St. Louis

public defender refuse cases
6:50 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases

Several public defender offices around the state have notified courts they will not be taking cases beyond their maximum caseload this month.


The 18 offices around Missouri include ones in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Springfield.


In St. Louis instead of turning away all cases public defenders met with the 22ndCircuit Court and the Circuit Attorney’s office to craft a different solution.

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Mississippi River
2:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks during the kick off event for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.

A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.

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Foreclosure Mediation
5:13 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Lenders challenge foreclosure legislation in St. Louis City

(via Flickr/taberandrew)

A new ordinance could offer struggling St. Louis City homeowners an option to help avoid foreclosure.

The program would extend a loan mediation process to any homeowner who requests it from their bank, just like the one passed two weeks ago in St. Louis County. Ignoring this request would cost a lender a $500 fine.

But, banks claim the laws violate state statutes prohibiting government intervention into the foreclosure process.  They say it would mean fewer loans and increased costs.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay disagrees.

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Arts & Culture
5:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

'Here is St. Louis' video makes the social media rounds

A screen capture of the title frame of 'Here is St. Louis.' The video, by Anastasis Films, has been making the social media rounds today.
(via Vimeo/Anastasis Films)

A fun video from St. Louis-based Anastasis Films has been making the rounds on social media today. Is your favorite St. Louis spot highlighted? What would be in your 'Here is St. Louis' video?

Check out the video:

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Crime
5:54 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Gun crimes increasing problem for St. Louis police

L-R Congressman William Lacy Clay, Mayor Slay, Police Chief Dan Isom
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Seeking to reassure the public that St. Louis City is taking action to curb a recent spate of gun-related crime, City Hall announced on Monday several measures designed to target problem neighborhoods.

Police Chief Dan Isom has isolated 12 focus neighborhoods, 8 of which are located in North St. Louis, 2 in central city and 2 in the south.

Starting last weekend Isom says he is also shifting work schedules to move officers from day to evening patrol.

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Stubblefield fired
3:26 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

City commission upholds firing of former St. Louis jail official

Gene Stubblefield answers questions at a meeting of the Public Safety committee on Oct. 25, 2011. The city's Civil Service Commission upheld his firing this week.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis city Civil Service Commission has upheld the dismissal of former city corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield.

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Developing: Heat Wave
9:27 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Extended heat takes its toll with deaths, illnesses

rcbodden Flickr

Updated 9:15 a.m. August 9:

St. Louis County confirmed its fourth heat-related death of the summer today.

A son discovered the victim, a 76-year-old Lemay man, on July 10. The cause of death was certified on Wednesday.

The victim lived in the 700 block of Military Rd. The brick house had no central air conditioning, and a window unit was not working. The temperature inside the home was estimated to be between 90 and 95 degrees.

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Other News
12:21 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Extreme heat not expected to let up any time soon

Workers installing a rain gutter in the heat.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Oppressive heat and triple-digit temperatures continue to blanket the Midwest from Ohio, down through drought-plagued Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

With high temperature records being surpassed left and right the National Weather Service is forecasting St. Louis will reach 108 degrees for the second day in a row.

The hot temperatures and dry conditions are particularly hard on those whose jobs involve being outside.

Aaron Angst installs siding and rain gutters, hard work he says, especially when completely exposed to the sun.

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Gateway Arch
11:42 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Arch sales tax legislation sent to Gov. Nixon

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.

The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.

firefighter pensions
6:03 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Mo. House committee passes STL firefigher pensions bill

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has unanimously passed a bill that would make cuts to firefighter pensions in St. Louis, but not before committee members made a few changes to the legislation.

New St. Louis firefighters would pay in 9 percent of their salaries, instead of 8 percent as originally proposed, and applicants would have to disclose any pre-existing injuries and conditions before being hired.  New hires would still get back 25 percent of what they pay in as originally proposed.  It’s sponsored by State Rep. Mike Leara (R, Sunset Hills).

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