St. Louis County

West Nile Virus
8:59 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Wellston boy is St. Louis County's first case of West Nile

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Despite cooler weather over the past several days, it's still mosquito season, and that means there's the potential for West Nile Virus cases.

The St. Louis County Department of Health has reported its first suspected human case. A 12-year-old boy from Wellston was briefly hospitalized with West Nile symptoms, though the department says he has returned to normal activities.

The county says there was one human case last year.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Mo. special legislative session begins Tuesday, Sept. 6.
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Mo. legislative session begins today

Missouri’s special legislative session begins today and is focused primarily on an overhaul of Missouri’s tax credits. The plan would eliminate existing tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rented homes. New incentives would be created for international cargo shippers at the St. Louis airport, computerized data centers, science and technology companies and the organizers of major amateur sporting events.

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Crime / Corruption
2:11 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Former St. Louis-area police officer facing corruption charges

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A former suburban St. Louis police officer is facing felony charges for allegedly stopping a female drunk-driving suspect, then agreeing not to arrest her in exchange for sex.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 48-year-old Timothy Jones of Troy is charged with acceding to corruption by a public servant. He was formerly an officer for Country Club Hills in St. Louis County.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:37 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Fifth heat-related death reported in St. Louis County

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The heat wave is being blamed in the death of an 80-year-old St. Louis County woman.

The county health department says the woman was found Aug. 2 in her Brentwood home. A window air conditioner was not working and all the windows and doors were closed. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was 96 degrees.

It is at least the fifth heat-related death in St. Louis County this year.

 

Missouri Senate Redistricting
5:32 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Commission on Mo. Senate redistricting facing deadline next week

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The commission to redraw State Senate district boundaries in Missouri has given itself one more week to agree on a new map, or else it will hand over the responsibility to a panel of state judges.

The biggest dispute remaining is over how to redraw St. Louis County’s State Senate districts, according to commission chair Doug Harpool.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:34 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Fourth suspected heat-related death of the year reported in St. Louis County

Another apparent heat-related death has been reported in St. Louis County, bringing the total in that area to four this year.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner said a 73-year-old woman is the latest person in the County thought to have succumbed to the heat.

The woman, who lived on Wayside Dr. in Ferguson, was found July 28, but may have been dead for as long as two weeks, according to the medical examiner's office.

Air conditioning was off and the windows shut in the home where the woman was found.

Tornado
8:54 am
Mon July 25, 2011

FEMA deadline approaching for St. Louis County homeowners to register for assistance

A home damaged by the "Good Friday" (April 22) tornadoes of 2011 in Ferguson, Mo.
Adam Allington, SLPR news

St. Louis county homeowners or renters who were impacted by the April 22nd tornado or storms must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to learn if they qualify for grant assistance.

 The deadline to register with FEMA is Friday, July 29th.

 Andrea Jackson-Jennings is the Director of Human Services for St. Louis County. She says, so far, FEMA has taken nearly 1500 registrations in St. Louis County and provided more than $971,000 in grants to individuals and families.

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Co. trash districts
2:12 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court rejects one legal challenge to St. Louis County trash districts

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Missouri's Supreme Court has rejected one of several legal challenges to a series of trash districts in St. Louis County.

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St. Louis County / Smoking Ban
2:10 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Study released on sentiment toward smoke-free law in St. Louis County

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St. Louis County's "Indoor Clean Air Code" - also referred to as a smoking ban -has been in effect since Jan. 1. But in contains exemptions for some bars, banquet halls, and casinos.

The American Cancer Society opposed the measure because of those exemptions. And shortly after it took effect, Charlie Dooley called the 110 exemptions that had been handed out "unacceptable." But there's been no movement yet on tightening the language in the ban, approved by voters last November.

The ACS is hoping that a poll it commissioned and released today moves the needle a bit on that effort.

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