to discourage GOP voters from participating next Tuesday in the Democratic primary.

“We wanted Republicans to get the idea that we have a solid, viable candidate,’’ said Stream about his ad, which began airing Tuesday.

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St. Louis On The Air
3:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air'

Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, agree on two things: Each says his attack ads are accurate and the other guy’s are not.

The two defended their accusations during separate, back-to-back appearances today with host Don Marsh on St. Louis Public Radio’s "St. Louis On the Air."  The sparring over ads reflected another common consensus: Their Aug. 5 primary contest will get even nastier.

The two ads in question attempt to link Stenger to sex trafficking and Dooley to FBI investigations.

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Economy & Innovation
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

New Agreement Between St. Louis County And Sewer District Promises More Business

The agreement between MSD and St. Louis County could result in construction projects — such as the new building for the Reinsurance Group of America in Chesterfield — moving forward more quickly.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

It's being billed as another way to spur economic development in the region.

St. Louis County and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District announced Wednesday a new agreement to share software that will track and manage construction permits.

Officials from the two entities said having one system for permitting will be more cost-effective for both governmental agencies. It will also speed up the process for those seeking permits.

Speed is important when businesses are choosing between cities, said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

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Chesterfield
4:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Chesterfield Mayor's Secession Talk Raises Eyebrows — And Faces Long, Long Odds

Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation caused a stir when he suggested that his city may secede from St. Louis County if changes aren't made to the county's sales tax distribution system.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated on Wednesday at 4 p.m.)

The mayor of Chesterfield is sticking by his threat for his city to secede from St. Louis County, contending that his city is fed up with a lack of progress on changing the county’s sales tax distribution system. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has dismissed the threat, calling Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation’s comments “over the top.”

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St. Louis County Council
1:17 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett Dies

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett speaks to reporters after a 2012 council meeting. Burkett died on Sunday after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett has died at the age of 68. 

Burkett, D-Overland, was diagnosed with cancer last year while serving as chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council. She continued to serve as a councilwoman while undergoing chemotherapy, but she had been absent from meetings the past few weeks.

In a statement Sunday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised Burkett as someone who “took care of her constituents like they were her own family.”

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On the Trail
8:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

As Dooley and Stenger Duke It Out, Zimmerman Seeks Quieter Re-Election Bid

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is running for his first full term as St. Louis County assessor, a bid likely to be overshadowed by a contentious Democratic primary for county executive.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

In some strange, alternate universe, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman would be running for a third term on the St. Louis County Council. 

Back in the mid-2000s, the Olivette Democrat seemed to be on a collision course with Barbara Fraser, a fellow Democrat, for the 5th District council seat. But the two agreed on a deal: Fraser would run for county council while Zimmerman would run for Fraser's spot in the Missouri House.

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Business
6:46 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

County Assessor To Review Property Tax Exemptions Of Non-Profit Groups

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.
St. Louis County Assessor's Office

The St. Louis County Assessor’s Office will undertake a review of all tax-exempt properties in the county to confirm their owners still qualify for the tax break.

Exemptions have been granted to thousands of non-profit groups because their properties are used for charitable, religious or educational purposes, but some of them no longer qualify, said County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

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Homelessness In St. Louis County
2:36 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Access, Attitude Make It Tough To Address Homelessness In St. Louis County

Cots at the St. Vincent Community Center in Pagedale, where St. Louis County opened an emergency overflow shelter for the homeless.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

This winter, St. Louis County did something it hadn't done before - it opened a temporary shelter where homeless men and women could go to get out of the cold. It's a small piece of a 10-year plan to battle homelessness that St. Louis City and County signed onto in 2004. But obstacles remain to implementing the rest of the ideas in that document.

What is "homelessness?"

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