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Missouri Redistricting
7:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

St. Louis area senators raise concerns about redistricting maps

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

The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.

The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.

The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.

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3:24 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Man charged in shooting of 7-year-old girl

Elvis C. Smith, 48, faces five felony counts for the accidental shooting of a seven-year-old during an argument over drugs.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A 48-year-old north St. Louis man faces five felony counts for his role in a shooting just southwest of downtown that left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition.

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Red light cameras
4:42 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Judge throws out St. Louis' red light camera law

Red light cameras in Hazelwood. A judge in St. Louis city today threw out the city's law allowing the cameras because it conflicts with state statutes.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Have you gotten a ticket from one of 51 red light cameras in the city of St. Louis?

If a new court ruling stands, you might not have to pay the $100 fine.

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Severe Weather in St. Louis
4:12 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Storms cause damage, power outages in St. Louis area

Damage sustained from today's storm at an office near Maryville University in St. Louis.
(Courtesy Nick Sargent)

Updated 4:30 p.m. May 23:

Severe weather hit the St. Louis area once again this season. Severe winds, hail and large amounts of rain all contributed to today's storm.

So far, this is what we know:

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Arthur Blumeyer
2:09 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Last public housing tower for St. Louis families to come down

The city of St. Louis has received a $7.8 million federal grant to build new housing for the residents of the last tower at the Arthur Blumeyer public housing complex just north of Grand Center.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the city of St. Louis $7.8 million to help redevelop the area around the city's last public housing tower for families.

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Severe Weather
11:19 pm
Sun May 22, 2011

Severe weather hits Missouri

Previously, parts of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area were under a tornado watch. This tornado watch has now been lifted.

For the latest updates from the National Weather Service, see this update page.

Joplin, Mo. was also hit particularly hard from this round of tornadoes and storms. Fatalities have been confirmed.

See previous updates after the break.

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5:17 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Citygarden wins national open space award

"Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels" by Jim Dine at Citygarden in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/DoNotLick)

St. Louis landmark Citygarden has been named the recipient of the ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award.

The award "celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community," according to the award's website.

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City budget
4:35 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Pensions, jail escapes at issue during St. Louis city budget debate

St. Louis City Hall.
(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

When the Ways and Means committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meets, anything goes as far as topics.

Today, it was the Department of Public Safety's turn on the hot seat, and pensions, recruiting and jail escapes were on the minds of the committee members. Here's a sampling of their concerns:

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11:20 am
Wed May 4, 2011

MoDOT to eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities

Snow plows stand at the ready for the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT announced a new plan today that includes reductions in employees, facilities and equipment.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Calling it a "matter of survival" for his agency, Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith unveiled a five-year restructuring plan this morning that will eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities, and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment.

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From Cityscape
4:56 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Not your average cup of Joe: St. Louis barista heads to national championship

South Central Regional Barista Champion, Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee. (Libby Franklin)

St. Louis' Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee is already a champion barista.  As the top scorer in the South Central regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco heads to the United States Barista Championships this weekend as a man to beat.  Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a number of factors, including taste, technical skills, and presentation.  We caught up with Marrocco during a recent practice session.