St. Louis

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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Record Heat
2:54 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

March was warmest on record in St. Louis - Illinois, too.

(via Flickr/Jack W. Reid)

March’s average temperature in St. Louis this year is almost 15 degrees above normal. If the forecast holds true tomorrow, St. Louis’s unusually high temperatures will make this the warmest March on record.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Britt says the average temperature this month will be almost 61 degrees.

“The previous record of 1910 was only about 57.5 so that’s a considerable breaking of the record,” he said.  

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Mid-century modern survey
4:31 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

City of St. Louis gets money to survey post-World War II buildings

The city of St. Louis has received a $24,600 grant to survey and study mid-century modern buildings, including the McDonnell Planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center.
(via Flickr/ScottSpaeth)

The city of St. Louis will spend the next two years documenting and researching area buildings that went up during the post-World War II construction boom.

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Severe Weather
10:04 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Severe weather watches continue to move through St. Louis area

Flickr/Just Arrived

Get the most recent watches and warnings for Illinois here, and for Missouri here.

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Red light cameras
1:58 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Judge again rejects red light cameras in St. Louis city

A judge has thrown out the city of St. Louis' ordinance that allows the use of red light cameras.
(via Flickr/functoruser)

Updated at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday with copy of Judge Neill's order.

Updated at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday  with comments from the city.

Updated at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday with comments from plaintiff's attorney, more information on the ruling.

A St. Louis circuit court judge has ruled that the city's red light camera ordinance is both unconstitutional and violates state law.

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Local Control / ACLU
5:16 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

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Naming the Neighborhoods
6:35 am
Thu December 15, 2011

In city of neighborhoods, names matter

No laws set the names of the 79 neighborhoods crammed into the 66 square miles of the city of St. Louis. Some grew from urban legends, others from a distinctive landmark. Some date back decades and are instantly known to any St. Louis resident. Others have changed as landmarks fell, highways reshaped boundaries, or people felt the need for a fresh start.

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Rock 'n' Rock Marathon hits St. Louis
4:36 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

21,000 runners get ready to rock 'n' roll in St. Louis

A map of the marathon and 1/2 marathon courses
(Map courtesy Competitor Group, Inc.)

More than 21,000 runners and walkers will wind their way through St. Louis city streets this Sunday as part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and half-marathon.

The race is unique because it will feature 26 live bands and 18 local cheerleading squads performing along the course. The band Sugar Ray will headline a concert at the finish line. Margie Martin, the event’s manager, says they were surprised by how many people signed up to participate in this, the first Rock-n-Roll Marathon here. 

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2012 Muny season
3:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Muny announces 2012 season

The 2012 season of the Muny includes three shows that have never been on the Muny stage before, including Dreamgirls and Aladdin.
(via Flickr/lissalou66)

Updated to correct spelling of Isaacson's name.

Four new shows will mark the Muny's first season under new executive director Mike Isaacson.

One of those shows has appeared on the Muny state before, says Kate Lane, Isaacson's assistant. But the Muny did not produce the version of "Chicago" that theatergoers saw in 1977. Instead, the Broadway cast left New York for a week of performances. This will be the first time the Muny itself produces the show.

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Business
5:03 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

St. Louis to host convention about attracting conventions

America Center
St. Louis Convention & Visitor’s Commission

The City of St. Louis is hosting what tourism officials are calling the “Super Bowl of Conventions" this weekend.

The members of American Society of Association Executives are responsible for booking some $60 billion in convention activity annually.

All told, some 5,000 hospitality industry reps and executives will be in St. Louis from Saturday to Tuesday.  

The purpose of the convention is for those reps to try to convince 1,500 different associations to hold annual meetings in their city.

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