St. Louis County

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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Bodies Found in Affton
2:03 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Police: 4 shot to death in St. Louis County home

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Updated 3:24 p.m.

Four people have been shot to death in what police are calling an apparent domestic incident in the St. Louis suburb of Affton.

The shootings happened Friday morning.

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Flooding
6:35 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Heavy rainfall increases potential for isolated flooding in Mo.

A wall of sandbags, typically used to protect areas from flooding.
(via Flickr/clip works)

This week’s heavy rainfall has increased the potential for isolated floods in portions of the state, although no major flooding is expected. 

Right now, a flood warning is in effect for the Meramec River in St. Louis County, which could lead to some local street flooding. 

John Campbell, operations chief for the State Emergency Management Agency explains why, and where, the flooding could occur.

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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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St. Louis County Assessor
5:15 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Zimmerman sworn in as St. Louis County Assessor

Jake Zimmerman was sworn into office today as St. Louis County's Assessor.
(Courtesy Zimmerman Campaign)

For the first time in more than 50 years, St. Louis County has an elected assessor - not one appointed by the county executive.

Jake Zimmerman was sworn into office today following his election on April 5. Zimmerman says his priority is to build an accountable office that listens to the county's taxpayers.

Fire district ruling
4:23 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Court rejects fire district request to share taxes

A judge has rejected the Lemay Fire Protection District's efforts to get money for the emergency services it provides to the River City Casino, pictured here.
via Wikimedia Commoms/RamblingGambler

The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that St. Louis County is not required to share revenue from a new casino with the Lemay Fire Protection District.

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Heroin in St. Louis
2:47 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Area law enforcement to crack down on heroin use through three-pronged approach

St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch (standing at podium).
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

The use of heroin in the St. Louis area is at epidemic levels, according to law enforcement officials.

The number of heroin overdoses and deaths has doubled in the St. Louis County and city over the past four years. St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch said the drug is cheaper now and it can be snorted or smoked, instead of injected. He said it's no longer just an urban issue.

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Claire McCaskill
4:23 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

McCaskill may owe $320K for plane property taxes

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches.

McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money.

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Seat Belt Enforcement
12:18 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Buckle up! Seat belt enforcement campaign starts today in St. Louis area

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St. Louis County Police and local law enforcement are launching an aggressive "Click it or Ticket" enforcement today to get more motorists to wear seat belts.

Police will be pulling over drivers in municipalities that have a primary safety belt ordinance, which means that police can stop vehicles with unbuckled drivers or passengers.

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Monarch Fire protection district audit
1:43 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Gov. Nixon orders audit of Monarch Fire Protection District

The Monarch Fire Protection District, in West St. Louis County, should expect to be audited later this year after Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the State Auditor’s Office to perform an audit of the fire district. The governor gave the order after reviewing allegations against the fire district sent by the State Auditor’s Office.

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